Upcycled Sewing Box from Cookie Tin Box

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Hey gals and guys! Do you remember that sour feeling when you notice a tin box of cookies in your mom’s or auntie’s closet and you open it only to find a lump of needles and threads? I know I still do. Although my Mom used to keep seed packs in cookie box, the disappointment was nonetheless the same. Today I decided to put an end to this falsehood once and for all. With just a few screw bolts and spray paint transform ordinary cookie tin box into very special sewing box to hold your threads, needles and other goodies. Let’s make a world a better place where no child will be hurt again by fake cookie boxes! This upcycled sewing box will save the future!

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Gather your materials and tools

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  • Metal tin box. Maybe it’s time to treat yourself with original Danish butter cookies? If you’re not a cookie fan, try checking out thrift stores or flea markets for empty boxes. Just don’t forget to make sure that thread spools actually fit in it! That means no less than 2 inches/5 cm height.
  • Some screw bolts (I’m actually confused about difference between screw and bolts but the ones I used have a flat ending and comes with nuts). Again, measure the size depending on your box.
  • Acrylic spray paint of your desired color.
  • Scrap of foam. I used some piece which came with jewelry packaging.
  • Awl (pricker), hammer (optional)
  • Strong glue
  • Marker

Let’s make it!

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Mark some spots where the screws should be using black marker. I was doing it pretty much randomly (my eternal sin of laziness), but if I’d do it again I would make it closer to each other.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Now prick those holes using awl or other sharp tool. Nail and hammer would work too. Make holes wide enough to fit screw bolts.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Put screw bolts trough holes and fasten them using nuts. Make sure to secure them tightly so it wouldn’t shake around. My hands got pretty tired after all that screwing since I used my fingers only. But it was sure worth it in the end! You can notice I put some smaller bolts also, because I run out from the large ones and I thought they would be just fine to put shorter thread spools also.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Now spray paint the box and leave to dry. I’ve chose white to fit my interior (or any other interior really).

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

It’s time to prepare pin cushion! Cut out circle shape from foam scrap and cover it up with some nice fabric. Secure it with safety pin. Or just leave it be uncovered.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Glue it down in the center of the box and leave to dry. Fill up your box with sewing goodies!

 

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

I also used picture transferring technique from my earlier post to decorate the lid of my upcycled sewing box with vintage graphics I found at freepick.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

For the inner side of the lid I decided to cover it with yellow contact paper and put a magnet to hold safety pins and other metal findings! I purchased a pack of ten super strong round magnets a while back for less than 1 $ from Ebay and I use them everywhere now.

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

Looks pretty nice, what do you think? Will you be making this upcycled sewing box any time soon?

Upcycled sewing box from cookies tin box (1)

 

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Much love,

Sarune from Polka Crafts

5 Comment

  1. This is so creative! I’d never have thought of doing this! I love the design you put onto the tin lid too 🙂 x

  2. This would be great for those who’ve indulged in Christmas sweets hey and are wondering what to do with the tin. It looks like the cotton can be easily accessed too. #MakeItMonthly

  3. What a clever idea, and it keeps everything neat and visible too. #MakeItMonthly

  4. This is such a great idea! It’ll keep it all nice & neat too! #MakeItLinky

  5. Oh I LOVE this idea! It looks adorable! And keeps everything tidy too. This would make such a sweet gift too. I’m not much of a sewer, but hubby is ( I know, I know…) tempted to make one for him! Will pin for future. #MakeItLinky xxx

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