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How often do we recycle shoe boxes? Perhaps, many times only to store things, or to store shoes. When was the last time you did something innovative with the shoe box? Most of the times we preserve boxes, but for a change; how about decorating them or utilizing them in a productive way. How about converting them into a sewing kit. Previous article detailed you what all sewing supplies you require for a handy, efficient and useful hand sewing kit. 

How about in this article we learn how to store those things in a kit that can be made in a few dedicated minutes. 
Shoe boxes like Tin cans, can be found in your store room. All you need for this kit is 

- A Shoe Box

- A piece of Fabric or gift paper (both depend on the type of box you choose) 

For a normal shoe box to cover insides and outside you'll need two standard sheets of gift paper or 1/2 metre of fabric.

- Glue

- A few elastic bands or elastic

Well, that's it! 

Let's start creating our own customized sewing kit. Which Allows you to store your stuff at your own convenience.

The above picture illustrates an amazing creation that can be created in a few minutes.

All you need is a box. You can take the box as displayed above which has its lid attached to the box or the box whose lid is detached.

 Step 1: All you need is to spread glue on the inner side of the shoe box and drape it with paper or cloth. 

Tip: you can also use coordinating different color fabric to add more exquisiteness to the box.

Remember always start decorating inside than outside, as glue usually messes outer side of the box.

Step 2: Glaze glue layer on the outer side, one side at a time and then on lid's inner side then outside. 

Step 3: When you are done with it, now time to make some sections, columns and areas to hold your supply.

Take Elastic and make columns, like if you want a place for spools then attach elastic string to mmm.. (you can start from either right side or left) so glue one side of the elastic and stick to the box.

Then take a thread spool and put it there and measure by stretching elastic. Hold the elastic tight and mark with a pencil. Measure with a scale  and note centimetres and then see how many spools your box wall can hold. 

Remember, to leave at least 2 cm elastic to make sectioned spool carrier. If you are not making sectioned then Just grab one end and stretch and glue the other end on the left side.

Step 4: Similarly, make sections for your scissors, needles, a handy book or a small space to carry embroidery book or needle holders. Click here to learn DIY Lacy Needle keeper.

Step 5: 3 sections are mandatory, 1. for pen holder, 2. for holding pencil and 3. for holding measuring tape.

These three things are the most foundational thing of sewing and sometimes required at every step.

Step 6: Make and customize box according to your need.

Well, thats an easy tutorial how about a few pictures to give you more clearer perception of which design will suit or hold your sewing supplies.

 This one has two small boxes attached to the main box. Another great idea if you are not comfortable with elastics then, try attach small boxes. if you have large supply then We suggest try the box pictured below.

 

How about this one, all you got to do it, cut your box sides and Attach elastics and then cushion the walls with sponge.  when you raise the walls of the box you just need to put on the lid it will convert into the box again.

Well, certainly these ideas have made me eager to change my traditional sewing kit into hip, trendy and elegant. 

Both pictures are below:

Into This

It is definitely time to switch I am tried of the messy box that makes me irritated most of the times. So Adiox My old box..

Welcome my new friend.

You also enjoy and convert your kit until I see ya next time.

Adiox, Prendre Soin.

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Hi,

I know many of us are amateur here, who has vague knowledge about sewing, but are ready to understand and connect  to this art. The beauty of art is to practise and make the art your hand's slave. The artists around the world have mastered their skill by polishing and understanding every nook and loopholes of their art. That is why, the Mona Lisa is called as Fine Art. No one knows what Da vinci used to make Mona smile so hideously real. I say it is all in hands. Yes, it is; give hands the best of the products to get that ravishing outcome.

Sewing mainly depends on sewing supplies. It is a known fact that shopkeepers keep everything and they themselves possess little knowledge about the products they have on display. Except one wise man, who may be on lunch break or on tour or unavailable when you visit that store. So, don't fret, In this article we have covered basics of sewing supplies and what possibly you need.

First divide your sewing supplies list into two categories.

