I love these string grocery bags that we received as a wedding gift many years ago. They’re nice because they’re small enough to be tucked in a handbag or in a pocket while out shopping They’ve held up really well over the last 22-years but were showing signs of wear and tear (thankfully, the years have been kinder to my marriage!!). Rather than toss them out and buy new ones, I found a way to keep these bags from getting bigger holes. And, the fix involved using pens, which is always an added bonus.
First, I zig-zag stitched the handles. I had matching blue thread and set my sewing machine on a tight, wide stitch and went back and forth where the handle and bag come together. The hole was next….
I rounded up some packaging twine that was my souvenir from our recent trip to Chinatown.
Then I cut small pieces and doubled them.
And tied them in square knots onto the strings that looked like they went together. Once they were good and tight, I trimmed the edges.
Then I used a blue permanent marking pen and colored them blue. Ok, I didn’t have to do that step but I love pens! Finished!
The test on the bags? I sent my husband and daughter to the grocery store with the bag and they gave it the “thumbs-up” on the repairs. After these simple fixes, I think the bags will go another 22-years. Cross my fingers that my husband can handle me for that long!!