Project Fail and DIY Challenge
My due date with sweet baby #3 is in less than a month. Naturally I have been trying to prepare for her arrival and finish up any baby projects I had started. One such project was this one, and it didn’t turn out so well …
I had this, what I thought was, a masterfully creative idea for a baby mobile to hang over Joci’s crib. I wanted to take the shabby-chic no-sew fabric banner idea and transfer it to a tomato cage, thus making an adorable tiered fabric mobile. I think it was a great idea, but somehow it didn’t turn out so great.
Here was the process …
Step 1: Acquire a tomato cage. Have your father-in-law cut the “feet” off the end with some sort of wire cutter that you are too afraid to use.
Step 2: Purchase several coordinating fat quarters from your local fabric store. Cut each into 12 strips, approx. 1-1.5″ in. in width.
Step 3: Begin tying your strips around the tomato cage. Be as patterned or as random as you’d like to be.
Step 4: Continue the tying process until you are completely sick of it and the patterns you once thought were so cute now look boring.
And here’s the finished product:
Josh told me it looked like trash. I think it looks like mummy grave clothes. I tried to hang it with fishing line and that wasn’t quite strong enough. I originally bought 6 fat quarters at $1.99 each and it barely covered the tomato cage. So this project wouldn’t be as budget-friendly as I’d hoped. Luckily a friend gave me the banner she had made for Evie’s memorial service and so I used some of those fabric strips to complete this project.
All in all, just not what I was going for. I can’t quite call it a pinterest fail because this idea never was on pinterest. It’s more of a personal creative ambition fail. Eesh. That sounds much worse.
So anyway, I’m using this misstep to issue a challenge to you creative types out there: can you make this idea work? Can you make it better/cuter/less expensive/easy to hang? If you can, please post your results here – I would love to see how this has inspired you!
As for me, I’ll be at Target, where already made, cute baby things abound. 🙂
|Mom, mom, take a picture of me measuring the tall of this. Mom can I be in the picture? Mom, get me in the picture too.