Mend it Monday 1

Inspired by Jan at The Snail of Happiness, this morning I spent some time mending a beloved old army bag belonging to Marc, a friend and neighbour. He brought it round three weeks ago, so I should have attended to it long before now (forgive me, Marc, procrastination is my super power).

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The bag was made in 1942 and belonged to a Corporal RC Clarke. It’s well-used and a bit tatty round the edges, but still sturdy and useful. I couldn’t help wondering what Cpl Clarke’s experiences of WWII might have been, as I was doing the repairs, but I’m sure he never thought that an item of his military kit might still be going strong in 2020…

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I made it clear to Marc that, however the repairs got done, the result was always going to look like an old bag with a big patch stitched onto it. No invisible mending or dainty stitches! I added two patches, one inside and one on the outside, just for extra strength (maybe this bag will survive another 80 years!) using a khaki cotton, and a bit extra in two places on the strap for reinforcement. I managed to break two needles in the execution (and this on an industrial sewing machine, not a domestic one) because it was fiddly fiddly and the original canvas is four layers thick in some places.

But it’s done! Something to tick off the list… I do believe I am now deserving of a second glass of wine ;)

18 thoughts on “Mend it Monday 1

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I’ve also been having problems with the comments I post on wordpress, no idea why. Marc WILL be pleased, not least because he thought his bag had disappeared into the black hole of my work room! And I’ll definitely push the trendy aspect, thank you :)

      1. The Snail of Happiness

        Hmmm – I’ve just looked in my spam folder and found a comment for you (for 93 not out). It’s bizarre – comments from you normally appear without any issues and it’s not as if it had any links or anything. I wonder what’s going on.

  1. katechiconi

    Marc now has a bag of even more character. Archaeologists of the future will be able to say “oh yes, this is the work of the Procrastinator! Note the fabrics, the stitching, the faint but lingering aroma of wine. This is probably an early example, as in later repairs she branched out into more adventurous fabric choices!”

  2. nanacathy2

    Wouldn’t it be great to know more about the original owner and how it came to be owned by your friend. Lovely that you have given it a new lease of life. Cheers!

  3. insearchofitall

    That is a job few of us would even think to undertake. You did a wonderful job and considering how old it is, you have just added more character to the purposeful bag. After that job, I’d probably finish off the bottle and have cheese with it. ;) Well done, Jill!


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