I considered naming this blog "One Big Mess," but I decided that was a little bit too negative. Nonetheless, some days my crafting really is one big mess. Today was one of those days; luckily, the project was small. That was probably the root of the problem. I thought it would be much easier and much faster than it was. So, I didn't verify that I had enough thread of the correct color. And when the spool ran dry, I was lucky to find that I had another one because I used a lot of thread on this small project. Lots of stitching, ripping out, and re-stitching.
I made a Christmas gift for someone and decided that I should sew a gift bag to go with it, as the gift itself wasn't going to be easily wrapped in paper. I didn't use a pattern for the gift bag. I had an idea and I thought it would be easy enough to do. I even had what I thought was a super trick for the construction that would save me a few steps. I should've thought that one through a little more before starting because half-way through I realized that, in fact, it was NOT a super trick and that there was a much better way to do it. But I'm stubborn and I didn't want to start all the way over, so I found a way to make it work. And, my silly way of constructing the bag does have the bonus of giving the bag a nice design element on the side seam.
Here are some pictures of the bag in construction:
I used fabric leftover from my Christmas decorations project (made for my knitting group's sale). I haven't done a post yet on the Christmas decorations...perhaps I will do one later. The fact that I was using leftovers didn't give me a lot of wiggle room on the design. Well, I suppose I could've used even more leftovers and made a larger, quilted bag, but the bag itself is not the gift so I didn't want to spend days on it.
Anyhow, here's a photo of the finished project, with the Christmas gift already in the bag. I hope the recipient likes both!
I also used this photo for today's contribution on the 365 Project. So far I'm loving looking at everyone's photos and I encourage everyone to join: http://365project.org/
As a side note, I listened to three albums while sewing this bag: 'Gulag Orkestar' by Beirut, 'Fold your hands child, you walk like a peasant,' by Belle & Sebastian, and 'Different Light' by the Bangles. Do you listen to music while you sew, and if yes, what do you like to listen to?