The Ugliest Thing I’ve Ever Sewn?

Quite Possibly

Some of you may recall I received a Kindle for my birthday. I foolishly mentioned on my birthday blog post that this was the perfect excuse to sew a Kindle holder. ‘Ooh, yes,’ Tilly of the Buttons commented. ‘I’d like some Kindle cover inspiration please.’ Yeah, thanks for that, Tilly. If I said I was going to jump off a cliff, would you agree that was a good idea too?

Sunday was a day of solid sewing. SOLID. Me, my pyjamas, a mug of cold coffee and a headtorch. (Don’t ask.) At the end of the sewing marathon, I needed something a bit lighter and fluffier to turn to – something fun. When I said fun, I didn’t mean ugly. So how did I end up with this:

I think you’ll agree, the craftstmanship is superb.

Eventually, I leant back from my sewing machine. ‘I think I’ve just made the ugliest thing I’ve ever sewn,’ I said to my boyfriend. He glanced over my shoulder on his way to the kitchen. ‘You have,’ he confirmed.

I intended to supply a tutorial with pictures such as the below:


The ingredients for travesty

Sadly, I don’t think anyone else out there is going to want to make one of these. That sleek, efficient, uber-modern piece of technology? Who in their right mind would want to ensconce it in patchwork hell? I’m all for the Cath Kidston look, but this is more Aunt Sally.

The only way is up.

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23 Responses to The Ugliest Thing I’ve Ever Sewn?

  1. Ashley says:

    Its not that bad! You should’ve seen the one I made for my boyfriends kindle. That was promptly disposed of. I don’t think I’ll try that again 🙂
    I can’t wait to see what you were working on all day!
    Ashley x

  2. he he, oh dear. I don’t thinkk it is as bad as you think. Personally I steer well clear of trying to patchwork anything, it always ALWAYS turns out looking like a dog’s dinner 😀

    It’s probably not going to help right now, but if you want another go at making a Kindle cover there is an easy peasy tutorial for a sleek (non-patchwork) one over at Sew Mama Sew. I made two of these and each one onyl took half an hour.

    I hope you enjoy the end result of your next sewing project a bit more than this one!

  3. Laura says:

    *tilts head* I wouldn’t have said ugly. I actually quite like the patchwork side! It did take me a minute to work out that the blue spotted picture was the other side of it, though.

    We’ve all done it, though! I have the world’s ugliest patchwork box which is full of beautiful yarn and lives safely under the bed where no one can see it! We all need these projects sometimes, though. They are fun to make, even if we’re not chuffed with the results 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    Why don’t you try going ‘crazy’ with it. Check out Pat Winter Gatherings. Its a blog by a lady that does the most gorgeous crazy quilting (takes a while to load as its image heavy)- hers start pretty much the same as yours and she just embellishes it with lace, braid, beads etc. It’s usually done during the quilting I think but I’m sure could also be done afterwards. It could be the basis of a work of art.

  5. Portia says:

    Lol, this post tickled me. Everyone has these stashed away!! I’ve lost count of how many things I’ve fluffed and then “buried”.
    I bet if you ran a regular feature on this (I’m thinking along similar lines to Tilly’s “Stash Amnesty”) you’d NEVER be short of participants wanting to unburden themselves of their guilty secrets!!
    Hmmm, the “Ugly Amnesty”…… I like it!!!

    • Ashley says:

      That’s a great idea!! 🙂
      Ashley x

    • Portia says:

      Why thank you! I have my moments lol! Seriously, thinking about it, it would be soooo cool if you did that! I think alot of us (me for one) can be a little intimidated by all the “perfect” sewists out there. If only we knew their guilty secrets….it’s quite encouraging toknow you’re not theonly one who fluffs things up royally!

      • Catherine says:

        How funny this post is and Oh yes! As a beginner I love it when people show their examples of when sewing goes bad! I find it really encouraging and I am sure some stuff could even be rescued with some help from someone else with fresh eyes.

  6. Roobeedoo says:

    I though it was fine until I noticed the wafer-thin ham hanging out at the back of your sandwich! 😉
    Oh dear – yes, been there, done something very similar in the name of using up scraps -all of which looked fab on their own, but sewn together? Hmmm – maybe not so much! But does it protect your Kindle? You could always make a cover for your cover…?

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the laugh! At least you were able to sew this weekend. I was not able to do so. *sobby sob sob*

  8. Bold Sewist says:

    It’s the most divine blend of the modern and traditional!

  9. I don’t think it’s that bad either, but as everyone’s admitting above not all our creations have the love factor . At least you’re open & honest. Me – denial – if I think there’s something redeemable mine probably scull in the deepest darkest cupboard under a pair of muddy boots or else are ceremoniously ripped & binned. Interesting to see how diplomatic & positive we all try to be to others. So, to offer something positive, but tongue in cheek – how’s the lining? 😉

  10. Irene says:

    Ooh, a kindle cover that may or may not be worse than mine! Please, consider that I actually *purchased* a pattern (McCalls M6091) because apparently I can’t draw two rectangles, go figure.

  11. Carly says:

    Hee hee, this post made me giggle. I love Portia’s idea of an ugly amnesty and it’s reassuring to see that experienced sewists get things wrong sometimes too, so thanks for posting! I’ve been swearing over a dress that’s gone wrong this past weekend, so glad I’m not the only one!

  12. Julie says:

    Your boyfriend sounds like my DH…”Yup, that’s bad, babe.” I still think your Kindle cover is cool.

  13. Aw Karen! Don’t be disheartened, these things happen. You could always unpick it and try again. I like Jen’s idea of crazy quilting. What have you got to lose?

    Reading this, reminds me of my Kindle cover effort just recently too! Mine was ok-ish but way too small (I’d foolishly forgotten seam allowances!) and had these weird puckers where the zip just wouldn’t lie flat. Its now become the pouch at holds our GPS. At least its being used, I guess.

  14. Tilly says:

    Erm… it’s avant garde!

    Love Portia’s ugly feature idea – do it!

  15. KC says:

    If that’s the ugliest thing you’ve ever made you are in very good shape!

  16. I agree! In fact, it’s kind of funky…

  17. Portia says:

    Hey Karen
    I’ve tried emailing you but it keeps bouncing back. Is there an alternate email address you could send me??

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