Hatbox with Rag Roses
This is my first time joining in on the Destash challenge and I am quite excited. My craft stash is ridiculously large and that’s how I want it. I hang on to little bits of leftovers to use up in small projects. Once a year or so we travel to the USA so I always buy a stash of fabric and some craft stuff. Having a stash inspires me to create. This is my stash of light coloured ribbon and leftover fabric flowers from other projects.
A month ago I went to a seniors garage sale 3 hours after it opened. It was so plucked over, I cannot believe the hatbox was still there. The owner must have felt sorry for me stopping by when so little was left because he said if I wanted that box I could have it for nothing.
With a little research I found out these boxes were used in the 1950’s and 60’s. Maybe I should have kept it as is but the second I saw it I knew it was going shabby chic. The box is solid with no rips of any kind, it just had some stains and discolouring.
The only thing I purchased for this project was veil mesh, it looks vintage to me and was expensive at $6.00 a metre (its 9″ wide). I bought one metre for the base of the flower arrangement.
Painting the Hatbox
I started by painting the hatbox inside and out with two coats of blush coloured chalk paint. Because the label is pretty and shows that it was originally an Eaton’s box, I gave the bottom only one coat of paint to allow the label to show through.
I had some discount sheer curtain fabric, that I got for $12 /metre and a bogo sale. I had cut the bottom off of it for a lamp leaving the middle to use on this box. It’s a creamy blush colour, I prefer it to be white, but I used it anyways.
Make the Box Top Frill
Measure the radius of the circle and add two inches for overhang, this will be the width. For the length, measure the circumference of your hat box and multiply by 1.5 to allow for the gathers. Cut your fabric.
To edge the bottom of your fabric. You can sew a rolled hem, or attach lace to the bottom like I did. Fold the material in half and sew the short seam to form a large loop. Gather the top of the material with a needle and thread, using long stitches. Pull the gathers as tight as you can. Set aside.
Add any embellishments you like to the bottom portion of the box. I gave this box a wrap around pearl lace ribbon. To keep the ribbon even all the way around, place painters tape along the very bottom edge of the box. Do this every six inches or so.
Start at the back seam, attach the ribbon with hot glue, using the tape as your guide.
Once the bottom of your box is decorated, place the lid back on continue.
Make sure the top of your gathered lace is pulled as tight as possible. Place a large dab of hot glue in the middle of the hatbox and center the lace over top. Press into place.
Add little bits of hot glue where it won’t show through the lace. Under the pleats or where your lace pattern is a bit less sheer.
Make the Floral Arrangement
The floral arrangement disguises the central hole of the gathered lace.
To make the base I used the beautiful veil eyelet. Take one metre of eyelet, starting at one end fold in the lace making a loop, fold over the second and so on until you have four loops. Sew it in the middle to hold it in place. Then glue to the middle of the hatbox lid.
Add your flowers, you can use purchased flowers, rolled rag roses, home made peonies are some ideas. The roses I used were double layered pink tshirt rags and some leftover pink tulle. I layered them together and rolled together into a rose.
The plan was to add some ribbon, but the white I had was too light and the wider cream ribbon I had was too dark, boo hiss I had to skip ribbon. I finished the arrangement with some small cream coloured flowers I purchased at Hobby Lobby last summer.
There is enough material left over to make another hatbox, I need to find a similar sized round one. Hopefully I can find something for the right price so I can use them as a gift box for my grand daughters.
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