Monday, April 6, 2009

Notions Box

Yesterday was kind of wet and rainy which postponed my yardwork plans. I was a little bit tired after our whirlwind trip to Vermont on Saturday (which I will talk about in a future post) and really didn't feel like starting on a new sewing project.

I'm not happy when my hands are idle so I came down to my studio and started to think about a project that I could do that was quick, easy and gratifying.

How about a notions box? These were the two choices I had on hand so I opted for the larger one.


I decided that I would like to cover and line the box with fabric so into my scrap bin I went and found some Madeira and Shangri-la by Moda pieces that would be large enough to get me started.


I applied the fabric to the sides and top and while it was drying made lunch, then pottered around the studio to see what else I could come up with to embellish my latest project.


After it was dry, I trimmed the excess fabric from the lid and painted the sides of the lid and underside of the box with a coordinating green and blue respectively. I made a pincushion and decided to use some of the new Moda ric(k) rac(k) that I purchased the previous day at the not too LQS in Vermont as well as yoyo's to fancy it up a bit.


I then lined the inside of the box and made a little pocket to hold more goodies on the underside of the lid.


After gluing the ric(k) rac(k) and yoyo's, I then affixed the pincushion to the lid with velcro so that it could be removed and put back easily.


I glued a yoyo to the inside as well...just to add some interest.


And now I have a new box that I can fill up with all the notions that I can't live without because...
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You can NEVER have too many pincushions...or notions!
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Happy stitching!

23 comments:

Suzanne said...

Kaaren - Another lovely project! I also like your idea of the velcro for the pincushion. And I agree, we can never have too many pincushions!

Dolores said...

Kaaren, that is such a nice project. I hope you get years and years of use from it. Thanks for posting your step-by-step instructions again. You are so very talented in many areas and we in blogland are really lucky that you are part of all this. Thank you.

Lurline said...

Kaaren - just so lovely! Hope you keep painting - I did for many years and have let it lapse - please don't do that!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Sew Many Ways... said...

This is just so great, I love all the colors in the different fabrics. The removable pincushion...super idea. Thanks for another great project.
~Karen~
ps. the eggs from your last post are so cute and in an egg cup too!!

Stephanie said...

So clever and pretty and useful. All the requirements!!!

Dorothy said...

Kaaren, thank you for sharing another lovely project. Great idea.Sure beats hunting around for the small notions that always seem to disappear just when you need them!

Stina said...

Ahhh...your box is so lovely... and you whipped it up just like that...:o) Amazing..:o)

Rumi said...

Wow! Great job! What a neat box!

Darlene said...

Another adorable creative project! I understand the need to keep your hands busy! :-)

Mel said...

Love it!! Very useful and decorative!
Thanks for sharing!

Annette said...

Wow! That is really pretty. A treasure to keep your treasures in.

Quilt Hollow said...

You have some talent! Madeira is one of my all time favorite lines of fabric so that got big points! LOL

Little Lovables said...

Your box is so lovely!

Kimberly said...

Kaaren, you're the man! Er, ahem, the WOman!

(Love it!)

Sherri said...

It's wonderful...what a great idea...and your embellishments are soo cute!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Isn't everything more lovely with fabric on it!? This proves it.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my heavens, that is truly amazing!! Your ideas are wonderful!

Julie said...

such a clever little ducky aint ya!
julie xxoxox

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

What a great idea! ooxx`jodi

Carrie P. said...

Girl, you are just too smart. What a great box and idea.
I just bought some of that rick rack but in gold.

Heidi said...

Oh how fun! I bought wooden boxes for two of my friends and we are now stitching French letter samplers to use on top and will be lining our boxes like this and making accessories. It was fun and inspiring to see yours.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Candace said...

What a fantastic and useful box, Kaaren! Just the right size, too!
Cheers!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh this is jsut way too cute!