How to Make Fabric Boxes Any Size


Welcome to so very easy, my name is Laura. And let’s make fabric boxes. Fabric boxes are very, very easy to make and you can make them in any size. The only thing you’re going to need is two squares of fabric the same size, plus batting the same size or a little bit of bigger. With a little bit of sewing and some turning you can have fabric boxes. Let’s get started. So what you need to start with is your two pieces of fabric matching in size. The second thing you’re going to need is a piece of batting the same size or a little bit bigger. And a lot of times I will piece my batting together and use up those little pieces for this project. I also will piece fabrics sometimes for the boxes because that’s what I might have leftover, and I want to be able to use up that fabric. So what we need to do is make a quilt sandwich. And the quilt sandwich is not what you would normally think, where the batting is in between. The batting goes on the bottom. The way you’re going to put this out is you are going to put your batting down first. The next layer is going to have the right sides facing up, and then the finishing top is going to have the right sides facing down so that these sides are touching each other. And this is the back and you will have nothing along the back here. And then you’re going to sew a quarter inch all the way around, leaving a little opening in any side that you want so that you can turn the bag right side out. So there’s a ¼” stitch all the way around with an opening here so that you are able to turn this to the right sides. The next thing we need to do is cut off this extra batting. And we want to cut it off as close as we can to the stitching line. And there’s a really easy way to do that. So you need to take your ruler and slide it up against the seam with the fabric hanging to the outside of the ruler. And holding the ruler tight against the table, fold the ruler and you are going to be able to cut the batting off. So what’s happened is the ruler is is holding that seam allowance out of your way. Then you’re able to take the rotary cutter and follow your ruler and cut off this extra. Now be careful you don’t cut into the fabric. You only want to cut the batting. You can see that the batting has been cut away and it’s very close [to] the stitching line. The next thing you need to do is snip off this little corner. And snip it off within to about two threads of your stitching line. Once they have all been snipped off you can turn the bag right-sides out. Now to turn the bag right-side out you do not pull through the batting. You are going to pull between the two layers. So put your hand in and pull that out. The fabric here has been turned right-side out, so both fabrics are on the outside. And you can see by trimming off that extra batting, it already wants to lay nice and flat. So take it to the iron and let’s give it a good press. Now we need to stitch close this little opening. And you can just take it to the machine and go as close as you can along this edge and stitch down that opening, or you can always sell it by hand. Now we need to quilt this. Now if you are not comfortable doing a free motion you can just put your walking foot on and do a grid line. Or you can free-motion it. It is definitely recommended to quilt this, and what it will do by quilting it is going to make the bag stand more upright. So the quilting has been done. Now we need to take this flat piece and turn it into a box. Now I’m going to show you the next step in a smaller bag so that you can see it all at one time. And what you’re going to do is you have now your square quilted. You need to take this and you need to fold it in half so that the edges are matching and And on the folded edge corner you are going to need to sew a 45° angle on each corner, and you will need to do it also on the other corner. So let’s draw the lines first. Fold it in half, then we’re going to draw the line. So from this corner, and this is the folded piece, measure up two inches and measure over two inches and draw a line. And you need to do the same thing on this corner. So from the folded edge: Over two inches and up t wo inches. You need to draw your line. Now without sewing this, let’s mark the next side. So you have these two edges together. Now you want to take these edges and put them together. So you open it up, and you’re going to fold it again. Ignore your marks and you’re going to repeat the same thing. From the folded edge: Up two inches, over two inches, draw your mark. And same with this side. So there you have the marks in that corner. And this is how you’re going to sew it: Backstitching, sew up, backstitch. Backstitch, sew up, backstitch. Then you need to take that, open it up. And you’re going to open it up, and you’re going to fold it again so that the other edges match up, and then you’re going to sew those angles. Let’s start and sew the first two angles. So you see how I have those two corners sewn and this is the open edge. This is the fold edge So just like we did when we drew the lines, we need to take those two end and make them match. And this is where it seems very weird. This is how it’s going to look because you’ve already sewn that edge, but you have your marks to go by. So match up your edges and sew right along those marks that you did. Backstitch, go all the way down, and backstitch. And you’re going to do it on that corner also. So now we have those two corners sewn. And when you look at it, you will see that the four corners are sewn but not the tops. Now take the bag and turn it so that the triangles are now inside. You will be [able] to take these points now, and you’re going to be able to fold them down. Now you could put a little button there or you can topstitch that little point down. So I’ve tacked the little corners down on all four points. So now you have these little points that are inside and if you just push the corners out, it makes yourself a little box. Now you can choose to leave your little points inside free or you can tack them down. From here the choice is yours. So, very simple and quick little boxes. The next thing is just to embellish them with buttons, or you just topstitch them and they’re ready to go. This is a great project to use up the leftover fabric from another project especially if you’ve already started that project. You’ve got that fabric cut. Just take the fabric, make squares, you already have the threads set up on your machine and well you can have these boxes done in no time, and you’ll have a nice little stack of them before you know it. Just remember the smaller the square, the smaller the little corner triangle needs to be. This little box was a 2″. This had a 3″ and this had a 5″ square. So the bigger that little triangle, the taller the box is going to be. Other than that you could use any square of fabric you’d like. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Free to subscribe and, as always, come on back and let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now!