As long as I can remember - whenever something has gone missing, my mother will say "The Borrowers took it." Now as avid reader as I was as a child, and still am, I don't remember ever reading The Borrowers - although I am sure my older sisters probably did, and I am thinking that is why this expression became common in our household.
Yesterday I responded to someone's comment about my seam ripper by saying "The Borrowers took it." I guess I really am my mother's child.
At any rate -the Borrowers brought it back - or at least I finally figured out the last thing I had been working on where I had that particular tin of tools handy, checked the right box and PRESTO -there it was.
So the bags are all turned and the holes stitched back up again. Now for the pressing and top stitching and PRESTO -they will be done!!!
(and judging from this photo - the Borrowers really liked sewing notions! That explains A LOT!)