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Altoid Tin Makeover

I thought i would do a quick (ok, i just got done and it isn't quick. there are a lot of pics.) tutorial for the tin makeovers. They were easy and pretty quick once i got the hang of it.

I am wishing that i had a few more. Maybe for little presents or something fun like that.

Here are the tins i started out with.Before

You need to just lay it down on a white sheet of paper and follow closely the bottom edge with a pencil and make a pattern. Use the bottom because it is a tiny smaller that the lid.

Trace this pattern on the back of your inside lid fabric and cut out. then glue to the top of the lid. I used Aleenes no sew fabric glue. it seems to work great. Dried quick enough to just keep working and held to the tin and the fabric. I got it at Joannes.

Trace the pattern again on the wrong side of the little blankie fabric. then layer - thin batting, back fabric and front fabric right sides together. Sew just inside the drawn line (you want it just a tich smaller so it will fit into the bottom without puckering) leaving a space for turning right sides out.

Trim selvage to 1/4" and then turn out. Smooth out the edges and hand sew the opening shut.

Now you need to tie the little quilt. I used 3 threads of DMC embroidery floss. Use a Co-ordinating color.

To start.... Do one stitch and then do another stitch in the same place. Just like above. Get it?

Continue tie-ing the whole top. I did an off set pattern so if i went crocked you wouldn't notice. I suppose you could also mark the stitching spots. I didn't. As you can see just keep going. Don't cut the threads until you are all done.

Cut the connecting threads. When the loose threads are pulled they only tighten the stitch. Snifty....

Here is the back.

Here are they all finished. how cute.

Now for the outside of the tin.

Pin the pattern on another piece of batting and cut out. Glue to the top.

Lay the pattern on top of the fabric that you are going to use for the lid. Cut out around 1" larger than the pattern. It doesn't have to be perfect. If you tin is bigger on the sides than pull the fabric over the edges and eye-ball it. You just need enough to get to that edge. Glue this to the batting. Now pull the sides down and glue right above the edge. At the corners just kind of fold,gather, pucker...whatever and glue. See how much extra i have still? Now take your scissors and trim it back. my tins have a little lip and i trimmed it to that.

Now to the trim. Cut a piece of trim....ric rac, ribbon, whatever you would like...that will go all the way around + a little overlap. Then just glue away. Dot the glue on the edge and then put the trim on top. I pulled mine just a little taught to keep it all smooth. overlap just a bit at the ends and glue in place. by the way i started in the back so the overlap was in the back too.

Viola!! nice......

now for the bottom

The bottom is very similar to the top. Cut out the bottom fabric larger than the pattern (wrap it up to make sure it covers) and glue the bottom in place. Then wrap up the sides again making it a little tight and pucker, pinch, gather at the corners and glue down. THen trip it up to the top edge.

I used a larger piece of trim for the bottom ----because---- you can't just go all the way around. it shifts just a bit in the back because of the hinges. so watch that!!

They are all finished!!! Dry it for a while with the lid open---you never know---

Load up the quilt in the bottom (really you could cover the inside bottom if you would like too)

Now I just need to fill them with a few goodies and they are ready to go!!

If anyone makes some you have to share some pics.



Blogger kraftykash said...

I think these were an EXCELLENT garage sale find! Those turned out tooo cute. Take Care

25/9/08 9:28 PM  
Blogger Margy said...

Great work, I love the tin boxes...
Becky, Lucy arrived at my home, thank you very much, I posted about her on my blog. Thank you soooo much, I also love the fabrics, you were very generous.

26/9/08 1:38 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

So, what month would you like to teach that? HEEHEEHEE

26/9/08 3:26 PM  
Blogger Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi! My son is your son's swap partner for the book swap! Sorry I haven't been in touch before now, it has been really busy around the last few weeks! David and I browsed through your blog, so that we could "meet" Jarom. David felt a kinship when he saw the pic of Jarom playing with legos! That is David's favorite pastime! LOL!

Love your little tins madeover! You are one crafty lady! Come visit me over at my blog if you get a chance! David is pictured on my sidebar and scattered here and there throughout! :)

Take Care and we look forward to gathering a package just for Jarom! ...please, Tell him David alredy has one of his favorite books picked out for him! :) ~Rhonda

28/9/08 2:56 PM  
Blogger Chookyblue...... said...

wow your tins look great.......I have never done this before.......will kep my eye out for s tin........

30/9/08 2:38 PM  

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