The task at hand was to fix dd8's Hex Bag that had horrible holes in it ... and keep it that way!
But first a little disclaimer of sorts: The hexagon pattern I used for the bag is the Attic24 Hexagon How-To. It's the same one I've used for the Hex blanket-that-might-not-continue-to-be-a-blanket, in the previous post and here. The pattern is a good one, especially as it's of the join-as-you-go variety. So, why did it fall apart? I LoVe to crochet. Oops, I've said that before! But I'm not so passionate about sewing. Plus, I didn't even have a sewing machine when I crocheted this bag (I still don't. I'm STILL borrowing one.) Anyway, many of us are really in to one craft (like crochet) and and not in to another (like knitting!) and just can't manage others (like sewing). BUT, crocheting a bag in any stitch bigger than a single crochet (US term) and then giving it to an 8 year old, who then goes on to stuff it silly with things that are larger than the bag itself (because it's nice and stretchy) means only one thing ...
... it needs a LINING.
So first of all, the stitches had to be undone up to the damaged section and re-crocheted.
Then, a lining was stitched up.
With french seams incase they can be seen through the spaces between the hexagon stitches. [I don't own a sewing machine so of course I didn't know what a French seam was let alone how to sew one! Great tutorial here.]
Finally, the lining was hand-sewn in to the inside of the crocheted bag with the aid of another brilliant tutorial.
I just thought it might be worth mentioning that I started off pinning the lining to the bag with the pins lying horizontally. It was quite painful! Then I decided to pin them vertically and didn't have any pin pricks at all.
Et voila! A Hex bag that she can no longer over-stuff or over-stretch but hopefully over-use in sha Allah!
So you see, being able to sew just means you can do MORE with your crochet projects!