What I had to do was retire an old purse/bag. I loved it dearly, but it had a hole and 3 broken zippers after 5 years of daily use. I didn't think it was right to pass it on to a thrift store, so over the course of a bus ride, I took seam ripper in hand and took off the useful parts: 2 zippers, the sturdy webbing strap, and a little zippered pocket from the interior.
|the tan webbing strap in my ribbon drawer|
Well, when we took our new canopy to the beach ($50 on sale with a coupon!), we noticed that the pegs and guy-ropes slid right out of the carrying bag's velcro pocket if we tilted it slightly. I knew just what to do when we got home. I put the pegs and ropes in the scavenged zippered pocket and put that in the velcro pocket so that it's now too big to slip past the velcro.
It's so nice to use a saved part for a real purpose. Just yesterday, I had to admit defeat with a cardboard-sided laundry hamper in the children's room. I bought it online and I did not know it was cardboard sewn into it for support and of course the children have crashed into it multiple times (legitimately - they're children!). I was only able to remove the thick rope handles from the hamper, and then I threw it away. So now I have two pieces of rope next to the webbing strap. . .