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Summer Sewing Project - Soft Fabric Box Using Rag Quilting Technique

Every room in the house could use one of these fabric boxes to catch all of those small items such as keys, cell phones, chapstick, tissues, etc... This box is finished within an hour.



Fabric Box Using Rag Quilting Technique

For this project you will need:

- enough fabric to make 5 squares each measuring 15 x 15 centimeters
Ikea Fabric for the Tote
(here the fabric is from Ikea in Germany)

- enough lining fabric to make 5 squares each measuring 15 x 15 centimeters
- enough fleece or batting to make 5 squares each measuring 12 x 12 centimeters
- enough iron on interfacing to make 5 squares each measuring 12 x 12 centimeters
- sewing machine and sewing supplies
- thread to match fabric (pink was used for this box)
- quilters ruler
- sharp scissors like these from Fiskars
Fiskars Scissors with Spring


Instructions to create the fabric sandwiches:

1. On the backside of each fabric, iron on the interfacing to the center of the block.
2. Now create a block sandwich by lining up the materials in this order: 1 piece of fabric (wrong side up, 1 fleece or batting and 1 lining piece (wrong side down). Pin the layers together and sew an “x” across diagonally to hold the layers together. Do the same with the remaining fabric, fleece and lining pieces to create a total of 5 sandwiches.

Instructions to make the box: (Always use a 1.5 cm seam allowance when sewing)

3. Now place 2 fabric ”sandwiches” over each other so that the wrong sides are facing each other. Sew together with a 1.5 centimeter seam allowance.
4. Now you will sew the remaining blocks onto this section so that it looks like the diagram below with a center block and 4 blocks sewn to each side of the center block. Remember to always place the wrong sides together so that the seam allowance is seen on the right side of the fabric.
Fabric Box Pattern
The diagram of the box layout.

5. Now match 2 of the sides (with the wrong sides facing each other) and sew together to create the first side wall of the box. Repeat for the remaining 3 sides until the box is complete.
6. Around the top edge of the box you will also need to stitch a line that is 1.5 cm from the top edge to close off the top fabric layers that are still open.
7. Snip into all of the seam allowances about every 1 cm.
8. Machine wash cold to create the fuzzy edges.




Fabric Box Using Rag Quilting Technique 2

Fabric Box Using Rag  Quilting Technique
This is a second example of the same soft box using a different fabric. The seam allowance for this particular box was only 1 cm.




More Crafts, Decorating Ideas, Projects and Templates for Summer:

Summer Paper Crafts

Summer Crafts for Kids

Summer Wood Crafts

Summer General Crafts

Summer Textile Crafts

Birthday and Greeting Cards

Patriotic Crafts

Maritime Crafts

Recycling Crafts

Jewelry Crafts

Nature Crafts

Kids Rainy Day Crafts

Summer Craft Templates, Patterns and Coloring Book Pages





A Selection of Summer and All Occasion Textile Crafts

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Sparkling Felt Fish

Baby Fabric Ball

Bean Bag Crab

Bean Bag Frog

Colorful Fabric Mini-Lights Garland

Crawling Felt Lizard

Drawstring Backpack for Kids

Elegant and Lacy Fabric Heart

Felt Dog Key Ring Charm

Felt Frog Ornament

Felt Ice Cream Cone Pin

Felt Pig Ornament

Felt Strawberry Potpourri Hanger

Needle Felted Tropical Fish

Pom-Pom Apple Tree

Pom-Pom Lady Bug

Pom-Pom Pig

Soft Fabric Box Using Rag Quilting Technique

Strawberry Potholder Sewing Project



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