Friday, July 20, 2007

Floral Fun

Yesterday I attempted another project from Amy Butler's book. A simple little project, I thought. I was wrong, very wrong! I know it's seems hard to believe, but this simple little organizer was much harder to make than the seemingly complicated patchwork bag.

In theory it wasn't more complicated, but getting the measurements and seam allowances just perfect in order for everything to fit together nicely was my downfall. Then, of course, as everyone who's tried working with Timtex or anything remotely similar probably knows, it is really hard to work with. Especially when it's in the middle of a sandwich which has to be turned right side out through a tiny little opening.

Anyhow, enough whining already. It turned out fine, if a little more floppy than I'd have liked. It stores all the little loose things on my desk very nicely in one spot, but easily accessible, and it goes with the colors of my workroom (thanks to the lovely fabric I received from LeeAnn in the "Use what another person has" swap).

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13 comments:

  1. It looks great. I made one of these and had the same problem with the Timtex. I need to make a few more to organize my room!

    And that is some very pretty fabric from LeeAnn!

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  2. WOW!! I just found you through Creative Blogs and I am soooo happy!! I LOVE your blog!!!
    In fact, I just went through your entire blog! WOW! You are so incredibly talented and inspiring!
    I will be back for sure!

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  3. nice job! I love the fabric. But wouldn't you just figure, those seemingly easy projects get complicated every time!

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  4. I have some timtex but I admit I'm afraid to use it.

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  5. well, it's beautiful, and it looks so 'just right' I find it hard to believe you struggled...

    And the fabric is gorgeous too!

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  6. it's so cute anina! i don't think i will be making one, though. :)

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  7. Oh but it's so pretty though!

    I just learned a new way of putting in a bottom, from Sewing Project in an afternooon by Susan Mickey. It's super easy and gives a firm bottom to the piece. It only works if you are going to line the piece, though. Is the box lined?

    I can send you the directions if you'd like.

    Have a good weekend!

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  8. That fabric looks great as a storage box.... I think I have another yard somewhere... Hmmm.

    I tried to use timex once before with disasterous results. The fabric you sent me is in the idea bin. I got a few thing cooking!

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  9. It is beautiful! How great that it turned out great after all the hard work.

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  10. You know, I have seen these in her book and never really liked them. Upon seeing yours, I am ready to try for myself. Yours is gorgeous! Looks great to me.

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  11. Wow! It's really lovely..and it does look a little complicated, so you can whine away..but it came out great :)

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  12. It looks quite lovely! If I didn't already have baskets for the shelves in my studio space, I would make a few of these...

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  13. I'm struggling through one of these organizer too. It's brutal trying to evenly stitch all those layers together once it's formed into a box! Any advice? Yours came out better than my first attempt. I'm going to take mine apart and attempt to put it together again. I feel like I'm murdering the Timtex. Arg...

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