Every month over at UCreate, Kari has a Create With Me projects. For September, the project was the Tohoku tote, a pattern and tutorial by Cheri of I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. So I thought I’d play along, since it had been awhile since one of the monthly projects has caught my eye. And her bag was adorable.
But, it doesn’t look like the Tohoku Tote.
Cheri’s pattern was supposed to be for a piece of fabric which already had a pleat in the center, which is opposite how I am used to doing things. I even asked her to clarify, which she graciously did, and then I totally spaced it when I cut the pattern piece. I’ve been a space case lately anyway, (and I openly blame being pregnant) so it was almost no surprise. And then I ran out of yellow fabric and didn’t have anything solid in stash that I liked with it, so I nixed the bow too, which is what MAKES the tote.
Anyway, this isn’t really a craft fail because it is a really fun bag, and works great as a “diaper bag” (I don’t have one…) for tossing things we might need while out and about. I mean, I like it. It just isn’t the product the pattern designer had in mind, you know? I didn’t bother sending my project to Kari :)
The bag stripe is from a clearance tea towel from Target. I LOVE THAT STRIPE. One towel (with hems unpicked) yielded an un-pleated front and back of the bag. Not bad!
Do you participate in the Create with Me projects? Or are you like me, and you only do them if they are something you are excited about?