Saturday, September 13, 2008

Making Your Own "Boxer" - Using a CD Case for Finishing

In the years between my two stints at cross stitching, I was a scrapbooker and stamper. One of the things I used to make was little calendars for gifts, decorating a small square calendar - one each month - and mounting it all in a little CD case frame. You would show one month, and store the other month's pages in the back. A couple of weeks ago I was at a LNS and saw Lizzie Kate's Boxers - and knew I could try to do the same things with cross stitch that I did with my calendars. This is my first attempt at a tutorial, and I know it's not nearly as good as some other tutorials I've seen, but here it goes.

You'll need: Your stitched piece, a blank crystal CD box, mounting board, materials for attaching piece to mounting board, Glue Dots

First, take apart the CD case and remove the insert that the CD sticks to.
It's on the right in the photo below.

Next, flip the cover around and re-attach it to the other half.
This other half becomes the base.
You'll be able to stand it up and see how it's going to look.
NOTE: The picture below is WRONG! I realized you'll have to flip the base over, too, so that the slant is not as severe. You'll see what I mean in the last pictures.

Cut a piece of mounting board to fit the top part of the CD cover.

Using whatever technique works best for you, mount your stitched piece on the mounting board. (I used masking tape - not the best method, but I was in a hurry and that's what was the quickest).

Attach finished piece inside CD cover top. Use the glue dots where the little "clamps" are to help hold the piece in place behind the plastic.

Now that I figured out the way the cover goes, it stands up quite nicely. In addition, I'm sure I could come up with some great embellishments - buttons, ribbon, raffia, etc.


riona said...

Thanks for posting this technique ... I am one of the 123 stitchers who requested photos ... I tend to do better with visual aids when tackling a new-to-me finishing technique. I like the clean, spare look of your piece but I can see how for some designs, a few carefully chosen embellishments would help a piece "pop" ... even painting a "frame" on the outside of the CD case with some acrylic craft paints might be a good idea - sort of like matting a framed piece.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your tutorial Cyndi. I definitely plan to use it.
Barb in TX

Meari said...

Interesting technique. Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thanks

MysteryKnitter said...

No way! You're one clever woman!