In-between times are often good for repairs, and the shoulder strap on my bag has been showing signs of wear for some time now.
By no means am I any kind of expert with sewing machines, and I had to get the instruction manual out to remind me what went where. I think it turned out OK. Functional, at least, if not particularly attractive or symmetrical. Symmetry can be a bit over-rated.
The strap holders were also badly frayed, but to replace those meant taking the whole bag apart from its lining, which would have involved more machining than I was prepared to do. So I covered the strap holders by hand, just taking some fabric and wrapping it round what was already there.
Mo will recognise the buttons, cut from some vintage clothing very kindly sent to me as a gift. I quite like the idea that the old, original strap holders are still there underneath, like a layer of archaeology.
And I’m also making a new bag – same design – for the winter, cut from scraps of felted wool:
This one is pieced by hand, and still needs a little more hand stitching. I’ve couched some wool yarn between the squares, left over from a jumper I knitted last winter. This will keep me busy over the weekend.