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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Blue Jean DIY Sunglasses Case

By: Claire Armstrong from pillarboxblue.com
Blue Jean DIY Sunglasses Case
Blue Jean DIY Sunglasses Case
This image courtesy of pillarboxblue.com

"The sun is shining and my shades have come out. I’m fed up of damaging my sunglasses when I’m not wearing them, so decided to design a really handy case for them made from upcycled jeans. Mind you, this is no ordinary sunglasses case. As well as looking great it sports a killer pocket feature for items such as money and cards.I made four of these cases at the same time so I had some spare for gifts.  If making the sunglasses case as a gift, you can make it even more personal by using the recipients  old jeans.  I love mine and use it all the time, I find the pocket bit so handy."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byEither Hand or Machine

Beginner

Materials List

  • Old jeans front pocket
  • 22cm Square of cotton fabric for lining
  • 22cm Square of very thin wadding
  • Needle & thread.
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
  • Cup or bowl

Instructions

  1. Firstly you need to cut out a 22cm square of lining fabric, wadding and jeans pocket. I make a 22cm square cardboard template and use this to cut the fabrics with a rotary cutter. When placing over the jeans make sure you get all of the front pocket whilst moving the pocket lining out the way so that it doesn’t get cut as well

  2. The next thing to do is to round off the bottom corners of all the pieces of fabric.

  3. Put the jeans pocket and lining fabric right sides together. Place this on top of the wadding and pin together. Leaving an edge of approximately 5mm, sew round the bottom curved edge and 2 sides of the fabric with a sewing machine. The top should be left open.

  4. Trim excess fabric from the corners and turn the fabric sandwich right side out.

  5. Now carefully turn over a 5mm edge of the lining fabric pin and sew to close the top.

  6. Fold the denim pocket pad in half length ways, with the fabric lining on the inside. Pin and sew round the edge.

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