Superfluity Shop in White Rock. There was a ball of fine crochet yarn and a hook in it. (I have a faint memory of her teaching me how to crochet when I was about 9 or 10.) Anyways, for twenty years it sat in the trunk where I kept my yarn, and I never paid any attention to it. Then the trunk got water-damaged and I had to rescue everything inside before it went mildew-y.
The seams are nicely sewn and finished with a straight machine stitch.
an early version of a serger? Does anyone recognize this kind of machine stitch and know what kind of a machine it would have been sewn on? And the opening for the drawstring is finished with a hand buttonhole stitch, which seems odd because even early Singers had buttonholer attachments.
Does anyone have an idea of the vintage of this little item? The fabric could be a lot older than the bag. Maybe you have something similar from your family's past? I'd love to know more - please post or comment with your own cloth mysteries!