Cloth box with little outer pockets
2 coordinating or not so coordinating fabrics (fabric used here are RJR Witchie Poo Spiders Green & Grey)
Iron on fleece (I used Pellon®’s 987F Fusible Fleece)
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Fabric marking pencil/pen
Iron and ironing board
Sewing machine with your choice of thread
1) After ironing your fabrics, place them right sides together on your cutting mat.
2) Using your cutter and ruler cut a 10 inch square out of both. If you want a larger or smaller box change this size accordingly. Make sure your square is square.
3) Iron one scare onto fusible fleece. Trim fleece to the size of the square.
4) Sew both squares, right sides together, with fleece on the outside leaving an opening to turn your square right side out. Use a scant ¼ inch.
5) Trim as close to the sewn line as possible without cutting the stitches.
6) Trim a little of the fusible fleece from the opening to make it easier to close using care so as not to trim the fabric.
7) Turn your square right side out using a pokey deal of your choosing to make the corners nice and pointy.
8) Iron your lovely sewn square. Both sides just to be sure.
9) Pin the opening shut
10) Sew all the way around as close to the edge as possible, closing the opening as you go.
11) Machine quilt your square liberally.
12) Fold your square in half the inside fabric on the inside.
13) Using your handy dandy ruler and a fabric marking device, mark a 3 inch triangle on both folded corners.
14) Sew along your marking remembering to backstitch at the beginning and the end.
15) Now fold your box in the other direction…looks kind of messy but really it will work! Once again mark 3 inch triangles on the two non-sewn folded corners.
16) Sew these 2 triangles as well.
17) Weird looking tulip type deal…neato!
18) Pin down the 4 points
19) Pin open the 4 small outer pockets.
20) You could stop here if you don’t mind constantly pinning yourself…
21) Next batch of ingredients: note I changed the buttons. Scissor, thread, needle, thimble as needed.
22) On each triangle you’ve pinned down sew a button. You can use ribbon roses or anything else that peaks your interest
23) Tack each of the 2 corners of each little outer pocket. You can leave these without sewing them but I though it just tidied up the whole thing.
24) Welcome to your completed fabric box with little outer pockets.
This one will be gracing my desk during Halloween!
The buttons look a little messy with the thread over the spiders but these had no shank backs and I don’t get along with glue.
These little boxes can be squished quite nicely so could be mailed out in a fat envelope. This whole pile of happiness too about an hour or so.