I hope you enjoy this little fabric box tutorial as much as I do. It is simple enough to complete in about an hour, which makes it perfect for a last minute hostess gift. Fill it with candy and you are ready to go!
A friend gave me the pattern a couple of years ago, but after I made the first sample, I lost the pattern! Luckily, I remembered what to do, and wrote up my own instructions. There was no indication of who had designed it, so if you know whose pattern this is, please do let me know. I haven't seen anything else like it online.
Let's get started!
You will need:
(2) squares of fabric, between 8" and 12". My sample was made with 10" squares.
A piece of batting the same size as the fabric (or a little bigger).
(4) coordinating buttons, optional.
A walking foot, if you have one.
Step 1: Layer the fabric, right sides together, on top of the batting.
Step 2: Stitch 1/4" seam around perimeter, leaving an opening of about 4" on one side.
Step 3: Trim away the batting from the seam allowances to reduce bulk. Trim as close to the stitching line as you can without clipping into it!
Step 4: Turn right side out and press.
Step 5: Top stitch close to the edge, closing the opening as you go.
Step 6: Quilt as desired. I just kept going around and stitched concentric squares...
... until my bobbin ran out!
Step 7: Fold the quilted square in half, right side in. Mark a 2" triangle in the corners.
(If you started with a different size square, you may want to alter this dimension.)
Stitch the 2 bottom corners, back-tacking at the beginning and end. Since I had used a Frixion pen for marking, I just needed to hit it with an iron to erase the line!
Step 8: Open it up and fold it in the other direction, marking and stitching the remaining 2 corners.
Step 9: Turn the box right side out.
Step 10: I like mine with the points folded down...
... and the inside flaps tacked down.
Step 11: Stitch on some cute buttons, if desired.
(I bought these buttons at Walmart. I think I need to go back and get more in every color!)
Quick edit to add: Starting with a 10" square, the boxes finish at about 4" x 4" x 3" high.
My original sample was made with Meadowsweet leftovers. I still love that collection so much!
And this is the one I made last weekend for Barbara. This one started with a 12" square, so I made the sides a little higher (2.5" corners in step 7).
Have fun with the tutorial and let me know if you make one!