Vintage Sewing Box Tutorial

Hi all,

Following on from yesterdays Mother’s Day pampering and spoiling, I don’t have my usual vigour today. It must have been all that massaging yesterday evening that has left me lacklustre. I’m obviously just too relaxed!!!

I’ve always encouraged my children to make their own gift for Mother’s day, which has resulted in the making and giving of all manner of unique treasures. Without a doubt, my favourite gift is always Miss Aimee’s book of gift vouchers. I can always count on a few head massages, foot pampering’s and neck and back rubs. I have to redeem the actual voucher and book ahead for my massages with her and here’s a sign of the times, I’m now only allowed one massage per booking… [giggle] she’s bound to be a successful business woman one day.

So here we are back to Monday and not much oomph for working. I decided to go with a necessity project today rather than one I’m already working on. In my creative craft classes I have quite a few craft supplies that we share and we desperately needed something to put all the sewing cottons in.

I designed this little sewing caddy which is small enough to sit in the middle of the sewing table, but big enough to hold all our coloured cotton reels.


I used a paper mache box with a 6” diameter lid. I glued 3 mini wooden door knobs to the base of the box to make little decorative feet.


I painted the outside of the box with black paint and the inside with cream paint.


I combined two graphics that I downloaded from the Graphics Fairy to make this vintage look label in photoshop.

I printed it off, cut it out and adhered it to my box lid using Mod Podge. I then coated the top of the lid with Mod Podge to seal it. When dry, I floated a little Burnt Umber around the edges of the label and fly specked it with an old toothbrush (with Burnt Umber) for a more vintage look.


I distressed the edges of the box with sand paper and gave the whole box a spray of matt varnish to seal it.

For the final touch I added this ivory lace around the rim of the box lid.



If you’d like to use this graphic to make your own vintage sewing box, click here to download.

I’m participating in today’s Brag Monday at the Graphics Fairy.

If you haven’t already paid Karen a visit and checked out her amazing free graphics, then you really should. It is an amazing and inspiring blog.

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Okay, that’s it for me today. I really had better get back to the work at hand – new patterns.

Hugs ~ Kerryanne


  1. Hi Miss Kerryanne..

    I am LOVING that little sewing box…
    tooo gorgeous..

    sorry been a bit remiss in leaving blog comments but I am a tad busy at the minute…!!~~

    xx andrea

  2. What a lovely thread caddy – so much nicer than a plastic ice-cream tub (the sort of thing I normally find at my classes & workshops)

    Thank you for sharing the lovely graphic.

    Toni xx

  3. That’s just gawjus Kerryanne, thank you so much for sharing this with us :o).
    Joy :o)

  4. Oh Kerryanne it’s lovely and practical too , I love it !

  5. A beautiful little sewing box 🙂

  6. …thanks for sharing — sooooo lovely!

  7. That is really lovely, I love the lace round the edge and the label. Beautiful.

  8. I love your label combination.

  9. Love this! I’m kicking myself because I had a little black box that I had used in another project. It would have been perfect for this but I tossed it. ACK!


  10. Oh that is so cute!!

  11. I oh so need like 20 of these!
    xo Cathy – your newest follower via The Graphics Faity

  12. Ohh, Kerryanne,
    You are just coming up with loads of fabulously creative ideas lately.
    I made my sisters a bag for Mothers day now I want to make this!
    Thank you soo much for sharing,
    Keep the creative juices rolling along. lol
    Big hugs,

  13. YOU are inspiring! thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  14. What a lovely tutorial Kerry – and so ‘you’! I shall be visiting the graphics fairy, for sure!

    Young Miss Aimee sure sounds like she’s going to be a fantastic businesswoman! Love those conditions of redemption! As for you being spoiled – you so deserve it!

    Hugs sweetie!
    Vikki 🙂

  15. great ideas Kerryanne, what a lovely way to stay organised. that beats by empty vitamin jars hands down

  16. I love this website (blog) but I can’t hardly see it. I have to highlight the words to be able to read it. I’m gonna bookmark you anyway b/c you have fabulous ideas that I adore. But please think about darkening your words for us older folks.

  17. This is beautiful, I am going to have to make one 🙂
    Love your blog which I found through The Graphic Fairy.

  18. So darn CUTE!

  19. I love vintage thread spools. You have captured my heart! Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. MERCI Beaucoup TR2S joli ,,,Mireille

  21. WoW !!! your site is so nice, it’s so pretty.. I feel like I’m so much apart of it, because it’s everything I like. I could spend hours on here just looking around… Thank you so much. i’m glad I came across your site.. keep up the good work. and the music, I love it…


  23. This is the perfect gift for my niece ….such a sewing fanatic….thanks!

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