Peggy Johnston makes a trinket box from polyester sheeting in the shape of a house.
Materials and Tools:
.020 clear polyester sheets
medium-grit sand paper
liquid acrylic paint
waxed linen thread
paper cutter or craft knife
short length of 3/4" diameter dowel
paper towels, brown grocery bag, cardboard, transparent tape, paper
1. Make a house trinket box pattern on graph paper with a 1/4-inch grid. Mark sewing holes every 1/4-inch along all the edges. The holes will be 1/8 inch in from the edge.
2. Mark the clear polyester sheeting according to the pattern pieces, marking four wall pieces, one floor or base piece, two gable ends and two roof panels. Cut the polyester sheeting pieces using a paper cutter or craft knife.
3. Peel away the film covering from the polyester sheeting. Use a piece of transparent tape on the film rather than your fingernails as a starting point.
4. Place the pieces over the corresponding pattern and tape them to the grid. Punch the sewing holes using the little awl. Punch two or three panels at the same time.
5. Sand both sides of each panel first horizontally, then vertically.
6. Sand off the little bumps made by the punching of the sewing holes.
7. Stain both sides of the panels with diluted liquid acrylic paint. Wipe off the excess paint with paper towels. Let dry. Buff with a piece of grocery bag paper.
8. To warp the roof, protect all but 1 inch of one long edge of the roof panel with a piece of light cardboard. Heat the unprotected strip with a heat gun. When the plastic begins to soften, quickly wrap it around the dowel, creating a curve along the edge of the panel. Repeat the process for the other roof panel.
9. Thread a needle with waxed linen thread and knot one end. Sew the panels together with a whipstitch. Finish off with small knots as needed, hiding them as best as possible.
10. One of the roof panels is attached only along the ridge, with the other edges overcast with the whipstitch, but not attached to the rest of the house. This is the lid with its hinge at the ridge.
11. Write desired sayings (fortunes) on cut strips of paper. Place the paper strips inside the house trinket box.