11 May 2010

My Sewing Box

A yellow, rectangle M&M's candy tin -- that was my first sewing box when I learned how to sew at 9 years old. And at 9, I was already recycling! Blah: an empty candy container; TADA!: a sewing kit!

Over the years, that sewing kit changed from a box to a desk drawer to a floral pouch, depending on the crafty projects I was into. Lately, I've rediscovered sewing, so I got to thinking, "It's time to organize my sewing supplies!"

I saw these boxes on display at Stitchfest, the launch of Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts last April in New York City.

These are utility boxes, dressed up with some fabric.

With these as inspiration...

I turned this blah shoe box into a TADA! container.

First, I found some fabric, measured and cut enough to
cover the box.

Then I attached the fabric to the box using hot glue.
Clips helped me keep the fabric from moving around.

TADA! a chic fabric-covered box!
I can leave it on my coffee table or foyer.
Nobody will suspect that it's really a sewing kit.

Unless they open it of course!

You see that I have the basic supplies, and I can keep adding new items like buttons and fabric since the box is pretty roomy. If you're building your own sewing kit, you can check this list to determine what else you need to buy.

Now that I've got this organized, I can't wait to start new sewing projects! See you tomorrow!


  1. now I will definitelly change my boxes! :)

  2. Hi Rosita! I can't wait to see what you make :)

  3. Looks great! The fabric you chose for the lid is very fun!! I plan on doing something similar (one day!) with special hand-crafted paper - I love paper!!
    As far as I know that pencil crayon fence really does exist... crazy hey?!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  4. Welcome to my blog Victoria! Yes, yes, paper (especially one in a fun print) will work so well with this box :) Thanks for visiting!

  5. wow, what super cute ideas you have here! thanks so much for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. i really appreciate that. anyhoo, glad you did because your blog has some really great blah ta dah ideas which i'm sure i could really use. have a loveLee day!
    xo, alely

  6. Hi Claire,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are one creative person! I've been enjoying going through your archives. I see a ton of things I want to try!

  7. Hello Alely & Blue China! I appreciate your visit...thanks a bunch! Happy crafting :)

  8. What a great idea.
    And I love the whole concept of your blog. So many great projects here :-)

  9. You're so sweet Natalie! Thanks for visiting!

  10. Just gorgeous! I need to start thinking out of the box :)

  11. Love your comment Carmie! Take care :)

  12. I am going to book mark this! This is such a good idea. I might do this with my storage boxes. They look so ugly up there in my closet.

  13. Hi Justine! This is an easy project and great for organization...you can even pick the colors to match your room :) Thanks for visiting!


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