I’ve been patching our linen/cotton blend napkins for a couple years now with a contrasting fabric and thread whenever a hole develops. I like them even better with more character. I use a zig zag stitch and do not finish edges, the woven patch will fray down to the zig zag and have a cute scrappy/scarecrow looking patch going. Final photo is of another napkin after a few washes.
My friend is attached to this cloth bag, so I thought I'd try for my first PEP badge and fix it for her. The strap is the obvious problem, but it was also starting to fray at the top edge, so I made it two new straps and covered the damaged edge with folded strips of fabric.
I'll call the frayed edge a "hole" and that you patched it. Kind of an edge case so I'll approve it for your first BB. Congratulations!
Thanks Mike - yes it was an "edge" case - a patch on an edge! Same skill set and the owner's birthday is today, so I figured I'd fix her bag as a surprise for her.
PS - the patch material came from one arm off a cotton shirt that had been badly stained - upcycling wins.
The hole in this was at a tension point, so I picked a large patch to add a little breathing room. The patch has seen a little less sun than the main shirt, but I don't really care enough to worry about it.