Last month,, Eileen Hull hosted an unconventional materials challenge using her dies, on the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook group. I often think I’m like a mad scientist when I craft, and I knew I wanted to participate in the challenge! This post shows how I made an over-the-shoulder case using duct tape as my unconventional material with Eileen Hull’s Post Box and Tiny Book dies. If you’d like to see a video of how I made this project scroll below the instructions.
Recently I was honored to be asked to coordinate and direct my niece’s upcoming wedding. I wanted to make a little over-the-shoulder case to hold some essentials that could handle small wardrobe malfunctions, blisters, stress headaches, etc. (You know, the usual emergencies that tend to crop up on the wedding day!) 😉 Hopefully my little case of essentials, along with my trusty clipboard, I can ensure my niece has a wonderful wedding day!
I started by cutting a piece of gray mat board to 6″ x 13″ and covering the white side with a pattern duct tape, then cutting off the excess . This left the gray side visible to use as the inside of my case. I placed the mat board, tape side down, on the Eileen Hull Post Box die, and ran it through my die cutting machine.
I next took a piece of scrap file folder, cut it to approximately 6″ x 8″, covered one side with some silver holographic duct tape, then placed a sheet of double sided adhesive on the other side. Laying this taped folder piece, tape side down, over the front and top of the post box die and cut.
I removed the double sided adhesive and placed on the front and top of the post box, then colored all exposed edges with a black Sharpie marker.
To make slots to hold an ID and another card, I used another small piece of the silver taped folder, placed over the top portion of the box and cut twice. I trimmed it down, rounded the corners, then glued each slot to a piece of heavy weight cardstock covered in the silver duct tape. Finally I glued this piece to the inside back of the post box.
It was time to punch holes and insert eyelets for the shoulder strap, and assemble the post box case. I used the WRMK Crop-a-dile to punch holes on each side and insert the eyelets. I used double sided adhesive tape to secure the sides of the box. Note: I applied the double sided tape on the front side flaps.
Next I wanted to add a small notepad to the back of my post box case. To do this I covered another piece of file folder with the solid silver tape and placed it on the Sizzix Note Pad Cover Bigz die, and cut. I forgot to tape the other side with the pattern tape before I cut it, so I had to place the tape on the other side and then trim by hand.
After folding the note pad cover along the score lines, I used double sided tape to glue the cover to the back of the post box. I taped a purple post-it pad inside the note pad cover.
I love magnetic closures, and that is what I used on the post box and note pad cover. I applied tiny magnets to the inside flap and front of box, and flap and front of note pad cover with mini adhesive dots. Once I had all the magnets in place and aligned, I secured the magnets with super glue. I found that the Gorilla Super Glue works best for me.
To make the little sewing kit book, I taped a piece of file folder with the pattern duct tape on one side and the solid silver tape on the other. I placed, pattern down on the Tiny Book die and cut. This would be the cover to my sewing kit. To make pages to hold needles and pins, I placed a piece of folded craft felt on the Tiny Book die and cut, then trimmed to be slightly smaller than the cover. Next I cut several pieces of pattern paper, the same size as the felt and made belly bands on each page to hold thread cards. Finally I stitched the paper and felt pages together with waxed thread and glued this to the inside spine of the cover.
Finally to complete my project I glued some black satin cording along the joints, and on the front, of the post box, made a tassel and glued with a rosette (included on the paper pad die) on the front flap. For the shoulder strap, I took three strands of leather cording and braided, then inserted each end of the strap into the eyelet on both sides of post box. For the final touches, I wrapped a half pencil in washi tape and attached magnets to the pencil and inside top of box, and glued a decorative resin piece on the outside top.
I’m able to fit the sewing kit, a couple of Band-Aids, a few pain relief tablets, ID, credit card and a tube of lipstick or Chapstick. Making this Post Box die the perfect solution for easily carrying a few wedding day necessities. 😀
If you’d like to make this project yourself, I have included a linked list, when possible, of the tools and supplies used in this project.
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Supplies and Tools Used
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Hugs & Love, Angie