My purse has an outside pocket where I keep my keys, cell phone, work ID, a pen, etc. The pocket consists of a silky fabric and I noticed that there was a fairly large tear along one of the side seams and things were falling through the tear to the inside of my purse!
This morning, I emptied the purse and pocket and noticed that the other side of the pocket was also starting to tear:
|Lining in Process of Tearing
I trimmed the edges of the torn side seam, turned them inside, and sewed a closely spaced blanket stitch to seal it closed. I didn't mind using white thread on a cream colored fabric because this is the pocket lining and the sewing won't be seen.
|Torn Side Mended
Since the other side seam wasn't fully torn, I did a row of running stitches to stabilize and reinforce the edge and then, did a row of blanket stitches:
|The Tearing Side Mended, Too
It took me less than 20 minutes to sew the two torn seams, but the repairs should extend the life of the purse by several months at the very least. I have only this one everyday purse and this purse gets a lot of use. I seem to carry everything but the kitchen sink in it and it weighs a ton! But it is what I'd grab first if there was an earthquake, etc., and I had to leave the house in a hurry. I used my previous purse for 2 years and I am hoping to use this one for the same length of time.
If you had a purse with a torn pocket lining, what would you have done? Speaking of purses, do you have several that you switch to match your outfit, etc. (I used to do that when I was younger and had several purses and matching pairs of shoes!), or do you have just one or two everyday purses? Or do you just not bother with a purse, at all? If so, what do you use in lieu of a purse?
Today, I had a cup of tea and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, I pulled out items from the freezer - previously cooked sauted beef, green beans curry, lentil curry, and squash curry; reheated them and cooked a pot of rice. One of the Valentine's Day chocolates for dessert. Haven't decided on dinner, yet. Maybe leftover macaroni and cheese from the other night.
Daughter will be flying back to Berkeley, a little later this afternoon. I will drop her off at the airport and come back. The house will no doubt feel lonely with her gone. However, she'll be coming back at the end of the week to accompany me to my 4th chemotherapy session on Friday.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to extend the length of use of my purse by mending it.
- Knowing enough sewing to mend the purse.
- Being able to practice a bit of frugality by mending the purse.
- Food from the freezer for lunch (plus leftovers for the next couple of days).
- A beautifully warm, sunny day and the sound of birds singing.
Hope each and every one of you is having a lovely day.