Hello, long time no see. So much has happened over the last year. Much of which I don’t feel comfortable sharing just yet.
But to kickstart my blog again I thought I’d make a quick tutorial on a gift box I made.
What you need:
- Thick Scrapbook Paper
- Protractor Triangle
- Scotch Tape or Glue
I used this paper. It’s 21X15 CM.
Measure out how big you want your box to be. This depends on the paper. My measurements were 8X2X8X2X1 CM.
Cut the paper lightly with the knife, just to make folding easier. After you did this, turn the paper and measure 2 CM for the overlap on the top and bottom. If you made the sides of your box bigger, make sure you’ll measure out the top and bottom accordingly.
Cut the sides on the top and bottom like the picture above shows.
Glue the 1CM overlap and the bottom or, if the glue won’t hold (like on my boxes) use scotch tape to put them together.
And that’s it, really. Quick and easy.
Last week I bought some lovely fabric scraps. All of them quite sizeable. But I didn’t have any idea what to do with them. Yet.
Over the weekend the idea formed of making a messenger bag. I need a new bag for my sport clothes as the one I’ve been using is about 20 years old and beginning to fall apart.
I’ve read so many tutorials, seen so many YouTube tutorials. But I couldn’t make head nor tails of it. Nothing made sense to me. Until I found this tutorial on YouTube:
I could follow it step by step, without any problems. I think I’ve watched this tut over a dozen times before even trying to cut the fabric. I couldn’t believe how easy it is. And it sure made me wonder why I couldn’t understand the other tutorials.
I did make a few adjustments. For instance I didn’t make a zipper pouch and I added two side pockets. I was planning on making those on the outside, but forgot to add them to the fabric, so I added them to the inside later. This works even better. And I made it bigger as my shoes need to fit inside.
What did I use?
- 3 pieces of fabric (40 by 50 cm), pink with hearts (for the outside)
- 3 pieces of fabric (40 by 50 cm), pink (for the inside)
- 3 pieces of fusible batting (40 by 50 cm) (for the filling)
- 2 pieces of fabric (40 by 20 cm), pink with hearts (for the sides)
- 2 pieces of fabric (40 by 20 cm), pink (for the sides)
- 2 pieces of fusible batting (40 by 20 cm) (for the side filling)
- 1 piece of fabric (50 by 20 cm), pink with hearts (for the bottom)
- 1 piece of fabric (50 by 20 cm), pink (for the bottom)
- 1 piece of fusible batting (50 by 20 cm)(for the bottom filling)
- 2 pieces of fabric (20 by 50 cm), pink with hearts (for the front packets)
- 4 pieces of fabric (15 by 20 cm), pink (for the side pockets)
- 1 piece of fabric (13 by 110 cm), pink (for the strap)
- 1 piece of fusible batting (11 by 108 cm) (for the strap filling)
- 2 buttons
- thread (lots of it)
As I said, it’s a big bag. But I love it! And I went back to the shop to buy even more fabric as I want a bag for my work clothes too. Admittedly, it will be a bit smaller and I’ll make a few adjustments along the way, but I can’t wait to begin sewing again.
Thank you Whitney, for the great and easy tutorial!