This week I made these cute little fabric boxes from The Sometimes Crafter. She shows you how to make this little square box, but I wanted to see if you could make some larger rectangular boxes as well, and as you can see, you can. I also came up with a way to stop the sides from bowing out.
2 fat quarters per box
some interfacing or batting
Step 1: Cut out your fabric. I only show the pieces for the small box because all of the steps are exactly the same, just different sizes.
For the small square box:
Outside fabric: 15″x15″
Lining fabric: 14 7/8″x14 7/8″
For the rectangular boxes:
Outside fabric: 17″x21″
Lining fabric: 16 7/8″x20 7/8″
Step 2: Cut the corners out of your squares. You can consolidate this step by folding you fabrics into fourths so you can cut out all four corners at once.
For the square box: cut out 4 1/2″x4 1/2″ squares from each corner.
For the tall rectangular box: cut out 5″x5″ squares from each corner.
For the short rectangular box: cut out 3.5″x3.5″ squares from each corner.
Step 3: Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of the outside fabric according to the product instructions. Next, fold the cut square (which now looks like a cross) so that the edges meet up like so (right sides together). Pin the two outside edges and sew along them making sure to backstitch.
Step 4: Now you should have some box-like shapes. Take the one that is going to be your outside fabric and turn it right side out.
Step 5: Sew around the pinned top edge with a 1/4″ seam. Leave a 2″ opening and make sure to backstitch.
Step 6: Shove the lining fabric down into the inside of the other box. Top stitch around the top of the boxes using a 1/8″ seam. This will close up your opening that you used to turn the fabric.