Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sew What!!! Weekend Project

 Ok, here is the long awaited project!!  I hope you are not disappointed and were expecting something HUGE.  It's just something average but it took a while because I didn't have much time to devote to it each day.  Though I am glad to say I'm done with it.  I am one that likes to finish up my projects ASAP and when they linger I lose interest.  Though this one did linger but I didn't lose interest.  It was fun and I think I would like to make another one but using more layers.

You take the idea from one of those exploding boxes.  Add some padding where needed and put it all together.  It's not difficult to make, it just takes time because there are so many steps to it.

You start out with the base which is pieces of thick cardboard and not corrugated cardboard, you want something like book board.  My cardboard came from some Stampin' Up! decorative papers like the ones that have textures or glitters. They seem to use thicker cardboard in those.  I save it all.  If you saw my workroom you'd know I save it ALL!!!  You never know when you will need it, right????  The sounds of a true crafter or hoarder?  Is there much of a difference?  LOL

Anyway, back to the exploding sewing box.  The top photo shows the outside of the box.  I have only one regret about that.  I wished I would have sewn a button in the middle of the padded top before gluing it in place. 

The sides all drop down to expose the inside square.  The inside square opens as well.  I tied it together with a ribbon in the even that you needed to get something stuck at the bottom.  I just tied it in a bow but of course I took the photo of the side and not the front of that ribbon but you all know what a ribbon tied in a bow looks like so it's nothing new to you.

I was going to try to make it with all Stampin' Up! products but I had to revert to using elastic.  I was hoping to use ribbon and just tie it but it wouldn't hold the items as well.  The elastic holds everything in place nicely so I had no other choice.  The fabric is all Stampin' Up! products and it was a perfect print for this project.

My squares started out at 3" x 3" and there are 5 of them.  The padded layer on top of that measures 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".  I don't have any instructions for this.  You just glue and wrap fabric around cardboard pieces and assemble it as you go.  I do want to make a bigger one with more layers inside that drop down too.  I would like to be able to add more needles and a tape measure too, plus a nicer pair of scissors and more threads.  It took me this long to get this one done I wonder how long it will take me to make another one the size I want??? It will be weeks before it is done!!! LOL 

This makes a very fun gift to give to someone who sews.  You can have all of your important sewing needs in one little cube.  Just grab the cube and go!!!

I hope you liked this project!

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,


  1. Anonymous7:37 PM

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous7:38 PM

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  3. what a cute idea. i can see where it took some time to finish. but such a great gifty. tfs.

  4. Gorgeous creation Wanda and worth your effort I'm sure. Crafter/hoarder dilemma - not much difference I fear. One of these days someone is going to turn me in to that tv show, but hey - I agree, you never know when you're going to need something and as soon as I get rid of it - I NEED IT! Might have to give this project a try - it's beautiful. ~chris

  5. Stampin Deva11:12 PM

    I love it, thanks for sharing . . . I need a B-Day gift in a few weeks this may just do the trick.