Once upon a time, (well, it was just before the year 2000 began at a folk festival, actually), I bought this pair of Thai fishing pants. I had never seen a garment like them before, and I had never owned anything hand woven before I made the big decision to buy them. They have had some mending and a lot of wear, and finally, it has come to this.
They once had a green pattern, but it has long since washed and worn away. They have been in the cupboard where garments for re-use go awaiting a good idea for a few months. This week I decided that this fabric was too worn to be the outer of a bag, but it would probably make a suitable inner lining. I cut them apart, ripping the beautifully finished seams away from the main fabric and cutting off the hems and tie. The bigger pieces readily made a lining for this bag, cut from fabric left over when I made a dear friend a cabbage print shirt.
In the end, I sewed together the leftovers and ended up with enough to line two more bags.
I can’t remember where I got this lovely batik fabric, but I think it was a garage sale. It was square, with a border around the edge. Perhaps a small table cloth? Perhaps a wrap?
Now it is three bags!
As I looked at all that now remains of those much loved pants, I had a thought. The seams and hems and tie would do a perfectly good job of tying up a dye bundle. And needless to say, I couldn’t stop at four bags!