Patterns/tutorials and I don't always get along. Either I don't quite understand what is being said or I cut something slightly off. So, when sewing something simple, I tend to get the general gist of the idea and go off on my own. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
The wonderful wallet I received in a swap quite a while ago has finally started showing signs of wear. Rather than buying one that didn't quite fit what I wanted, I decided to make one. Now, I had tried this in the past and wasn't too pleased with the result so I knew a couple things I didn't want.
I decided I wanted a folding wallet with pockets - I wanted to include pockets for business cards as well as all my junk. The first wallet I made was okay but it just wasn't what I wanted. It was a little large and liked to flap open.
I could have stopped there and gone a different route if I had found my buttons, but I couldn't find them.
The I figured I would put velcro on a strap around the wallet and that would be how it would stay together... but I made the wallet just a bit too small. Now that I have found my buttons, I will probably make one more - a little larger, with button.
But the point I learned was that nothing has to be perfect, and there is nothing wrong with making a few before you are done.