From-A-Shoebox Organizer Tutorial

Embroidery Box

When I got out my embroidery supplies for our She’s Worth It Campaign Sew-A-Thon it was like reaching into a nest of beautifully colored spaghetti snakes! So instead of putting the embroidery stuff back in there, I made the box pretty enough to deserve its contents.  I made plenty of mistakes so I thought you might like to cut straight to the chase, make it and enjoy it! Here’s how. You’ll need:

  • a sturdy box
  • fabric scraps
  • ribbon, rick-rack or any trim that can cover the seams where the fabric meets. How about lace with neutrals, or twine with nautical?
  • clothes pins or clips
  • felt to line the inside and the bottom. This is certainly optional!
  • Elmer’s Glue or just use Mod Podge. I chose the glue to attach fabric and trim and matte MP to finish.
  • If you want other embellishments use a stronger epoxy glue to attach them.
  • a brush or craft sponge to apply the MP

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Cut your pieces two or three at a time two and apply glue or MP to the back. Smooth them onto the box.

I put the crazy in crazy quilt with this selection!

I put the crazy in crazy quilt with this selection!

Clothes Pin Vices

Glue a little, clamp, wait a little. Any time the box was damp, wait until it’s dry to apply more pieces.

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Mod Podge Box 004

When the fabric pieces cover the box, cover the seams with your ribbon or rick-rack. This is where I started using the Mod Podge as a glue for the simple reason that I was out of Elmer’s!

Finally, paint thick coats of MP on each section of the box. When you’ve let that dry, go to the next section and let it dry. Three or four thick coats applied with a sponge gave my box an amazing, deep texture. You can experiment with brushes, thinner coats and sanding between coats.  Go here for a most awesome blog about this iconic product.

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Gotta Getta Plan

I’ve done pretty well staying on track with my sewing this year (all six weeks of this year) but I can see danger ahead if I don’t get a grip.

The issue is this: Every time I set foot in a sewing store or shop, I’m going to find either a fabric or a pattern that I want to “run up.” As in “I’ll just run up that skirt in poplin.” It’s a given.

I’ll be working on a plan that incorporates budgets for money, time, actual wardrobe needs and experimental learning projects. If any of these elements were infinite, I wouldn’t need a plan. So, simple, I’ll make a plan.


Right now, I’m going to run up my second Hollyburn skirt for my daughter, go to Bible study and get the floor vacuumed. Right after I get out of my robe. Hmmm. I really need a new robe…