Tinker Tote Confessions
Okay, well no one is going to accuse me of being prideful today. I’m going to tell you the embarrassing truth about my Tinker Tote. Yes, it came out cute, and I actually love it, but it isn’t supposed to be that shape at all. I printed up the pattern which was VERY clearly marked with a fold line on one side, and when making the bag I put the fold on the other side! Then I made my lining with the fold where it was supposed to be. Now I have a finished bag and a finished lining that don’t fit together at all. I was scratching my head and got so frustrated I had to walk away for a minute. When I calmed down I finally tweaked to what had happened. The outer bag looked so good I didn’t even notice that it was high in the middle and low on the outsides. That’s not right! Google Tinker Tote and see all the zillions of pictures from people who did it right!
The lining was correct, low in the middle and high on the outsides. No wonder they didn’t fit together! Okay – so the obvious solution, since I’d already put on my hand painted linen flap, and used all my favorite fabric scraps, was to make another lining the wrong way – copying the mistake I’d made with the outer bag. I did this. It gave me an opportunity to use Tara Rebman’s (who does a marvelous job as the Craftsy instructor and pattern designer. Don’t let my silliness lead you to any other conclusion!) method of putting in a zippered pocket a second time. What a pleasure that is. I got the class for $19 on sale, and that method alone was well worth the price!
I do love it, but I’m making another the correct way – except I have printed the pattern out at 70% so it will be a lot smaller, and I’ll leave out the stiff stuff. So there you go – I’m a “dork burger” as my sisters called me, but I did still managed to get a pretty darned cute bag out of the process!
May your spool be endless,