Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How to make a little box.

Hi there friends! So a couple of DM'd me on IG to ask me if I had a pattern for my cute little box and I don't.  But trust me it's SO EASY you'll be amazed, and these not that great photos and the word salad that goes with them should be enough for you to make one too.  

Ok, here we go.  The box will measure about 7" x 4" x 4", I say about because your final box size is influenced by how well you sew, and you might sew a lot more accurately than I do, so your numbers could vary slightly.  

You'll need your basic sewing supplies, two 12" squares of fabric, one for your outer box and one for lining.  You'll need a 12" square of stabilizer, I used Shapeflex (Pellon SF101), but you probably have something laying around that will work just as well.  This fabric is regular quilt weight and it's stiff enough to suit my fancy.  I like how nice Shapeflex fuses to the fabric, I don't get that weird orange peel look that I sometimes get.  You'll also need about 28 inches of large rick rack. It takes less, but you want enough to have a nice joining area.  I pressed my fabric with a generous amount of spray starch so it's nice and crisp.

RECAP... Two 12" squares of fabric, one 12" square of stabilizer, and rick rack. Seams are 1/4 inch unless noted. 

Little easy box

Fuse stabilizer to outside  piece of fabric.  Fold right sides together and press, stitch side seams.  Press seams open.  Repeat with lining fabric leaving an opening on one side for turning your box right side out.  Press a crease in the bottom of  each piece.

Little easy box

Cut a 2" square off the bottom of each side of both your lining and outside fabric. Fold the side seam to the crease in the bottom of your piece to create one side of the  boxed bottom. Repeat on each side of the lining and outside piece. 

Little easy box

Turn outer fabric right side out, line rick rack up with the top of the outer  box fabric and baste in place using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. 

Little easy box

Insert outside box  into lining RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Match side seams and pin around the top.  Stitch all the way around using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out through the opening in the lining.  Press.  Stitch the lining closed by hand or machine.  

Little easy box

Stuff your lining down into your box and press well.  I used a small folded towel inside the box to press the outside of the box and form nice corners.  You can fuss around with it so it looks nice and rectangular.  

Little easy box

I am quite happy how it turned out.  It's so much fun to make, from fabric selection (both pieces from Sunny Day Supply) to rick rack matching.  Use what you have on hand, it's  very easy  and just about anything would work.  You could leave the top plain or add a ruffle instead of rick rack.  Embellish the heck out of it.  

Little easy box

The best part of a fun project like this is that it's just 2 squares of fabric... if it turns out crappy you can just throw it away!!!  But it's so easy I know you can do it.  I hope this slipshod tutorial  will help you make one of these boxes or ton of them.   Thanks for indulging me.  Seriously, so fun.  


16 Comments:

Blogger Ankit Ron said...

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7:02 AM  
Blogger Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

I have to say... even at a glance, you've made this look like something I could manage! And they are so appealing, too.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Little Quiltsong said...

Love your little box - and you did great with the tutorial. I don't have stabilizer, but once I do, I really need to make one - or more :)! The fabric is so super cute too!

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Blogger Vicki Sue O'Neill said...

Can't wait to make some! Thank you

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Anonymous Embroidery Digitizing said...

I love the way how you created this box, I cant wait to make one of these for my kids. Thank you :)

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Anonymous Terri Lombardi said...

This is where I made my mistake...turn outer fabric right side out, line rick rack up with the top of the outer box fabric and baste in place using a 1/8 inch seam allowance...I turned it the wrong way!

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Blogger Pam said...

good morning. what a great tutorial. You sound so happy and cheerful it is inspiring. I can t wait to make little box too...

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