Monday, January 17, 2011
Sewing Project: Reading List Tote #1-3
Anyway, back to the project. Since this was my first sewing machine project I took the advice of a different author and used muslin the first time. It's cheap, like $1/yard, and I'm glad I did. I just wrote with ballpoint pen which pieces were which from the instructions since they were all the same color.
-seriously hard time with the handles. My ability to sew straight at an 1/8" is not so hot. If you're doing this project as a beginner just make the handles wider so that the fold under is easier to catch if you don't sew perfectly straight.
Verdict: Pretty pleased with myself. Took longer then I expected, but was psyched to start the "real" tote bag.
Notes on the project (#2): (no photos, for reason that will become obvious)
-feeling bad for not ironing the muslin, I ironed the canvas. Or tried until it melted onto my iron. Apparently it wasn't cotton canvas. Luckily enough it just peeled off the next day in one big plastic piece.
-canvas sewn to canvas lined with canvas is THICK. Thick enough that I somehow didn't notice that I sewed the bag closed.
Verdict: TOTAL DISASTER. To sum up this tote's lessons remember not to sew the bag closed, don't iron plastic and don't pay $20 a yard for fabric when you can't sew.
-ditched the interfacing because the fabric I was using was so stiff anyway.
-this thing is sturdy and I'm now using it everyday. I stick my purse, my water bottle and my phone in there and there is still a bit of room for papers or whatnot. I like it because it isn't so big that I can leave a bunch of crap in it, I have to empty it out regularly.
Verdict: Success! Great pattern, easy to follow directions (so long as you follow them) and a useful, attractive item. I feel like I can sew anything! You know, after I fail at it a few times. Anything!
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