Crafting Disasters

United States
February 20, 2007 11:24am CST
I think I have too many to name. My most recent was to attempt to turn an old, and already shrunk (and too small to wear) wool sweater into a bag. I cut the sweater up and them reformed it into a bag. This took a lot of hand sewing...which I loathe! After sewing it together, and making it look like a potentially nice bag, I needle felted the seams, in hopes this would provide more stability. Finally, I would re-felt the bag in the washer, and hopefully be rewarded with a lovely gray felted mesenger style bag. Well I can tell you that was not the case, instead the stitches and needle felting didn't hold, and the material didn't felt any more. I was left with a floppy mess of cut up sweater. Oh well, live and learn. On and don't even get me started on the time I superglued two of my fingers together. A tip....nail polish remover works quickly and painlessly to get you unstuck. The hardest part was tying to get it out of the cabinet and open it with stuck together fingers! Tell me about your crafting disasters....
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@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Aside from various puncture wounds due to enthusiatically used embroidery needles, I have done all of the following: -Cut through my own pants while trying to cut wrapping paper -stabbed into my fingernail with felting needles (the needle was stuck in the nail but thankfully did not go through - created various hats that were so big I don't think a person has yet been born that could fit into it -machine sewn my own sleeve into hte thing that I'm trying to make/sew -and don't even get my started on what my first attempt at making a sweater looks like Thankfully I've gotten pretty good at quitting while I'm ahead. On the bright side, if we all weren't willing to take risks wemight not have learned anything or have made some of our more brilliant projects.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
21 Feb 07
HA HA HA, I can just see that. I have done similar things before, I get a wild idea and go crazy, just to have it fall apart (sometimes literally) in my hands! Donations to the trash bin have been many over the years, usually put into a bag first so NO ONE can see, even the trash collectors. I had to laugh about gluing your fingers together, I did that too, only with a little twist. I grabbed a towel to wipe the glue off quickly and glued that to my fingers too, and YES they were also glued together.
• United States
25 Feb 07
Lol that sounds frustrating!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Oh good, I thought I was just a clutz... I've burned myself many times with hot glue, super glued fingers together and odd objects to my fingers, cut my clothes a few times, sewn my clothes into the project, sewn things inside out, spray painted my face, glued and painted my hair... My latest mistake was the quilt I layered wrong so it was inside out after I machine stitched the edges. Don't even get me started on my baking and cake decorating disasters...let's just say the kids have learned to ask for "Surprise Cakes" for their birthdays. At least I keep trying!
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• United States
20 Feb 07
Oh, spray painted your face? Bummer! I think surprise cakes sound more fun anyway!
• United States
21 Feb 07
My biggest disaster was trying to make my own prom dress. I made teh neck too small to fit my head through. We ended up going out the morning of prom and buying a new one.
• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh wow...making your own prom dress...this is ambitious. I can barely sew an apron....and it's really just one piece! I hope you were able to get something nice the morning of the prom.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Actually the one we ended up getting was a nice black slim lacy number with a broken zipper off a clearance rack for $25. I ended up getting my hair done while my best friend's Mom replaced the zipper. It was finished literally an hour before I had to meet my date. Heheh, I was in prom court and required to show up, otherwise I might have just skipped the whole thing.
@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I haven't had any disaster-disasters, where they were super horrible. But I have done scrapbooking pages that in the end really didn't look good and it just made me get really frustrated. And I also have done a paint by number and once I accidently painted a really big section the wrong color; basically ruining the whole painting, and that was dissapointing as well.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
Ugh! That does sound disapointing. Paint by number is so intricate! It takes a good long time.
• United States
24 Feb 07
My grandson and I melted down some store bought soap and added dried sage and orange essential oils to it. What I thought would be a great scented soap that we could pour into molds turned out to be a smelly mess. My grandson even agreed with me and he is 5 years old.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
Aww lol that's cute. But I'm sure it was a bonding experience! Lol it sounds like you are close to your grandson, which is really good!
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I always end up with something glued to my hand, but the worse was, i had gathered everything i needed and arms full walked toward the table. i had superglue laying on top of it all and everything started to fall, so i grabbed with my chin and teeth biting right into the superglue my sinus' were clear and my teeth glued together
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
Ohhh. Thats really harsh, but I just couldn't help laughing LOL. How on earth did you manage to get them unstuck??
• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh My! That is crazy. How id dyou get your teeth unstuck? I bet it tasted awful too!
• Canada
21 Feb 07
I haven' thad too many disasters, but im sure there are a few that have made me cry. I was making a scrapbook for a friends birthday, and wanted to somehow laminate the pages so the pictures and paper would not get ruined in the long run. Of course at this point I had not thought of modge podge, or some sort of acid free protective slip. So I took some packing tape, and started putting strips of tape over the pages (it was a small album maybe 6 x 6 or something. well that ended up a disaster, cause i got bubbles under some of the tape parts, plus you could see where the tape started and ended, and I couldn't seem to make a clear cut at the edges. By the time I was half way through, I knew it was a mistake, but it was obviously too late to stop, as you all know what happens when you try to take packing tape off of paper...it rips.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Burnt hair smells awful!!!! I have always wanted to make a record bowl. I haven't tried yet. I think I am little afarid I might kill us all with the toxic fumes or something. It's deffinately on the "to do" list though.
