2 X 15cm black zips
½ m Bag wadding
20cm square of iron on pelon
½ m Daisy Fabric (Outer Fabric)
½ m Pink Fabric (Lining)
20cm linen for stitchery
Fat Quarter lime green fabric (binding)
1pkt of Snap Fasteners
1 skein of Dog Rose (104) Cottage Garden Thread
60cm Pink 15mm wide ric rac
You will find the fabrics available for purchase here
Trace embroidery design on the piece of white linen using your choice of marking pen. Iron a piece of weaveline to the back to prevent seeing thread shadows on the right side of the fabric. Mark but do not stitch the circle around the edge of the design. This is the template for the stitchery when it is stitched to the top of the sewing box. Use 2 strands of embroidery thread throughout. The design is completed with backstitch except for dragon fly eyes which are satin stitch.
Once stitchery is completed set aside and commence construction of the sewing box.
Draft the Pattern
Take the half metre of bag wadding and using a long quilting ruler draw a rectangle 6” wide X 24” long. Use a pigma pen or blue erasable marker if you prefer. Make sure that this rectangle is in the centre of the wadding so there is room to do the next step.
Divide the longest sides of the rectangle into 6” segments and rule a line at these points to create 4 X 6” squares. From the second square add another 6” square to the left and right to form a cross.
Next draw a line diagonally from the top corner of the first square to the top corner of the left square.
Then draw a line from the bottom corner of the left square to the bottom corner of the 3rd square.
Next draw a line from the bottom right corner of the 3rd square to the bottom right corner of the right square.
Finally from the top corner of the right square draw a line to the top corner of the top square.
This forms the octagon which completes the bottom and sides of the sewing box.
Cut out this shape.
Draw a line from the centre of each triangle to the corners of the centre square. Cut down this line but stop 5mm ( ¼” from the corner)
Cut down the edges of the triangle again stopping (¼” from the corner) leave the triangles attached these slits will help the box fold neatly into place.
Using spray baste, spray the unmarked side of the bag batting. Lay the Daisy fabric on to the sprayed batting. Smooth the fabric out. Trim the excess fabric away leaving ½” all round just in case of shrinkage when quilting. DO NOT CUT DOWN THE TRIANGLE HERE THE FABRIC IS TO REMAIN ONE SOLID PIECE.
Stitched around the edge of the shape first to stabilise the piece before quilting. Make sure to sew within the ¼” seam allowance so these stitches are hidden when the box is complete. Note: take care at the split in the triangle to ensure you don’t spread the pieces apart.
Quilt as desired, you may like to grid the box, however I have decided to outline the beautiful daisies of this Patty Young fabric with free motion quilting.
Once quilting is complete you can trim the fabric back to the edge of the bag wadding.
Take your stitchery and trace a circle of iron on pellon using the circle around the stitchery as your template. Iron this to the back of the stitchery. Take your ric rac and stitch it to the top of your stitchery following the circle boundary of the embroidery. Trim linen back to edge of ric rac, fold the ric rac around to the back of the stitchery taking the linen seam allowance with it. Press your circle and ric rac flat.
Pin the circle to the top square (the square jutting out from the octagon). Centre the circle and pin it in place. Stitch the circle down by hand using invisible stitches being careful to go through all layers.
Cut 2 x 6 ½” Squares from lining fabric.
Cut (2) 6 ½” X 5” rectangles from outside fabric
Cut (2) 6 ½” X 3” rectangles from outside fabric
Put your zipper foot on the sewing machine.
Take one 6½” X 5” rectangle place the zip right side down at the top of 6½” edge. Stitch the zip in place. Hint: it may help to open the zip after you have stitched half way down to help you get it past the zip pull. Once this is row of stitching is complete done turn the zip under and top stitch on the right side of the fabric close to the zipper teeth.
Place the 3” X 6½” rectangle right side down on top edge of the zip. Pin and stitch.
Fold the rectangle down and back to cover the zip.
Top stitch across the top of the zip 1.5 cm from the fold to hold the flap in place.
Place the 6½” lining fabric square on top of the completed pocket front, sew sides and bottom seams leave the top open. Turn the pocket through to the right side press flat. You may need to trim the ends of the zipper off level with the seam allowance to remove the bulk.
Repeat for other pocket.
Cut 2 x 7½” squares (1 from lining fabric 1 from daisy fabric). Put right sides together stitch around using a small stitch length, leaving a 2” gap to turn. Turn through, press flat. Half and quarter the pin cushion to find the centre point, mark this point.
Stuff the pincushion until reasonably firm. Locate the centre mark and using a largish needle threaded with quilting thread or doubled thread secure the centre of the pincushion bringing the needle up through the centre of the pincushion and around the sides and up through the centre again. Do this 2 or 3 times at each side of the square as shown. Attach a button to the centre of the pincushion. Put the pincushion aside for now.
Spray baste the marked side of the quilted bad wadding. Lay the lining fabric onto the spray basted wadding and smooth out the fabric. Trim the lining fabric to ½” all the way round. Sew from the front of the box all the way round within the ¼” seam to securing the lining in place. Trim the lining back to the edge of bag wadding. Using an erasable marker, mark the squares on the lining fabric. Stitch through all layers to secure and give a guide for folding the completed project. HINT: You may find it easier to use a walking foot at this point.
Pin and stitch the pockets within the ¼” seam allowance across the open top edge on the Cross squares of the box.
Binding the Edge
Cut 4 X 1” strips of the green binding fabric on the bias. Use a 12mm clover binding tool to create the bias for the edge of the box. Join the strips on the bias to create one long strip. Use the clover bias tool together with your iron to create the bias.
Note: This makes a very narrow binding if you prefer use an the 18 mm bias tool for a slightly wider and easier to manage bias just remember to adjust the width of strips that you cut in accordance with the instructions on the 18mm pack.
Cut 4” piece of ric rac, pin this to form a loop at the centre front edge of the top square.
Sew the binding around the edge of the shape. Be careful not to catch the ric rac from the edge of the stitchery (fold the ric rac back onto the embroidery and pin). Hint: use the needle down position if you have it, stop at corners ¼” back from the edge to help reposition binding as you sew.
Once the binding is attached all the way round the edge, join the ends and use an iron and steam to help bring the bias to the lining side of the box (the steam helps stretch the bias).
Hint: you may need to trim back some of the bulk of the seam allowance at the edges where the pockets are, however be careful not to cut away too much so as to shorten or distort the top edge of the box. Slip stitch the binding in place.
Adding Snap Fasteners
I used these snap fasteners however you may use press studs that are stitched in place if you prefer. For the snap fasteners follow the instructions on the packet to attach. Just remember that the stud pieces go on the outside of the bag.
Position the fasteners 1” down and 1” across from the centre line of the triangle. Do one side of the snap fastener then close the corner to find the position of the opposite piece. Repeat placement on all four triangles
Completing the Sewing Box.
Take the pincushion and secure in place by stitching the corners of the pincushion to the corners of the square at the bottom of the box.
Add a decorative button to the centre of the front side of the box approximately 2” down from the edge to secure the box with the loop of ric rac. Placement of the button will depend on how long your loop of ric rac extends.
Your sewing box is complete. You may find that the corners need to be worked a little to get the box to stay closed. Just pinch the bottom corners a bit and gradually the creases will stay put.