Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sewing Box by Katy

I feel a bit surrounded by all things festive at the moment so instead of something Christmassy I decided to create a little sewing box using the Sew Sweet stamps for today's tutorial. Even though it's not seasonal it would make a great gift I think! So that's my tenuous link!

My mojo has been very sadly lacking lately so I decided to go back to my comfort zone of blue, cream and brown this month. My box has soft colours and a slightly vintage feel to it. I did some distressing but kept it fairly minimal as I wanted my box to still be pretty and feminine; not too grungy.

To start with I painted a MDF box with chalk paint (Americana Chalky Finish in Serene). It only needs one coat - this stuff is fab!

When dry sand the edges to reveal the buff colour of the MDF beneath and to give the box a more distressed look.

Stamp a tag with the pattern background and the dress form, Stamp the dress form again onto a scrap of blue paper, cut out and layer onto the stamped image. Embellish the tag with a little lace and twine.

Stamp a variety of images from the Sew Sweet stamp set, distress with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and by crumpling them with your fingers. Distress the edges of the tag as well.

Start assembling all the bits and pieces into a collage on the lid - glue down when you are happy with the arrangement.

Finish the inside with fabric from a local shop and the outside with some crochet trim.

And you're done! 

Until next time,
Katy x

I used these gorgeous stamps from Rubber Dance!

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  1. What a beautiful sewing box Katy such pretty colours and details.It will be a most treausred gift I'm sure x

  2. Holy macarony, Katy - this is GORGEOUS!!! Looks like it was a good idea to go back to your comfort zone - and why wouldn't it be, after all it's a reason why it's called *comfort* zone ;-) I'm all for comfy comfort! LOL
    Nice to see that you got good use of the sewing theme fabric I sent you. Perfect lining inside the little drawer!
    Thank you so much for making this beauty with my stamps, which you forgot to mention is your own design ... (thanks once more for making them for me!!), and for the nice tutorial!

  3. What a beauty. The box was absolutly adorable! I love your sewing box, Katy! Incredibly lucky is the person who gets the lovely gift from you.
    Hugs, Anita ♥

  4. Gorgeous box! Makes these stamps just shine! WOW!

  5. Shabby chic, vintage, lots of blue and gorgeous totally up my street!

  6. Do you make any for sale? I'd love to have one.

    1. Hi there, I don't have a shop but I do make commissions by request. My FB page is Katy Leitch Crafts and you can send me a private message from there if you'd like. I am happy to sell this one to you if you'd like it. Katy x

  7. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments - I think my mojo is finally back! I wish it wouldn't take unscheduled vacations! It's most inconvenient!

  8. Love it! Love, love, love it! Katy this is awesome! I have got to ask my OH for some money in January as I need those stamps, I actually have a weakness for vintage form stamps - love them! Such gorgeous colours, oh and did I mention how much I love it Karen x


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