Friday, November 11, 2016

Free Friday: Gingham Thread Box

It's Wednesday as I'm writing this post, and I'm knee deep in preparations for a trip I'm going on tomorrow.  AUGH!  I feel like it's it's more work than it's worth sometimes!  Of course I won't think that once I'm on the road tomorrow!  We're driving to North Carolina to visit my brother-in-law, which is about an 11 hour drive from where we live in New York!  I made sure to pack lots of magazines and graph paper (for making patterns on the road, lol), plus I filled my iPod with audio books and podcasts. 

So back to the pattern!  This week I'm posting the last pattern of the gingham sewing accessories collection, a thread box.  It's like a sewing box, only smaller.  It's big enough to hold four spools of thread, a small needle book, a small pair of scissors, and probably a seam ripper too if you're so inclined.  I plan on using the one I made to hold my plastic canvas supplies (needle book, scissors, dry erase markers, small pieces of plastic canvas for a pattern).  You could just as well use this as a gift box!  I think it's very pretty and would be enjoyed my a lot of folks on your gift list. 

Gingham Thread Box


6 ¼ “ x 3 ¾ “ x 3 ¼ “


  • Ultra Stiff 7-count plastic canvas
  • Red Heart yarn in colors listed in key
  • One 10mm wood bead
  • Elastic hair tie
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Hot glue
  • #16 plastic canvas needle


  1. Cut and stitch plastic canvas according to graphs.
  2. Using Light Sage yarn, whipstitch sides and bottom together.
  3. Overcast three sides of the top edge, leaving one long side unfinished. Overcast three sides of the lid, leaving one long side unfinished, just like the assembled box. Whipstitch unfinished edges of lid and box together to form the hinge.
  4. With sewing needle and white thread, sew wooden bead onto the box on one of the long sides, where indicated by the pink dots.
  5. Tie a small loop at the end of the elastic hair band. Open the box so that the wrong side of the lid faces you. Use a marker or a pen to mark ¾ of an inch from the knot of the small loop on the hair band. Making sure the small loop over hangs the box lid and the hair band is centered on the lid, glue the marked spot on the hair band ¼ of an inch from the edge of the box lid. You can either snip off the rest of the hair band or glue the rest of it to the lid.

 Click the image above to see it larger.  You may share this pattern however you please as long as you don't alter it or claim it as your own.  You may sell items made from this pattern.  However, you may not sell this pattern.

 Well, that's the last pattern in that series.  Did you guys enjoy having a series like that?  Or would you prefer random, seasonal patterns?  I would love to get some ideas from you! 

Just a heads up, I'm not sure exactly when I'll be back next week, so I may not have a canvas tip posted, but I'll try to get another pattern up next Friday!  I hope you're all having a great week. 

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