Snap...fizzle...poof. My hopes for two Japanese knot bags were so high...then dropped right back down to earth in record time. Poof.
I bought this issue of Making while I was traveling over the holiday. Look at the bags on the cover. Don't you want one? I do! This is my third issue of Making, after two generously passed on from Hadley as extra goodies in a swap. I really like this magazine: lots of fun little projects, eye candy and colors to inspire. I tend to go back 2-3 times to re-read ensuring I catch it all. So, I thought I would actually try the cover project for this month's issue. I wanted to make two shoulder-sized Japanese knot bags.
Bags of fun it says. Well, who can resist? I cut out my fabric and started stitching. I was bold enough to cut fabric for two bags. Ahh, my high hopes. I'm always shocked at how much fabric it takes to make a bag and this time was no exception. For the first bag, I chose a green apple print for the exterior and a little sunny lemon print for the lining.
Now, here is where the trouble began. I could start piecing and get through the first page of the pattern just fine, but when I turned to the second page and read the instructions I was lost. Some where between page 1 and page 2 I was supposed to have flipped the bag right sides together, then wrong sides together, then right sides together...but I can't find that point. So, at the top of page 2 where I should be right sides together (as in the helpful pattern photo) I was wrong sides together and stuck.
So, I did what I could to stitch together this little pathetic knot bag and called it a day.
It is kind of right, but wrong in so many ways. But the real issue is even after a day away, I still can not figure out where I went wrong...which makes me flustered and want to walk away again. It was supposed to be fun :( And I hope it is....for someone else.
Wow - I've just realized this post is a real downer. Sorry! I have happiness to post tomorrow, honest!
I am therefore offering the worst giveaway ever. To the first person who wants it, I am happy to send on this knot bag (that just makes me cringe with memories when I see it), the fabric I cut for a second knot bag (lovely Monaluna happiness) and the magazine pattern with templates for 2 sizes of bag. I can not give you tips, or even a pattern that works (for me...) but I will give you a chance to make it work for yourself. Anyone want it?
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