Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Back to School: Fabric Boxes

Nothing says "back to school" like organization! As part of our week sharing projects and tutorials featuring Hoodie Crescent's Ring Ring collection, today we're using the ink pen, dot, phone and phone book prints to make some must-have organizing pieces. 

We used the Fabric Scrap Basket tutorial from Christina @sometimescraftr to whip up a few boxes in a couple of Hoodie's prints. Christina made these to hold her fabric scraps, but they're perfect for desktops and crafting supplies as well! You can make one using just two fat quarters. Find her tutorial here.

Pink dots and ink pens:

Gray ink pens with a phone book liner:

We got fancy here--we pieced the outer box piece so we could showcase a strip of the phone print. We'll show you how below. 

Making the Pieced Box Variation
From the gray dot:
(4) 2" x 6-1/2" pieces
(4) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces
(1) 6-1/2" square

From the pink phone print:
(4) 2" x 6-1/2" fussy cut pieces (to center a strip of phones)

Step 1 Sew together (1) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" gray dot piece, (1) 2" x 6-1/2" pink phone piece, and (1) 2" x 6-1/2" gray dot piece. Make (4) pieced sections. Press the seams up on (2) sections and down on the remaining (2) sections to aid in nesting when you assemble the box. 

Step 2 Noting orientation, sew (2) up-pressed sections to opposite sides of the 6-1/2" gray dot square, starting and stopping 1/4" from the end. Sew (2) down-pressed sections to the remaining sides. 

Step 3 Cut the 15" square of interfacing as directed in the tutorial, and then cut 4-1/2" squares from each corner. Fuse to the back of your pieced unit and trim fabric to align with interfacing as needed. (Note: You'll also need to trim the exposed 1/4" off the top of each interfacing "arm"--this creates the pink edge you see on our box.)

Step 4 Assemble the box as directed. When you turn the box right side out and tuck the lining in, you'll have a contrasting edge along the outer box. Topstitch on this contrasting edge. 

See the entire Ring Ring collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 

Find our pencil case tutorial here.
Find the drawstring tote tutorial here.
Find the notebook cover tutorial here.


  1. These are great! I think I need to make a few for my daughters desk - it might help her be a little more organised.

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