I believe the biggest challenge I face as I try new things is not stalling out. It seems like I start a project and, as long as I feel like I’m making progress, I can move forward. However, the first time I hit a snag that take more than a day to overcome, I get a visit from my old friend, Inertia. It is hard to find the motivation to pick up keep going. It doesn’t help that I have a bit of a wandering eye when it comes to projects. Actually, I think it is more akin to Attention Deficit Project Disorder. Any project that takes more than a few days is in danger of getting bumped by the next thing that catches my eye.
I have made it a goal for this next year to not give in to my ADPD. In fact, I actually want to go back and revisit some stalled projects. I have made peace with the fact that I have taken my alligator purse as far as I can with the tools that I now own.
Perhaps one day, I will get a sewing machine that can do the top-stitching through the layers. When that time comes, I will bring it back out and finish triumphantly! For now, I am content and consider it complete.
With that decided, I took a look around for UFOs (unfinished objects) hiding in corners and closets. Guess what I found lurking!
This is a bag that I started months ago during my “felting” phase. I crocheted it from wool in eight squares: four for the front and four for the back joined with a gray band. Once assembled, I threw it in the washer for several cycles until satisfied with the degree of felting. I shaped it around a box and allowed it to dry. The handle is one long crocheted strip – also felted. That’s how far I got before I stalled.
I couldn’t decide how I wanted to line the bag. At this point, I hadn’t taken any of the classes on Craftsy. In fact, this is before I even know about Craftsy at all. I knew that I didn’t know what I needed to know. I did manage to find a couple of options that I thought would be nice for lining fabrics.
Now was the time. After taking the two classes that demonstrated techniques for making linings, I was finally ready to move ahead. I decided to use the same burgundy satin that I used as the pocket lining on my leather bag. I measured and calculated and put it together.
Because the strap hardware was already attached to the bag exterior making the top edge three layers thick, I decided to simply slip the lining into the exterior and top-stitch it into place instead of using the normal assembly technique. There were a couple of places that the machine balked at the thickness, but it was simple enough to slip stitch those areas. So there you go. One less UFO in my house. I have replaced it with a great comfy bag and found my motivation in the process!