This is one of those projects that sat unfinished for years. Sometimes I get to a point of making something and I don't know how to finish it. I just have to wait until I discover something that will give me the answer to forge ahead. Until then I'm stuck and the project sits on the shelf. Originally I planned to wrap the box in felt and embroider the door, windows and flowers with my machine but then I found the magic of iron-on appliques. This was much easier and the perfect solution to finish this cute heirloom sewing box.
The wooden box itself can be found at any craft store in a variety of sizes and styles. I removed the hardware, sanded and painted the box with white craft paint. For the roof I constructed a wood base made in balsa in the shape of a triangle. The roof base is about a 1/2" shorter on each side to accommodate the foam to hold the pins. 1/2" green rubber foam is cut to size and placed on each side of the wood roof base. I finished the roof with a pink felt covering and scallop shingles cut with my rotary blade for additional charm.
The doors and windows are ironed on with an applique product called Lite Steam-A-Steam 2. The die cut flowers, ric-rac and trim were glued on. The topiary pin cushions were needled felted and placed in a tiny wood barrel on a stick.
I made the adorable spool mice with a wood ball for the head and the body is a painted thread spool wrapped in my favorite ribbon. The face was painted on with craft paint and sprayed with a clear varnish. I finished the head with felt ears glued onto the head.The pin box and button box are a simpler version of the larger box and fit nicely in the sewing box above. The pin cushion was made with a piece of rubber foam cut to size to fit the box. I placed a piece of chipboard underneath the foam, wrapped it like a present with a piece of polka dot cloth and glued it to the top of the painted box. For the button box I again used the applique paper to adhere the gingham cloth to the box. The buttons and trim detail were glued to the box.