Is your sewing box looking a little tired? How about giving it a makeover by covering it with your favourite fabric?
I bought this sewing box a really long time ago with an intention of covering it with my favourite fabric... it took me a while to get to it (like 15 years!) but, here it is and I can't be happier with the result. I love it!
For this project, I used a Japanese patchwork print fabric. It has my favourite patterns and shades of blue, all in one.
All I had to do was to cut a piece of rectangle for the lid and two for the sides of the box. I placed the fabric right on the sewing box and cut it about 1/2" bigger all around.
Then I folded the fabric under and secured it with pins all around the box. Make sure that the fabric is pinned taut.
To sew, I used a straight needle but soon I realized that it wasn't going to work. The needle didn't bend enough to get close to the edge. After a bit of research, I found out that shoe makers often use a curved needle to stitch the fabric close to a rigid piece, and so I decided to give it a try for my project. Honestly, I don't remember buying a curved needle but there it was, buried deep in my sewing box. It was meant to be.
Holding the needle steady was a challenge at first but eventually I got it to work. By the end of the project, I fell in love with sewing with a curved needle. And it was surprisingly fast to sew. You should give it a try!
Here is a picture of my sewing box with the original fabric.
And here's my new sewing box. Doesn't it look great?
If you have a sewing box or two that's lying around in your sewing room, give it a new life! I think it's a perfect way to showcase your patchwork projects, quilt blocks, or embroidery works. If you make one, I would love to see it!