Following and understanding written instructions not that easy for a novice.
... but I loved back-stitching the writing with embroidery thread...
.. this sewing machine belonged to Mum, but she said I could have it. The stitches looped in a funny way on the back of the fabric when I used it first but Denise put me right by suggesting I adjust the tension dial (I just don't know these things)
This is what I made. The birdie is fraying a little because I didn't realise that you need to iron on interfacing at the back before you cut it out and sew it on. I'll do that next time. You cannot see them well here, but I sewed on tiny little beads to the wing area. I think I need to use more contrasting thread another time for the writing.
Lid - warmed by Darcy
I learnt how to cover a box with fabric too, again with tuition from Denise...
(such a valuable friend)
Note: If you live with a cat(s) remember to factor in their curiosity levels
(most unhelpful in my case)
I give you my box!
I am already planning my next project.