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CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNIE K. WHO, BEING THE 48TH PERSON TO COMMENT, WAS PICKED BY RANDOM.ORG.
Thank you to everybody who entered and, if you didn’t win but would like to try making one of my boxes, the PDF tutorial is available to buy here.
Doesn’t everybody like the thrill of the chase, the excitement of wondering whether you will win, the thought you might actually get something for nothing? I do.
One of my readers alerted me to SewMamaSew’s Giveaway Day which happens twice a year. Giveaway Day is a HUGE event they coordinate where everyone with a shop or blog can give something away and, because it has been so successful, this event is going to last 5 days instead of one. I’ve not only decided to go and scout round everybody else’s blogs to see what they are up and to see if I can actually win something for a change but I have also decided to join in and offer a giveaway of my own.
Not for the lazy or faint hearted amongst you, I am giving away one of the PDF tutorial patterns for my own design fabric covered étui box. The tutorial has lots of photographs and, hopefully, you will end up with a neat little treasure box, memory box, trinket box or sewing box like the above, or this –
or this –
Intermediate sewing skills are needed – for neatness! – and the wish to get a little bit icky and sticky as there is gluing involved.
If you want a chance to win a copy of my tutorial sent direct to your email address, wherever you are in the world, just leave a comment below – polite and/or amusing would be great but not obligatory – and I will draw the winner on May 25th as per the instructions from SewMamaSew – although 17h pacific time is 01h in the morning here in France so I might leave it until I get up on the morning of the 26th if you don’t mind.
If you want to participate in the May Giveaway Day by entering other giveaways or by offering something on your own blog please click here for details.
For some time I have had people ask me if I could do instructions for my étui boxes. I ummed and aahed and finally decided to do something about it. The hexagonal boxes I make were taken from a pattern I bought so that was out of the question but my small étui boxes are my own design so I have decided to offer the instructions as a pdf file in my Etsy and Artfire shops.
Firstly, I had to make a box from scratch and, at each stage, take a photograph and note down the steps taken.
Then I had to work out how to convert the document into a pdf file of a manageable size.
Then, I needed guinea pigs as, when you have been making something for ages, you forget that what seems obvious to you will not seem so obvious to somebody who is making their first étui box. I asked a friend to test out my instructions and make her own box and then give me her feedback , criticisms and comments. I remembered somebody who had contacted me on Etsy to ask if I intended doing instructions and tracked her down to offer her a free pdf file in exchange for trying out the tutorial. This poor woman then received a file so enormous that it must have taken hours to download!! I have now learnt how to shrink them!
I would say you need a certain amount of skill and competence with a needle to complete one of my étui boxes to a high standard but if you like designing, cutting, sticking and sewing, I think you will find it a fun project.
These make great little sewing boxes, treasure boxes, memory keepers, trinket holders and also beautiful (if extravagant) gift boxes. I gave a friend of mine one which held a little pair of hand-knitted baby shoes and she was delighted.
It’s great fun to think up different themes for your boxes and an unusual way to display favourite fabrics. The top picture was made using some 5″ squares from a charm pack along with a 10″ square of the same fabric for the lid. Otherwise, a couple of fat quarters are all you need plus a strip of coordinating fabric for the little gussets. You may find you become addicted – like me!
I do ask that, if you use my instructions, you only make the boxes for personal use or in very small quantities for a craft fair for example and, of course, respect the fact that I have worked very hard on creating the tutorial and not reproduce it in any way.