Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hitty Keepsake Boxes


Hitty is the original travel doll, making her way over 100 years halfway across the world and back.  A doll with so many frequent flyer miles needs a nice keepsake box to stay safe on her travels.


This travel case is from a Gail Wilson kit, which you can find here:

Gail Wilson Hitty Carry Case 

Scroll down to about midway on the page to find this kit.  It has everything you need to make one case.  I used a graphic from Pinterest for the embroidery on the front of the case, but Gail has an embroidered nameplate for this case. 

It has a small pocket flap on the inside for stowing small Hitty treasures.  The design is a marvel of engineering cleverness and is simple to construct.

 The next two keepsake boxes were made from unfinished wooden boxes I found in my stash...can't remember when I purchased them or what I planned to do with them, but they were a nice size for Hitty.  This one, sadly, is a bit shallow on the inside.  I planned to line both the bottom and the top of the box with padded cardboard and straps to hold clothing, but then the lid wouldn't close with Hitty in it!

Removed the top padding, and now she will fit :-)  The lid has a Hitty graphic gleaned from Pinterest that I printed on to cardstock from my printer.  It is decoupaged onto the lid using Mod Podge.  Here is a good tutorial for using Mod Podge for decoupage:

Mod Podge Decoupage Tutorial

I used five or six layers of Mod Podge on the lid, sanding lightly after the second coat, then used three layers on the rest on the rest of the box, sanding after the first and second layers.


I cut two pieces of sturdy carboad 1/4 inch smaller than the inside dimensions of the box I wanted to line.  Glue Warm&Natural batting to one side of the cardboard, then lay the padded board on top of the lining fabric.  Cut the fabric and inch or so larger all around than the board, then glue the fabric to the board from the back. 

The straps are pieces of cotton lace, glued to the back side only.  Once done, glue the padded and lined pieces into your box.  As I said, the first one I did was not quite big enough on the inside to accommodate two padded boards.  The second one, shown in the last image, worked perfect.


My last box, another decoupaged wooden box.  Both of the wooden boxes where stained before decoupaging.  I used Minwax Golden Pecan for the first box, and this one is stained in Walnut.  I like the walnut color with the image used for this box.

Wooden boxes are available at your local hobby and craft store; Michael's carries them.  You can also find them online.  It is easy to give your Hitty a sweet and safe Keepsake box for traveling and keeping her treasures safe :-)

8 comments:

  1. Es una perfecta envoltura. Muy bonito.

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    1. Gracias a, Isabel :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  2. I just love this. It is a great way,to store the doll and all her gear. Makes a beautiful presentation box.

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    1. Thank you so much, Joyce; I love boxes, and I love this dear Hitty!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. I think today is the day. I'm going to decoupage one of my wooden cigar boxes for Hitty Joy. One of the boxes has some wear and that's the one I'm using. For some reason, I'm reluctant to alter my cigar boxes. I like the beautiful decals and gold foil work on them. I haven't made any new Hitty's. I think I'll make the clothes you designed for my two girls instead. Are you Going to punch needle rugs for your girls? Have a lovely Sunday.

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    1. Hi Joyce,

      One of the kits from Gail is a punch needle rug; planning on giving it a try. Can't wait to see the keepsake box you make for Hitty Joy. I'm still making dolls...like popcorn can't seem to stop!

      Love your pattern :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. Ooooh, so cute! I especially like the doll and the brown box with flowers on it! If I were a little girl I would just love to have one of those!

    - Momma Cat

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    1. Thank you! They were fun, and easy to do. I've always loved dolls in boxes :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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