Sometimes I suffer from overconfidence. I see something on a blog or Pinterest and I think, “yes, I can totally do that.” Then I majorly fail. Oh well, you only live once (you just got YOLO’d ya’ll).
I have a sewing machine, in fact, I have two because my Grandma just gave me an extra one from her church. I haven’t used either in a year. When I was 12 I was fearless with the sewing machine. I would make sleeping bags for my stuffed animals, purses, and little pillows with no pattern. But somewhere along the line I lost my sewing skills. Every time I try now it is a major mess and waste of time. #bobbinproblems
When I heard of no-sew hem tape I was totally jazzed because I have some fabric I was hoping to turn into pillow covers at some point. So I got on that and… well…
They look great right? I thought so too until a few weeks later when they totally fell apart.
The first pillow on the bed is made from two Crate and Barrel tea towels that I found on clearance for $4 a piece. I’ve had them for over a year with the idea to do this, but just had never gotten around to it. The second was from a yard of fabric that I bought while at Mood in New York two years ago (yes, the Mood of Project Runway fame). I used no sew tape (I had to borrow an iron because I don’t own one) to basically glue the two pieces together. I filled the Crate and Barrel pillow with stuffing from old bed pillows and the Mood fabric I put on old throw pillow I wasn’t using anymore. Maybe I didn’t follow the hem tape directions properly because within a few weeks the seams were starting to gap. I would maybe have understood if I was using these pillow to sleep with or I had kids that were throwing them around but I was nervous about the tape to begin with so I have been gingerly putting these pillows away whenever anyone comes over for fear they would rip. I guess maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy because they are a hot mess now.
Boo. The Crate and Barrel pillow as just as bad, I just didn’t take pictures of it before I fixed it. I hand sewed the gaps in that pillow but this one is just beyond repair. I think I may just have to get out my sewing machine and pray I break out of my bad luck streak.
This post isn’t a ‘how-to’ or even a ‘how-not-to’ but more of a warning that some things are too good to be true. Although, many bloggers have done this project and reported back that it was a success so maybe I just didn’t read the instructions carefully enough. I’ll update you if I break out my sewing machine and attempt to sew these back together… but don’t hold your breath.
Have you ever tried this stuff? Did it work for you? I used Singer’s iron on fusing web.
So not every project is a win, but that doesn’t keep me down… on to the next one!