Category: Sewing

#7 I Heart Fabric Boxes

Going along with the theme of ‘boxes’ I wanted to share another wonderful kind of box with you- the FABRIC BOX! I love fabric boxes because they are really easy to sew together and you can make them look really pretty by using any patterned and coloured fabric of your choice. You can use up your scraps, add buttons or add trims and embellishments to your heart’s desire. They make the most beautiful gifts or can be kept all for yourself to store your crafty bits and bobs in (or indeed anything from stationery supplies to sweeties). I think they look gorgeous on your desk or stacked on your shelves. I’ve seen a lot of varieties on the internet, each one unique to the maker’s taste. So I’m going to share with you a few of the ones that stood out and give you links to the tutorials I found the most useful.

1. Design*Sponge

I love Design*Sponge, they’ve always got a fabulous craft project you can work on. They are no less than an essential resource for me and their fabric box tutorial is saved to my Favourites!

The tutorial itself is pretty straight-forward and there is ample opportunity to tweak it just a little bit here and there so you can use the materials you have to hand. The final result is pretty impressive. Its a must-have for any crafters desk!

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Design*Sponge Fabric Boxes

(http://www.designsponge.com/2012/06/sewing-101-fabric-boxes.html)

2. Make it & Love it

This is a blog run by the talented Ashley, she’s a mum to 3 and based in the US. The blog is a lot of fun and her personality is evident in her tutorials! Her version of the fabric boxes is tempting all over again, these are complete with label windows for the front of the boxes. Do check it out!

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Make it & Love it Fabric boxes

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/09/fabric-storage-boxes-per-your-request.html

3. Jillian in Italy

This blog is run by Canadian-born ‘Gee-lee-aan’, married to a Belgian scientist and residing in Italy – phew.

Her take on the Fabric boxes was simply adorable with photos to match.

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Jillian in Italy Fabric Boxes

http://jillianinitaly.com/2012/02/12/tutorial-small-fabric-basket/

4. Seaside Stitches

Ok, here’s one I actually tried and loved with capital L!! The box took only about an hour to put together; its a grea t project for when little miss is asleep!

I won’t say too much more but encourage you to check this tutorial (and blog) out. Tina Craig is the brains behind this idea and she is an expert quilter and has therefore added a quilting twist to the box.

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Seaside Stiches fabric box

http://www.seaside-stitches.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/fabric-box-tutorial.html

Here is my own take on the Seaside Stitch fabric box:

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I added a cute button detail at the sides to give it more crafty character.

Other inspiration………..

Pinterest has tons of inspiration if you are looking for box ideas.. of virtually any shape, size and purpose!

Check out the pinterest pages of the Evans Twins (sisters) of the Roonie Ranching blog. Their pinterest pages (each sister has their own page) are just the most colourful, vibrant archives of ideas and projects. Inspiration just oozing off the pages. Don’t take my word for it, do take a look.

http://www.pinterest.com/emalahowski/

http://www.pinterest.com/nikistringer/

That brings me to the end of my post. I hope it inspires you to try one for yourself, do share if it does!

Until next time, take care xxx

Sabeena

#5 Hello…I’m a Boxoholic

As far as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by boxes!

The earliest box I can remember owning was a pillar box red lunch box at age 6 years… and my dad still has it!

Not only do I have a crafty family I have to admit we are quite a ‘hoarding’ bunch. From my dad and grandfather collecting wood, planks and all things of a DIY, building nature… to my mum’s fabulous sewing/crochet/knitting stash!It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree either…..I’d like to indulge you in some of my own hoarding…..and my boxophilia (just a made-up word lol).

I guess it stems from a want/need to organise, categorise and methodise everything (well that’s my argument anyway), but boxes whether they be for gift-wrapping, storing or displaying your possessions are a big business these days.  They can hold practical or sentimental value. And whether we like to admit or not, we have quite a variety of these around the house!

I have a few favourite boxes which I’d like to share with you my top 5! The ones I have selected a special meaning, and hold sentimental value for me. They have special memories associated with them. They are a symbol and amongst my most valued possessions.

1. My Lunch Box

How many 30-something year olds can admit to still owning a lunch-box from when they were 6??? Not many I’m guessing. Actually it’s not something I have kept, but something I found lying around in my dad’s back-garden shed. He’s a serious hoarder but I’m kinda glad he kept this one.

It reminds me of a carefree childhood. The red colour is a beautiful, happy colour too. It reminds me that my mum would’ve prepared something (lovingly) rushedly/purposefully for me to eat at school. It went on a journey with me between school and home everyday and it was probably the only thing I carried….whilst holding mum’s hand I suppose.

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2. My Wooden Box

I love wooden boxes, the more natural the better. I have one which I have never actually stored anything in, because I could never find anything that looked like it would be fittingly stored in this thing. Its quite funny that I should be so particular about it but that’s how it is.

