Changes I've made from Dewberry's and my original box:
- Joel's version has small triangles of fabrics in the corners that would keep things from falling out of the finished box. This one has two-inch flaps from top to bottom at the corners. This keeps things in AND eliminates the side openings showing.
- I used Velcro on this one rather than buttons and added ribbon with blue stripes because the room it will be in will have blue walls (and I have a tendency to put ribbon on anything that does not run away.)
- The finished size is 10x10 inches all around.
- This is made from one long rectangle of fabric and two smaller rectangles for the sides rather than 5 squares
- One 31x11" rectangle from both the main fabric and lining
- Two 15x11" rectangles from both the main fabric and lining
- Four 31" long pieces of ribbon and one 52" piece (or not if you don't want ribbon)
- Five 9 1/2x9 1/2" squares of Pellon Peltex70 Ultra Firm Stabilizer (or anything else you want to make it a bit rigid.)
- Four pieces of 7 1/2" Velcro (This length was purely because I bought a prepacked 30" strip of Velcro. Six to eight inches would work.) Other options for closing the sides:
- Velcro circles
- hooks and eyes
- fabric ties
- button with loops as I did with the first box. Look here.
- buttons sewn through so that the box cannot be collapsed. I'm somehow taken by the fact that I can collapse the boxes if I want. There's really no need not to put them together permanently.
- button with button holes!
You will be using a 1/2" seam allowance.
The 31" long fabric is the bottom of the box and two of the sides. (Hence 10" for the bottom, 10" for each side, and 1" for the half inch seam allowance on each end equaling 31. Eleven inches is to get a 10 square plus 1/2" seam allowances)
On the two other rectangles, the 11" side has 10" for the height plus 1" for the 1/2" seam allowance on each end. The other side has 10" for the center width, 4" for the 2" inch flaps that will be on each side, and 1" for the 1/2 seam allowance on each end equaling 15.
First, place the rectangles of 31x11 fabric and lining with right sides together. If you want ribbons, place the ribbons between the two pieces of fabric. My ribbons are 3 1/2 inches apart from the inside edges of the ribbon. (Find the center on the 11" side, go out 1 3/4" from the center on each side.) Here they are sandwiched between my brown flannel lining and brown tweed wool fabric.
On each 31" side, mark 10 inches in the middle of the strip (see pic below). For those of us who are spatially challenged: fold to find the center and go out 5" on each side of that. These two area are where you will attach each of the other two squares for your box.
Sew around the 31" long piece leaving the center 10" sections OPEN on each side.
(If you can't read this, click on it to bring up a larger version.)
Too bad this picture has the long piece on the bottom, Just image it is at the top, and the top pieces that I am going to talk about now are on the bottom.
On the 15x11" pieces, use the 1/2 seam and sew around the edges leaving a 10" opening on one of the 15 inch sides. That means that you will sew in 2" on each side of the 10" opening there as you can see above. Just be be clear here: when you get to the end, turn and sew in 2". There is a half inch seam, 2" sewing, 10" opening, and the same on the other side. Just where the sewing ends on the edge of the 10" opening, clip the 1/2" seam allowance.
Don't forget to clip your corners, too.
If you are using ribbon, they need to be sandwiched between these two side pieces as well and sewn on opposite ends of the ribbon pieces as the first tutorial picture shows. I didn't write on both pieces in the photo. They are both the same. This can seem a bit tricky. DON'T LET THE RIBBONS GET TWISTED. Check and then check again to be sure they have not twisted before sewing them in. I used ribbon that is the same on both sides. If you are challenged in this area of critical thinking, I'd suggest you do the same. If your ribbons have a front and back, you need to make sure that the good side will face OUTWARD on top of the outside fabric. It's not that difficult, but you need to pay attention.
Now, turn it all right side out!
Go press them. If you use wool fabric, use a pressing cloth.
Roll the Pellon and slide it in place as in the pic below. Three pieces go in the long rectangle--right, middle, left--and one in the center of each of the end pieces. There will be 2 inch "flaps" on the sides of these two end piece that will make sense soon. If the Pellon pieces are not laying flat, take them out and trim a little off the sides until they fit.
Now you will insert the two end pieces into the larger piece. If you have ribbons, lay the edge pieces right side down. Then center the longer piece right side down across the middle. The 10" openings in each piece will meet like this.
You can see in this next picture how the flaps go inside the box.
(Click on it if you can't read the writing.)
The hooked Velcro pieces go on the outside edge of the flaps. A good way to line them up is to hold the side pieces together with the flat side pinned in place. Place pins where the top of the flat Velcro hits on the flap and where the outside edge of the Velcro hits.
Now line the hooked side of the Velcro up inside that angle.
Pin in all the Velcro pieces and sew them in place.
If, after you put the box together, you find the the ribbon is a bit loose on the sides, take a tuck at the bottom edge and sew it in like this.