Beautifully done, fabric covered boxes! Great catch alls perfect on the bedside table These decorator boxes are so nice, they could grace any room shelf or table and add that touch of class. Kathi decorated and fringed this set of boxes. She used Christopher Lowell fabrics and coordinated yarns into fringe matching the fabrics. Kathi gave the fringe on the smaller box a hair cut - trimming it for a slightly different twist from the larger box. Note there is a medallion on top of large box and pearls gracing small box at the bottom. These are ordinary boxes from the Hobby store. Who'd guess? You too can do this! Give it a try.
Note: Change out fabrics and yarns matching school colors... or decorate the boxes with faux leather or suede fabrics for a more masculine look. Email photos of what you create.
Please try this project!
Here are Kathi's instructions:
One lidded cardboard box: You pick the size: Available ~ Hobby Lobby, Joann's etc
Fabric of your choice: Enough to cover entire box
Fabric glue, scissors, thin cardboard. (store gift box works great)
Yarn or Ribbon of your choice: This project took 1 scein of yarn
And of course, My Own Fringemaker!!! TaDa
***This was very delicate fabric and I had to use a very small amount of glue, due to the fact it would bleed through. If you have heavier fabric, you will be able to use more glue to secure your project.
For an 8" x 4" box cut a 9" band by 6" wide. The band should extend the width of your box by 2". Your will have 1" overhang on the top and bottom. Take one end of band, on the wrong side of the fabric, carefully add a fine line of fabric glue and place it where the box is seamed (if there is one). Wrap the rest of the fabric around the box (nice and tight); fold the end under add another fine line of glue and attach it to the box overlapping the first seam. You should have one very nicely finished seam. You can use clothes pins to hold the fabric in place if necessary!
Once the seam is dry, take your scissors and clip the extended fabric top and bottom to within an 1/8 of an inch of each. The reason for this is to not cut the fabric so close to the cardboard that your fabric frays or that any cut edges will be seen. Place a little glue on the inside top of the box and fold over the clipped fabric. This will give you a nice smooth rim around the top of the box. Do the same for the bottom. Set this part of the box aside.
You will treat the top of the box much the same as the box. Cut a band slightly larger than the side. Glue one end down, rap the fabric around the side, fold over the end and secure on top of the first seam. Clip the extended edges and glue them down on the underside and top of the box.
For the top and bottom of the box, I cut 2 circles out of very thin cardboard and covered both with the fabric. Cut your cardboard circles to exact size and your fabric about 1/2" to one inch larger than your cardboard. Glue your fabric on to the cardboard. You will have a fabric disc with 1/2" over hang. Carefully clip around the fabric to within 1/8" of the fabric. The reason for this is to not cut the fabric so close to the cardboard that your fabric frays or that any cut edges will be seen. Do the same for the bottom of the box. Once they are both dry, attach to the top and bottom of your box. At this point, your box should be completely covered! Hooray!!!
Now for the really fun part. Take your yarn and fringemaker. Place rods in furthest holes and wind on the full length of rods.
With that done, remove the rod unit from the base, carry to sewing machine and sew down the middle, between the rods.
Carry rod unit back to work table and cut fringe off both rods, this makes cut fringe.
Take the beautiful fringe that you have just created and attach it to the top of the box. Start with a small line of glue and place the center of your fringe in the center of the side. Follow it all around the top, side. After it is glued down and dry, trim both the top and bottom of your fringe and fluff it out with your fingers. You should have a lovely one-of-a-kind box that you will be proud to give or display.
The boxes look beautiful in a bathroom or on a dresser as a keepsake box. I hope you had fun making this craft project. Fringe on!!!
Thank you Kathi - beautiful just beautiful and so creative!
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