Monday, May 21, 2012

Fabric Box Tutorial

Sorry it took me so long to get this tutorial up. I took some time off to deal with some health issues and I didn't have much time left for blogging. Anyways this year I have been on an organizing spree. I searched online for an easy fabric box tutorial but everything seemed so complicated so I decided to come up with my own. I used home decor fabric for these boxes, since I had a few remnants in my stash, and I used muslin for the lining. The top edge is finished with bias tape and I added some craft fuse to the home decor fabric to make them sturdier.

I sewed a couple of boxes up and I quickly filled them up. They really are great organizers and I love that I can customize them to the size I need. I will surely be making more of these soon!

The first thing you need to do is measure what size you want your box to be, you will need a height, width, and depth. Add one inch to each measurement to allow for the 1/2 inch seam allowance. You will need to cut five pieces of your exterior fabric, and five pieces of your lining fabric. That's four side pieces and one bottom piece. If you are going to use craft fuse, then cut out your craft fuse pieces and iron them on to your exterior fabric as per manufacturers instructions.

To assemble your box you will take two of your side pieces and sew them together using a 1/2 inch seam. If you are making a rectangular box make sure you match the sides up correctly. Do this with all four sides. To assemble the bottom of the box you will need to line up the bottom piece with the side pieces you have sewn and sew all around using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. When you reach a corner make sure your needle is down, holding the fabric in place, and slightly clip the corners so you can pivot the fabric to the next side. You will assemble the lining the same way. Once you are finished place the lining inside of the box, wrong sides together, and finish the top seam using bias tape.

At this point your box will be all wonky, see above pic, so you will need to sew the corners to get it to hold it's shape. Pinch the corner just slightly at the top and using a needle with coordinating thread sew the corner shut. Repeat this with the remaining three corners.

That's it! You now have a fully lined box in the exact size you needed. Now it's time to fill the box.

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