A friend’s daughter asked me on Easter if I would fix her backpack. No problem! She asked yesterday if it was done. Gasp!!!! It has basically been in plain sight the whole time…although I have moved it a few times. Since it seemed so simple, I just kept putting it off. She’s leaving for camp in three days…I MUST get it done NOW!
This is what it looked like when she gave it to me. See that hole in the corner? This is one of those drawstring backpacks. The kind where the ends of the cords are inserted into the bottom corners.
The eyelet had pulled out of the fabric.
I figured a larger eyelet would do the trick…but the largest size I had was the exact same size. ARGH! I did not want to go to the store.
Brainiac Moment!!!! Okay, more like my junk crafter brain kicked into overdrive. I decided to fix the hole with new fabric, then attach an eyelet I already had.
Can you believe that in my huge stash of fabric there was not one scrap of black canvas. Hmm…Nope!…but I did find some old black jeans. Perfect!
I cut a square larger than the circle and glued it inside the backpack, over the hole. I used E-6000. I then had the foundation I needed for the new eyelet. Woo Hoo!!
This is the inside of the bag. Oops! I didn’t get a pic before I attached the new eyelet…and yes, the cord was reinserted too. Sheesh! I got so carried away with success that I forgot to take pics. Sorry!
TA-DA! This is the eyelet from the outside.
Not all eyelets/grommets are created equal. Some may only have one part. Mine had two. The front part has a taller center shank than the back part. The silver tool in the pic is the attaching tool. Usually this comes in your package of eyelets.
Snip a small hole in your fabric where you are inserting the eyelet. Start very small. You can always cut it larger if needed, but you can’t make it smaller. Work the shank of the eyelet’s front part through the hole in the fabric from the right side of the fabric to the back. Place the eyelet’s back part over the shank of the front part. This photo is what that will look like without the fabric in between.
Hold the parts together. Place them on a hard work surface with the front facing down. Place the attaching tool on the back part. Tap the top of the tool firmly with a hammer. This will squeeze the parts together. That’s it.
All finished and ready for camp fun!