Matchbox Sewing Kits

by Molly F.

The sewing box when closed...

The sewing box when closed...

The sewing box when closed...
...and the sewing box when open.

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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