Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A pillow case and a table to match

An envelope pillow case with a felt flower embellishment.

It's Iron Craft time again! This challenge was In Stitches and, just as the title suggests, we had to sew something. Not my favorite thing, but I'm very proud of how this project turned out. It's completely hand-sewn with not a drop of glue used. Weird, I know.

Close-up of the flower.

My husband and I ordered a new chair that has shades of green and grey and it's all stripey. I love it to bits and can't wait until it gets here. In honor of our new chair to be, I whipped up this pillow case. The pillow is a cinnabar red that just won't go in my new color scheme.   This pillow case is so easy to do, I'm not going to bother with a tutorial. If you need step-by-step directions, try this envelope pillow case tutorial. And if you have any questions, just ask me.

The back.

 I had just enough fabric left over to change out my candlestick table. Yay! It needed an update.

And a matching table.

I love it when a project comes together exactly how I envisioned it. It's so rare when that happens.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

From Cutlery Box to Ring Box

My new ring box

 It's been a while, but I'm still here. And still burning my fingers with my glue gun. Whatever. Iron Craft's Think Inside the Box challenge got me crafting again. Yay! This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while. I had a couple of wooden cutlery boxes laying around and since I saw the ring display case from Tea Rose Home, I knew I had to do it. I did a few things differently. I used a box instead of a frame and I didn't make individual rolls (sort of...more on that later). I think it turned out pretty well.

Original box

I lightly sanded the box top and quickly (not very neatly) slapped on a coat of white acrylic craft paint. I then attached a piece of scrapbook paper to the top with a couple of coats of Mod Podge. Love that stuff!

Pretty top!

Original insides

After that dried, I cut a piece of fleece to fit the inside of the box top and attached it with a glue gun around the edges, which is perfect for storing brooches. I then cut squares of batting, rolled them up and glued them to the insides of the compartments. I cut strips of the same fleece, glued one side down, and then tucked it in around the rolls. I used a flat screwdriver to tuck in the edges. I glued the other edge. And then did it all over again twice more.

Batting rolls

I left the last compartment free of batting rolls for chain rings and stretchy rings. I lined the bottom with more fleece. I then loaded the whole thing up and admired it on my shelf. 


I want to find something to use as edging around the inside of the lid and the flat compartment just to finish them up a bit. I need a trip to the craft store for that. Can you believe that I didn't have anything appropriate in my overgrown stash? Seriously.


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