I searched high and low for the perfect embroidery work box. It needed to be just large enough to hold my embroidery hoop, scissors, threads, and needles, yet small enough not to take up half the sofa. Of course, I wanted an antique or vintage model. I found some I liked, but I didn't like their insane prices. So I decided to make my own.
I started by working a cross stitch pattern by Blackbird Designs.
Next, I gave a cheap wooden box from the craft store a coat of cranberry acrylic paint followed by a coat of dark Briwax.
Then I cut pieces of mat board to fit both the top and bottom of the inside.
And one for the top. I also cut four layers of batting and glued them to this mat.
I cut fabric two inches larger than the mat board and applied with fabric adhesive. I also made a pocket for the lid to hold my old-lady reading glasses.
Then I wrapped the stitched piece around the batting and mat, stitched it in place and just inserted it into the top frame of the box.
It is perfect for what I needed and didn't cost me a small fortune. I think I may even make a small needle keep to match.