Last weekend I put in a mad effort to try and complete, in two days, the beach bag that I have been planning in my head for at least two months. Ha! What I forgot to take into consideration was my lack of a solid plan and my sub-par sewing skills (I employ the figure-it-out-as-you-go-along technique). What resulted was a semi-planned first side and a "what the heck was I thinking?" flip side.
Below, I have displayed some very graphic and raw photos that may scar you for life...CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!
This is where I'm at with my tote. It's a little all over the place, a little wrong, and a little whimsical, I guess that's what makes it so perfect for me. When I look at any of my creations I ask myself, "If I saw someone with this on the street would I think it's cute?" Well, the jury is still out for me, but I'm not even close to being done. I still have to replace the handles, attach the ruffles, and sew on the patches that go onto the striped side.
One thing that I can say for sure is that I've had a blast using my mermaid stamp from Paper Source. For this project, I've been stamping the image on fabric with both a fabric-friendly ink pad and fabric paint. By using the stamp pad, I reliably produced a clear image almost every time, but the thrill of using the paint was awesome! I never knew if she would end up looking like an retro print or come out looking like she had a beard!