I have to say that generally I can pick up a pattern or look a tutorial online and create a nice finished product. There may at times be a few small user errors or minor adjustments needed to the pattern which the creator overlooked, but all in all my experience has been good.
Well, that certainly changed today! (**Editing this to keep my ranting and raving to a minimum.**)
Suffice it to say the pattern testers missed A LOT before this book went to publication, the diagrams were awful and insufficient, and my finished product turned out so bad I attacked it before even taking a picture!
After some major seam ripper induced rage....
... I was able to turn it into a useable and cute-enough finished product.
The top is a little floppy because after my seam-ripper rage on the side triangles, I just attacked the top ties with scissors. Those things made me so annoyed while creating them, it was almost gratifying to attack them with the scissors after they proved unnecessary for this re-design.
I KNOW not every project will turn out perfect the first time but this was a really uncomplicated project made complicated by poor instructions and the entire process just annoyed the junk out of me. I think its time for me to leave my sewing machine alone for a while today and go iron that ginormous pile of coin-pairs waiting for me from my "top secret project."