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Saturday, 9 November 2013

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

I am one of these ladies who has yet to own a sewing machine. Instead I have a whole bunch of little sewing instruments and threads packed into two zipper pouches as well as a plastic bag. Not quite a sewing basket that anyone imagines. It would also seem that our home had some extra shoe boxes laying around that were not being used. I love shoe boxes as they don't cost anything extra and they are great for storing little items!

So I ended up dumping all these sewing items into a shoe box. However that just looked like a big mess. I got to thinking about the cute sewing baskets I have seem in the past. I thought I could do something similar with a shoe box that would take very little time and effort. 

So here is what I did!

Firstly I gathered up the materials I was thinking to use. This is where recycling little boxes comes in handy! 


Materials pictured here include:

1 shoe box
various small sized boxes to fit inside the shoe box
1 piece of cardboard to act as a divider between the 2 tiers
wrapping paper
hot glue gun
scissors


Next I fit the little boxes into the shoe box:


Most of my little boxes had to modified to fit. I just cut them down and used hot glue when having to cut the boxes to adjust the sizes in order to fit. 

Next I placed the piece of cardboard over the first tier. 



 I then added the top tier. I glued the boxes for the top tier onto the divider (piece of cardboard in between the 2 tiers). Then placed a folded little piece of cardboard at the centre to make it easier to lift the top tier out.



Next I wrapped up the shoe box to cover up the tacky look.



I also covered up the bottom parts of the little boxes as well as some of the sides. 



Lastly, I placed the contents into the little boxes. This is the bottom tier. I did not cover the insides of the small boxes. Maybe I will end up doing so at a later time but for now I am happy with the way it is! 



This is the top tier. Not a whole lot of sewing items however when mixed altogether in a box or a bag it looks like a huge mess and becomes tangled so easily. 




13 comments:

  1. Okay Bismah...that is so creative! I sew quite often but didn't have a sewing basket until a couple of years ago. I finally ended up buy one from Big Lot. I see them in different craft stores, but they are so pricey. This will definitely save you money from paying the outrageous prices for some baskets I see. I love it!

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    1. Thank you Sharon!
      I feel as though I don't sew often enough to justify paying the price for one from the store. It suits my purpose just fine for the time being!
      Have a great day :)

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  2. Okay Bismah...that is so creative! I sew quite often but didn't have a sewing basket until a couple of years ago. I finally ended up buy one from Big Lot. I see them in different craft stores, but they are so pricey. This will definitely save you money from paying the outrageous prices for some baskets I see. I love it!

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  3. I have an old wine box that my parents got for some Christmas gift and all of my sewing stuff is in there. This seems like a much better solution!!! I am sure it will make you smile every time you pull it out.

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    1. Thank you! Yes you are so right! I can open this up and find what I need so easily. So much better than the tangled mess I had going on.
      Have a great day :)

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  4. This is an awesome idea! I currently have all of my pins and bits in along with my sewing machine. Although I do have my eye on an AMAZING house sewing box from Cath Kidston!! *writes to Santa!*

    Thanks for joining up to #MMWBH last week! {bit behind atm, lol} xx

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    1. Thank you Deborah!
      With sewing there are just so many bits that can easily become lost or tangled if not stored well. I have learned that the hard way.
      Hoping you get your sewing box :)
      Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Sandra!
      Have a great day :)

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  6. Who doesn't have some old boxes laying around and tangled sewing supplies? Brilliant idea for getting organized and recycling at the same time! Thanks for linking up to Turn it up Wed!

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  7. Not THAT is nifty! I love DIY projects that turn "trash" into something useful too!

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