Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sewing Fail.

As I mentioned in my last post, I got a sewing machine for my birthday! I have been SO excited to get all crafty and create beautiful things with it. I talked to a friend of mine who recently started sewing as well, and she told me about her very first project: an adorable duffle bag! So I thought to myself, "I have to have one!!"

On Sunday, I drove over to Joann's to find the pattern and pick out some cute fabric for my new duffle bag. I could already picture in my mind what it would look like. This was so exciting!

I confidently walked over to the table with the catalogs of patterns and flipped through the pages until I found the one I wanted. It was even cuter in the picture than what I had imagined! My mind was racing with thoughts like, "Everyone is going to love my new bag...maybe I could sew them for Christmas presents! Or-even better-I could sell them and make a fortune!" Can't you just hear my mind squealing with excitement???

By this point, I was flipping through the stacks of patterns in the drawer (aren't you impressed I even knew how to locate a pattern?). And finally, there it was in my hands, the pattern I'd been looking for!

Okay, here goes Fail #1:

 The pattern cost $18.95.


It's not that $18.95 is really that much money. I just have a really hard time paying $18.95 for TISSUE PAPER! Guess I needed a reality check about how much sewing costs. I thought it was supposed to be a cheaper alternative to buying things?
I talked myself into getting over the cost of the pattern and turned it over to figure out how much material I would need.

And that was Fail #2:

 Did anyone ever tell you they write the pattern description and instructions in Greek? Seriously! I stood there a good 15 minutes studying it and I couldn't make heads or tails.

Needless to say, I stuffed my pride into the drawer with the pattern and left the store empty handed.

Well, that's not completely true. I picked up a "Learn to Sew With Joann!" brochure on my way out...



  1. HILARIOUS!!!! (Didn't know you had this blog.....don't know how to sign up to comment, so this is from, your mom!!

  2. Sandi! I'm cracking up! My duffle bag pattern was $4!!! I do not know how in the world you found one for 18 but girl you got expensive taste!!

    I'll gladly lend you mine!!!

  3. I had the same experience with a pattern for an apron a few weeks ago. The pattern would cost $16, and it insisted I needed at least 3 yards of fabric. I wasn't about to spend $30 on an apron.