Many of us are in the midst of last minute Christmas gift sewing. I had a few projects to finish this past week while my kids were at school that I had ordered from Spoonflower. Here is the story of those projects.
Back in November Spoonflower had a buy one get one free sale on fat quarters (basically 50% off sale). I love Spoonflower, I even have some of my own fabrics listed there, but I must say it is an expensive route to go for fabric. I bought four fat quarters and even with the sale price and cashing in my “spoonflower bucks” from selling my own fabrics the bill came to $29.98 including shipping. “Well, I guess I will suck it up,” I thought, “because these are Christmas gifts for my daughters after all.”
Fast foward to this past week when I finally have a chance to sew these projects. I ordered two pencil case cut and sew projects and one stuffed toy cut and sew. The other fat quarter was a unicorn print that I simply made into a pillow cover. (That one turned out but it’s wrapped and I don’t have a photo.)
Warning: the images below may be disturbing to some viewers 😉
Here is the first project I made – a cut and sew dachshund pencil case. Super cute in 2D. Not so great sewn up.
Now, I’m not trying to be mean to the designer here. I really love the designs. I just feel that perhaps the designer does not sew and that perhaps a sewist should have been consulted. I am assuming that because the seam allowances do not translate well to a finished project and the instructions were barely there. I have been sewing for many years and I don’t often have projects fail this badly.
Above is the front of the pencil case and below is the back. The adorable dachshund design did have legs and feet and a cute pointy tail but as you can see that has turned into a stubby puckered mess in the finished project and I did trim and clip the seam allowances (despite not having been instructed to). Also, this turns out to be quite a large pencil case. Almost the size of an actual wiener dog!
Here is what the instructions printed on the fabric say:
1. Cut out the two puppy images
2. Put right sides together and sew, leave a gap on the side for the zip
3. Install the zip in the usual way you do it
4. Turn right side out
5: Fill with all your pencils.
Okay. This is just not adequate. The way I usually install a zipper on a zipper pouch with a lining because I do not like raw seams in my pouch that can fray and get caught in the zipper. So I proceeded in my usual way. I would say that could have been where I went wrong but I think the stubby legs and tail and the puckering would have occurred with or without the lining.
I am very disappointed with how this project turned out and I am writing this review to save someone else from the same sad fate. Especially if the person was a beginner this would be so sad and could discourage someone from sewing. I have been sewing most of my life and I am unhappy with this. I will say again though that I do love the design and if I were to order it again it would be used as an applique on a bag or a quilt.
Despite my disappointment though I know my three-year old will not care and will happily stuff this doggy with pencils and markers and it will be alright. This was an expensive failure of a project and as a pencil case I give this project 1 star.
I thought the stuffed animal cut and sew from the same designer might go better.
The final cut and sew project was the whale pencil case: