Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Matchbook Sewing Kit

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I don't know about you, but I love making little gifts and favors. Back in the olden days, a friend and I even had a wedding/party favor business. When I got the new Matchbook Die, I knew it would lend itself to all sorts of fun things! My first thought was to make a sweet little sewing kit. This would be a great gift for a teacher or even a special Mother's Day treat - tuck in a gift card to her favorite craft store and I know she would be thrilled. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Start by die-cutting the larger matchbook from Ranger Sticky Back Canvas and Idea-ology Kraft Resist paper.

Next, using an Adirondack Snow Cap Dabber, stamp the canvas with the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Wallpaper stamp, covering the canvas completely. Let dry. You can use your heat tool to speed it up, if desired.

When the paint is dry, ink over it with Broken China Distress Stain. Again, you can speed up the drying time with your heat tool. Set aside.

Cover the Kraft Resist piece with Picket Fence Distress Stain. Use your heat tool to dry it, or set aside to dry.

Using the Sizzix Distressed Doily die, die-cut a piece from chipboard. Brush lightly with the Snow Cap Dabber and adhere to the matchbook flap as shown. Machine stitch around the entire matchbook with cream-colored thread.

Remove adhesive backing from canvas and adhere to the 'wrong' side of the Kraft resist paper, making sure to match the fold lines. Re-crease all the folds.

Fold matchbook up and staple flap in place using the Idea-ology Tiny Attacher. Make sure you don't accidentally staple it closed!

Now, we're going to work on the inside. To create a little needle holder, stamp the label image from Stampers Anonymous' Haberdashery set onto muslin using Ranger's Festive Berries Distress ink. Cut out and lightly coat the edges with glue or an anti-fray product.

Die-cut a piece the width of the matchbook from Sizzix Cut and Emboss Core'dinations paper using the Mini Scallop and Pinking On the Edge die. Cut two spools from chipboard using the Movers and Shapers Mini Sewing Room set.

Stamp a piece of chipboard with the thread stamp from the Haberdashery set. Cut out, trimming closely.

Now, we're going to assemble our pieces. First, sand the red pinking-edge panel lightly with the Idea-ology Sanding Grip. Attach a strip of Wonder Tape to each side and adhere as shown, creating a pocket. Wrap the spools with thread and insert into the pocket, along with a pair of mini-scissors. Using the Tiny Attacher, staple the stamped muslin piece to a Hanger Clip. Attach to the matchbook with a Long Fastener (tip - you can carefully peel back the canvas and hide the prongs from the brad). Next, adhere buttons to the round stamped chipboard piece using Glue Dots. Add a length of seam binding to the back and attach with Wonder Tape. Finally, adhere rosette trim to the bottom flap using Wonder Tape.

Ok, the inside is done, now let's finish up the outside! Using the Mini Sewing Room dress form die, cut a piece from red Core'dinations, a piece from chipboard, and one from a cardstock scrap covered in foil tape (not shown). Emboss the red piece using the flourish border Texture Fade from the Springtime set. Sand lightly to highlight pattern.

Trim the top and bottom from the embossed piece and glue to chipboard. Tie with a scrap of seam binding and attach safety pin. Trim the stand portion from the chipboard piece and replace with foil piece. Adhere dress form to matchbook flap using Glue Dots.

Ta da! How cute is that? Here's a tip - grab a few mini sewing kits the next time you're at the dollar store. They have everything you need to stock your own kit, including those adorable scissors!

I hope you've been inspired to try one of these yourself. There are so many possibilities with this amazing die!

'Til next month,
misc. supplies: Unbleached muslin, seam binding, needles, safety pin, chipboard, buttons, scissors, thread, sewing machine
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  1. What a super fun project, Shelly! I love seeing all these products in action! Thanks very much!...Nancy :o)

  2. Wow Shelly, such a fun idea! Love everything you did here, wonderful details. Perfect to have the kraft resist paper with the pattern on the inside and the canvas on the cover. TFS!

  3. I adore this!! I haven't got that die yet, just had to have Tim's pocket envie die first LOL I love the idea of making mini sewing kits!!

  4. Absolutely darling Shelly!!! What a fun project and a super cool gift!!!

  5. OMG Shelly! This is fabulous! I love it, what an awesome peice. Great job and thank you so much for the tutorial.

    Elaine Allen

  6. Extremely cute, Shelly! I love the step-by-step!

  7. What a super gift idea!!! so dang cute:) Thanks for the tut!

  8. I love this....what a great gift idea, cant wait to try it. Thanks for sharing


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