@nancygibson (3737)
• France
20 Feb 07
I think its important to make a few mistakes so that you appreciate just how wonderful the rest of your creations are. Its by trying things and finding out whether they work or not that you can decide what you want to do more of and what you are happy to chalk up to experience :)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Ah, very true! Now I know to stick with knitting then felting bags :-) That seems to work much better for me. But yeah, it's more about the creative process than the results sometimes.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I'm not too much into arts and crafts. But some of the stories here had me laughing out loud. I've had the experience of having my fingers superglued. It's not much fun at all. Lloyd
• United States
21 Feb 07
Luckily I haven't had many. One made me really upset. We were celebrating teddy bear day and my daughter made a tiny bear out of polymer clay. She went out with her dad and I thought I would be nice and bake it for her. I didn't want to heat up the kitchen so I used the toaster oven since I know many people do so. Well ... the thing nearly caught fire. It was so incredibly burnt. I was never so heartbroken. I felt especially bad for her. Let me tell you she was upset and that hurt me more.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I love to craft, and am actually not too bad at it. I taught myself to needlepoint out of a magazine back in the early 1970's. I picked up some cute kits and learned to cross stitch, made everyone cute little ornaments. Then I learned to stitch on waste canvas & had christmas presents "sewn up" for years making shirts for family members! I was given a lot of yarn one year & that year made everyone scarves (crocheted.) the next year they got afgans (and I almost got carpel tunnel!) Now I'm beading. There was one of the pottery painting places and one year I made soaps, candles & bath salts so I could make "spa kits" for my friends. In fact, I gave like a couple of soaps to each of my co-workers in my office and then, the big gift from the draw got a whole spa kit. I had gotten the "seconds" from the pottery place, they had small chips in them that we just sanded off & then I gave a sponge paint job to each one. But you can guess, I've had some major goof ups from doing so many things, like having to tear out most of a scarf because I made such a major error. Knocking over candle holders so wax gets on everything! or the salts that the roomie put too much color in that it seeped thru a ziplock bag & had to have twice as much salt added & a new bag to save! Some of my candle holders were little terracotta craft store pots that I had put polymer clay on, guess I needed more glue on some of them..... not a pretty sight, clay peeling off the pots! One year we made polymer clay boxs to put jewelry that I made in, some of them could've turned out better - oh well....
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Maybe next time you could try completing the felting before you cut and sew? I've got a friend who does amazing clothing appliques with needle felting. I'm insanely jealous of her talent.
• United States
21 Feb 07
Yeah, ususally I knit up items and then felt them. I think that's a better system for me. Once the main piece is felted, I do needle felt embelishments onto them, for example some knit, and then felted flowers. If you haven't tried it, needle felting is fun, and there is something very theraputic about the stabbing motion. Especially when you've had a bad day ;-)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I can imagine that repeatedly stabbing something would release stress!!
@blondbat (504)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I have probably done most of these disasters at one point or another. I won't bore you with the whole litany, just give you the 2 most recent! I work with Polymer clay and was trying out a technique using some liquid clay with various inks the other day. Next thing I know I do not have something resembling thick paint - the desired result. I have curdled the liquid clay! Still trying to salvage that. Another ink disaster, the same day much less, just before the curdling! The first time I used the inks to color some poly clay, I got a little messy and dropped some on my work table. Thought I wiped it all up - nope! Found some with the front of my t-shirt - bright yellow ink on pink t-shirt. This disaster has a happy ending though. I did get the ink out with Mona Lisa Pink Brush Soap! Thank goodness, I really like that shirt!!!
• United States
25 Apr 07
I guess I'm fortunate twilight021. Everything I've started in crafts I've been pleased with how it turns out. The bag sounds so cool. I've made a couple of them like that and they turned out nice too. If I had a disaster I guess it would be in crochet, having to rip chains out and start over time and time again.
@aleura (51)
• United States
3 Mar 07
My worst crafting disaster was with a paper craft. I can't even remember what you call it, but its when you glue paper to something and then seal it. I had no idea what I was doing and just made a shoe box cover, covered in cut out cows that were sort of glued to it like a patchwork cow poster. It was aweful!!!
• India
21 Feb 07
crafting is not in my hobbies list.i enjoy looking at them
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
21 Feb 07
Two disasters had happened years ago. One happened when I was at primary school. We had carpentry classes. Once upon a day my teacher showed us the skill of making a piece of wood into a small stool. I tried to saw, plane, cut log given to me. The legs of my final product broke as my teacher tried to sit on them. The second disaster happened when I tried to cook for the first time at home. I put seasoned meat, vegetables in a pan and then covered them with a lid. As I turned on the oven, smoke just kept going out of the stuff I was trying to cook. Soon my father and mother came to see if the house was on fire. Since then, they never allow me to get near the kitchen.