I’ve been working for some time now on organizing my lace, threads and ribbon in a cute & vintage-y way, that also displays my favorite pieces:
Since I’m always on a tight budget (being a single mum and all) I had to consider frugal alternatives. I’ve been coveting the ribbon racks from the Norwegian designer brand Tilda for a while, but I knew o-n-e would not get me very far:
I also considered building my own racks with boards and rods, but I frowned upon the paint job… AND I wanted to be able to hang mine on the wall as well as bringing them with me without the risk of loosing my valued trim in transport. So here is what I came up with:
They are large Corn Flakes boxes, covered in Tilda gift wrap paper, with ticking stripes and the cutest birds :-D. I also used the papers to make my own matching paper tape for the edges. Since the backs and sides will not be showing much, I decided to save on my precious paper and cover those in dark red craft paper.
The hanging system is two large grommets on the back wall, and either hang on 2 wall mounted hooks directly through those, or hang on one wall mounted hook from the rough twine I thread through the grommets.
I used 6mm threaded steel rods from the hardware store, cut to size (27 cm) and secured with wingnuts – just because I like the appearance of those more than the regular nuts. I could have also used acorn nuts, but I enjoy the flexibility of being able to move the rod a little extra to either side. I’m still considering if I should paint the rods and wingnuts to antique them a little.
As usual, one idea lead to another, and the project kept expanding. So there is also A Lace & Thread Album, A Jar Sewing Kit, Vintage Pin Wheels, Vintage Embroidery Floss Cards and finally a sewn Miniature Dress Form in matching Tilda fabric 🙂 I will present each project more closely in this 3 part series, with printables
Please let me know if anyone wants a tutorial on how I did these, and I’ll make another box AND take pictures of the process…lol!
Ya’ll waiting for printables, yes? Well, here is part 1 – printable Vintage Pin Wheels:
Print them out, make sure your printer runs them at 100% scale, and they can be cut out and hot glued directly onto standard size pin wheels – instant vintageness 😀
These files are free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the download folder below to grab your high quality copy 🙂
I used elements from these sources for these designs:
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