I had meant to make more progress on a small quilt top I showed last month, but ended up doing something much less exciting. Our neighbour, Claude, asked if I could repair his leaf-blower vacuum bag.
Now, I’d already repaired it in the past and on the inside there are patches as proof
but what Claude hadn’t noticed was . . . things were getting very holey in certain areas that were more difficult to patch.
So . . . I took the thing apart, including unpicking the very long chunky zip so I could re-use . . . scouted in my box of unpretty scraps, where I found the perfect piece:
This fabric, full of holes chewed by Rio, as it used to be the “blanket” I used to cover his cage at night time. Despite the holes, there was plenty of fabric to cut out pieces to make a new bag.
Zip insertion leaves much to be desired, and I’ve just realised I need to turn the black plastic “neck” thing by 90° in order for it to clip on the machine properly but I’m rather pleased with how it turned out.
So pleased in fact, I made a second one in a bright turquoise fabric (that had been used to patch the original bag!).
Zip insertion went a little better and I got it on the correct curve this time. This one just has a length of cording laced through the neck part which then ties onto the plastic clip thingy.
Everything used was either scraps or recycling, since I found a second chunky zip in my stash which had been upicked from something (probably a bag).