Monday, November 7, 2016

Make do and mend: a Vera Bradley bag

 I bought this new to me, Vera Bradley bag a few years back. The print is very me. Sadly, the handles had become terribly worn and frayed.
 Luckily, I had this gifted to me, pink and black remenant
 So I recovered the handles (vs using new interfacing) and top quilted them on the machine, which also helped to reinforce them.

My newly refurbished bag! I am quite pleased with the results.

Cost: $0.


Lili said...

Looks cute! And it preserves the overall look of the bag.

Lee Ann said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I love that print! You are really talented.

CTMOM said...

Lee Ann, thank you. I am blessed to have been taught many of the domestic arts as a young child.

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I have mended two of my Vera Bradley bags. I just acquired them about 3-4 years ago. One I had to dispose of because it was truly too worn to use any more but my husband claimed it as a tool pouch for the car. He has done this before with the leather bags I used to use. We have 4 cars--two of these are his show cars--one is running and one is just starting to be restored for the second time since he has owned it. We each have one car which we actually drive also.

One of the mended ones is held in reserve and I just starting using a brand new one a couple weeks ago. They are so lightweight compared to leather, and equally well sub-divided into smaller pockets. I don't like a disorganized bag! I have gotten marvelous bargains on all of them, all brand new when purchased from mostly outlet stores at sale. The most I have paid was about $30 and the first one I bought (the in reserve mended one) was originally $17.50. For a woman who used to spend $70-80 on leather bags on sale, I have come a long way. Last year for Christmas I bought each of my sisters one also!! (Two sisters.)

I mend things a GREAT deal of the time--it's practically all the sewing I do these days! I have a quilt my Mom made which is a Dresden Plate pattern---I mended it for her several years ago when she was still living at home. After she died, I claimed it, as I have so many hours into it already. (Her now deceased sister gave it to her as a gift originally.) I even have the extra pieces already cut and just need to stitch them over the worn originals. Having it on my lap while I watch TV when the weather is colder is my vision of putting it to use and fixing it at the same time. I simply stitch in a new piece while watching TV!

There is almost nothing I won't at least attempt to mend, except some of the shirts my husband plays with his cars in. He has my son in law save his discarded tee shirts and I refuse to mend most of them because they are stained and holey. He can afford to use them as rags when he no longer uses them as tee shirts. He wears them until they literally fall apart and the more I threaten to not send them back with his clean clothes, the more often he likes to wear them.

I also save notions and bits and pieces of spare fabric, although I have more than I will ever use in my lifetime. Unless I suddenly take up quilting in a big way--I have some started projects which I could spend some time on too. I thought I would do those things when I get too old to keep on my feet all the time. Could be sooner than I expected--my regular doctor appt today found him telling me he might send me to a high blood pressure specialist as my pressure is still high with medication and my kidney tests are less than perfect lately. I was diagnosed at 27 and am now 73, so 46 years of hypertension has perhaps done some damage, although I have been very compliant with medications and such all these years--plus keeping my every three months appts religously. I've been low sodium for that many years as well, so I can sympathize with your efforts to get rid of your high sodium foods. I can tell you truly, it's not bad once you get used to it, and other herbs and spices can substitute well. Too salty bothers me now.

Linda said...

That bag print is so me, too! I am glad you gave it new life.