Today’s crafty mission was all about giving new life to an old timer.
For my birthday this year my mother sent me a collection of special items, handed down by her and my grandmother.
In the collection was a wooden rattle that I used as a baby, for Lil Miss P, a silver baby spoon set given to my mother by the people that were going to adopt her when she was in the orphanage (I’ll explain more why she was there shortly) and a bag that my grandmother made.
This bag might not look like much but it is a bit special to me.
As already mentioned, it was made by my grandmother. She made it all by hand out of felt, thread and a zip. No sewing machine, no glue, no fancy techniques at all.
I guess this little project was a way to fill in her time because my grandmother made this bag sometime during the time she was in hospital with TB for 4 years! 4 years!!!!!!
That’s why my mother was in an orphanage as a little girl. She was sent there with her sisters when she was just a baby, and didn’t get back to my grandmother until she was 5 years old.
While she was alive I remember my grandmother always dabbling in lots of different crafts, and I have followed in her footsteps. We are very much alike in our interests, including gardening, so the fact that she made this bag all by hand and now it has been gifted to me is really special.
It’s worn pretty well over the years considering it is at least 55 years old. It’s a little faded, a lot dusty and the zip had pretty much come all the way undone, hence the pins in the picture.
My refurbishment of this bag was simple. I hand stitched the zip back in, in keeping with how the bag has been put together originally, and gave it a wash with wool detergent. It hasn’t come up super bright with the wash due to the fading, but at least all the dust is out of it. And the zip works : )
I’m going to use this bag to store my current stitching project in, since my other vintage bag is taken up with wool and crochet projects.
And since my gran loved stitching the most, out of all her crafts, it’s only right that this bag looks after my stitching.
As an aside: this bag doesn’t look too hard to make and I might try to do just that at some stage. It’s mostly 2 large pieces of felt folded, felt strips plaited for the handles, different felt colours for the flowers, and a zip and thread. Simple!