Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wow. Holy mother-of-projects-gone wrong.

Yeah. Well, we all make mistakes, especially when experimenting with a new idea. And my excellent new idea was to cover a tote bag with yo-yo's made with some pretty vintage fabrics I've been holding on to. In my head, this was going to be a really freakin' cool looking summery-flowery yo-yo tote!

In reality, it looks like I went on a clown killing spree to finish this. In fact, it's already been dubbed as the "clown pelt" by friends. My husband politely acknowledged the craftsmanship and then followed up by asking if I was "really going to take that thing in public?". Yep, I have created a monster.


On the bright side, my little girl loves it. She points to all the buttons (saying, "Buh-uhns" so cute, right?) and loves the bright colors. So this may just end up being a bag for K.


I lined the bag with some vintage sheeting, too. And - now that I am thinking about it - many of the buttons were vintage as well.


In retrospect, it's not the project design that's so awful, but rather my choice of materials. I think softer colors, sticking to just a few fabrics and finishing up with just one kind of button to tie it all together would make this a sucess. However, I've had my fill of yo-yo's for the moment. I think it's time to move along to something new!

How about you? Have you ever had a project go terribly wrong?

7 comments:

Mary Keenan said...

I agree that this is a lot of excitement going on for one bag so... why am I thinking this is just the right amount of excitement for one really wild skirt? Maybe it's all those great fabrics. Whatever it is, I love it ;^)

Miss Sews-it-all said...

I like your skirt idea! The other thing I didn't count on is how HEAVY all the fabric and buttons are. I'm thinking that skirt would really weigh you down!

a good yarn said...

Oh well. A lesson learned. Perhaps if the yo-yos had been smaller and stitched together where they just touch. It certainly has a lot of chracater. I've made plenty of disasters in my time but my intentions were always honourable. Ann :-)

Deanna said...

"Disaster" is a pretty strong word. I agree with a previous commentor that the issue might be one of scale--small may be better in this situation. On the other hand, if your daughter loves it, take it everywhere in public that she needs to be quietly entertained. It could prove very useful that way.

Sew Shine said...

I think the idea is very cute, but, unfortunatly, I have to agree that it is very "active!" I admire your boldness, though, in trying them all together. I tend to be more timid in my fabric chioics (although, I am trying to push myself out of my comfort zone). I don't think it would be horrible to let your DD love the purse as her own. You'll get much more satisfaction watching her love it than if you are worrying about what you *should* have done.

PamKittyMorning said...

Clown pelt. That totally kills me.

Maureen O'Danu said...

Maybe try overdying the project to unify? Perhaps in a red to match the handles, or a yellow or gold to pick up the echoes underneath?