August 2009 Fr. T. requested a pouch in which to carry the Pix (Holy Communion) to the sick when he is making his rounds at the hospital. He is a hospital chaplain. The Pix is a gold box which holds the consecrated Mysteries. In order to keep it secure, he carries it in a pouch around his neck. I wrote about the sewing project here and here. My memory didn’t serve me well because I recall making one, not, two* bags.
About a month ago Fr. T. told me the bag seam had frayed and could I make him a new one. Of course I could, so when I saw him a couple weeks ago he gave it to me so I could use it as a template. The side seam had frayed terribly and split wide open. Thank goodness I had the forethought to line the bag, and that seam held. But my goodness! The bag looked like it had been through a war! There were frays and pulls all over it. I was rather disappointed it had lasted for only 4 years.
I made him a new one, this time a little bigger, with a little sturdier fabric, and again lined. I handled the seams a little differently by folding them over then stitching them down. Hopefully that will prevent fraying. I re-purposed an old altar server robe (white). The pale green silk lining was re-purposed from a green altar cloth.
I am pleased with the finished product. It is such a joy to do this type of thing.
The strap – silver trim from the robes was stitched down onto the strap to make it more substantial.
*Now, I wonder what he did with the second bag I made in 2009?!