Matchbox Sewing Kits

by Molly F.

The sewing box when closed...

The sewing box when closed...

Last year for Christmas I wanted to give a little something to each of my friends. Since they were all girls who liked crafts, I thought a sewing kit that fit in a purse might be nice. So I saved up about 10 matchboxes (our family goes through them pretty quickly because I have a younger brother with an intense curiosity for fire and lighting candles). I bought a pack of medium/small needles, as well as a pack of different color pins.

I took out our bag of leftover bits of scrapbooking pages and cut a strip wide enough to cover the outside of the matchbox and long enough that the ends would overlap.

I rubbed a gluestick over the backs of the paper strip, and wrapped the strip around the matchbox case. I put the overlapping part on the underside of the matchbox case so it wouldn't show. Then I cut a matching piece of paper just big enough to line the inside of the matchbox container.

Sometimes, if I felt like it, I put a second, narrower strip of paper around the outside of the matchbox case, and sometimes I had the paper lining the inside of the matchbox container match that second strip instead of the first stip. And sometimes I even put a third strip around the case of the matchbox.

Then I cut out 2 matching rectangles of paper. Cardstock would also work, but if you have cheap pins the cardstock bends them when you try to stick them into the cardstock, so I prefer paper. In one of the rectangles I stuck one needle, and in the other I stuck a few pins. The nice thing about getting a pack of multicolor pins is that you can match the color to the matchbox. For example, some of the boxes I made were pink, so I put pink pins in them, and some were green, so I put green pins in them. Sometimes if there were two colors to the box I put two pin colors in the box.

Then I cut out thread spools: hourglass shaped pieces of cardstock (not paper) with rounded edges, and a diagonal slit in the top and a slit in the bottom. These also matched the matchbox. I took a spool of white thread and wound a couple of yards around the paper thread spool. The beginning of the thread went through one slit and the end of the thread through the other.

I made about 10 of these sewing boxes, each a little different from the other. That's the advantage of having a variety of paper bits... you can personalize each box with your friend's favorite color and style.

On the bottom of each box, I put a Merry Christmas sticker with "To" and "From" blanks. (This was mostly just to help me remember which box went to who.)

Then I gave them to my friends around Christmas. They loved them!

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