This handy sewing box organiser, made using a vintage-style suitcase, can be completed in six simple steps. Esme Clemo explains how...

Vintage suitcase sewing box

Every sewer knows that it’s very important to have a sewing box to store their needles, thread and other essential bits and bobs.

Here, Woman’s Weekly home and craft editor Esme Clemo explains how to make a gorgeous storage solution inside a vintage-style suitcase in just six steps.

It’s a really straightforward project that only takes one hour to complete – perfect for anyone looking to quickly satisfy their craft cravings.

You will need:

✤ Vintage-style suitcase measuring approx. 25 x 40cm (try vintage floral suitcase, £33, Sass & Belle – 020 7346 0117;
✤  1m of ditsy floral fabric
✤ 30 x 64cm large floral fabric
✤ 30 x 32cm green gingham fabric
✤ 1m bias binding or ribbon
✤ Fabric glue
✤ Matching thread
✤ Ruler and pencil

1. Measure the inside of the suitcase and cut the ditsy floral fabric to fit the lid and base. Turn the raw edges under and fabric glue to the edges of the case.

2. To make the pockets, cut the large floral fabric into two rectangles measuring 16 x 30cm and 30 x 48cm. Fold the pocket pieces in half and press.

3. Cut the gingham fabric into two rectangles, measuring 16 x 30cm. Pin the rectangles together with right sides facing and stitch together along one long edge with two narrow arcs. Trim the seam allowance and clip into the curve. Turn right sides out and press flat.

4. Line up the front and middle pocket squares with the smallest floral pocket at the front, followed by the gingham pocket. With a ruler and pencil, mark and topstitch every quarter across the bottom of the pocket in matching thread.

5. Place the pockets on top of the largest floral pocket and topstitch down the centre.

6. Pin and topstitch the bias binding or ribbon around the two side and bottom edges. Use fabric glue to attach the pocket to the suitcase lid and allow to dry completely before use.