Howdy y'all! Crystal here and today we're tattling on our best (or should that be worst? lol) DIY mistakes. Hope you get a kick out of these and stick around for today's giveaway.
Here goes. Tell us, what is the worst mistake you've made on a craft/DIY project?
Shirley Raye Redmond: When my husband and I first got married more than 40 years ago, we invited other students in married student housing (we were in college) to come for Thanksgiving dinner. I prepared the turkey, but forget to take out the packet of giblets stuffed inside. Imagine my embarrassment when they were discovered later as we were carving up the last of the meat. One Nigerian student declared, "Ah, is this another delightful American custom?"
|Elaine's pleat problem|
Elaine Manders: I've made many mistakes doing crafts, but this is the most recent. This year I got into sewing historical dresses for photo shoots. Those can be tricky, with details you wouldn't imagine would make a difference. See how I've folded the pleats in the side of this overskirt? The image of the pattern may be too small to show it, but the pleats should be folded the other way. If not, the skirt won't drape across the front correctly. Glad I noticed this before I sewed the front to the back, or worse, when the model put the dress on.
Josette Downey: Not backing up a manuscript. I lost a big part of a novel.
Amber Schamel: Fortunately, I haven't made any huge mistakes. But I have started over many times. Probably the worst mistake I've made was to sew something on backwards or wrong side out, or cut it the wrong size and have to scap it and start over. So frustrating. Lol.
|Catherine's quilt project|
Jodie Wolfe: My worst craft mistake occurred as a young girl while working on a project for Latin class. I was embroidering a tablecloth with the various gods and goddesses and stood up, ready to take a break only to find I had attached the tablecloth to my skirt. LOL.
Linda Matchett: The worst DIY project I ever made was a sweater for my husband. I had never knit, but many of my co-workers did and would bring their knitting to lunch. I decided to tackle a sweater. The pattern was beautiful, complete with cabling (yeah, let's make our first-ever project with a difficult pattern!) Anyway, I followed the directions to the letter, and it looked great. However, I didn't measure my husband (it was going to be a Christmas gift), and the arms on the sweater would have been too long for Magilla Gorilla! (also not memorialized on film!)
Norma Gail: I am notorious for not being good with numbers. I bought fabric to recover some chairs and bought 3 times as much as I needed. When my husband saw the huge amount of fabric he knew I had done something wrong and helped me figure out what was wrong. I was very fortunate that it was most of a bolt of fabric and the store took it back.
Deb Garland: I knitted a scarf with chenille yarn, using a loose stitch pattern. Chenille is the French word for caterpillar whose fur the yarn is supposed to resemble. The result? Loops of various sizes drooped like noodles from the knitted fabric. I unraveled the scarf to start over, but reduced half of the fuzzy yarn to a threadbare state. An expensive mistake in terms of time and money. Know thy yarn and patterns!
|Heidi's carpet blunder|
|Heidi's shaved carpet|
Jennifer Fromke: Worst mistake I made on a DIY project? Decided to paint our first master bedroom dark blue. Like, navy. We bought one can of paint, covered the walls and when the paint dried, it was ELECTRIC blue! We did a little research and realized the paint was intended to go on in layers. Four coats were required for the desired depth of color. Our budget covered 2 coats. We stretched it to three, but the bedroom was very blue. Final result was not as bright as that first coat, but nowhere near as dark as we had intended. :-)
Peggy Wirgau: I’ve always liked DIY projects but I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. Once I glued hundreds of shells onto the frame of a mirror. Either I didn’t use the right glue or didn’t wait long enough to hang it, but every single shell fell off by the next day. Another time I used latex paint over oil-based paint on our bathroom cabinet, so most of the new paint peeled off. And when I was 10 or 11, my mom enrolled me in sewing lessons. At the first lesson, the thread jammed the machine I was using and it broke the needle. The instructor turned red and started yelling at me. My mom got a refund and took me out that afternoon to buy a pattern and fabric so she could teach me herself. :)
Susan Craft: The worst mistake I ever made on a craft project was making a pumpkin costume for my son when he was 4. I made it out of paper Mache, but used too many layers. By the time I got through with it, it weighed about 20 pounds and was so awkward my son couldn’t sit down or get up without assistance.
Terri Wangard: The sewing machine and I never became friends. The seam ripper and I are very good friends. I was making a top, years ago, and it seems like every seam had to be redone. Funny thing is, I still have that top, the only garment in my closet sewn by me.
Crystal L Barnes: Hmm, worst mistake...I know I've made some.... The most recent one I can recall is sewing the cuff on my dress backwards. I still haven't fixed it. No one at church seems to notice though. :)
Share with us what you've learned or laughed over, maybe even tattle on yourself in the comments below and you're name'll be added into the pot for either a kindle or print copy of Carole Brown's WWII Romantic Suspense, With Music in their Hearts.
(The winner will be announced in Monday's Weekly Wind-up post so be sure to check back.)