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!

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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! 

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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:

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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. 

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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.

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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! 

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket

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. 

DIY Shoe Box Sewing Basket


Have you tried making a diy shoe box sewing basket?