Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A sewing box

Last week The Brother Alan sent an email asking what he needed for  a sewing box that he wanted to put together using a cigar box.....of course I emailed back, let me and of course he said I was hoping you would say that....we do know each other so well. Wanting to keep it masculine, I found this in my stash of cigar boxes (yes I have many waiting)
found this wonderful southwest fabric at
 Jo Ann's and gathered my supplies....thread, scissor, tape measure, needles and trim and it began...







a pocket of sorts for the thread, fussy cutting for the top and a charm for the steer skull.... again wanting to keep it manly, I left the inside of the box unfinished except for the fabric...I just love this fabric and bought a full yard.



the top and the base are two different cuts...great design! and of course I made a needle book complete with some narrow raw hide for the lasso on the front and a horse charm. The inside has a page for needles and closing pins as well as a pocket for needle threaders. The seams are sealed with a nice braided trim I bought him Gutermann Threads but I think he will replace them when needed with regular threads so I left some wiggle room in the pocket.  I sure hope he likes it. I am not sure if he will know how to use the needle threader, so I will include directions. The tape measure is by Singer and looks great for a guy as it is black and plain. I love using cigar boxes for projects.
My Angelina threads arrived so I tried a small sample....
I hope the picture is clear enough for you to see the sheer piece of "fabric" made....I bought the opalescence and gold threads. I also bought the pressing sheet to use with it. Of course I was not sure about ironing right on it, so I used a piece of muslin on top. I can't wait to use my new fabric for bumble bee wings!
We are having a very cloudy day but the temp at 6 AM was 72. Possibility of rain so it will be sitting on the lanai instead of the yard today....maybe I will just stay inside to stitch with a movie.....I am off work until Saturday so plenty of time to stitch. On Monday whi9le sitting outside having my southwest hash browns and egg with toast for breakfast, a commotion over head interrupted the quiet....

A group of 5 Harris Hawks were flying and squawking  above the yard....making quite a show of it. Finally landing in the nearby trees before departing to hover over some other place. It appeared to be a family of 2 adults with 3 youngsters.  Such entertainment with breakfast! It is just about time for me to have today's breakfast---in the house--- so I will thank you for visiting and hope the pictures were not too many for one post. There is still time to join the April Card Exchange... just email me your mailing address...if you have participated before and all is the same, just let me know you want to join in by March 31st. Have a great day.

10 comments:

cucki said...

Wow it's so unique and so beautiful my dear..
Have a lovely day xx

Cindy said...

What a wonderful sewing kit! Great idea and what fun you had! :)

butterfly said...

Love the sewing kit and love the very fine thread .

Julie said...

A stunning sewing kit, how lovely.
Beautiful see through fabric you created.

Patty C. said...

Great Idea - love the sewing box !!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Nice kit Gracie

Vickie said...

What a stupendous job you have done for your brother!
Those are going to be awesome bumble bee wings.

Brigitte said...

Absolutely great, this sewing box for your brother. He will be thrilled! That fabric is just beautiful (not only for men).

Jacquie Morris said...

Absolutely marvellous and unique...I love it!! Wow!! For the bee wings.
Smiles :)

Heather said...

Wow! That is an amazingly great sewing box. You did a fabulous job.