Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cross Stitch Box

Another week has just zoomed past, they seem to go quicker and quicker.

This week I can show you the finished box that has cross stitched fronts. A while ago I purchased a plain wooden box from Lidle's and it came in very handy for storing those small crafting bits and bobs that get lost, but, it was pretty boring to look at. I used my favourite red and white fabric to cover the sides and top and dyed some aida (16ct) with tea so it has a nice browny look and adapted some googled cross stitch images, and out came the red embroidery thread.

Now, the first three drawers were very straightforward, but after that it went downhill! One of the patterns bled the red colour when I pasted it with glue, so had to do another one and although the cross stitch on the front of the bottom box was a very simple pattern I kept making mistakes....grrrr.

HH made me a little shaped back and sides for the top of the box to finish it off. There are  little fabric pulls on the top of each drawer, with the bottom one having two pulls. I wouldn't make another one it was more fluffing and fiddling than I care to do, and even now, I keep prodding and poking it as it hasn't glued very well. The paper rose matches it very well tho, I think, so that's an upside as well as keeping the crafty bits all in one place.

While my visiting daughter has taken all her crafting bits home with her and emptying some of my supplies in the process, another daughter was busy making herself an all purpose bag.
She had a jacket that didn't fit anybody so it was taken apart and this is what she has come up with. Dd needed an everyday lightweight, washable, sturdy, small bag. Even tho its not a large bag, it certainly holds an enormous amount, bit like a tardis inside! I'm not kidding you she could easily pack half my cottage in there! Inside it  has a couple of useful  pockets and a hidden pocket in the shoulder strap (ingenius cos even when she pointed it out I couldn't see it!)
Hmmm need to keep an eye on my jackets now just in case they re-appear as a bag!!.

Hope you all have a good crafty week.
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  1. How lovely that you passed your crafting abilities on to your daughters. Your box looks like an antique and was definitely worth all the frustrations you went through to get there. It looks amazing and I am sure that you will get a load of pleasure from using it. :)

  2. The box is stunning and all your hard work definitely paid off! Very classy.


    1. wow that box looks amazing and definitely worth all the hard work.
      I need a bag like that.... I'm off to look thro the wardrobe. :)

  3. The box is simply stunning!! It's gorgeous!!
    Have a great week...(even if it does go too fast!!) xx

  4. Have to agree with all the other comments.....the box looks fabulous! You put me to shame....I've got 3 of those Ikea plain wooden drawer for sewing threads, one for crafty bits and one for my chocolate stash....hahaa....and nary a one has a single lick of paint or embellie...might have to send 'em to you....minus the choccie, of course!
    The craft gene is definitely strong in your family....fab bag!

  5. Your box does look amazing, although I do recognise that "never again" feeling you sometimes get after a project. The bag looks great, too. I love the idea of creating something good from something unwanted.

  6. Love the box, the pictures don't give away any of the fluffing and fiddling and prodding and poking you've had to do :) And a creative daughter too! That may become a bit of a challenge :D

  7. The box looks adorable but I know what you mean about things not working out at first but I think you done a great job. Love the bag too, I have a bag with a strap pocket and it's great for keeping a mobile in. (or a choccie bar)

    Jan x

  8. I love your box with drawers. It is so pretty, but looks like a lot of work.

  9. That box is to die for, I love it, but can only imagine the amount of work that went into it.
    My hubby has a jacket that looks a bit like that bag - I might have to "disappear" it and see if he notices!

  10. I love those mini drawers and want a set. So pretty. Lucky daughter fantastic bag

  11. I love what you have done to the chest of drawers! I have a miniature set that I keep bits and pieces in. So maybe one day I might try something.
    The bag looks great too. The fabric looks perfect for the style of the bag.

  12. what a wonderful project! i love the muted red/cream colour scheme - so timeless and attractive.. how happy your crafty bits must be sitting in such a beautiful container!

    i love the jacket bag too, a fantastic bit of upcycling! x

  13. I love how the little chest of drawers has turned out.

  14. So lovely!!! Love the colour, fabulous work! Thanks so much for sharing! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  15. That's an amazing effect on the cupboard

  16. So beautiful! Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing on the Make and Craft forum too.

  17. Très joli as usual!!!

  18. The box is amazing - so detailed! I didn't realise Lidl sold boxes like this, I shall look out for them. Love the bag too. Have a good week.
    Jo x

  19. Lovely box! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!!

    T'onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

  20. Your box is gorgeous, certainly worth all the trouble you went to. The bag is great, every girl needs a tardis bag.
    Ali x

  21. Your cross stitch oz is absolutely stunning

  22. Ohhh your box looks amazing from the pics! Well done for persevering with it - can be really easy to give up when you start making mistakes/getting frustrated! Love your daughter's bag - bet she'll get loads of use out of it :-) Simmi x

  23. The box is lovely, it is great how you have put your own stamp on it.

  24. You're so talented, your work is impeccable!
    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  25. Hello,
    I love this box! Very insprational. Could I ask which site you got the patterns from?
    thanks Jo

  26. I adapted the cross stitch patterns myself to fit the drawers. The hearts are just made up with a pattern around.If you google you will find loads of free patterns. :0)