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Topic: Super Mod Sewing Box - Loads of Pics - edit : Tut. Added!  (Read 4492 times)
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« on: February 06, 2009 10:15:28 AM »

Howdy All!

I have been meaning to post this idea for a while now, but up until recently I have only had a crappy cell to take pictures with - but not anymore!
As I am sure many of you do, I had an ugly old sewing box that had been given to me eons ago by my Baba. Well, I got tired of looking at it and was about to throw it away when I realized "Hey! That's not in the spirit of Craftster!" So.....

From: (taken with cell phone - sorry)


An Inside Shot:

And the Pin-cushion:


Any-who, I reccommend "reupholstering" sewing boxes to you all - its a fun quick job and you'll end up with a better one than you'll find at Joanns!

*this is only my second post - so, if you have any suggestions Please do let me know!*
« Last Edit: February 06, 2009 11:32:38 AM by OpheliasLily - Reason: Tutorial added » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2009 10:22:34 AM »

Hey what an awesome job!!
I have to do something like this to my sewing box.
Any tips on how to do it?
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009 11:30:19 AM »


It is actually rather simple.

Before you start - remember: DON'T throw away any of the old pieces until you have finished!

1. remove the lid of the box & set it aside. (this may involve unscrewing the hinges or carefully prying them up & scraping off glue). Carefully remove pin-cushion from the inside of the lid. BE SURE TO SAVE THE SMALL SCREWS FROM THE HINDGES!
2. Take off the fabric from the outside and inside of the base of the box. Try to keep them the same size (e.g. don't go nuts with your scissors cutting willy-nilly!) I recommend marking them w/ a sharpie - they will be your pattern.
3. Cut out copies of the old fabric with your new fabric(s).
4. Using a glue-gun affix the new fabric - you will want it to be tight, but not too tight or it will look stretched. As you do this keep in mind - you will want to try to cover the glue/extra fabric of the last piece with the next for a more finished look (Does this make any sense???).
5. Do the same w/ the lid and pin-cushion.
6. Now, using the hinges and the little screws you saved (remember?) reattach the lid.
Your Done!

Extra Options: - add extra padding to the top of the lid to make that a handy extra pincushion too.
- add a pocket w/ a button for holding little notions.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009 12:27:40 PM »

this is lovely  Smiley i actually quite liked it before as well!
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009 02:47:15 PM »

Thanks. But honestly, I don't think you would have liked it much before - you cannot see (due to the quality of the photo) but the original fabric was very stained, faded, and ripped.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2009 09:33:59 AM »

Thanks for the tips and again, great work!
I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009 04:10:21 PM »

it looks so good now! And I have that exact same fabric, I made a camera case out of it  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009 05:29:42 PM »

I love that re-do!! I think I've got my ugly pink sewing box (from when I was a little girl) down in the basement somewhere. I'll have to dig it out! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2009 06:18:37 AM »

Great redo! Now I know what I can do with all these wicker boxes & baskets lying around that are just not me - thanks for the tips

« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009 03:46:14 PM »

I literally just gave my sad old sewing box just like this one away yesterday...oh the regret!!!  Very nice, I love the way it turned out.

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