Little Boxes

Had a few days, without any little customers in the cattery, so have been making some fabric covered boxes. I have saved lots of the cat food boxes, that the pouches come in. The cardboard is fairly stiff and when you double it up it becomes quite strong.

I haven’t used any glue, this box is all hand sewn and padded with 20z wadding. I adapted the pattern taken from a lovely book that I have had for a while. It is called ‘Making Hand Sewn Boxes’ Techniques and Projects by Jackie Woolsey. I am a bit peeved about this…….. I didn’t realise, until I bought her book, that many years ago I lived, literally,  just up the road from this lady. The boxes in this book are beautiful, and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

I followed all of her techniques from lacing individual parts to adding a fabric hinge. I was restricted with the size of the cat food box, but if it had of been any larger it wouldn’t have been as strong. It is an ideal size for holding my embroidery floss ready for punchneedling, and has a padded lid as a little pin cushion. It measures 4″ x 4″ and is 1.5″ deep.


Dillon wasn’t too impressed, there wasn’t enough room on my lap, what with bits of cardboard, fabric and cottons. He spent ages trying to make me feel guilty……………… love him!


Where has 2014 gone!

Our tortoise has been put to bed for the winter, and the cats are refusing to move from the radiators, winter is here again and the Christmas Craft Fairs are upon us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


To my beautiful old Huffy, who never did get over his sorethroat, it was later diagnosed as a tumour, and so, very regretably, had to be put to sleep last month. We all miss him so much.

I really need to concentrate now and stop trying out new things (I’m sure I have said that before). I have 2 booked craft fairs for the beginning of December and I am really worried that I don’t have enough stock to cover them both, but I do also have another idea for next year. I am hoping it will help me to sell stock so I am not overloaded in the studio (when I get around to making some more).  Apart from putting money into a garden shed to store my stock I was running out of ideas. But I will reveal the new idea next year!

The business needs to prove itself, but I am so enjoying making things and experimenting that I am forgetting the practical side. The spreadsheets and accounts for the tax man are awful, I must get a grip next year and make a profit. The workshops will need to have more advertising and I will add the paper weaving as I have had alot of interest in that.  At one of the Christmas Fairs I have booked an extra table so that I will be demonstrating the paper weaving as well as selling the finished items. It will be good if I can book some people for workshops then, for next year.

I love, love making containers i.e boxes and baskets.  Things that are pretty, made from recycled stuff, and useful. I found a smashing little chinese pattern for a fabric teapot, but when I made it up I didn’t like the spout and handle ( I put it down to my sewing and interpretation of the pattern). So I redesigned it and made it into a container with a movable handle. Just like the old fashioned biscuit tins you could buy. They are so cute and are brilliant for using up all the small pieces of fabric that I keep for quilting or patchwork. The lids are made using cat food pouch boxes, and a lovely lady gave me loads of large wooden bead necklaces that I am using for the handles on the lids. I have found that by buying 4oz wadding I can stuff these little pots cheaper than buying the proper stuffing. All you need to do is tease the wadding and it is brilliant for stuffing, and isn’t so heavy as the real stuff.

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These are my prototypes!









This blue one incorporates my favourite type of embroidery red work. But this one is in blue!


These are so versatile, I have alsorts of ideas for future ones, different sizes, different pattern designs which will include patchwork, crazy patchwork, embroidery, 3d decorations………..

But now I must really go for it and get everything ready for Christmas, roll on 2015!!!!!!!!!!!