As if we needed a reason to indulge in chocolate! Now you can say “I had to eat the chocolate to get to the empty box.” Our family loves Whitman’s Sampler Chocolates, especially at the holidays so I always have an empty box hanging around with sewing supplies, scraps and even small quilting projects in them. I decided to dress one up to have a beautiful box on my sewing desk for some rather boring stuff like pens and scissors. This is really easy and it does not involve sewing. A simple gluestick is all you need. These sampler boxes come in many sizes. The box I’m using for the tutorial is the 12 ounce size. The supplies for this project are:
Iron and pressing board
Gluestick (this project took one full small size gluestick)
A 5 inch by 8 inch piece of cardboard for the bottom insert
1-6 inch by 9 1/2 inch rectangle of fabric (bottom insert covering)
1-6 1/2 inch by 10 inch rectangle of fabric (box top covering)
1-4 3/4 inch by 29 inch fabric strip (goes around the inside of the box sides)
1-2 3/4 inch by 29 inch fabric strip ( goes around the outside of the box top)
Any kind of embellishment such as lace ruffles, sequins, ribbons needed to decorate your box just the way you want it.
A glue gun and glue sticks for embellishments
Step 1-Gather your supplies
Apply gluestick all over one side of the bottom cardboard insert. Center the cardboard rectangle over the 6 inch by 9 1/2 inch piece of fabric which is right side down. Press down and rub well to set the glue. Work fast so your glue doesn’t dry out.
Glue the excess fabric along the sides to the other side of the cardboard piece.
Take the 4 3/4 inch by 29 inch strip and press in half with the right sides of the fabric out. On one end press under about 1/2 inch to create a finished edge.
Beginning with the box BOTTOM, start applying gluestick all over the outer side on the right half of the side. Place the edge of the strip that you pressed in half right in the middle of the box to start wrapping the fabric around the box sides. Apply the gluestick to the side as you wrap the fabric. The excess fabric that I’m holding will be flipped to the inside to cover the inside of the box.
Once you have the fabric wrapped around the box and glued down, apply a bit of extra glue on the pressed under edge of the fabric and glue down well. This will give the fabric a nicely finished edge.
Apply the gluestick liberally all over the inside of the box sides. Work quickly so the glue does not dry too fast in case you need to peel up the fabric to reposition it. Press the fabric to the insides of the box. Make sure you have a good amount of gluestick along the bottom edge so the edge of the fabric is securely glued down.
Apply gluestick between the overlapping ends of the fabric to secure them together.
After the insides of the box are covered, you can simply drop the fabric covered cardboard insert into the box or glue it down. Mine fit nice and snug so I didn’t bother with the glue.
Time to cover the box top. Apply the gluestick liberally all over the top of the box, but smooth out any glue globbies or they will show as bumps under the fabric. Lay the top fabric rectangle on the top of the box, making sure that there is about 1/2 inch of excess fabric on all sides. Press down firmly but gently on the fabric to ensure allover adhering to the glue.
In order for the corners of the fabric to wrap nicely around the edge of the box, some excess fabric needs to be removed. Using scissors with a sharp point, clip out the four corner squares just to right at the edge of the box corners.
Apply the gluestick to the edge of the box and begin wrapping the excess fabric up and around the edge of the box. There will be a tiny bit of excess fabric that wraps around the corner. Don’t worry, it won’t show but make sure it is glued down well.
Continue glueing and wrapping the top fabric down to the sides.
Take the 2 3/4 inch by 29 inch strip and press under each of the long sides just a scant 1/4 inch and also press under one of the ends 1/2 inch the same as in step 5. This will create a nicely finished edge. Glue this strip down exactly as done in step 5. Your box is now covered in beautiful fabric and ready for any embellishments that you might want to add! I have a BIG box that I want to do up in soft pinks, cabbage roses and polka dot fabrics with crochet lace and silk roses on top for a special little lady that will be having a birthday in January. I promise to post it when I get that one done! Thanks!
The really fun aspect of these boxes is that they are stackable!