Item Made - Oversized Tote Bag
Time Taken - Elaine Paige on Sunday on BBC Radio2 (just over 2 hours, not including ironing time)
As you can see - I couldn't wait to get started with the new fabric I bought yesterday! I planned on starting my skirt today too, but about 2 and a half hours of sewing is enough for me in one go!
I bought this material intending to make another storage bag for my yarn overflow, and after trawling through my books and the internet, I found a straightforward looking tote bag tutorial on Craftbuds.
|miniature heroes - today's sewing snack of choice|
The tutorial is very easy to follow, clear and concise and the end product was certainly satisfactory. However I am both simultaneously proud and disappointed with the finished product.
This is entirely down to my own skills as a sewer, and the fact that I was using a pattern that was intended for on thing (a shopping tote) for another (a storage tote). Firstly, as I started cutting out my outer and lining fabric and putting the pieces together, I started to wonder if I could make this bag good enough to use for shopping as well as storage - this was my first mistake, as having started with the idea and size of a storage bag this was not going to be possible no matter how good I made it, and I set myself up for disappointment.
Finally the bag doesn't have the rigidity I envisioned when purchasing the fabric. I am taking this as a lesson learnt however - if I want a sturdy 'stand up' bag be prepared to buy much stiffer fabric (I was eyeing up some carpet-bag-type fabric yesterday in the shop, but it lost out to the lovely John Lewis print you see above). Yet the colours and print of the bag have made up for this.
I had thought afterwards to cheer myself up baking some choc-chip shortbread, but unfortunately I burnt it in the oven while defeating a boss on Ni No Kuni - not been my day...
No matter! What crafty-things have you been up to that didn't quite meet expectations/you have mixed feelings about?