Tuesday, December 14, 2010

To be or not to be a Fabric BOX? That is the question? Ü

Hi, I am Geta, a passionate quilter living in Romania.
Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me to join you all at Stash Manicure.

I want to share with you a tutorial for making fabric boxes. Do you use interfacing? For making bags, bowls? Or in clothes making?If your answer is positive, I am sure you have many leftovers, small scraps you don’t want to throw to the trash. I consider interfacing (especially the heavyweight one) as valuable as the fabrics I use in my projects. I am happy I found a way to use every bit of it !

These boxes use 5 squares of interfacing. I made the smallest with 4’’ squares, but if you have smaller scraps you can make them even smaller.The medium size box used 5’’ squares and the largest 6’’.

I have leftovers of Fast2Fuse, this is a heavyweight fusible interfacing. You can use non-fusible interfacing as well.

You can make such boxes in no time.

Here are the directions:

You need:
*5 squares of interfacing;

*5 squares of fabric for the interior of the box;
*5 squares of fabric for the exterior of the box.
I used cotton quilting fabric.
*Jeans/Denim needle #100/16.

Fuse the fabric to the two sides of interfacing. You will end up with 5 heavyweight squares.

I like sturdy boxes.

Fast2Fuse is very stiff, if your interfacing is lightweight, use more layers. You can add even batting.
  • If your interfacing is not fusible, just make a sandwich with all the layers and quilt it to hold them together; then cut out of it a square in the desired size.
  • You can pair lightweight interfacing with heavyweight fabric.
I added a few straight lines of quilting to my squares.

Lay the squares on a surface with the exterior facing up. To form the box, we have to attach the exterior squares to the central square.Attach first the left and the right squares then add the top and bottom squares.

Here is how to stitch the edges of the squares together:

Place two squares next to each other under the presser foot. Do not overlap the edges.
Join the pieces using a dense zig-zag stitch and be sure you catch both edges. Use the wider zig-zag stitch you can make with your machine.Backstitch at the beginning and ending of each seam.

Here the left and right squares are attached.

You can use a decorative thread in the needle and any thread you want in the bobbin.

Here all 4 squares are attached. This will be the exterior of the box.


This is the interior of it.

Now we have to stitch the corners. Keep the interior facing up. Fold the piece in half on the red line (the diagonal of the center square). Keep the edges aligned.

As shown, stitch the edges together using the same dense and wide zig-zag stitch.

Detail after stitching.

And here is the first corner.

Repeat and stitch the other corners.

Finish the top edges in the same manner- zig-zag over them.

The box is finished, you can add some embellishments if you want.

Variation for more decorative boxes

Instead of plain fabric squares I used pieced blocks.

You can add even label with the content of the box or maybe the name of the kids...

Making fabric boxes is addictive! I just had to make an octagonal one. You can find the templates on my blog.

I hope you will find this tutorial useful.

Happy sewing! From Geta...and look....

Editors NOTE: from Madame Samm....

How another GIVEAWAY ...
From  Martingale and Company  home of  that Patchwork Place
one of our delightful sponsors is offering this up..
...If you are going to make this box,
you may want to make yet another small project..
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  1. I'm leaving a comment, I'm already a follower....AM I THE WINNER????.....grin.


  2. Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!

  3. Looks like a great giveaway. Thank you for doing this. Have a great holiday season!

  4. These are nice! I had some scrap upholstery vinyl, Faux Leather look, and I did this same thing with, except I made each side three times the length of the bottom It was 12 inches tall, and 4 inch square on the bottom! It made a very classy looking tall slender box, that I placed tall, long stemmed silk flowers in and stood in the corner of my bedroom. xoxo Christel

  5. These are SO CUTE!!! Thank you for giving ideas for things to make with interfacing scraps!

  6. I love your boxes and very simple I never would have thought to use the wide zig-zag they look super,xoxo theodora

  7. I'm usually so intimidated by anything three dimensional, but you made this look so easy! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  8. This looks easy - will try it. Thanks for showing it. Sigrun

  9. What a great tutorial and thanks for the opportunity in the giveaway.

  10. Very cute box ideas! Thank you! I'm a follower too. Have a happy day!

  11. Ooohh, I like these! I've recently 'inherited' a ton of upholstery samples, and I think this is just the ticket to use up some of them. Thanks for making it look easy!

  12. I love this tutorial. It makes it look so easy. I dont know when I sit at the machine whether it will be so but I am going to try.
    Such a nice thing to gift someone even a set will be nice for a child.

    Also the giveaway - thanks! in my enthusiasm for the boxes I almost forgot!

  13. I need those bag patterns! So cute!

  14. I enjoyed the tutorial, ideal gift and can have many uses....thankyou...I am follower...love a chance in the Giveaway..Warm Regards, Lyn

  15. Would love to win - I am a follower.

  16. These boxes are great, thanks for featuring Geta!

  17. I just want to say WOW! I love these boxes...even if I don't win anything...I think I'm throwing a couple of these together for Christmas!!! I'm excited. =) Thanks again.

  18. Loved the little boxes....clever idea for using fabric or being creative in a small amount of time. The bag lookes like it would be fun to do.

  19. Neat boxes! I have lots of small pieces of heavy interfacing so I'm going to try that.

    The book looks interesting. I love to make bags.

  20. sorry - seems i commented in the wrong spot for the FAB bag giveaway book! just what i'm looking for! THANK YOU :))
    from a happy follower...

  21. Cute little boxes...good for all sorts of bits and pieces...I am a follower..looks like a great book...thaks for another chance to win...have a lovely holiday season...LindaB

  22. Lovely little boxes! I'll have to give it a try. Somehow I don't think it'll be as easy for me as you make it look! =)

  23. The box tutorial is smashing. I'll make one or two or four! ;) And a purse would be a great addition to next year's wardrobe.

  24. I love those boxes. When I try them, I think I'll try to make lids as well and then they would be good gift boxes. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Wonderful little boxes. I am certainly going to try them. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. I just love boxes ... and bags ... and baskets. I have made boxes before, but not this way and it looks great!

  27. I'm a follower, and I love these little boxes..

  28. I am SEW happy to say hello! The boxes are so cute though instead, I would like to win the bag book so can use up my quilt fabric scraps for a boo-u-ti-ful poys as my grandniece says. Thanks to you and Martingale for this giveaway.

  29. Love the boxes. Cannot wait to do some. And, love the giveaway! Merry Christmas to all.

  30. Cute boxes! I'll have to make some to help organize the "quiltery". Thanks for showing us how to make them. The bags would be fun to make, too.

  31. I love those boxes. They would be so nice sitting on my sewing room shelf. Thanks for the tutorial.

  32. These fabric boxes are sooo awesome and cool! I will definitely be making some once I get past Christmas!

  33. Thank yo Greta for showing us how to make the boxes, so much fun


  34. Fabulous idea! Love the simplicity in construction. Perfect for me.

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  36. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it, I'll make two of them as soon as I can :)


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