On January 21, 2011 I started this project. A girlfriend and I got together and covered clothesline with fabric. Looking back, that should have been a clue that this was a lousy project.
Clothesline? Fabric? Really?
On Friday, my girlfriend came over and we were going to make these bags. She bailed out early in the game because she went through two sewing machines, trying to find one that would stitch the pieces together. She was smart enough to knit instead.
I, on the other hand, kept going. By the time our sewing day was over, I had all the rope sewn together and it looked like this.
That’s really gorgeous, isn’t it?
Every step in the process got more miserable. I had to put binding on all those edges next. Then all the binding was handstitched. Yes, I was stitching into clothesline.
Then it was time to put the #%!@ thing together. I never swear. Ok, not very often. Oh….shut up! At this point, I was ready to purchase a Rosetta Stone Chinese program just so I could learn some new swear words.
It got worse.
I had to put the sides together. They were supposed to be hand stitched. I stitched from the inside. It looked awful. I tried pearl cotton on the outside. It was just as bad. (By this time, this blasted project was ruining my beautiful Saturday morning.)
I finally stuck the thing in the Bernina and zigzagged the first side seam. It worked great. On the first seam. Then I broke a needle, after I’d already broken one or two on previous steps. So I switched to the big dog Pfaff and managed to stitch the other three side seams. All told, I broke five needles on this dumb thing.
And then there was the top binding. As you can see on the photo above, to the left of the button is a really bad spot. I have to fix that. I can’t just leave it. I was ready to superglue the binding to the top because it was so hard to hand stitch down. I was so sick of it by this point, I decided to order handles for the stupid thing so I didn’t have to make them.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t fall for it! You’ll regret it. The ONLY reason it’s finished is that on top of being crazy, I’m one of the biggest bullheads you’ll ever meet.
And my girlfriend…I’m buying her clothesline covered fabric and turning it into placemats.
This last photo is just to show you that I’m now done with the whiniest post ever, because I still have this little girl to hang out with on a Monday morning.
My next project is the chair pads to go with the black and lime green table. Thanks for all your advice! Just wait to see what your ideas inspired!