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I want to be perfect.

Who doesn’t?

But it’s the little imperfections that make us special πŸ™‚ And, yes, this sounds like a platitude that people spout to comfort you for not being good enough (when people say stuff like to me, I just want to roll my eyes :P), but it was really driven home when I was watching the horse performance,Β Cavalia, last month. The best part of the show was when things went wrong: when the horses wouldn’t listen to their trainer and ran amock on the stage, when the acrobat couldn’t do a flip on a rolling ball… Watching them as they worked to recover from these “mistakes” was waaaay more interesting and I figure that’s the way it is in life too, isn’t it? People who are too perfect are, well, BORING πŸ˜› (Luckily I’ll never be perfect :P)

So I decided to document my DIY failures on this site as well πŸ™‚ I actually visit a lot of DIY blogs and, to be honest, some projects that make me go “Wow, love that look!” also make the long-time DIY-er in me go “Hmmmmm…. would that project actually work… :P” (You know, questions like “Would that glue really hold”, “Aren’t those earrings too heavy to wear?” & so on) Which is why I:

a. want to be totally upfront about tutorials that’ve worked and those that haven’t. I’m still a looong way from creating the quality of DIY tutorials that I hope to one day but, in the meantime, I can at least be honest about which ones worked πŸ™‚

b. plan to do a weekly blogpost series “DIY tutorials on Pinterest that I’ve tried” and share which worked and which didn’t πŸ™‚

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Anyway, back to my original point: the DIY no-sew gym bag that was not meant to be πŸ˜› I was in gym bunny mode in June but didn’t have a bag big enough to stash my workout clothes. My bank account balance was, well, not as healthy as it should be so I decided to make 1 myself πŸ™‚

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1. It’s all about the design….

Firstly, I decided to use 1 of those ubiquitous tote bags that we all have- you know the ones that clothing shops put your purchases in? Or the ones that you get at the supermarket when you’re trying to be green & reduce your plasticΒ bag usage? The key here is choosing one that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry out. I had 3 and I decided to go with the Sandro tote. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it actually looks like a bag people pay for. (Hey, there’s no accounting for taste – have you seen the Moschino Macdonalds bag?? No insult intended if you bought one πŸ™‚ I like quirky things myself! )

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2. Fasten it

Nice as the bag may be, the opening is way too big- it screams “Please pickpocket me!” & needs a fastening of some kind. As you may, or may not, know- I HATE sewing πŸ˜› Well it’s not so much the sewing I hate as the threading of the needle, storing of the needle, maybe just anything to do with the needle?! So I wanted to do a no-sew DIY, which called for the sticky velcro fastening I’d seen in other DIY projects. Would you believe that before them, I didn’t know there were such things around? Shame on me! πŸ˜›

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3. Velcro, velcro, velcro

Cut the 2 sides of the velcro in the right measurements then paste them onto opposite sides of the bag. I left them under a chair, hoping the pressure would make them stick properly.

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Unfortunately, 24 hours later- when I tried to fasten & unfasten the bag- the velcro came off the tote rather than each other πŸ˜› So much for my no-sew DIY! It’s not a total DIY failure as you can always sew the velcro strips down. But it certainly doesn’t work as a no-sew DIY πŸ˜›

What are some of your DIY failures? Let’s share our learnings! πŸ™‚

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