Friday, May 17, 2013

Sew Buttons! matchbox sewing kit

Although I usually focus on cardmaking, I've made a few matchbox projects & recently got into embroidery. This project brings the two together! The box holds some pins, a tapestry needle, and a needle threader.

The box is 1.5x2 / .5 inches; I used less than one piece of 6x6 DP from 7gypsies's Mykonos pack. I distressed edges with Tea Dye ink. The pull is made with a tiny wooden spool, embroidery floss, and some gorgeous stitched ribbon I just received from Mom, along with the polka-dot & ric-rac ribbons and buttons.

I've never really used a needle threader, but I've wanted to make one ever since I saw the tutorial & adorable sample at Wild Olive. I used 3 ply nylon wire, and I should have used something thinner, but it just fits my embroidery needle. And it works really well; it certainly saved me time when sewing the thread onto those tiny buttons.

The Spool stamp is from a set that came free with an issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine. I stamped it in Memento brown onto an off-white cotton fabric that I backed with a light printer paper. For the spool on top, I just wrapped the green embroidery floss around it, but for the one on the needle threader I actually sewed it directly on to the ribbon before folding it over.

The "pin holder" is made from scrap foam (originally part of the packaging for an embossing folder set). I colored the foam with a Copic marker and wrapped it with measuring-tape Washi tape. I used the same tape inside the box.

The scissors are a chipboard piece, colored with a Copic marker & blue glaze pen and heat-embossed with Peacock embossing powder. 

I had a ton of fun making this, and the best part is that I can use it!

Many thanks to the following Challenges for inspiring me:
Kaboodle Doodles: Use Ribbon and at least 1 Button
Seemacrafts: Use a matchbox
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Use 6x6 paper pads (Mykonos pack by 7gypsies) + Shabby Chic

Update: This won the "Use a matchbox" Challenge at Seemacrafts!

Thank you for visiting,


  1. wow hun what a fabulous idea i really love this thank you for joining in the fun with seemacrafts , much love seema

  2. it is absolutely adorable!

  3. Wow! Love this project!!

  4. Lovely box! I love all the small details that makes it perfect. Well done!

  5. What a clever and cute sewing kit! Love the details on the front and the design is sweet! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  6. Oh I love your matchbox, it would look great on my table, hee hee hee, I've started sewing again, so it's very apt for me xxx Thanks for joining in at Seemacrafts xx
    she DT


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