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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Can stretchy fabric "sock bags" be fixed? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Can stretchy fabric "sock bags" be fixed?
Autistic client is needing to have them repaired???
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Date: 11/14/12 2:07 PM

DH has an autistic client who uses "sock bags" as they call them to stuff all his things in. They are large bags that are made of very very stretchy fabric he stuffs his movies, coloring books, frisbies ... all kinds of things into his bags. Each color bag is important to him as he names them. So a couple of the favorite bags.... Kermy & Cookie Monster are tearing & wearing holes. Can these be mended with a conventional sewing machine? Would I use a zig zag stitch & put patches? Would that continue to allow for the stretch that is needed for their use? ....... This large stretchy stretch fabric is pricey & the client is on limited income. .... the bags are important to him as he has a regular routine of stuffing his things at bedtime or naptime every day..... this is an young adult. ..............Thanks so much! .....

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Date: 11/14/12 3:32 PM

Tgm - I would try patching on the inside with a similarly coloured Lycra fabric, zig zagging around the edge of the patch first and around the edge of the hole as well. Could be a bit tricky as he may not feel the patches are "real" and might not be able to use them even patched. It depends on the individual and how their autism works. New bags might be equally problematic.

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Date: 11/14/12 4:37 PM

I will try it & see how it goes. The client really loves his "sock bags" so I guess it is worth a try. ........ Miss Piggy Sock is holding so far but she is not doing as well either..........
Thank you for the info.

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Date: 11/18/12 11:41 PM

DH brought the sock bags home tonight to be fixed. Oh my ... 3 have huge runners throughout. Would those be salvagable at all? I think I may be able to repair pink .. Miss Piggy, & blue Cookie Monster ... but the others oh my....
Can be wide long runs be patched & hold up? Any ideas ? These are very stretchy, shiny fabric. They have to be able to continue to stretch allot to be useful to the client.
Thanks so much.

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Subject: Can stretchy fabric sock bags be fixed? Date: 11/19/12 2:08 PM

Can you put a stretchy lining in?

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Date: 11/19/12 3:44 PM

Good idea Laura. Depending on the size and number of runs you might be able to just bring the edges together and zi zag them closed?

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Date: 11/19/12 4:16 PM

I was working on this project this morning...
I was wrong the blue one cannot be fixed.. I tried but no.
The runners are all the way down & about 2 inches or so wide... on way maybe 1 1/2 to 3 inches apart. ...
Hmmm... try to stitch it together I will double check. ....
Part of it is as DH told me today that allot of the time client tries to put them on coat hooks so they are "off the floor"... like toys to be put away "off the floor". ............
Thanks both of you for the suggestions...

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Date: 11/20/12 10:10 AM

Sounds like new bags will be in order. Hope the client is able to cope with that. But for the record, I love the names of the bags. Anyone who loves the Muppets enough to name other things after them is aok in my book.

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Date: 11/20/12 10:19 AM

I like the idea of making an entire lining of sturdy stretchy fabric to contain all the belongings (bag within a bag). Possibly stitching to outer fabric at runs to help it not run further. (Also line new bags to extend life.) Figuring out a strap or some hanger to put over coat hooks would also extend life of old or new bags. Good luck!

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Date: 11/20/12 10:25 AM

Make one new bag in the same color as one of those that cannot be repaired. If he cannot accept this, try placing the new one inside the old one.

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