Sewing Troubles

Sewing troubles!  Man, do I have sewing troubles!

It all started on a lovely Saturday morning.  Because I decided to “goal plan” this year and with the help of my lovely 2015 Workbooks from Leonie Dawson (see post here) I created something called Adventure Saturday!  It’s not something I do once a week but it needs to happen once a month.  Well my husband had just come back from a lovely vacation work trip in Texas, so I kidnapped him to come on an adventure.

Just a few minutes away from where I live is a lovely little town called Irma AB.  We stopped at a quilt store called Creative Klutter.  This is such a cute little shop and I love stopping by when I can… they have the Downton Abbey fabric collection which I just WISH I had a project for.

I digress!

While I was there I saw this lovely batik fabric packaged up in a kit.  I think it is batik… maybe you expert fabric labelers can confirm this for me.  Once sewn, it would be made into an infinity scarf!  They had it all cut, with instructions printed and all I had to do was sew!

The fabric for my new Infinity Scarf!

The fabric for my new Infinity Scarf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Simple” I said.  “I can do this in 10 minutes.”

(Insert palm to forhead here!) Yeah… right.  This is where my sewing troubles began!

I sewed the fabric, right sides together and then all I had to do was sew the top and bottom together to make the fabric join into a circle.  THIS IS WHAT STUMPED ME! I worked on it for 1/2 a day, got very familiar with my stitch ripper, then called my mom long distance to explain it to me over the phone… which didn’t work…

The first time I put it together it had this huge seam around the middle.

See the big sew line?  That's not supposed to show on the outside!

See the big sew line? That’s not supposed to show on the outside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another time, it seemed to work fine… this is a picture of my oldest daughter holding the scarf wrong side out.

Looks okay right?  Now just to put the right side out....

Looks okay right? Now just to put the right side out….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a picture of my daughter holding the scarf after I turned it right side out!  Notice how very much it shrank!!!

LOOK, when I turned it right side round it shrunk!  HUH?

LOOK, when I turned it right side round it shrunk! HUH?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a few more such attempts, I finally gave up for the night.

A few days later, when I was sure I was not going to chop the fabric into teeny tiny bits, I managed to put the two ends together.  Don’t ask me how I did it!  I can’t explain it, nor do I think I could do it again if asked!  Also don’t look too closely at the stiches in the middle!!!

Here is the completed scarf!

Yep, it's done but don't look too closely!

Yep, it’s done but don’t look too closely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really is quite lovely and now my daughters both have asked for one.  I am not sure they will get one though.  I think some more research (or a hands on tutor) is needed!

I haven’t seen the last of sewing troubles either.  I seem to need to learn the lesson that quilting and sewing ARE NOT THE SAME THING, over and over again!

I posted this on Instagram last week.

Nope... not the same!

Nope… not the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s from my top secret Christmas project (see here) that has now turned into a top secret birthday project because I have had to take it apart a bizillion times.  After a bit of a break form this project though, I think I am finally on track.  Stay tuned… I will post about this project at the end of March!

So that is it from me!  Hopefully my next impulse purchase is a quilt… that I can usually muddle my way through! At least the sewing is usally in straight lines!

E

Hand built by Wild Creative Soul

Hand built by Wild Creative Soul

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