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Decoupage Box with Vintage Sewing Patterns

I love covering everything I can in old pattern pieces and Mod Podge – so I decorated a gift for a friend: a decoupage box! It was VERY easy!

Decoupage Box with Vintage Sewing Patterns
Sewing Pattern Box

One Mod Podge project you have to try: a decoupage box! I decoupaged this pattern piece box for my friend’s mother – her 60th birthday present.

She loves sewing, and so we decided this would be the perfect gift for her since she has (now had) a lack of places to store her fabric and patterns. And how else to cover the box except with patterns?

Don’t be too shocked, but I actually took photos of the process. Trust me, it was difficult to stop crafting and snap the camera!

In the interest of being a good decoupage blogger, I decided I need to post a decoupage box tutorial. So here it goes.

Wood bin, bottle of Mod Podge, apron and a paintbrush

Mod Podge with Sewing Patterns

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood storage bin (Michaels or Jo-Ann, don’t forget to use a coupon)
  • Big flat paint brush
  • FolkArt paint in Linen, 8 oz.
  • Fabric pattern(s) (Jo-Ann always has some on sale for $.99! Get two just to be safe)
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Cute mushroom apron (also optional)

BEFORE you begin painting, you may need to sand your wood surface to reduce nicks and rough spots. That is your call. I always do or I end up regretting it.

Wood bin painted with Linen acrylic paint

Step 1 is really easy but takes some time. Basecoat the box with the Linen paint. Do it inside and out, and on the bottom of the lid too.

Don’t try to cheat – I’m watching and will know if you don’t paint it all! Let it dry for a few hours.

Adding sewing patterns to the box with Mod Podge

Unfold your pattern and don’t worry about the creases. They will go away as you Mod Podge. Cut out pieces in the sizes and shapes that suit you and begin to apply to the storage bin.

Here’s the way to do it. Lay the pattern pieces down and Mod Podge over the pattern piece. Hold one side down with your hand and apply a thin coat with a brush on top.

The Mod Podge soaks through and adheres the piece to the bin – this method keeps it from tearing.

Wood box lid covered in sewing patterns

Keep overlapping the pieces on your box with decoupage. Don’t worry about the pieces going over the sides – I actually glued them down around the edges and corners, but I left them hanging over the top and bottom of the bin to cut off later.

Note that the pieces become transparent when you glue them down. Kind of cool! Keep doing this until you have covered the entire outside of the bin and lid. I didn’t do the inside or the bottom of the lid. Allow the wooden box to dry.

Trimming the edge with a craft knife

Okay, so this is the fun part of this wood craft! I normally hate trimming things with an X-Acto, but this was kind of fun. I trimmed the top, bottom and inside the handles. “Saw” carefully and it will work well!

Once you are done trimming, coat your decoupage box with one final coat of Mod Podge inside and out.

Pattern piece decorated box
Wood box from Michaels covered in pattern pieces and decoupage medium

Here she is! The finished decoupage box. One last thing I did was paint a 2-inch knob and glue it on top with craft glue. I hope you like it!

The great thing is that it really wasn’t that expensive. Less than $20 when I used a craft store coupon for the bin.

PS – The gift receiver loved it! Another successful decoupage project. Complete.

If you enjoyed this project, I’d love for you to check out these other projects:


Monday 21st of October 2013

Too cute! I'm going to do this with a piggy bank so it will be my sewing money!


Friday 13th of April 2012

just had an awesome idea! get old patterns from the thrift store for very cheap, and a vintage look. I will be trying this to make a cover for my sewing machine using patterns and mod podge on some sort of cover, not sure what yet. but I love the idea!!! this would also be cool to mod podge patterns onto a lamp shade for the sewing area/room.


Saturday 2nd of April 2011

This is AWESOME! I'm totally inspired to make one, or ten lol. I would love for you to share this at my VIP party today!

Lucy Designs

Saturday 2nd of April 2011

I love this idea using patterns!! yours turned out great


Saturday 2nd of April 2011

Fantastic idea - I would never have thought to use sewing patterns!Your finished box looks amazing.Visiting from Tatertots and Jello