Stay home this weekend! If you’re anything like us, you love cozying up with good food and a fire. I certainly don’t relish the idea of racing out to the busy box stores for Black Friday sales! Matt and I hope that you will enjoy the next few days at home with loved ones during the American Thanksgiving weekend so we’ve put all of our PDF patterns at half price! 50% off is the highest discount that we ever give.
The sale begins now and ends on Monday, Nov. 28th at 10pm (PST). Start the weekend by printing off your new project in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the chance to stay cozied-up with your family and your sewing machine.
Aside from this sale announcement, today I have wanted to show you a new locally crafted item that I just added to the shop! This beautiful screen-printed gift box and tool tray was created by Comox Valley woodworker, Scott Bertram (he is half of the dynamic duo behind my favourite local sewing business – The Spool Sewing Studio).
Some time ago, while my sewing friend, Nicole (who is Scott’s partner) and I were on a ferry ride to an indigo dying workshop on a nearby island, we dreamed up our ideal work station caddy. We decided that we liked a simple container the best (no plastic compartments that don’t quite fit the tools, something easy to pick up and move around the work station, and something beautiful that can double as a gift box). By the time we got home from our workshop, I was ready to place my order with her talented husband!
And this is the result, available to all in my shop! If a fussy sewing basket is not really your style, this minimalist tray might be the perfect alternative for you.
Each tray is crafted from birch plywood which makes it nice and light (and reduces the shipping costs for you). It has been designed to precisely fit our sewing patterns which makes it a lovely gift box to add to your sewing themed gift-giving plans.
Every order that includes one of these tool trays will be wrapped up as a beautiful gift (yay! I love doing this as you will know if you follow me on Instagram).
Once the gift has been given (to yourself or to a sewing friend :P), the box can be used to hold your scissors, pins, tape measure and other essential sewing tools.
The screen print inside each box was designed by our graphic designer (and my sister in law), Sonia Bishop. She modelled it after my beloved Merchant & Mills Tailor’s Shears. Nicole printed it on the bottom of each box during construction.
The boxes have been given a traditional hand rubbed finish of Danish Oil which sinks in to the wood to create a soft gleam, protect the wood, and enhance the natural beauty of the grain. It will not chip, crack or peel.
I hope you like our limited first edition!
If these fill a nice little niche in our shop, I would like to offer more one-off batches of tool boxes as I have a variety of useful containers in mind. Also, Scott has all sorts of construction details he would like to add to the next set. What notions or tools do you struggle to store tidily? For instance, is your pattern stash a mess? I would really like an attractive bobbin storage solution. I keep my filled bobbins on a magnetic strip adhered to the underside of a shelf but I would like to store my empty bobbins tucked away in a wooden tray or dish. Maybe soon 🙂
Check out the screen printed wooden boxes in our shop. >