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Friday, 14 November 2014

#19 All Sewn Up - A Vintage Journey

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Hello my fellow blog friends, thanks for stopping by to see my DT post for A Vintage Journey.

Brenda is hosting our latest challenge which runs for 2 weeks called All Sewn Up. Do pop over, here, where you will find all the details on how to enter the challenge and see the outstanding inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides. You are once again in for a real treat.

I decided I wanted to make a sewing box for my daughter, adding eclectic touches as she loves this in her style of jewellery. She is now in London training for British Airways long haul Cabin Crew. On previous uniforms she has worn, buttons would fall off regularly, so I thought this would be a nice gift to give her, should she need a needle and thread at hand.

My inspiration was taken from Tim's papers and the blog post he shared with us all recently about his new fabrics and beautiful patchwork projects. Also his saying of  'embrace imperfection', suited my project perfectly as I wanted my stitching and zip to have a lack of straight lines.


With this all in mind I started by removing the fastenings from the front and then giving my box a light sand and a coat of Gesso to seal it.


I then started tearing tissue from an old sewing pattern and gluing onto my box in areas inside and out with Multi Medium, that I thought at this point I may keep on show.  I added a little crackles with my stamp and Archival ink.


Next I cut out sections of different papers from the Menagerie Collection to fit in all the squares as a patchwork effect. I stitched them using my sewing machine, changing from Zig Zag, to not so Straight a stitch Lol. I then used my distress tool around all the edges and inked for definition. My paper now looks like torn pieces of fabric with a hint of the sewing pattern in the background. 


I then glued them onto my box.


On the inside of the box I decided to add a little decoration to the lid with the Ephemera Pack Thrift Shop, also using the Sizzix mini sewing room die, dressing my mannequin with a lace overlay, ribbon and an old Cameo earring. My bottles I applied the crackle technique found in Tim's new book along with small hand written labels. You will also notice bobbins of thread, inch tape, buttons, hooks and eyes.


On the outside of the lid I had the perfect paper in my Tim Stash ( French Industrial ) with all the little squares. I roughly cut out an area for the zip to go not worrying about it being precise (embrace imperfection). Next I stitched along all the lines to give the illusion my paper had been patchworked together and stitched my zip in place, again using my distress tool and inks around the edges of the paper.


On this paper of Tim's I loved how this Lady looked like Cabin Crew staff from the Sixties so I had to incorporate her into my design. This is when I had the idea of having my zip open on the top of my box.


I carried on decorating the top with some appropriate word stamps, a few remnant rubs, Tim's inch tape and buckle and some stud fasteners. You will also notice my Aeroplane button which I gave distressed around the edges and gave a coat of glossy accents.


To finish I added a layer of black felt to the base of the box inside and out.


Front and Rear view



I hope I have managed to inspire you to join in the challenge now at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see your entry. You could also be the lucky winner of a £10 Shopping Spree with our generous sponsor Country View Crafts, where you will find lots of Tim's goodies with free P & P.

Happy Crafting,

Julie x


27 comments:

  1. Wow Julie! love this box! your sewn panels on the outside - the zipper on the top (what a creative design!!!) - and all the wonderful detail on the little miniatures inside the cover - take this project right over the top!

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  2. This is so beautiful love all the texture and elements . I'm sure your daughter will love it .

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  3. This is stunning Julie. ..so many thoughtful elements into this box with lots of love and care for your daughter. Love it...The inside lid is beautifully made zed loved the zipper idea. Co incidently I have something contrasting for my 5yr old daughter. .poles apart but with the same love and passion. Hugs.

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  4. WOW Julie what an amazing project...am scrolling up ad down taking in all the little details...A project made with lots of love and it shines through!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  5. Its lovely . The inside of the box lid is my fav .... Superb !!

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  6. What a perfect gift for your daughter to treasure Julie, this is so beautiful. I love the vintage cabin crew image, it's perfect. Everytime she opens up her special box she can think of her talented Mum who has "sewn"so much love in there. Hugs xx

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  7. Wow Julie, I just love your sewing box and I'm sure your daughter will too. The fabulous way you have put it together is so unique and gives it loads of character. You are such a talented young woman. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. This is such a fantastic idea, you really have made the paper look like fabric with your stitching and roughing up the edges. I love the zipper idea, it works so well and the little airplane embellishment is just such a wonderful finishing touch Julie. I thing your daughter will treasure this amazing box! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. Love your gorgeous project,so many lovely details.xxx

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  10. Positively awesome Julie. I love the stitching and the zip on the top of this gorgeous box. Jenny x

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  11. Wow and double wow Julie,loving this make. Beautifully done as usual,love the zip on the top,great finishing touch :)

    Have a great weekend
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  12. Wow Julie.....I like this sewing box!!! the zipp is fantastic and all the details are wonderful...I love it very much!!
    a nice weekend and thanks for sharing this!
    Gerie xx

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  13. Gorgeous and very creative as always, truly!! it's really a pleasure for me, to see your beautiful ideas! Many thanks for your inspiration's! Hugs, Kerstin

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  14. Wow, what a superb and clever way to cover a box, I love the sewing, the colours, the papers and your very creative idea. (I am inspecting the stitching to see how I can do it myself next time I get the machine out, it looks fabulous), I am sure your daughter will treasure this as she flies around the world.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  15. Just an absolute stunner Julie !!! I love everything about your box, the design, embellishments, sewing, the zipper ………. just stunning !!! What a super gift for your daughter. Have a lovely weekend x

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  16. Wow Julie, you've packed so many delights into this. Love the zip and inside of the lid is just beautiful. Another stunning project. Ruth x

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  17. Totally fantastic Julie, I adore your box! Both the inside and the outside are so cleverly put together with all your amazing details that you always manage to add to your projects. Your daughter is going to love this!!

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  18. Wow Julie, what an amazing project! Love the different papers you used and the zipper on the top is pure brilliance! Fantastic transformation! hugs :)

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  19. Love your patchwork box, Julie! The inside and out is so perfectly designed and the stitching adds such great detailing. Oh and that zipper opening, rocks!

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  20. What an amazing artwork. I lov it!!!

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  21. A fabulous box Julie, wow!!! Coco x

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  22. A complete showstopper of a project, Julie... it's just stunning on every level. An absolutely brilliant DT piece - it's so great to have you on board for the journey.
    Alison xx

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  23. Amazing box, love the really distressed finish and sewing on all the layers of patterns
    The zip back effect is fantastic and fabulous embellishments

    Jools x

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  24. Oh wow, what a stunning project Julie! The zip is just inspirational. Nikki xx

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  25. Love this and I'm sure your daughter will too

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  26. So clever, I love the entire thing but especially the zipper on the top. Great use of all things sewing.

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Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x

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