I could have taken the easy way out. I could have bought a $5 blank at Wal-Mart and just embellished it. But I had some stash fabric and a vintage pattern and although I can pressure and overwhelm myself, the truth is that often the DIY experience is a gift to myself.
My new trick:
|D-rings, for adjustable strap!|
What I did well:
|Nice and neat bias edging on the underside. |
(Yes, I trimmed that loose thread before wrapping the gift. I do have some pride.)
What I found disappointing:
|Freezer-paper stenciling. Usually a win. |
This time, the paper didn't fuse perfectly (I'd left some water in the iron and it steamed, urgh)
and there are some rough edges, especially on the lettering. :(
All told, though, I was pretty pleased with how this turned out.