February 12, 2008

I was sew not paying attention!

I got this new pattern from this blog. I sure hope she doesn't mind me posting this. It's out in bloggy world for all to see, so I suppose not.

Anyhow, this pattern is for a Martha Stewart Dish Towel Tote. It seemed cute (and easy enough).

Seeing as how all I've been doing with regards to the sewing machine is staring at this pile of material for a quilt (that I've had for over a year now) for Kelly's daughter...and making these... (the taggie, not the baby)I figured it was time for something new.

So, back to the tote. I started it and got really excited when I realized how little time it took. It probably should have only taken a few hours, but for me, a few days was my break-neck speed.

Fast forward. I got done and knew it was pretty shoddy in a few areas. I wasn't going for perfection, I was trying to get down the technique before gifting a real one.

Here's the finished product. Not too bad, right?
I even got snazzy and added a button closure.And a liner? Geez, that's big time!
Then JD says "why did you do the straps that way?"

I replied with a snotty tone "What way, Mr. Knowitall? I just did what the pattern said to do!"

He says very calmly.... "put it on your arm and use it, then."Well, yeah.....I guess it's a good thing this was the trial run. Maybe I can just wear it??? No?
Then, my sweet friend Alyssa suggested that I use it as a stroller bag. Leave it to her to see the good side in all of this. But, the other thing I failed to mention is I used the wrong size dish towel. It will hold a diaper and maybe a bottle. Whoops.

Oh well. Happy Birthday, Alyssa. I made you a stroller bag.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking the Heineken shirt explains quite a bit!!!!

Why did you do the straps that way?

Kelly said...

It's still cute! I wish I could sew!

Brenda said...

Oh my word Rachel that is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! I have no doubt that your sitemeter will not be able to contain all the traffic rushing over to your place to sign up to win one of those babies!!!! It really is cute and I didn't notice anything wrong with it until you mentioned it.
Also, please remember that there are diapers that come in sizes such as 1 and 2 and 3 and you could probably fit a few more of those in your "stroller bag." Not every child is wearing size 6 or 7 you know!

Ashley said...

That is so cute! I can't believe he noticed the straps. I still think you did a great job!

Sarah G. said...

Well I'm digging the bag!! I didn't notice the straps either. It's hard to tell how big it really is, but you could also put it in your car on your gear shift as a little trash bag type thing.

Sarah Rose said...

Well look at YOU Miss Crafty! I am thoroughly impressed! I mean, forget sewing the handles on wrong... I would have botched the sewing from the get-go! We're still working on straight seams at my house. Maybe by the time Phoebe is in high school, I will be able to sew two pieces of fabric together.
And yeah, I never would've noticed the handles either. I think they call that "Mommy Brain".

Anonymous said...

I think it's very cute... I cannot sew AT ALL (I almost flunked Home Ec. in high school trying to sew -and vowed never to touch a sewing machine again!) You go girl!!

Someone Being Me said...

I think it is really cute. I can't believe your husband noticed that about the straps. Mine would have never noticed.

Anonymous said...

Wow, been there and done that!!!! Crazy huh??? I'm proud of you.....you are doing great.

Jen said...

You are tooooo funny. This reminds me of when I get tired while sewing and I sew pieces wrong....but that is easily fixed!

Great idea on the stroller bag...I need on!! :)

ALSO...I have one of the taggie blankets and Lincoln LOVES it...thanks Auntie Rachel!

Anonymous said...

That is hysterical. Love it. I think you should wear it as a hat. Or, give it to LaLa to store all her treasures in.

The pictures are hilarious. I can see JD's face as you were typing what he said. Honestly he probably could sew something quicker and of better quality. Not being mean, but he's pretty multi-talented.

kel

Kami said...

I like the bag and besides using it on a stroller I am sure there are more uses for a bag with straps the "wrong" way. :o) I think it's cute and you did a great job. You know I have a similar pile of fabric scraps for a patchwork quilt...Haven't gotten very far other than collecting the scraps. :o)

Joanne and Deric said...

DEVINE - I love it - you crack me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda said...

OK Rachel, you are famous now. Go over to my blog and check it out!

Jesstern said...

That was so funny to read! And the pics were good for a laugh too. I agree with a couple other folks who saw there are probably other uses for a "mis-handled" bag. Ha ha.

Thanks for the contest support, BTW. You're too kind! I'll be sending over that blog header real soon.

Becs said...

Wait a few months and give it to Lorelai and tell her how you made it for her. She will love toting it around and not even know the difference about the straps!

Anna Childress said...

I'll be checking back to see how JD does a better job. I'd still use it!

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

Oh, you are so good humored! I'd be alternately crying and yelling. And probably there would be a slammed door...or two.

It's real cute though, for what it's worth. ;)

Renee and James said...

I'm totally thinking that the straps look cool. It's the new look, I swear!
Happy birthday to the bestest sewer I know!!!

Terry said...

Hey, at least you can sew! Which means you can fix it, right? That's more than I can say for myself.

Jamie said...

Rachel--

Girl, your comment on my post had me rolling this morning! YOU'RE HILARIOUS! Of course I'm not throwing you to the curb! :):)

Take care and keep those creative juices going, I'm impressed!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL!!

FEBRUARY 14, 19__

Love, Dad

Rebecca said...

Wow Rach, you just get more crafty by the day! Now I wish you would live by me so you could impart some of your skills to this non-crafty mom. My mom has been busy sewing up a storm these past weeks - she loved the taggy and is borrowing that idea for her friend's grandbabies- I didn't think you would mind.

MISS YOU and HAPPY 30th!!!!!!

bauer zoo said...

i think that you did a great job on the bag...and if the pattern told you to do the straps like that, well, you did what the pattern said. i wish i knew how to sew.

Mama said...

Hey, it looks great!... Sorry if it wasn't clear enough.

Happy Birthday!!

Carissa Anne said...

Okay seriously, that's the funniest thing I've ever seen! You can still use it anyway, just walk sideways.

An Iowa Mom said...

That is hilarious. Maybe you should just have another Heiney.

LOVE THE PATTERN. Actually, I love your bag ... minus the straps. I'm going to be making me one of these, for sure.

:)