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Altered Tin + 2 Quilted Cards
- Lorraine Haddath -
South Africa

So many ideas popped into my head when I first saw this beautiful collection of papers, stamps and embellishments and “Shabby Chic” was just one of them…..

This project would make the perfect gift for a special friend who enjoys quilting and or sewing especially if you accompanied it with one of the paper quilted cards.

Tin would also be perfect filled with a facecloth, soap and/or toiletries for a special lady.

For the shabby chic tin you will need:


1 x 775g Tin –which measures approx. 4.5 inches tall by 4-inch diameter. Lid removed.

Chalk or acrylic paint in a coordinating color i.e. cream or pale pink.

FabScraps C121 011 paper – Work in progress

FabScraps C121 008 paper – Together we have

FabScraps C121 007 paper – Family time – fussy cut the clock

FabScraps G4 013 Liquid Glue

FabScraps large half Pearls – Cream and Pink

FabScraps Hat pin embellishment E8 04

FabScraps – Various pieces of papers from collection for shabby flowers.

Shabby flower die

Silver ribbon and pink paper ribbon

Silver heart embellishment with chain

Tim Holtz Distress inks – Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage

Hot Glue Gun

Dressmaking Pins and beads.

Coordinating lace

Distress tool


  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the tin then paint inside and out with chalk or acrylic paint.
  2. Cut a piece 6” x 4,5” piece from top of “Work in progress”. Distress and ink the top 4,5” and glue to front of tin.
  3. Cut a piece from other side of “Work in Progress” (green stripe) 4,5” x 12” with stripes running vertical. Distress and ink 3 sides. Curl the two sides and adhere round the tin leaving an opening at the front.Tip – if using wet glue for this take an elastic band and place over the bottom of the tin to hold in place till dry.
  4. Glue lace trim round bottom and top and add pearls if desired.
  5. Tuck the clock in the center of the opening cutting down if necessary.
  6. Make a bow with the pink paper ribbon. Cut a 2 x 4” pieces of silver ribbon and cut into fine strips lengthwise leaving ½ “uncut at the end. Twirl the uncut end and glue to form a tassel.
  7. Thread a couple of pearl beads onto dressmaker pins and secure with glue.
  8. Die cut the shabby flowers of different sizes, moisten with water and scrunch, unravel and leave to dry (about 5 minutes in the sun). Layer them adding a bead or pearl to centers.
  9. Add the bow, tassels, shabby flowers, hat pin and pins as per picture
  10. Fill tin with pieces of coordinating fabrics and lace to create an eye-catching picture.

For the quilted cards you will need:

2 x 5”x 5” blank white cards

Card stock – dark brown

Coordinated cardstock from carders kit – MC120 001

Scraps from Family Blessings collection for fussy cut elements and quilt squares/triangles

Foam tape

FabScraps glue – G4 013

Fine archival ink pen

FabScraps key embellishment – E788

FabScraps silver washi tape – WT02

Tim Holtz Distress inks – Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage

Half pearls – pink/cream

Pink button

Dressmaker pins and beads to create hat pins as per tin instructions

Flowers and die cut leaves

Brown beading twine


Card #1

  1. Layer brown cardstock, cream carders kit paper (sewn and distressed) onto front of card.
  2. Cut 9 x 1” squares (die cut, punched or cut by hand) and cut in half to form triangles. Make a frame with pink cardstock 3 ” x 3¾” with an inside measurement of 3 x 3”.
  3. Glue the frame to a scrap piece of white cardstock then arrange the triangles inside as per picture.
  4. Hand draw stitching and words.
  5. Trim off excess white card stock and adhere to card with foam tape
  6. Decide on orientation of card and embellish with flowers, fussy cut elements etc

Tip: Cut a length of beading twine and dampen with water. Wind round a pencil or straw and secure. Leave overnight to dry then remove and cut to length required

Card #2

Same method as card #1 but use 1” squares inside frame as per picture.

Cut a piece of green cardstock in the shape of a cotton reel and add some embroidery floss or sewing cotton

Stick washi tape to white card stock and punch a heart shape.

If handwriting is not your thing then leave the frame blank or stamp with suitable words.

1 comment

  • Mariann: March 20, 2020

    This is absolutely stunning 😍 Love it!

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