Thursday, November 14, 2013

DIY Sewing Box

My first restoration project!!!

I have been swimming in DIY and restoration project ideas with my new place. There is so much that I want to do that I actually got a little overwhelmed. Damn you Pinterest! The lesson I learned today is that you have better thirft/antique finds when you aren't focusing what you think your looking for. Let things surprise you!

I was looking for a bookshelf and found these two gems!

Now that I have a good example, I want to make more wooden crates like this one. Can you say floating shelves for my empty wall!?

Now this tool box reminded me of my Grandpa right off the bat! I wanted it before I even knew what I was going to do with it. It didn't take me long to decide to turn it into a sewing box. 

So I cleaned it up and googled fabric lining boxes.  I found this gem of a site!

Helpful Tips:

1) Measure the box with a tape measure, but then square your poster board like you would fabric!

2) Spray the poster board and then put it on the batting. This keeps the batting clean so you cans till cut it and not ruin your fabric scissors. Same thing with the batting covered poster board. Spray it, then lay it on the fabric. 

3) Spray evenly but not heavily! If the spray adhesive is wet on the material it doesn't say when you fold the fabric or batting over. 

4) Pull the batting and fabric tight over the poster board. It looks nicer!

5) Make sure you put glue in the corners when you lay it down in the box. 

Here she is! Isn' she pretty!

So excited about my first restoration project! It is small but you gotta start somewhere right!!! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I moved! yay! It feels so good to be out of Phoenix and in Flagstaff. So I am not quite set up to sew yet.  Maybe tomorrow or saturday. In the meantime, it has been so much fun being part of the Blogger's Online Quilt Festival that Amy is putting on at Amy's Creative Side! Other people have finally found my wee little blog. It feels so good to have people, that I do not know, tell me that my quilt looks nice. Sometimes I think my family and friends feel obligated to say it looks good. So thanks everyone!

I took advantage of finally having my own place to decorate, and made this!

I got all the supplies on sale at Joann's and Michael's. I had a 50% coupon so I bought extra burlap. Well I used very little to cover the wreath so I have almost a yard extra! Eek! At least I got it on sale, but guess I will have to come up with another burlap project! 

I even used a little bit of scrap fabric from my T-shirt Quilt!!

And just for fun my new baby cactus! Isn't he cute!