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!