This is an extremely easy pattern, but works
well for any simple box that needs an opening on top, such as tissue box. Omit the steps for creating the top opening, and this method can be used to make a toaster or appliance cover.
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Enough fabric to cover your particular box. For the larger size, use 1/2 yard. For a small Puffs box, a fat quarter is enough.
1/2 yard lining fabric for large box; 1 fat quarter lining for small box
Craft Fuse (to stiffen sides): you need a piece large enough to cover the two ends and two sides. In the diagram above you would need two pieces measuring 5.6" x 5.1", and two pieces measuring 5.6" x 10".
hint: quilting pins are easier to use than regular pins; a tupperware box works well as a supply box.
Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.
Safety Reminders For Little Helpers
A. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
B. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
C. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
D. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.
Now you are ready to start!
Please Note: These diagrams are not exactly to scale, but pattern pieces do fit as shown.
First, cut out your pattern piece. I use butcher paper, bought on a roll at Costco.
Add 1/2 inch to accomodate the 1/4" seam on each end.
Add 1 full inch to height of bag to allow for seams and hem.
See Diagram below.
Now, lay-out pattern piece with the grain or against the grain on your fabric -
it doesn't really matter for a tissue box. i.e. lay the pattern in either direction on the fabric. Cut out outer fabric piece and lining piece. Cut craft fuse (or interfacing) for two ends and the two sides. You do not need it for the top.
Small Puffs Box
My Puffs box measured 4.75" x 5" x 5" high. I cut my fabric as shown on the right.
1. Iron the Craft Fuse to the sides and ends of the wrong side of the outer fabric.
Pin the outer fabric to the lining, right sides together.
If you are making a box that has an opening in the top (such as a tissue box cover), proceed through steps a to d below. If there will be no
opening in the top (such as a toaster cover), proceed to step four.
a. Draw a line the length you want the opening to be. For my small Puffs box, I drew the line 3" long.
b. Stitch a rectangle 1/4" from the line.
Cut a straight line through all layers, following the drawn line. Make a "Y" from the each end of the line out to the corners. Be careful not to snip through the stitching.
d. Turn the cover right side out; topstitch (i.e. use a slightly longer stitch length) around the opening, about 1/8" from the edge. Press.
2. Stitch the lining side edges together, right sides together. Remember that the lining seams should be facing the wrong side of the outer fabric. Repeat with the outer fabric.
3. Tuck the lining down inside the cover. Turn cover right side out.
4. Put the cover over the box to check fit. Turn under the lining hem and the outer fabric hem so that the hems are inside the two layers and do not show (hems are folded toward one another). Pin. Remove the box and topstitch around the bottom edge, sitching the layers together.
Alternative: trim the lower edge with seam binding.