I think by now almost everyone has heard of pinterest. Have you joined yet? You should, it’s awesome! It’s like a huge, on-line filing cabinet. Instead of having a million bookmarks saved to things you want to go back to, you can easily find them on your pinterest boards. I currently have 880 pins on 18 different boards. I have a ton of quilts, sewing tutorials, craft projects and recipes. There are so many great projects and ideas, I have decided to try a new pin every week for a year and share my experiences here on my blog!
The first thing I decided to do is an upcycled sewing case made from an old train case. This is the original pin (sorry, source wasn’t available)
This one was cute, but I didn’t want to completely cover the case. So I started scouring the local antique stores to find a case that didn’t smell too bad inside! I finally found a blue Samsonite train case for $12! I didn’t take a before picture, but this is basically what it looked like.
I had some old patterns that belonged to my husband’s aunt. Most of them were from the 70s and had great primary colors on them. I picked out the ones I wanted to use and went to Michael’s to get a few other stickers to fill in. This is how it turned out.
I used a combination of mod podge, craft glue and hot glue to get everything to stick. I hot glued the buttons on the latches and the measuring tape around the top. I added the tiny rick rack around the top with fast drying craft glue.
Here’s a view of the top. I used pieces I cut out from the pattern sleeve and stickers I found at Michael’s. The sit, sew, swear saying on the top is my sewing version of live, laugh, love.
Other side view.
This is a view of the back. I used more of the stickers and added some buttons. I also added my name on the back so no one would try and steal my awesome case! (and because I had A LOT of letter stickers left)
I used some of the actual pattern pieces on the inside. My case didn’t come with the tray that goes on the top, so I am looking for one of those. I LOVE how my sewing case turned out. It is the perfect size to put all of my sewing accessories in. If I pack carefully, I can fit my iron and a small project in it too! It’s a great size to tote everything to sewing days, guild meetings and retreats. For $12, I think I got a bargain! Stay tuned for next week’s pinterest post!