Saturday, October 31, 2015

MAKING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS




I love to make Christmas presents for close friends.  This year I was inspired by Tilda designs.  I tried to order Tilda paper products from my friend, Kerryanne, at Shabby Art Boutique, but as she lives in Australia and I live in the USA, I couldn't afford the postage!  However, Amazon sells Tilda books so I bought several of those and printed out some of her lovely designs.  Since the designs I picked were mostly in shades of rose pink and sky blue, I chose scrapbook paper in those shades to make the above sewing box.  I buy wooden boxes at Michael's whenever they are on sale, so I had plenty to choose from.




I chose a large box so there would be room for scissors, thread, buttons, bobbins, fibers, sewing tools, a pink tape measure and a needle case.  I found among the many things I have bought, knowing I would use them someday, some clear tape printed with inches which was perfect for covering the edges of the sewing box.  I also had tape printed with fancy scissors which naturally marks where my friend's scissors will go.  (The dried leaves in the first photo are to cover my friend's name should she read this post.)




I must admit that I enjoyed putting together this sewing box so  much that after Christmas I want to make one for myself.  It was fun!  I loved finding just the right buttons (all of which I had) and sewing them to the Tilda button cards.  The fibers are wound on Tilda cards as well.
Isn't she a talented lady?


This shows the inside of the sewing box cover which features a strip of scrapbook paper which looks exactly like a tape measure which holds a needle case and whatever sewing tools you want to slide in.

I also used thin wooden strips covered with the flowered scrapbook paper to make compartments so your sewing box will remain neat and pretty and not become a horrible mess as mine often does.

Although Tilda designs are lovely, you can design your very own button cards,  needle cases and whatever else strikes your fancy.  And there is gorgeous scrapbook paper out there, Ladies, that will pique your unique creativity.
HAVE FUN!

This week I'm linking to Kerryanne's Shabbilicious Friday party and Rooted In Thyme's Simple and Sweet Fridays.  There are direct links on the right.

8 comments:

  1. That is the best gift* you put so much creative love into it. I am going to make one for my 13 year old. She is just getting into sewing and this would be perfect ***
    deezie

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    1. It can be time consuming because there is so much measuring, cutting and pasting involved, but I enjoyed it. The Tilda books provide templates you can print and use for your own sewing box. I think your daughter would love it! Thanks, Deezie!

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    1. I am imaginative except where making money is concerned; then not so much!

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  3. What a beautiful gift box you have created Linda. I'm sure your friend will absolutely adore it.
    Hopefully one day the gorgeous Tilda products will be sold in the US too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  4. Thank you, my dear! You know I'm surprised some enterprising blogger or retailer in the USA doesn't stock her things. There were a few sources listed in her books that were in the States, but when I went to their sites, all they had were some books, but none of her products. I know she would sell well here because so far my friends who have seen the sewing box think her designs are wonderful. We can only hope! My next project is some of those faux patchwork hearts you created. I'm going to use them as ornaments on my tree. I'll send a picture.

    Love, Linda

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  5. This really came out beautifully, Linda! Your friend will be delighted, and I can see why you will be making one for yourself as well! :)

    Thank you so much for your well wishes over at my little blog. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    xoxo,
    Lin

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    1. I think your recovery has been a miracle, Lin, and I am so grateful. You have a rare gift for making and appreciating beauty which our world needs. And thanks for the compliment on the sewing box!

      Love, Lin

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