Its no secret that I’m excitable. I shudder to think just how many exclamation points I have used on his blog in the past several months. I see things, they seem possible and then my imagination takes off. I buy supplies, I chat about a project endlessly and about 75% of the time I finish it. Why only 75%? Because sometimes my imagination is bigger than my skillset.
That’s why this project has taken me SO LONG to complete. You see, when I first saw this AMAZING free Amy Butler pattern in a post over at Sew Mama Sew– I was giddy with possibilities. I went to the fabric store that day, and started cutting that evening. Within 24 hours I had posted this pic to my Facebook.
If I’d have kept up at that rate, I would have had my purse done in 3 days. But I didn’t. You see, my sewing skills are novice at best. Inevitably I messed something up. I hat to recut and redo peices- sometimes more than once. Then one night, with the liner done, the flap done, and the exterior done, I botched one of the dividers. Frustrated, I set the project aside… for 4 months.
What can I say? Sometimes I just decide I’m not good enough to finish something to my own standards. At that point my excitement gives way to dissapointment and I quit.
It wasn’t until I found the exterior shell a few weeks ago and realized how pretty freaking awesome it looked that my excitement returned. Then- in true Kayla form- I finished the whole thing in another 3 days. Honestly- I can’t believe how well it turned out. I guess I can still surprise myself!
NOTE: I did deviate from the pattern provided on Sew Mama Sew a bit. I added the steel loops and strap attachments- I felt like it needed something shiney on the outside.
To make things easy, HERE’S THE PATTERN.
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