Flashback Friday.

Here’s today’s Flashback Friday
Don’t worry ladies, no depressing stories today!  We get to lighten things up.  I’m excited to welcome Katie from Notes From A Very Red Kitchen to Sew Much Ado for today’s Flashback Friday.  I laughed out loud while I read this, and I’m sure you will too!  Take it away, Katie…

Hi everyone!  I’m Katie.  And if you’d like a little bit of “how-in-the-world-do-these-bloggers-know-each-other” trivia, Abby and I have become online friends through my step cousin Jenn, who’s husband used to work with Abby’s husband.  Small world.  :)

For Flashback Friday I thought I’d do a flashback to some of my failed projects.  Some of which I’ve shared on my blog.  Some of which I haven’t.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s my first failed “blogging” project.

I was trying to make these cute little pants from this great tutorial over at Make It and Love It.  Her tutorial is great.  My execution of it?  Leaves much to be desired.

 Such as room for my baby’s bum.  And that little shirt in the above picture?  I totally just winged it.  And it did not go well.  The only thing it has ever dressed is my daughter’s (very skinny) stuffed monkey.

And here’s my second attempt at those little pants.  (Made the same night.)

Waaaay too long.  She wore them a few times as super scrunchie leggings.  Which were cute.  Until they came unscrunched.  Which was always a little embarrassing.

Moving right along, here’s a lovely accident that happened while I was making a little Halloween gingerbread house (pictured below).  I had some left overs and was trying to think how best to dispose of the hot liquid candy.  Naturally, I didn’t want to have to clean it up later, so I thought I’d pour it into something disposable.  A plastic cup?  What on earth was I thinking?  Well, I think this is proof that I wasn’t.  Thinking, that is.

Here’s a functional failure.

Felt covers for mini tissue cases.  Waste of time and felt?  Yes.  Definitely yes.  Not only are they a little strange, but they also make it harder to get the tissues out.  I made these for Christmas gifts.  I definitely did not actually give them away.

Add this to the slightly-more-recent failure department.  I made this handy dandy little water bottle strap/pocket to store my keys, cell phone, license, etc in when I go to the gym.  But while I was taking pictures for the tutorial I realized I had made a huge mistake.  I forgot to sew the strap part onto the back panel before sewing the front and back pieces of the pocket together.  Which would be super hard steps to explain minus the pictures.  And my mistake would have made the rest of the pictures super confusing.  So there goes that tutorial down the drain.  Also, I used this some (after I just kind of fudged things to make it work) and, truth be told, it’s a little awkward.  At least the fabric from my sponsor is cute!

And now I bring you the most recent of my project failures.  Let me introduce to you…

The Long Skinny Camera Strap
Perfect for keeping your little point and shoot right at your side.

Slings comfortably over your shoulder.
The prefect length to fit right inside your pocket, even while you’re wearing it!

Perfect for on-the-go photography.

Oh, uh, except for one little thing.
Not that it’s that important or anything.
But see that little string that attaches the strap to your camera?

Well, it pops right out of the strap.
(In the above picture I tried sewing it back on after it popped out.)
Which, you know, could potentially end in your camera plummeting to the ground.
No biggie.

Yeah.  Freaking.  Right.
I’d be so upset.
So, no tutorial for this lovely little camera strap as of yet.
But I do still use it.
I put the old wrist strap back on the camera and then looped my nice, long camera strap through that.
So now my long strap that was once the perfect length?
Is too long.
And a little ghetto looking.
But, ya know, that’s life.
And failure is a part of it.

But you know what?  I’ve come a long way since my first attempt at making clothes for my daughter. 

Honestly, it makes me a little emotional to look at those pictures of the terrible-looking leggings and then to look at the picture of this little shirt.  (You can see more pictures of it here.)  Maybe I’m just emotional because it’s really late at night right now while I’m writing this.

But also because it’s touching–I think–to realize how much we grow.  We see it all the time in our children.  But how often do we see it in ourselves?

Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking about right now as I sit here and laugh about my failures at 1:00 in the morning.  :)

What are some of your favorite failures to laugh about?

Oh, and if any of you are interested, you’re welcome to come see some of my more successful craft and sewing attempts over at my little blog, Notes From A Very Red Kitchen.  And you’re all invited to come and try your hand at winning one of Abby’s awesome Ruby Lou Doll patterns over at my (online) birthday party.  See you there!

Thanks for having me over for Flashback Friday Abby!

Thanks Katie!  If I had a dime for every failure…  Isn’t it comforting to see someone else’s failures for a change though?  Seriously.  I hope you all have a great weekend and can get a good laugh out of things that don’t go as planned :).

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  1. HAHA that is the funniest thing ever! Love to see that Im not the only one with major oopses. I once attempted to make my husband long johns and sewed the butt parts onto the crotch. He will never let me live those down, nor will he let throw them away!

  2. This is hillarious! Love you, Katie! I think those little felt tissue covers could be good to give to little girls for “wipes” for their dollies. (Not that it would be worth making more of them…but a good way to use them now that they’re made.) All the better that it makes them kind of hard to get out.

  3. Haha! I kept waiting for you to show more of the scrunchy legging pants after the teaser photo on your blog…now I know why they disappeared. Thanks for a great post!

    If I had a nickel for every stitch I’ve picked out over the years…

  4. Holy Moly! I LOVE this post. I thought I was the only one with disappointing failures! I see all these great projects on all these fabulous blogs and I think, I can do that and something goes all wrong. I think, “what is wrong with me?” I believe I have high caliber sewing skills, but why? WHY?! Why did this not turn out? I often feel so shameful. I can’t stand to just throw it away after spending time sewing it and using such fab fabric so I bury my completed project way behind my fabric stash hoping it’ll fix itself or I’ll think it looks better when I unearth it. Thanks for making feel, well, more human!

  5. I’m giggling the whole time I’m reading this! Katie, you are so funny, writing about the little failures. Very clever!

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