Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SEWING MACHINE SHAPED BOX CARD

Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all a special post made for a special person in my life. It is a beautiful journey of us together from the day I was born. She is my best friend, my source of strength and my pillar of support. Hope you would have guessed it !! Yes , this post is a small dedication to my mom for her birthday.

I was thinking for many weeks what I will gift her this year. When she told me few days back that she is altering some of my dresses I got the idea of making sewing machine shaped card for her as she loves stitching.
There are lot of cute memories associated with this sewing machine. My mom learnt sewing after I was born so that she could stitch variety of dresses for me. She used to stitch frocks with flowers and dolls of my favorite color. Later in life she got busy juggling between office and household that she didn't have time to pursue her hobby. Few months back she mentioned that she wanted to learn sewing again. I hope this card will motivate her to sew more. 
 
I used my sewing machine ( brother - xl2600 i) as a reference to create this card . For making this card I used canvas paper as they are thick and sturdy. For the base ( bobbin cover area) I have recycled an empty phone packaging box. I have used DCWV - once upon a time paper pack for covering the whole card. At the edges I have glued black lace from recollections.  


I made the stitch selector dial by using a circular piece of packaging cardboard and plastic bottle cap. For the hand wheel at the side I recycled an empty ribbon spool. The spool pin / thread spool is made up of empty tissue roll and cardboard pieces. I used push pins for the stitch length adjustment lever. 
The borders around the selection dial and thread guide are hand crocheted using i hook. For the needle I have used a toothpick colored in black. The spool storage box is made using the recollections card stock.


All the flowers are handmade using recollections punches. The leaves are hand cut from glitter foam sheet and card stock. The piece of cloth kept under the needle is the leftover from our ( mom and me) first sewing project together. Instead of a printed or stamped sentiment I decided to try my hands on calligraphy writing. These are my first attempts of calligraphy fonts using rolling ball pen ( gel pen). I followed the tutorial of  Julie Turrie .

TUTORIAL

Draw the shape of a sewing machine on a canvas paper and cut 2 pieces - for front and back. Make sure the backside is slightly bigger than front. Cut slits on the front piece for the thread guide and stitch length adjustments. Cover it with the pattern paper. 

To make the box first measure the length of the front piece. For curved portions measure the length using thread and scale method. Now cut a strip from a card stock measuring the length measured and width 2.5". Mark 0.5" up and down on the cut strip and draw a line. Make a fold on the line drawn and cut small slits as shown above. 

Glue one side of the slits to the front piece of the card. The slits make it easy to follow the curvy shape of the sewing machine.

Glue the back portion to the other side of the slits. Finally paste the whole thing upon a packaging box and decorate it of your choice.

Thanks for reading this long post patiently.Hope you all liked my card!! Come back soon for another interesting project. Do post your comments/suggestions.

Submitting this project to

1.Lulupu challenge blog - 4th birthday celebration - I made a birthday card and used the elements of  C2- buttons, pattern paper , glitter foam sheets and flowers.
2.Lessology challenge - "Hand lettered love" - All the sentiments here are hand written. I have recycled packaging carton , empty ribbon spool , plastic cap , tissue paper roll etc.
3. Country view challenge - " Industrial" - I have made a crafty sewing machine.
4.Dream valley challenges - " All about birthdays" - I made a sewing machine shaped card for my mom's birthday.
5.The craft place challenge blog - " Anything goes"

14 comments:

  1. This is mind blowing! Lots of hard work and the end result...A priceless memory! Definitely a handmade passion to be cherished.

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  2. This is amazing! Really so beautiful...your mom is going to love it!

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  3. Wow, what a great industrial project!!! I love in it that it's industrial but not metallic at all! Thanks for joining the “Make your own background" challenge at Country View Challenge blog this month!

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  4. The moment I saw it I thought it must be miniature toy machine or something like that !! Lter thought you must have used a ready made template.. But to my surprise you designed it from scratch..Amazing job !cannot imagine myself gluing the strip so neatly specially along curves ! Loved the beautiful flowers and the stitch selector dail !

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  5. The moment I saw it I thought it must be miniature toy machine or something like that !! Lter thought you must have used a ready made template.. But to my surprise you designed it from scratch..Amazing job !cannot imagine myself gluing the strip so neatly specially along curves ! Loved the beautiful flowers and the stitch selector dail !

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  6. Oh wowww!! This is just fabulous!! Love the tiny details you have added, all the recycling/upcycling and perfect embellishments :)

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  7. Very neatly crafted. Amazing !! All the best.

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  8. Wow what a fabulous creation,love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Country View.xxx

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  9. This is really crazy!!! You have designed the card like a real machine :O. Really great card

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  10. Oh my. This is adorable! I LOVE the effort you put in to make this special for your mother. LOVE the pretty details on this one-of-a-kind creation!

    Thank you so much for joining us at LESSology!

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  11. Oh! This is fantastic and really beautifully made! I am also your latest follower.. :) Thank you so much for joining us at Lulupu this month!
    Suchi - DT xx

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