1. Hand Sewing kit

2. Machine Sewing kit

These two shall make a lot of difference and instead of putting your in lurch, they can actually clear your mind and keep you focused on your shopping. As getting distracted and forgetting in a shop full of supplies can even leave a professional with a blurred vision. In this Article, we would like to discuss one of the basic instruments of sewing that requires hands. In our next blog, I will align and detail about the Machine sewing supplies.

Hand sewing kit requires:

- Thread,

- Needles

- Needle threader,

- Shears 

- Measuring tape,

- Ruler

- Cloth chalk or marker pen/pencil

- Seam Gauge,

- Seam Ripper

All these things are important when employing hands to do the work.

1. Thread spools are usually of many kinds and the best is cotton, polyester, mixed thread. Make sure while shopping for thread keep an eye for good quality and fine thread. any rough or lint affected thread can cause more damage to your work then anything. Remember it is the thread that keeps the fabric together, compromising of thread quality is rather forbidden than non-recommendation.

2. Needles - Needles usually comes in many variety. Like, to stitch hems or seams the needle is usually long and sleek. Normal sewing has an average needle that is comparatively fat to Hem needle. Embroidery needles are also different. So, For you hand kit, if you are not an embroidery person, Get a pair of Hem Needles, Normal needles and needles used while stitching thick cloth or layers. You can also opt for a needle kit which has different types of needles. Ask shopkeeper to brief you about needles.

3. Needle threader-  it ease your problem of threading needle. the small hole can be spooky and can give you unwanted aching in eye.

4. Shears - Don't get confused between shears and scissors. shears have a big holder and a small holder; this helps in giving your fabric the more deserved, defined cuts.

5. Measuring Tape - Measuring tape is just like salt and pepper, without which no dishes taste as they should. to get that sleek cut or anything, you need tape to gauge it. So investing in one of this will be fruitful as they don't get decayed with time.

6. Ruler - Ruler again is a measuring gauge which helps you mark in straight line or understand the small part of the fabric in CMS.

7. Cloth chalk or Cloth Marker Pen/pencil - Well, in today's era seldom people are opting for chalk. I think the traditional use of chalk was good as it could be dusted off easily. But Marker pen/ pencils are not bad either. Grab one from the market store it in your kit. very handy to mark all those measurements on the cloth.

8. Seam Gauge - this comes in two types, plastic and metal and is 6" long which helps you gauge the seams with its sliding ruler. Extremely handy to keep constant measurement for seam allowances, hems and even to mark topstitching.

9. Seam Ripper - well, nobody is perfect, sometimes you stitch all wrong, or short. Seam ripper is a small pencil like tool, and has U shaped small metal instrument above the holder, that just cuts the thread and rips the thread faster than any other thing. Ideally used to make adjustments, alterations and re doing of a pattern.

TIPS:

- Don't use Ball pen or ink pen on your fabric to mark. the outcome will be disastrous.

- Don't use any scissors to cut the fabric as blunt scissors can give you a ruffled cut.

- Invest in two pairs of shears, one for paper cutting and another for fabric cutting. using the same shear to cut both will blunt the sharpness of the shears.

- Take precautions while cutting, sewing as you may insert needle in your thumb if you are new to this craft.

- I would suggest where plastic band aids for a few times until you are through will usage of needle or you can also use thimble.

 

Thats it for now, Prendre Soin

Au Revoir!!!

 

 

** All Pictures are taken from different sources.

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Happy Women's Day!

Woman is a house of empowerment, a house of strength, motivation, inspiration and many more aspiring things. But many neglect the fact that only women can bear the pain during baby delivery, can sacrifice the career for children, can make home a paradise and a liveable place. Yet, women has to under-go so many trials as a mother, sister, daughter, partner and as a woman. Women are the most amazing multi-taskers I have witnessed. They have abundance of patience and can learn things at ease. I heard many stories how a woman turned from worse cook to amazing cook after wedding. When I asked her what inspired her, she promptly replied, husband and children. I see today's woman achieve higher positions at work; but they also have high status at home, society and friends. Her kids boast that her mother sewed her dress, or decorated that mantle piece or wrote amazing stories.

