Some of you may have read my Christmas Presents That Mean More blog post. Well, this year, it didn’t happen. I have made Christmas presents for my family and friends ever since I can remember…at least 20 years. When I say make Christmas presents, I mean something that is pretty simple like a soup mix, some type of candy, drink coasters, bookmarks or a small bag.
This year I tried and failed for the first time! 😦
I had a great idea, meticulously picked out the supplies trying to match to family members’ personalities and then I screwed it up (or so I thought).
It is a somewhat simple project, thus the reason I chose it. I didn’t get started early enough to allow for mistakes or hiccups in the process, mainly due to my arm being broken and all. ;-). I pinned the ribbon to the towel and started sewing it on the edges. The ribbon crawled like crazy but I didn’t let it discourage me. I just kept truckin’ along. By the time I finished and gathered the top ribbons, it didn’t look as bad as I thought it would. The gathers covered my sins!
But it was very frustrating trying to keep the ribbons straight and not coming up short on the sides so I thought about how to fix the problem overnight. I guess I should’ve let those thoughts percolate some more because I royally screwed up with the so called fix.
I had the genius idea of using Steam a Seam Tape and iron the ribbons down first to prevent the crawling. I did the first one and thought, WOW! this looks nice. I just kept going with the tape and finished about 7 of the towels. Then when I took one of them to the machine to start sewing the edges, it hit me in the back of the head like Jethro Gibbs and I realized I would not be able to release the tape to thread the smaller ribbon underneath it. DOH!!!
How in the heck am I going to give a towel with two pieces of ribbon ironed to them that really have no purpose! Now, mind you, it’s like December 22nd or 23rd and I need them finished by Christmas day. I got so frustrated, I threw all of them down on my cutting table and walked away. I was so mad at myself that I waited so long to get this project started and now I really messed it up.
Once I got over my feelings of failure, where did I go? Pinterest of course to find how I could fix this mess by turning them into something else and still give them to family members. They might be late but I guess better late than never and that way I won’t break my gift giving streak!
A couple of ideas on how to save the project:
Add more ribbon and possibly fabric to gussy them up a little more. Like this.
Make them into a makeup brush roll or toothbrush/toothpaste roll like this.
Leave them be and add velcro like this.
Here is a pic of the failures