There’s nothing that especially stands out about the box but I just like that its the perfect shape, size and has the coolest slide-in lid. I’m sure I’ll find something to store in it soon……or my little one will anyway 😉

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3. An Inherited Trinket Box

This was one of mum’s jewellery boxes. I just remember it vividly from my childhood; she would store beaded pearl necklaces and bracelets in it. I used to think that it was probably really valuable to her and it probably was. I inherited it just after she passed away and although it has a different meaning to me now, it is still just as valuable…maybe more so.

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4. The Fabulous Box of Buttons

Amongst mum’s crafty stash she used to keep a little blue case with fabulous buttons of all shape/size/sparkle. I actually have this box now and love looking through it. I have used some of these buttons on a few projects which I will share with you soon. I’m sure you will agree it rocks as far as button-boxes go!!

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5. My Crafty Box

My 5th selection is this rather wonderful ‘Rainbow’ box. Its filled with colourful pencils, crayons and envelopes! This box makes me really happy and its something I can’t wait to share with my daughter when she gets a little older! (Actually I think she’ll probably find it when I’m not looking)

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That’s the end of my (rather lengthy) post. I hope you found it as fun to look through as I found to write it. I will try to keep my posts a bit shorter from now on but I couldn’t help it on this occasion. I hope to post about boxes you can craft with fabric and various other things as well as provide some links to some great blogs/tutorials and suppliers of gorgeous boxes! Until then, take care xxx

Sabeena

#4 Crafts I made: Sewn for Purpose

Hi and welcome to my 4th post! The blog has a new look which I hope you’ll like. I’m feeling more at home now especially with the lovely logo me and my little helpers put together last night.

I should finally share with you some of the crafts I have (attempted) to make over the last year or so as well as provide you with some links to the blogs/tutorials/web pages that have inspired me along the way. I’ve got lots of little things I want to share with you but will break them up into little groups so it all appears to make sense.

Starting with my sewing projects stitched for a specific purpose….

1. Yellow Wall-Hanging

I think it was when baby was about 3 months old that I decided to make a Wall-Hanging to have all her bits & bobs to hand. I didn’t follow any tutorials so to speak; I just had a mental image of what I wanted it to look like. I used some fabric in a baby-friendly colour (from my mum’s fabric stash) and stuffing from an old pillow. Now, I wasn’t familiar with the phenomenon that is ‘quilting’ back then (would do things so differently now!). I pretty much just stuffed and sewed!!!!! 😀

So here it is my extremely useful wall-hanging (complete with a handy metal rod found in our back garden lol). It has actually served many purposes; from storing little new-born clothes to nappies/wipes/cotton balls/flannels)… Its raw and unrefined but its my first ever sewing project so I do love it.

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The closest thing I found to it is this piece on another blog called ‘Craftlog’ by a lady called Maitreya. Her blog has some other great posts and crafty ideas so do check it out when you get a chance:

http://craftlog.org/craftlog/?p=2330

2. Over-sized Boho Baby-Bag

This is perhaps the project I’m most proud of! All those beautiful fabric scraps I had lying around were about to be used in this project in a panelling effect. I love my BIG bags; the bigger the better. And a baby bag is one example of where this is a necessity for me as a mum on the go!

I saw lots of bags I liked, but they were missing the over-size factor, something had to be done. I was a little more experienced on the sewing machine this time but again I had no real plan/pattern thought out; just an image of what it had to look like. I made it huge and I hope you’ll agree, the end product is pretty impressive on a GRAND scale:

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(sorry the photos aren’t very clear, I hope to take better pictures for the purpose of future posts)

I couldn’t find a tutorial on making a box bag exactly like mine, but if you visit the blog of http://craftygemini.blogspot.co.uk/, there is a tutorial on making a sewing machine dust cover that will do the trick just as well (just add a top panel and handles). I am a MEGA fan of the CraftyGemini aka Vanessa, her blog is great and I’m always inspired by her.

The sewing machine dust cover tutorial can be found by following this link http://craftygemini.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/sewing-machine-dust-cover.html

3. Zipper pouches for travelling

Beyond the over-sized bag, you cannot underestimate the power of zipper pouches for a well-organised suitcase, especially when travelling with a young child.  I simply hate when things get lost in suitcases; I need to know where things are so I can find them…Fast. I followed a great video tutorial on sewing Zipper-pouches (will give you the link below) because sewing zippers on is no easy task, but its a fundamental skill to learn and opens up loads of sewing project possibilities.

Not going into too much detail of how (because the video tutorial will show you all that), I present my travel-friendly zipper pouches. There is a large-sized one and a medium one. I quilted them but you could quite easily just interface them as the video shows you.

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Here is a super simple video-tutorial for making zippered pouches,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4eMLVrfdXY

The lady posting it is called Melanie Ham and she has the most fabulous Facebook page and blog under the name of

I Heart Stitching: Melanie Ham Designs

You must take a look!

Ok, I’m going to end this post here or I will get carried away. I hope I have inspired you with or reminded you of similar projects you have undertaken; would love to hear your views either way. Do check out the links recommended, I have lots more to share in the next post. Until then, take care xxx

Sabeena