Make a storage box
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MATERIALS

  • 2 coordinating fabrics
  • Sewing thread to match fabrics
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Thick cardboard
  • Craft knife, steel rule, and cutting mat
  • Sewing needle

FABRIC QUANTITIES AND CUTTING

Decide how tall and wide you want the box to be. Add the lengths of all four sides together, and add 3cm (1¼in). Next, add 3cm (1¼in) to the height of the sides. Cut a strip of the outer fabric to these dimensions. Take the measurement for the box base and add 3cm (1¼in) to both the width and the length, then cut another piece of the outer fabric to this size for the base.

SEAMS

Take 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowances throughout unless otherwise stated.

METHOD

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Step 1: To make the handle, cut a 15x7.5cm (6x3in) rectangle of the outer fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise, pin, and stitch along the long raw edge. Turn right side out and press. Fold the ends under by 1.5cm (5/8in) and press.

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Step 2: Measure 1.5cm (5/8in) from one end of the strip of fabric you have cut for the sides of the box, and mark with a pin. Measure the width of one end of the box from this mark. Pin on the handle evenly spaced between these two points and machine stitch a square at each end.

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Step 3: With right sides together, pin and stitch the short ends of the strip together. Press the seam open.

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Step 4: With right sides together, pin and stitch the side piece to the base piece, making sure that the handle is positioned centrally along one short side.

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Step 5: Snip the corners to reduce bulk and press all the seams open.

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Step 6: Cut out the lining for the sides and base of the box from your coordinating fabric, using the same measurements as before. With right sides together, pin and stitch the short ends of the strip together, and press the seam open. With right sides together, pin and stitch the strip to the base, leaving one short side open. Snip the corners and press the seams open

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Step 7: With right sides together, pin and stitch the two fabric box shapes together, leaving one short end open. Press the seam open and turn right side out. Form a box shape with the lining on the inside.

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Step 8: Cut out a rectangle of cardboard to fit the base of the box. Insert it into the base of the box through the unstitched opening. Measure and cut two pieces of cardboard for the long sides and two for the short sides. Slot the longer pieces into the sides of the fabric and the shorter lengths into the ends.

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Step 9:  Slipstitch the open end closed. Make a few small stitches at each corner through all the layers to hold the lining in place.

  • Taken from Learn to Sew, by Emma Hardy. Published by Cico Books (rrp £9.99) 
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