I have been on a quest to get organized and declutter! Over the last few months I have discarded and thrown away a ton of stuff! It has needed to be done for a while now and it feels great to finally be doing it. Once I threw stuff away, I realized that I am lacking a storage place for some loose items. I know, I know, less is better but since I sew I decided to make a fabric box to corral some of the stuff that just sits around.
So, I searched on the interwebs and found several tutorials for making fabric boxes/trays. I kicked these ideas in my mind for a few days and one afternoon, I got busy.
I had no specific measurements in mind but I had some scraps (yay for scrapbusting!) that I thought would make a cute box.
I wanted the sides to be longer so I measured 8″x5″ for the bottom part of the box and for the 6.5″ for the sides. I kind of winged it, like I said, I had no specific measurements in mind.
Next, I cut out fusible interfacing, I used 809 Pellon and it felt stiff but once I fused it to the outer box, it was not stiff enough. Note to self, make a sample by trying out different fusible interfacing before going ahead with the project! Anyhow, I cut the interfacing about 1/4″ less all around the perimeter since the edges would be sewn together and I didn’t want any overlap. Example: bottom of box measures 8″x5″, I cut the interfacing 7 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. By the way, the seam allowance is 1/4″. See how that works out?
I cut the lining with the same measurements as the outer box. Next I sewed the outer bag first, right sides together at a 1/4″.
I usually would press the seams open but I was lazy and wanted this done fast so I didn’t. Then I sewed the lining also, right sides together. I picked one corner to leave a gap through which the box would be turned. I made sure to backstitch to set the stitches, here is a pic of that. I did iron these seams open as it will help when sewing the gap closed after the box has been turned inside out.
And now, we get to the fun part!!! Place the lining inside the box, right sides together, just like in the picture. This means that the outer box will have the right side on the inside and the lining will have the right side facing out.
Sew the outer box and the lining top edge with 1/4″ seam all the way around.
You are about see some magic!!!!!
And this is what comes out! Ok, it looks like there are 2 boxes but it’s the reflection in my bathroom mirror. I gave it a good press all the way around the top and topstitched two rows to make it pretty. I also sewed up the gap, you can either do it with a machine or by hand. I was in a hurry so I used my machine. I loved making this and plan to make more. I think that the sides might be a little high and next time I plan to use stiffer interfacing.