I'd already made my pattern pieces at the weekend and was keen to start cutting out and see how it would all fit together. I'd got some lovely blue hessian and a piece of William Morris Chrysanthemum fabric in indigo. I chose the thread carefully to get a good match and found a lovely leather handle that would make it really classy!
All was going well-I'd sewn the front pieces together, then the back, pressed them carefully and top-stitched along the hessian to give it a nice finish. I laid the two pieces on the table and reached for the roll of wadding. Now where to put it to cut a piece off? Yes, you can see what's going to happen now, can't you? I placed it on top of my fabric pieces. I pulled one of them out from underneath to measure how much wadding to cut off and then pulled my shears out of the sundae glass they live in (!) and started to slice through the wadding. I then noticed some resistance, but it was too late, I had already snipped a three inch slit into the bag back that I'd forgotten to remove from underneath the wadding. I'm not one to swear but I wasn't best pleased, to put it mildly. It was beyond redemption. I momentarily considered making a narrower bag, but the proportions would be completely wrong so there was nothing for it. I had to painstakingly unpick my work squinting under my magnifier, as the thread of course, was such an exact colour match to the fabric that I couldn't see it! So, first the top stitching, then the seams. I cut a new piece of WM fabric and started all over again!