I’ve had this knitting box since 2006! It has followed me from my flat in London, to my first house with Robert and now resides here with us in West Sussex. I love the shape and I love how light it is. But I didn’t EVER like the finish. It was also no use to me as only a knitting box. I love to knit in front of the telly but I also love to sew and craft and as I knew that this box would undoubtedly live in the Living Room I needed it to be a little more functional. Which is why I added a very easy to make pin cushion on the inside of the lid. We all have to multitask from time to time and my knitting box is no different.
When painting the box I used two coats of white undercoat/primer and finished with two further coats of New White (Farrow & Ball) in full gloss.
To make the pin cushion I used a piece of wadding that was approximately 8 inches wide and 4.5 inches high. I folded it over and roughly sewed it all up making a type of ‘wadding cushion’. I then placed my little cushion in to a piece of fabric that was 11 inches wide and 9 inches high. I folded the edges inwards and sewed them in place to hold them together.
I added a wee flourish of ric-rack across the diagonal and a button in the middle. It was stuck, using a hot glue gun, on to the inside of the sewing box lid and will now reside there forever more as a very handy pin cushion.
I like projects like this. One’s that are useful and pretty at the same time. One’s that involve pieces of furniture that I wasn’t too fond of to start with but now I love. I also like projects that don’t cost an arm and a leg or take weeks to complete.
Projects, that when finished, give me the feeling that I have just gone out and spent a whole heap of cash on something incredibly exciting for my house. When in actual fact it was there all along just waiting to be made a fuss of. And we all need to be made a fuss of once in a while. It’s how we flourish!
In other news…..
The weaning onto solids seems to be going well…..clearly!
Note to self – Cover the place in plastic before allowing Anaïs to hold her own spoon!
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