Thursday, 5 March 2015

A Sewing Box .. Birthday gift for my Sister

Hi there everybody Hope your all having a wonderful day. :o)
I thought I would share with you today a sewing box I made using an old gift box that was being thrown out..
Below each photo I have tried to describe what I did .... hope you like it.
As always I appreciate all your kind comments, also if any have a question about this project I will be happy to answer  :o)
Catch you all soon : 

 Here is the old box, and an added bonus it has
a magnetic front flap.

 Here I chose some Tim Holtz papers. I Love em 
and also some craft board to line the inside of
the box because I wanted to make an inner tray.

 With the lid I used texture paste with a stencil and
covered that with tissue paper for added effect.
finally glued some letters and some mini cotton

 Here you can see I cut the mini cotton reels in
half and glued them into place.

Here adding my chosen papers and sticking them
into place.

Now I actually cut 6 pieces of craft board 2 of which
were used for the outside of the box,... In the first pic
you will notice that the box has a recess on the sides.
The craft board is the right thickness when covered 
to fill this part.....phew! :o)

In this pic you can now see the side of the box and
the recess is now filled in this also helped to strengthen
the box making it more rigid.

 Here you can see the covered board added to the 
inside of the box.

 In between covering the box I found a small box lid
and decided to make a pin cushion for the sewing box.

Here is the finished box .. I painted the top with black
acrylic paint and then used bronze rub n buff to get the
colour I wanted ... Added a big button for the front flap. 

I think the colour works with the paper theme from
the Tim Holtz collection.

This picture shows the inner tray
I made and it sits nicely on the 
covered craft board inside.

 I added a center divider to finish
the inner box off.
Hope you like my effort.:o) 



  1. So, sweet Mark and such a special gift I'm sure she will treasure for years to come.
    Hugz, Z

  2. This is so wonderful! She will love it and it will be her treasure chest. I love the top of it and it does go really well with the inside. Love the textures

  3. what a lovely gift for your sister!!! You did a great job, and the box looks great, and love the interior, and the two layers, it will be a very useful box!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Hello Mark,
    This is amazing and I am sure your sister is going to treasure it for all her sewing bits and pieces...A wonderful gift.

  5. Thank you guys ya comments :) Huge hugs to you all XX

  6. This is fantastic, love it <3 xxx

  7. Hi Mark, Clare sent me your blog site addy and I love the box you made. Good idea and your sister will love it I am sure. You mentioned making a hanging heart and I asked Clare about it and she sent me your site. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Judy In Arizona

  8. Thank you so much Judy for your kind comment.
    Hope you enjoyed a look at my Blog.
    Take care Happy crafting XXX

  9. Hi Mark,
    Clare Charvill sent me the link to your site. I wanted to see what you were making!! I have to say I have seen your photo on your status and I get a kick out of it because I can just see those eyes twinkling with mischief!! You are very talented and I enjoyed seeing what you did with this gift box! I cover old cigar boxes and sometimes put a mini album inside or a pretty teacup and give them as gifts or sell them at my craft show I hold twice a year!!! I will checking again soon to see what new things you have in store for us!!
    Judy Chlupsa
    Payson, AZ

    1. Hi Judy Thanks so much for your very kind comment .. Have you a Blog would love to see some of your work :) I love to make mini albums well.I have another head to complete and an order for an altered lamp, then Im onto making a few things for myself ... XX Love Clares work shes Ace :)

  10. Hi Mark, I don't have a blog I should figure out how to do one, I could befriend you on Facebook and post the photos of my work, or if you would rather not do that I can repost them on Clare's wall as I know you are a friend and you can see them there. I would be interested to know what you think of my work. In the mean time I will figure out how to do a blog!!!!!
    Thank you for asking to see my work, that is a nice compliment.
    I adore Clare and she and I have some most interesting talks and she says she likes my stuff so that makes me happy that she likes my work.
    Talk to you soon!


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