Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A thrifted rescue project

A trip to Goodwill on Saturday yielded some fun results (also, this creepy head which you already saw if you follow me on twitter) like this travel bag.


I house-sit a ton and packing up all my toiletries takes 3 bags. Yes it really takes that much to make me beautiful! Ha ha, actually I am usually gone so long everything I take has to be full size and that stuff will not fit in a tiny travel case. This bag should fit it all no problem! Except...
when I brought it home I realized...





Crappa dappa.

Was this bag a drug mule or something? Why would there be this huge slice in it?! And HOW did I not notice it at the store? And why didn't the tag specify as-is? SHEESH.

But it did not go through the lining...


And as you can see the bag was only $3.99. Honestly I'd much rather have the traveling capabilities over the four bucks store credit so I decided to see what I could do to fix it. I mean look at all this space!




And all these slots for my bottles (like my Latherati perfume or my Threla facial mist)


So I did what any desperate person would do. No I didn't use duct tape. I did, however, use glue; E6000 to be precise. The sides are a sort of stiff foam and sewing didn't really seem to be an option. I'm terrible at sewing so that also helped my decision along.

Once it was glued and dried I still have this knife fight scar to deal with. I scrounged some black fabric to cut "leaves" from (I freehand cut them, so don't judge too harshly) and I found a lovely rose patch I've had for years and never used. I stuck them on with liquid fusible web by the fantastic Aleene.


Now the scar is hidden and held together at the same time.
(And just in case you're wondering, I sanitized this bag to bits.)

Just in time for me to take off house-sitting again!

Linking to:

The Shaby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday



9 comments:

Kristy said...

OH wow! I love this :D You're seriously talented. I think I need you closer to me :P haha Sometimes I come across items in my house I want to give you because I know you MUST need them for creating such useful things!

Eunhwa said...

Hello Molly, I ended up at your blog by following you from my Etsy shop. I am leaving a note to tell you how I love your blog! I only read several posts but we seem to share similar taste in many things like books, and the same corningware pattern!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Fabulous job! I love that you rescued, I do the same when I can. Plaid is always worth an investment in my book.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Serendipity Chic Decor said...

Great solution...Very eclectic chic...

Take care,
Lisa

Meg said...

Ah, very clever and elegant solution! Adds some charm as well!

Amanda Dale said...

Great fix!
-Amanda

Terry said...

Great save. Terry

mmbcreations said...

I really like that save.

Jennifer said...

Great fix-up! It looks so cute with the patch. I featured you today on my thrift store round up :)

http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/01/thrift-store-re-do-roundup.html