Monday, April 18, 2011

Tried and Failed to Tutorialize my Pleated Tote

Is tutorialize a word?  Judging by the red line underneath indicating that it's a spelling error, I'm guessing not.  New word for the day?  Tutorialize.

I was so excited.  I was going to create a tutorial for my pleated tote.   You know how much I love pleats...   I made this one last year.  It was the first bag that I designed on my own.  Unfortunately, though,  I didn't take any measurements.

Yesterday, I gathered my materials and my camera. I cut. I took a picture.  I sewed.  I took a picture.  I wrote everything down.

Well, it didn't turn out.  I made the bag too triangular and the opening at the top was much too narrow.  Nuts.   I seam ripped. 

I didn't give up though.  Thankfully, I had enough material to add some side panels.  Here's what I ended up with!  So I may try to make a tutorial for the pleated tote with side panels.  What do you think?

A flower  can make anything look good ;)
I love the material.  I nabbed the yellow fabric and the blue flowery fabric for FREE from the scrap bin at the Needle Shop in the city.  They let you take 5 free scraps!  Nice.

Tomorrow, I'll show you how I made this lovely hair pin.

Easy as can be.  I've been inspired to try some different hairstyles and these were perfect.  I did three twisty knot buns this weekend and stuck these in.  It looked cute.  I called it my "helga" hair.
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  1. Great job Tina...tutorials can be tuff!

  2. Last year's was cute, but I think I like the one with the side panels even better! Love the material you used too!

  3. I the fabric. Can't wait for you to post pictures of you with "Helga Hair". I would actually wear the hair pins! Look for an email....having a hard time trying to use the downloaded new fonts you included in one of your posts awhile back.


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