A Treasured Gift

by Ramona on August 21, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I think that those who sew and create are most appreciative when others hand craft a gift just for them. Mr. and Mrs. “M” came to visit us a couple of weeks ago. To my surprise, Mrs. “M” had crafted the most beautiful box I’ve ever seen. Just look at the beautiful ribbon and the thoughtfully planned and placed fabric.

S4080004My first thought was of how much time it must have taken her to meticulously cut each piece of fabric and form each corner perfectly. I just knew she was thinking about me the whole time she worked on this magnificent sewing box—and by this act I know how much our friendship means to her, as it does to me. We’ve been the best of friends from the time we first met in 2005 while working at a sewing machine dealership.

Mrs. “M” has fallen in love with the process of “cartonage”.  The art of “decorative box making” is virtually limitless as is crafting with fabric. Cartonage can use recycled items or new. It can incorporate fabric or paper and as many types of trims as one can imagine.  Mrs. “M” and another friend, Mrs. “R”, have taken classes and now get together monthly to work on their cartonage crafting together.

For my box, Mrs. “M” said she saw the fabric and she just knew it she had to fashion it into a cartonage sewing box just for me. Boards were covered with plain fabric and inserted into the bottom of the sewing box to create a “shelf” upon which the insert rests.



She fussy cut and placed images from the fabric into the box insert.


All sides of the box are covered in fabric and coordinated so well to create a treasured gift as a reminder of our special friendship.

S4080006Thank you, again, Mrs. “M”, for thinking of me and creating such a special and thoughtful gift! I hope you know I think of you each time I see this beautifully crafted box made by your loving hands.

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Sew ‘til next time….enjoy the journey of sewing!



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