Friday, February 22, 2013

change of plans

OK, now I know for sure. Improvisation, no pattern, and a fuzzy picture of a finished project in my head turns out not to be the best approach when it comes to purse making. Yesterday I shared a snapshot of what was supposed to be my next everyday purse.  

Well, after spending some time thinking (unsuccessfully, I might add) about how to install a zipper in what turned out to be a bag that was too short for my needs, I decided to change the plan completely. I always try to remember that I sew for fun and relaxation, and when it gets to the point when I'm actually getting stressed by what I'm working on, it's time to re-evaluate.

So, first I went to Amazon and ordered myself a beautiful new purse (oh, Amazon, how I love thee).  And then I turned a would be purse into a small tote bag.


Its size and shape are actually great for carrying my sewing supplies,


or maybe my knitting or crochet projects.  And, even though the final result is not exactly what I had in mind, I'm really glad I went ahead and finished it.


 Because, I really like this neon piping, and double sided handles, and the chunky stitches. All in all, not such a bad experience.

How about you? Do you ever start a project and along the way it turns into something quite different?

Wishing you all a very lovely weekend.

13 comments:

  1. Seaside was my favorite fabric line last year, and your tote is the best use I've seen of that beach chair plaid. I'm sorry it didn't work out as a purse, but it is such a cute sewing-knitting tote that you might be glad! I've been using a sewn tote and a "real" leather purse for a couple of weeks and really am glad to have two bags.

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  2. Ah, so pleased you finished it, even if it wasn't your first vision! Jxo

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  3. Ha, all the time! I love your bag, by the way, especially the piping and the chunky stitches!

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  4. It turns out so cute! I love the big pockets in the exterior. What's the print you used for the lining fabric? I am having problem with checks fabrics... Love love love..:)

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  5. It was obviously *meant* to be a project tote :o)

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  6. It's beautiful. Love the stitching you did along the top. It was meant to be a craft bag.

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  7. Hey, this turned out great, even if it's not what you had planned. I love the stitches with the occasional x's -- so cute. I'm terrible about sticking to a plan when I sew. I'm always coming up with new ideas in the middle of a project, so it's pretty rare that something turns out the way I had originally planned it to be unless I'm following a prepared pattern!

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  8. I like to call these projects "Design Opportunities". It looks great.

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  9. That's a cute bag. Yesterday I worked on a guild charity quilt. The backing I brought home from the guild stash was a flimsy lightweight polyester flannel. I started attaching the cotton top to the backing and it suddenly occured to me that this fabric might be flammable, in which case, not good for kids. So I am taking it apart today and pitching the backing for something else. You can't be too safe and a little boy needs a nice quilt.

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  10. Adapt, finish it and move on is my moto when things don't go to plan. Love your new tote!

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  11. This has definitely happened to me too and I think you did a great job of revamping your vision!

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