Nest Egg Tote: learn from my mistakes.

The Nest Egg Tote by Carolyn Friedlander made me realize I can’t always use what I have on hand or it won’t turn out the way it should, and I learned precision is vital when making this tote.

First mistake: I cut the handle and strap strips too wide. Luckily I was using the wrong sized D-rings and it wasn’t too much of a problem on the handle, but the straps were supposed to sit completely on the outside of the gusset and mine are inside the seams so the handles hang a little wonky:

nest egg tote side seams

Second mistake: I didn’t use ultra-firm stabilizer for the inside inserts. Instead I used Soft & Stable stabilizer and when the tote was finished it tended to collapse. This was one mistake I fixed. I bought ultra-firm stabilizer and stitched it to the inserts I had already made:

ultra firm stabilizer

It was now even stronger and I liked that.

Third mistake: Using a dark fabric on the outside and a light fabric on the inside. The black thread from the outside stitching sometimes peaked through the light fabric even though I used white thread in the bobbin, and I don’t like that.

Fourth mistake: I didn’t intertwine the elastic strips to give the right tension to hold the items inside. When I redid the inserts with the ultra-firm stabilizer, I fixed this mistake:

elastic strips

If I made this tote again, I would make the outside gusset cover the same fabric as the gusset, and I’d try to follow the directions exactly.

4 thoughts on “Nest Egg Tote: learn from my mistakes.

  1. knettycraft says:

    Hello Wanda, oh I know that – don’t follow the instructions and do it my way to finish faster (or without byeing additional stuff). Some times it works, sometimes not. My philosophy teacher always said: Make mistakes, make more mistakes – making mistakes will make you learn. … It was so many years ago, but I never forget these words and make mistakes! …. and of the tote bag turned out usable it was just another way to do it 🙂


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