Someone suggested that I would find things that I had forgotten about...I did. At the very top of the bookcase, on the back, I found this. I had indeed forgotten about it. Another garage sale find. It was originally meant for cigars...I think. It was just a plain, nice walnut box when I bought it.
I can't leave anything well enough alone. This box included. I decided that, if it was to be of any use, it need lining and a tray fitted into the upper area.
Here's what I did. I took the measurements of the interior. I cut, from mat board, a bottom liner and a lid liner. I wrapped them with fabric, mitering the corners and gluing the fabric to the backside of each piece. Then I cut strips of mat board to the size of each side, but shorter, so that my tray would rest on the strips. I covered these with fabric and glued them in place.Then I made a tray that would fit exactly inside the box and rest on the side liner pieces.
I cut two bottoms, one a bit smaller than the other so that I could cover both the bottom and the top, when they were sandwiched together.
The bottom and the sides were all covered with one piece of fabric. It was carefully trimmed, folded and wrapped to the inside. Then the two loops, for lifting it out were glued to the bottom and the liner piece of fabric covered board was glued over that.The fabric that I used was cotton quilting fabric. I put a small patch of covered card over the place where the monogram had been on top.
Tessie came out of her closet annex long enough to pose with the box, so that you could tell the size of it. Then she found a more comfy place to relax.....I don't think that she had better relax too much.....Mookie doesn't look too happy about the arrangement....Maybe I should go make her move before she gets eaten for lunch!
See you tomorrow.