Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Covered Box
The blue fabric turned out better than I thought it would. Actually, I really like it. The fabric on the left is the one that was color removed and overdyed with tan dye. It looks faded and old....You could tell your friends..."Look what I found it in my grandmother's attic!"
The black fabric on the right is the one that was color removed and overdyed. I think I'm going to cover the box with this print. It just looks like it should be on an "old" sewing box.
Step 1 Trace the outline of the box lid on the reverse side of your fabric.
Step 2 Cut out the circle adding a 1/4" fold-over allowance.
Step 3 Use a sponge brush and cover the entire area of the box lid with a light coat of PVA glue.
Step 4 Center the fabric circle on the box lid and stretch and smooth the fabric in place.
Step 5 Since the centering part of step 4 is really hard to do....trim around the edge to get rid of some of the excess. I can never get mine centered just right. Plus the fabric stretches a bit as you try to pull and smooth out the fabric.
Step 6 Spread glue around the edge of the lid and press the fabric excess in place.
Step 7 Measure the rim size. Add 5/8" to the measured size. My rim measures almost 1". So I cut a strip a hair over 1 1/2".
Step 8 Fold over 1/4" of the fabric along the long edge for a finished edge. Iron the fold to crease.
Step 9 Spread a thin layer of glue along the rim.
Step 10 Align the finished edge along the top of the rim. Glue the strip in place. It helps to do a small area at a time. Stretch the strip along the rim and smooth in place.
Step 11 Glue and fold the raw edge over. Apply more glue and press the finished edge down.
Step 12 Wipe the excess glue away with a damp paper towel. Press the fabric strip along the rim edge to make sure you it is glued down securely.
Step 13 Glue the raw edge of the fabric strip on the inside of the box lid.
I am going to line the inside of the box with a color copy of a vintage sampler. For those of you who have stitched a reproduction sampler....here is the perfect place to use a color copy of your stitching. You will need a couple of images of your work....2 - 11" x 17" pages will give you enough paper to finish this project. If you would like to use old book pages or decorative paper this will work great too.
It's almost 6:00pm here...so I have to close for now. My husband and I are going out to dinner....don't want to miss that! No cooking tonight!!!!!!