Upcycling that’s the new phrase these days for recycling. Well I guess it’s different in that it’s reusing an item and not simply tossing it to recycle into some thing else new.
I seem to collect lots of Altoid tins. I love the candy, I love the tins and always save the tins. I can only make so many little first-aid kits out of them. Seems every one in the family and every one I know has several. It’s some sort of compulsion for me to make small first-aid kits and hand them out to every one….If you can figure it out I’d like to know why. Mostly I find it fun to put them together and always be looking for useful items to add.
I was sewing the other night thinking about (Do I dare mention it) the holiday season coming up in December. One thing lead to another and this cute little needle holder was created.
I had a pile of wool felt scraps all over my lap and sat there cutting and sewing away all evening while chatting with Dick. Daisy had gone to bed, there is no serious crafting allowed while she is up. She is just to “helpful”. We do craft together but me crafting while she is around isn’t possible.
Sorry I don’t have a pattern or even know how I went about making this. I made the swatches of wool and glued them to the bottom. Each swatch I cut to be a wide as half the length of the tin. This way when they are folded into the tin they cover the storage space in the tin. Does that make sense? I then covered the bottom with more felt. I also lined the top and inside of the lid and the bottom of the tin.
The flowers and leaves are cut free hand and stitched around the edges. I then sew several layers of petals together and sew the leaves to the back side.
When is the last time you saw thread on a wooden spool? I am fortunate to have several tins full that were my grandmother’s. These this size in assorted colors were for hand mending, there are other tins full for the sewing machine of course the spools are larger. I just love using them. The price tag on the top of this one is 7 cents. It makes me smile to think a spool of thread this size these days cost over 2 dollars. Of course I always keep my eyes open for wooden thread spools when I shop yard sales, thrift stores and church rummage sales. It’s a silly little yet useful hobby.