Repair! Last year I had a request from a customer to repair a well-loved bag so that it was usable. The pictures above are of the successful repairs to the bag. The corners of the base were worn through and the straps had frayed to the point that there weren't usable. To compound the problem, a repair of the straps had been attempted as a gift - but although the sentiment was there, the results were awful to say the least. She wrote, "I adore this bag and it kills me that I haven't been able to repurpose it. "
These are some pictures of the bag before the repairs. If you look closely you can see the fraying along the top edges. And the last picture is of the previous handle "repair." Ugh!
I found a coordinating solid material, removed and restitched the seams and added a new base and new handles in the coordinate. Overall the bag became just a bit smaller, but I really loved the overall results - and so did the bag owner!
First up - Re-Use.
I have a love affair with re-purposing and re-using things. The Single Set case shown here is a great example of using something you love in a new way so that you can enjoy it all over again. This was a custom order with some unique features added to fit her specific storage needs, but more importantly it uses fabrics that have a sentimental value to her. She says, "(this) one is my favorite because it is made from scraps and recycled fabric from some of my favorite scrub hats that I made for work. ( ok. It is a bit strange to have favorite hats from work, I suppose.)" I don't think it is strange at all! We spend more time at our jobs than we do at home*, so it makes complete sense to me.
Quilters have been creating beautiful works of art using scraps cut from articles of clothing for years, so if you are wondering if we can make a case or a bag out of a cherished cloth item, just ask!
*Except in my case since work is located in my home. This does make for a difficult juggling act trying to strike the right balance between work and home life...
I must have watched too many episodes of Captain Planet with my kids, or perhaps it was the Woodsy Owl campaign from the 70's (anyone remember "give a hoot - don't pollute"?) One year after the gifts had been opened and I looked at the mounds of torn wrapping paper, I was really dismayed. At that moment I decided to stop wrapping gifts and find ways to package gifts that didn't lead to a stuffed garbage can.
I found a set of nesting holiday boxes at Costco and I bought a few gift boxes and bags. Each year these get carefully folded and put away to use again and again. Now I have also started using the various sizes and shapes of our Project Bags and Sock Bags as gift wrap as well. I love that these can be dual-duty as both the wrapping AND part of the gift! I'm looking forward to using the newest size bags, the Cake Bags, to wrap ornaments I'll be handing down to my kids this year now that they each have their own homes.
Christmas cards are also recycled around here to become gift tags. I think this was a craft project I did with my Grandma Grace when I was a child and I love thinking of her while I make new tags out of the cards we received in previous years (that, and I get to look at more cards from loved ones)! I never could make tags out of the cards from Uncle Wesley because he used the cards to hand write messages that covered every inch of usable space. I miss receiving those cards.
I use a variety of methods to make the tags. The simplest is to just cut around images on the cards with regular scissors, use a hole punch to make a hole to insert a piece of ribbon, and then tie the finished tag to the package. Since so many gifts are to/from the same people each year I can also recycle the tags (from Mom to Jon, from Mom to Dad, etc.). I also use an old pair of pinking shears to cut some tags with decorative edges. You can also use scrapbooking scissors for even more edging options.
I've been crafting my entire life, thanks to my wonderful Grandma Grace. I'm an avid needleworker and reader, who's been knitting, crocheting & sewing since the age of 9 - and I won't say how many years ago that was! Welcome to my blog where you'll find out more about the creation of our products and the people that love them!