We can see J.K rowling the amazing writer, how she took a stand after her failed marriage, nourished her child and build a career by a mere thought. I salute all these women who are not only meticulous in their work, persona but also in many fields. My Mom knew 4 languages, hand work, cooking, had an excellent academic record and was a great gardener. I know TAMISHA GLASHEN, who bored three kids, was running so many designer stores across U.S but was most warm at heart person, cooked fabulous food and took great care of her kids without complaining. May their souls RIP. 

I mean no disrespect to other genders, but I am emphasizing on women and on their great deal of creativity, talent and their charisma; which cannot be negated. I salute all these women, who contribute to their families and does not even mention their contribution. Many women walk silently along with people and leave definite foot marks in the lives. Yet, those efforts are acknowledged after the woman is gone. Women are peculiar and beautiful creatures yet they are openly subjected to rapes, domestic voilence, inequality and seen in low frame. Still many countries around the globe have tradition of not letting girl child study, or marry away girls at tender age. 

But women's day is not about addressing these issues or opening wounds but to celebrate the strong presence of womanhood and be proud being a woman. IF you know any warm, strong, polite, subtle, or bold woman. Hey! make them feel special today. 

I got an amazing tutorial for you to create an instant gift.

Every household contains Tin cans, just empty one if you do not have an empty can.

Materials Required:

- An empty, washed, cleaned and Dry tin can.

- A gift paper/ vintage paper/ normal paper

- A small 6 x 6 inch cloth 

- A Ribbon

- Glue

Method:

Step 1: Apply glue to the tin can and paste your paper. If you are using a normal paper, Use color, sketches, crayons or paint to draw figure or flower and make your own gift paper.

Step 2: Take cloth and paste the cloth in the inside layer of can opening (Refer picture below)

Picture above display how the paper is attached to the inner seam of the Tin can.

Step 3: Add goodies, message or whatever you want to put.

Step 4: Secure it, with a ribbon.

Step 5: Accessorize, such as the above picture displays a key used to pep up the presentation.

Below are a few ideas that can help you design and create your Tin better.

Okay! here the Tins are elegantly wrapped in plastic. A good idea, if someone does not have a spare cloth or a good cloth.

These ravishingly painted and laced tins can also serve as centre piece or a mantle piece.

Wrapped in Jute cloth and a small lace glued at the top and bottom rim gives that defined vintage look. (Impressive)

Simple and Cute.

We assure you, that your tin will be saved and secured for years. 

 

These Ideas have got me on toes to prepare one for myself. so, Until Next Time

Prendre Soin. A bientot

 

*Pictures are taken from Pinterest!

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Hi,

Most of us, when we grow up forget how our mothers have taught us to win that race; to be independent; how she motivated us that we can do anything; how she inspired us by many fairy tale, drama or fiction, non fiction stories; how we felt this surging strength in our fragile bodies that we can do and get anything. So, many wonder, when they reach old age or when they themselves become a mother or father, 'what changed "me" from go-getter to a mimosa plant?' 

"Why my strength has drained?" 

"What happened to my immense faith?"

Answer is that, when we grow old we do things independently and we fall flat on faces and many a times we dread to tell or get a consultation of that beautiful parent. With failed experiences our strength starts to drain and we  get nostalgic to even admit. It is known that people need to motivate himself/herself every now and then and in today's busy lives we just live to get that food on table or meet our desires trying risks that once ruled our roost of childhood era seems too funny. risk is what we do not wish to take we do not want to trod on that road less travelled. 

We follow trends in everything, be it schooling, fashion, food, mannerisms everything we practically want to be safe as we feel bad experiences are brought by risks and "I got no time for that shity, ugly broken feelings" or "I got no time to mend that broken faith, or fx that failed experience."

