Restyled Jewelry Box

We all have one. All creative types too. They're burrowed into our closets, tucked beneath our beds, and stashed away in rarely used drawers. They are...unfinished projects. There are three ways to soothe the guilt that comes hand in hand with these projects:
  1. Finish them.
  2. Throw them away, once and for all.
  3. Find a way to use them in their partially finished state. 
Usually, I fall into team 2. It's not that I want to be wasteful, but the reality that I am going to count all those stitches, find the appropriate needles, etc. just seems too far off. But yesterday...Yesterday was different. 

For those who don't know, I got some new furniture last week! It's gorgeous, it's solid wood, and we got it all home with the help of a friend and her minivan. My favorite piece is the dresser. I'm in love. And since I'm making my bed every day (hells yeah, New Years Resolutions actually work?) I'm finding myself more motivated to keep the rest of my lil world a little tidier too. And the dresser has great drawers that aren't too big and deep, which means that you don't have to dig through so much stuff to get that one-green-sweater-that-I-think-is-in-this-drawer-but-damn-it's-actually-sitting-on-that-chair.

But I digress. I set aside one of the drawers for the lovely baubles I've collected. Most of my jewelry has been gifted by people who I love very much, so the fact that much of it has been haphazardly stored in various small bowls/ old plates was all the more egregious. And so, solutions!

I browsed Etsy and Ebay, looking for a vintage jewelry box. No luck. I headed to Target to browse their jewelry boxes or drawer trays: either expensive and kinda "meh, that's alright I guess" or cheap and hideous.
When I got home, I ordered this organizer for earrings and such, and then I started browsing the almighty Pintrest for some solutions. Most ideas seemed to be based on a pegboard/hanging things on walls. Not an option. And so, as usual, the almighty Momma came to the rescue with a link to this cigar box + felt delight. The best part is, I knew I had a big, holey rumply piece of orange knit wool monstrosity in my closet. just waiting to be felted. My first ever attempt at a knitting project. From the beginning, it was meant to be shrunk, then stitched up into a messenger bag. It never got there. It sat in my closet for 5 years. Until last night. 

Last night it was thrown in the washing machine with super hot water, lots of soap, and a pair of running shoes. After two rounds of washing and a few hours drying, I cut it to fit the width of one of the cigar boxes I had around. I followed the instructions from the original DIY pretty closely, but instead of making individual sections of felt, I simply pleated a single piece of felt until it filled the box. No glue, no mess.

I've taught a few people how to knit in the past few months, and I find myself talking about this piece of ratty orange fabric every time. Learning to knit (and knit well) is a process. Your first project will likely be a catastrophe. So maybe consider making your first project 100% wool. And if it's really that bad, well, you can always felt it.

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