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    Cutebuns has already said that she is thinking of doing a machine embroidered top for one of these boxes, and I intend to make a second one with a machine quilted lid (done on my emb. module) - I have several designs approx 6in diameter.

    Don't forget these boxes can be for other uses too. What about one for babies, (cotton balls, cotton buds, pacifiers, powder etc.) We have several new Grandmas on the board at the moment.

    Or as an extra special gift box filled with bathroom products, soaps etc. that can be used for needlework once the bathroom things have been removed.

    Once I have made my second one for a gift, I intend to make a larger one for me, perhaps 10in across. I have a large print on order to fussy cut the lid, and will use two hexagon cards stuck together before covering for this, to give some more strength. Whatever size you end up doing, just remember to make the lining cards about .25in smaller all around than the outside card shapes. And please post pics when you have done them. PLEASE.

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    Ummm, yes, I do realize that it will take longer than a moment, but see....I need that 1st moment to get all sucked into the project, then I'll stick with it to the end. Now, don't make me committ to when that moment will be, but hopefully not too long from now. I do love the boxes!

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    I would like to make this for sure. Thanks so much for this project.

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    Absolutely wonderful! You make it look easy! I can't wait to try one. Thank you for the tute!

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    OK, ladies, who is going to be first to jump in and make a start?

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    pick me pick me pick me!!!!!! oh wait, I have to find some supplies first, :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    Your fabric covered box is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for
    showing us how to make one! You did a wonderful job on the Tutorial.
    Have always wanted to make one - now I will!

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    LL....I'll have to wait to make mine...it might make a great Valentines day gift box, don't you think?

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    That is sooooo cool, LL. It is definitely going on my list of "Want to Do" projects. It might be a good idea to do an "Active" thread one day (not until the new year, please!!) where everyone does it together while online so we could ask for help. Kinda like Cutie did with her mystery quilt.

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    Not sure how I would go about it, but I am willing to try, if anyone thinks they would need some help.

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    Thanks for posting the instructions for this tute. I think my granddaughter would love one.

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    So glad you like it Minda - I am still waiting for someone to post a pic of their box.

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    I had a couple of queries about how the box linings were done, with the pockets on three, and the elastic strips on the alternate three, so when I was making another box, this time for a friend, I took some extra pictures that I hope will make it easier to understand.

    I always sew the ends of the elastic together. The original instructions said to just stick them, but I'm not sure if this is sufficient.

    Back of box lining, showing ends of elastic stitched together.
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    I do stick the sides of the pocket to the card liner.
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    Then I pin the gathers evenly, making sure the elastic isn't pulled down.
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    After that, I stitche the gathers to the box lining basic cover

    I also machine embroidered a quilting design on the box lid fabric. I used some metallic threads, but they didn't show up that well, and ended up stitching the design three times over. On reflection, perhaps my choice of fabric didn't show the stitching off to its best advantage, but I know my friend will like it anyway.

    Gathers being stitched down
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    I also machine embroidered a quilted design on the lid fabric
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    Hard to take a pic that shows the stitching, a simple feather design.
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    The completed box lid, and with its box, and again, but open this time.

    The finished lid of this second box
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    The completed box
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    And again.
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    One more pic, this time of some of the boxes my group completed after they went home at the end of our two day workshop. They brought them into our next meeting, looking all pleased with themselves, and rightly so.

    Some more complete boxes made by the Yeats Country Quilters, Sligo.
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    Well maybe I'm biased Lesley, but I like your turquoise one the best! :-D

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    Those are awesome boxes, I really have to think hard about doing them for the girls for Christmas, Maybe I can alter it even more to be more manly for my son

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    Those are awesome boxes, I really have to think hard about doing them for the girls for Christmas, Maybe I can alter it even more to be more manly for my son
    What about not padding it, and covering it with adhesive backed plastic for you son, or the oil cloth type of waterproof/washable covering? Or perhaps making it an 8inch square, to make it different and less 'girly'?

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    When you stitch the pieces together for the brim, are you
    whip stitching or ladder stitching it to attach them together?
    Will you see your stitches on the right side?
    Your boxes are beautiful, only hoping that mine will turn
    out half as nice. Thanks for all your hard work.

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    The short pieces covered in lining are stitched, fabric sides together onto the edges of the lid, with whip stitches, fairly close together, if you can manage them (a straight needle is all you need). Then you sew the ends of them to each other, one at a time, so that the brim is formed. The outside of the lid is done next, by sticking on the batting and trimming to size, cover with the outside fabric, I pin it in place temporarily, then glue the sides down to the outside of the brim, and that is where I used spring loaded clothes pegs to hold the glued edges in place.
    Finally, the 28" x 2" strip of outside fabric finishes off the brim. Iron a half inch turning on both long sides, begin near one of the joins, and stitch along the brim edge first. I take a tiny stitch (just a few threads) from fabric and lining, then slide my needle about 1/8th inch along to come out again so that you can take another bite. It is like a whip stitch, but the sloaping part ends up inside, out of site, and there is only a very tiny stitch showing, every eighth of an inch.

    When you have gone all around the lower edge of the brim, fold under the join and sew it directly over the 'corner' where you started, then go around the top of the brim, where it joins the top itself. Use the same stitch, and it will be reasonably hard to see, providing you only take a few threads on the needle.

    If you think the pins holding the outer brim fabric will get in the way, I have sometimes used some Elmers School glue to hold it in place instead of the pins. Use one of those very fine metal tips to 'draw' a find bead of glue along both long edges, then use an iron to heat set it in place. Don't rely on that glue as a final solution, rather regard it as a form of tacking to hold in place while you get the stitching done. Hope that helps and is clearer than mud.

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    Lacelady:
    thanks for the help, will be heading out to pick up some of
    the mat board to cut out the pieces and get started, sounds
    like a bit of a challenge, but with all your pictures and help
    with the stitching tips, I will have to give it a go. Thanks
    again for sharing the project.

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    Good for you Sewlady, I was hoping someone would take the plunge. Several have said they'd like to.

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    Love your turquoise box Lace! The additional pictures helped out a lot...answered questions that I didn't know I had :oops: The ladies certainly do have reason to be proud...thats a table load of great looking boxes!

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    beautiful boxes!! they are on the top of my list to do after the first of the year.

    thank you for the great tutorial.

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