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!!
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4 thoughts on “How to Fix String Bags”
You are so good at finding ways to make things last – and be pretty! Good job!
Thanks Annie! These bags have been great and I can’t even find where I mended it. That could be my eyes…:)
Couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the link to this page! I brought back a string bag from Paris, 1968. It got caught on my bicycle wheel in college and tore. I saved it, against all odds — apparently for this very day! Dream come true — bag repaired! Thank you soooo much! ❤
Oh that is a great story – both how you tore it and how you kept it! So glad you held onto to that bag and fixed it. Very well done. Thank you for sharing the story, Miggie!
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