Well, Tin Can saga is just reminding me how, as children many of us used to play with those ravishing colors thinking less of how it will look and concentrating more on how we can build, create or manage things. We have forgot to create things now we focus on buying that extra trendy stuff or what world is buying.

With that thought I suggest why not bring that fire blazing spirit back, If you are a parent lets not forget what our parents did for us "Motivating us and guiding us to glide through" 

Materials required:

- A hammer

- A Few different sizes Tin cans

- Spray paint

- Primer

- A nail

- A strong hold rope, thread or string

- a bell, a Wooden piece or anything you wish to hang at the end of the string.

Method:

Step 1: Clean, wash, and dry your tin cans

Step 2: Pierce hole in the mid of the bottom section of the Tin can and repeat with all the tin cans.

Step 3: At this stage apply primer and leave it to dry off completely. (Primer helps in keeping the color for longer duration)

Step 4: Now spray paint or use enamel paint to color the tin cans.

Step 5: You can also print or draw graffiti 

Step 6: Now pass string from largest string and attach medium can and so on layer it with largest can on the top and smallest at the bottom of all the cans. Make sure you knot each can and tie another. Don't forget to leave a little over-lapping of the cans so that it can jingle and chime.

Step 7: Last step is to add an accessory of your choice. Like a letter of your name, or you can also attach bird feed at the end. Or tinker bell.

Voila! your amazing tin can chimes is ready you can hang it where wind it blowing always like in carden or near your window or so.

Below are a few pictures to delight your senses and of course guide you to choose a design of your own.

A simple one from > Stayathomeeducator.com

With a B Letter

Beautiful colors.

I can't find the one with a bulb attached below. It looks amazing at night. 

If you try any of the Tin can inventions please post a picture below in the comments.

Until next time, Prendre Soin and Au revoir.

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Hi!!

What an amazing start we had, with an envious idea of cutlery holder. In this blog you will find even more amazing notions to convert your heap of Soup cans into an amazing pen, pencil, holder. I have seen virtually people spending huge amount of moolah on pen holders, especially if they have kids at home; who notoriously break things up. I suggest even if this one broken, hey!! no tears, as it only took some of your precious amount of time to create, which you were anyhow going to spend on a pen holder shopping spree. 

Well, for your convenience lets make a stable, strong and beautiful pen holder out of Tin Can

Materials Required

- A Tin can (Size: of your choice, Tall, short, long, rectangle..)

- Twine Rope

- Strong holding glue

- Some colors (optional)

- A few ribbons, or Paper art (optional)

- A button (optional)

Method:

Step 1: Clean your Tin canisters and sand them if there is any residue left of glue paper, washing with sand will help in cleaning it all. Wash, clean and Dry them.

Step 2:spread glue on the outer side of the can to glue twine rope. As you can see in above picture you can create different patterns. You can glue the outer surface of the can and directly paste paste paper or arty paper or vintage paper.

Step 3: Take the Twine rope and start wrapping your tin can from the the bottom towards up. Make sure your rope is not overlapping the steps of rope that we are creating.

Step 4: Once the wrapping of rope has reached the top of the canister, cut the rope dip it in the glue and insert it in the below step of the rope. this is secure the end more efficiently.

Step 5: It is optional, If you want to color in three or two colors; I would suggest, instead of painting after gluing paint the twine rope first and then glue. To initiate coloring, first wrap the twine rope without glue around the can and take the measurement. Lay a paper or cardboard and spray paint the rope and then fix it with glue on the canister.

Step 6: Attach decoration of your choice, like button decoration, wool decoration, ribbon decoration and so on..

Below are a few designs that you can help you choose pattern of your own pen holder.

Polka design Pattern
 

Vintage Pattern (Fix Lace to give vintage look)

Artistic Version
 

Simple Pattern

Hope you have enjoyed these ravishing patterns for more please subscribe and become a registered member of our website.

Until next Time, Prendre Soin, Au Revoir!!!

 

 

**Pictures taken from Google search and various other websites.

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