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!
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
Let’s make it!
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.
Now prick those holes using awl or other sharp tool. Nail and hammer would work too. Make holes wide enough to fit screw bolts.
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.
Now spray paint the box and leave to dry. I’ve chose white to fit my interior (or any other interior really).
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.
Glue it down in the center of the box and leave to dry. Fill up your box with sewing goodies!
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.
Looks pretty nice, what do you think? Will you be making this upcycled sewing box any time soon?
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Sarune from Polka Crafts