Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Covered Box Part 2

Step 1 Trace the outside of the box lid on your decorative paper and cut it out. This is a color copy of an old Quaker sampler we own. I love to make color copies of our samplers. They look so real! You can see all of the stitches.

Step 2 Spread a thin coat of PVA glue on the inside of the box lid.


Step 3 Center the paper circle and press in place. Smooth to remove any wrinkles. It will extend up the box sides a tiny bit. Make sure those areas are smooth also. Measure the inside rim of the lid. Mine measured about 3/4" so I cut the strip about 5/8".


Step 4 Glue the strip in place. If you have to cut more than one strip, butt the paper strips together.


Step 5 The finished box lid. I wish I would have centered the verse better....but life continues to move at a very fast pace....(in other words..."This will do just fine.")

Step 6 The bottom of the covered box is done exactly like the lid. Trace the box bottom on the fabric and cut it out adding a 1/4" fold-over allowance. Spread the glue on the box bottom and glue the fabric in place.



Step 7 Glue the fold-over allowance down.


Step 8 Measure the box side and add 5/8" to the measurement. Mine measured 3" so I cut a strip of fabric 3 5/8".



Step 9 Fold over 1/4" of the fabric along the long edge for a finished edge. Iron the fold to crease. Spread a thin layer of glue along the side. Align the finished edge along the bottom of the side. Glue the strip in place. It helps to do a small area at a time. Stretch the strip along the side and smooth in place.

Step 10 Glue and fold the raw edge over. Apply more glue and press the finished edge down.

Step 11 Glue the raw edge of the fabric strip on the inside of the box. Draw the box bottom on your decorative paper and cut it out. Glue it in place exactly as you did for the box lid.

Step 12 Measure the sides. Mine measured about 2 3/4" so I cut my strip about 2 5/8". Cut the strip and glue in place.

If you have to cut more than one strip, butt the paper strips together.

Step 13 Wipe the excess glue away with a damp paper towel. Finally! We are done!!!!

It really doesn't take too much time to complete this project. I know you will want one of these! Great way to wrap gifts too. Don't worry if your work isn't perfect. Each one will be unique and different. Hey.....they are made by hand and that's what we love.

The lid fits very tightly....you might have to pull it out a bit to stretch it.

Send pictures! I would love to see how you finish yours. Now you can have a beautiful place to store your special sewing supplies!

Until later dear friends,

Alma

34 comments:

  1. Thanks Alma! Still loving my box and the wonderful treasures inside! amy, in south lyon, MI

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  2. Alma - thanks so much for such a wonderful tutorial! I am certainly going to be making some (read: a lot) of these! From the aging of the fabrics to the touches on the construction. . . it's all so great. I can see these being the perfect gift holders as well as gifts themselves.
    xo, Bren

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  3. Very nice! You make it look so neat and easy! Hope to give one a try sometime soon! Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and write clear instructions! :-) ~Sharon

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  4. Thank you for the instructions. I want to run out today and get the supplies. LOL

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  5. Thanks Alma, I shall have to give this a go.

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  6. Ok, Alma, not that I am greedy or anything, but, I think the box would be absolutely perfect for another drawing!!!! :) But, just in case you aren't up for that, I will go ahead and make my own box, since you took the time to write such meticulous instructions and took such good pics. Thank you for all of that!!! I never would have been able to figure it out on my own! Love everything you do! Amy F.

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  7. Love, love, love the idea of copying needlework and gluing inside box. VERY clever! Thanks for the tips. :)

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  8. So stinkin fun! I'm off to go find the PVA glue! I have a friend I want to make a cute box for...and once I get the first one done, I'm sure there will be no limits!

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  9. What a great idea. I have a box I covered 2 months ago sitting on the table because I couldn't decided on what I wanted on the inside. Every fabric I looked at detracted from the outside of the box. Now I know what to do. Thank you so much for such a great idea. This is a very well done tutorial, thank you for such a great job.

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  10. Thank you for the beautiful tutorial. I can't wait to dig through my ephemera and make special box.
    Barb

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  11. Thanks, Alma. I will definitely have to try this sometime. Now if you can solve the dust problem for me, I'll be home free. :D

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  12. This looks like LOADS of fun! Thanks for a great tutorial, Alma!

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  13. so doable
    now i am geared up to go color copy a sampler,
    after seeing it here & reading about in your joyeux noel

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  14. Thanks so much for these wonderful directions! It is so nice of you to take time out from your day to do this. I plan to look for a box so I can give it a try!

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  15. You make it look so easy, I am all thumbs, lol.
    I like how you used the sampler on the inside, I need to find some material like that to use for mine.

    Debbie

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  16. What a wonderful tutorial! Couple of questions--is there a particular type of paper you copy your sampler onto? And is PVA equivalent to Elmer's? Thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. Alma thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial I'm going to whip a couple up on the weekend.

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  18. Lovely Alma. I'm not very good with glue, but might just give this a try. Thanks.

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  19. Perfectly lovely. I like the idea of making copies of the sampler for the inside..how clever is that..Louise

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  20. Hello, I did what you say to cover the boxes, and my first one went well, but my second attempt the fabric bubbled all along the sides of the box. So the top and bottom fit well but bubbled in the centers, do you know what I did for this to happen ? Patchysails

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  21. I'm crazy about different boxes. Yours is wonderful!
    Thanks so much for such wonderful instructions!

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  22. Alma, thank you so much for posting this tutorial - I've never had the courage to try to cover a box myself, but you make it sound so easy that now I might be tempted!

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  23. Ooh pretty! You are so creative and inspiring and have such clever ideas. Thank you for the tutorial - you did make it look so do-able!
    I have now collected fabric, PVA, cross stitch finishes to photocopy (hope the local library's copier does colour) and I'm now going to search for a suitable box or two... or three!

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  24. Great idea to use a paper copy of stitched sampler for the inside!

    Thanks for a great tutorial

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  25. What a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to photograph the steps and sharing the project. I love it!

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  26. Wonderful! Now I realize I've been doing it the HARD way! LOL!

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  27. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I already sent for and received my PVA Glue. I have three million yards of material in my stash now I just have to pick one and go to ACMoore to pick up a box. I hope it is as easy as it looks since I would like to wrap my handmade Christmas presents in them. Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge and abilities!

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  28. Thanks Alma for the tutorial. Your box looks great. I'm going to give a try because I love cartonnage too.

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  29. Thank you for a great tutorial! You make it look easy....

    Where do you find these great round boxes?

    Sheila

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  30. Thank you so much for the demo. I really want to try this and hope to make some to give as Christmas gifts. I could also use a few for organizing my stuff. I love Blackbird Designs and find your work very inspiring.

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  31. I really like this alot! Great idea for a gift box for a begginner sewer or stitcher! hugs, michelle

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  32. trop belle ta boîte !!!!!merci pour le tuto !bisous à+

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  34. muchas gracias por el tutorial,te ha quedado preciosa.

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