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).
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…
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 ;)