Mending An Old Friend

I’m getting things together for an upcoming cruise and Dad or Mary sent an email talking about having a bag or back pack with you when you go to shore or on the boat, something you can carry a few items in.

So I set off looking for an old friend, a rucksack that I made years and years ago.  I don’t even remember exactly when I made it but I think it was 1999!  I made it for the 4th of July Festival I was volunteering at.  I used it A LOT and it even went to Germany with me in 2008 which I think must have been the last time I used it.  It was beginning to fall apart, I knew that, but just how bad was it?  I had to find it, I remember telling myself I could fix it.

So here it is.  All weathered and faded.

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So 4th of July right?  It is torn.  the flap and one of the straps is busted…

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Can you tell the ruck sack is quilted?  That’s right, it was one of my very first quilted projects…

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So a problem in fixing this was getting to the insides.  I needed to open up a seam in the lining…

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…and work my way up through the bag and sandwich back together the strap, the flap and all the front and lining pieces…

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…and stitch down good.  You can see below how much I sewed back and forth!

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Then I sewed back the lining…

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Turned it right side out again and Ta Da!!!  New life to my old friend!

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All fixed…

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I think this will work just fine in the tropics!

Happy Sewing!

Happy Repairs!

~Cathy

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One response to “Mending An Old Friend

  1. It is so wonderful when I go back some sewing project I did years ago. It’s like bonding with a past me.

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