Now I remember why I do not like to use patterns…because I usually end up spending twice as much time trying to figure out what the pattern says as I do actually working on my project! I decided last night that I would follow the directions in my Amy Butler book for placing the binding* around some potholders I am making. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I ruined what would have been a perfectly good potholder, and I am not sure now if I have enough fabric left to finish that one project (the directions call for you to cut the fabric right out of the middle…is this a plot to get you to buy more of her fabric??? Well, I was not using her fabric, so the plot didn’t turn out so well!) Thankfully, I had only cut the fabric for the first one as I was a little unsure from the beginning about whether or not I would do well with her directions. I still have 3 others to bind (and one to make again before binding), so I iwll be doing those with my own mad binding skills!
The funny thing is, I have used binding several times without any directions, and my projects have turned out just fine! I thought that maybe I would learn something new. I guess I did, but it was not what I expected. In some instances, I am just not good at following directions. I’ll just stick with doing these projects on my own!
*If you don’t know what binding is, it’s OK! It is just a piece of fabric that goes around the edge to cover any raw fabric. It gives an item a very clean look.