Tahh-dahh! The Halloween tote was finished on November 1st! When I made the big announcement to my freshman-in-college-daughter on Sunday; that I had finally finished the Halloween tote, that's what she said...
"Just in time."
Imagine that- a sarcastic teenager.
Well, I won't let it ruffle my feathers. It's not 100 percent done anyway. So take that, Sarcastic Comment. The bow is supposed to be hand stitched in a spot and then tacked down. That is why it appears a little drunken-looking in the photo. Unfinished plus inattentive photography. There just is no end to my half-assedness some days.
I think it is pretty cute. I think sewing is a skill, that like any other skill, needs to be practiced before excellence is achieved or even approached. There are spots where the top edge of the lining bunched (just a little) when putting it all together; and the opening that I left in the lining wasn't large enough (apparently) for turning the project right side out when it was finally put together, causing the seam to rip open a few inches. But I learned things.
The coolest thing that I learned was that one of my Creative Memories acrylic circles for cropping scrapbook photos was just the right size to cut the fabric circles I needed to cover the buttons. The rotary cutter whipped right around pretty nicely. I think it would have gone even more smoothly if I had a slightly smaller rotary cutter than the 45mm. If I ever need to cut fabric circles again, there's that.
I also suspect that if I had cut all the pieces out first and then commenced trying to assemble the bag, it might have been more pleasant. I cut things out as I needed them and made the straps last because, well, it looked boring and I didn't want to do them. I realize that I have odd, often unexplainable, reactions to certain things, but there it is.
Actually, once I made the straps I didn't think it was that bad after all. I don't know why I found them so off-putting.
I may make another bag after I recover from this one. I feel a little sad that this wasn't done before Halloween this year, but I am a firm believer in "better late than never" philosophy, and Halloween will come around again in 2010 so it's OK.
Really, it is.