Sew Perfect Mending Box

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

We all have a bit of mending to do, having quick supplies handy is a good idea, such as needles, several spools of different colors of thread, and a small pair of scissors handy is good. Keeping it in a lovely container is even better! Since Arnold not only promoted making paper, but also encouraged using things instead of tossing them, I am happy to follow his lead.


  • Empty large frozen pizza box (inside is tan chipboard)
  • Scraps of glossy black card stock to die cut (I used the backing from some embossing folders packaging)
  • Dies: Tonic Studios™ “Patchwork Perfection” #1186E Vineyard Squares and 1185E Everyday Squares and layering squares
  • Decorative hatpins or corsage pins for the top of the box
  • Needles, small spools of thread, small pair of scissors, tape measure
  • Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky Glue™
  • ½” 3” square tan foam for pin cushion
  • Tonic Studios™  Super Trimmer #153E and scissors
  • Ruler. pencil
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine


  1. Measure, mark and cut the pizza box to create a 3 ¼” cube box top and bottom (the lid should be  1/8” larger than the bottom.
  2. Center, tape and cut one of the layering squares onto the top of the box lid.
  3. Construct the box bottom and top (lid).
  4. Die cut all 4 of the designs from the Patchwork Perfect Vineyard Squares set, and the filigree die from the Everyday Squares set from the glossy black card stock.
  5. Attach the die cuts to the sides and top of the box top.
  6. Glue the tan foam to the inside top of the box top (it will be the pin cushion).
  7. Place the small pair of scissors, tape measure, needles and spools of thread into the box.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Anne.....I love repurposing things and creating something useful and pretty
      Love and light, Michele

  2. This looks so spiffy to be the inside of a pizza box! Brava!

  3. Greetings Tristan,
    You would be surprised at how much gets thrown away that would make WONDERFUL art! This is just one tiny use and since Black and Tan are my signature colors......makes it even better.
    Love and light,

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks was such fun to make and use......have made several more in different colors....they will make wonderful gifts.
      Love and light,

  5. LOVE! You did a fabulous job, MR. AG would have been proud!

    1. Thanks Sandee.....I think he would be too.....
      Love and light,

  6. Now how cool and different is that, fabulous!!

    1. Thanks Donna......just my way of following Arnold's way with "junk".
      Love and light,


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