How to Make Fabric Jewelry Boxes

Written by melissa j. bell
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How to Make Fabric Jewelry Boxes
You can make a jewellery box using any fabric design you like. (box image by Erika from Fotolia.com)

Homemade gift wrapping has become increasingly popular in recent years, as crafters search for more eco-friendly and cost-effective ways to live. This method of gift wrapping usually involves colourful fabric and real ribbon, as opposed to paper or plastic commercial wrapping materials. The fabric and other materials can come out of the scrap basket for a small gift, such as a piece of jewellery. You can even make a fabric jewellery box to present your gift in an original, creative setting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Jewellery piece
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Glue
  • Cloth measuring tape
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon

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Instructions

    Make The Box Base

  1. 1

    Measure the dimensions of your jewellery piece, taking the length, width and height. Add 1/2 inch to each measurement. Write these down on a sheet of paper.

  2. 2

    Draw a rectangle on a piece of cardstock that is as long as the length measurement and as wide as the width measurement. Cut the rectangle from the cardstock. This will be the bottom of the box.

  3. 3

    Draw a rectangle on the cardstock that is as long as the width measurement and as wide as the height measurement. Draw a second identical rectangle and cut both from the cardstock. These will be the short sides.

  4. 4

    Draw a rectangle on the cardstock that is as long as the length measurement and as wide as the height measurement. Draw a second identical rectangle and cut both from the cardstock. These will be the long sides.

  5. 5

    Take the short sides of the box and tape them to the bottom box piece on the outside edges, then on the inside edges. Do the same to the long sides of the box.

  6. 6

    Tape the box edges together at the corners on the outside and inside of the box.

  7. 7

    Cut a rectangular piece of cardstock that is 1/8-inch shorter than the box bottom in all measurements. This will be the bottom insert piece.

    Sew The Fabric

  1. 1

    Cut 2 rectangles of fabric that are as wide as the short sides of the box plus 1/2 inch, and twice as long as the short sides of the box plus 1/2 inch. Do the same for the long sides of the box.

  2. 2

    Take the short fabric sides and pin them to the long fabric sides along the matching edges. Sew 1/4 inch away from the edges, leaving 1/4 inch free at the top of each seam. Press the seams open with an iron.

  3. 3

    Cut a rectangle of fabric that is the same size as the box bottom plus 1/2 inch in all measurements.

  4. 4

    Pin the bottom rectangle to the fabric "tube" you created in Step 2 along the matching edges. Sew 1/4 inch away from the edges and press the seams open. Turn the tube right side out.

  5. 5

    Insert the box into the tube. Fold the long edges of the tube down into the box, covering the insides. Glue the bottom edges of the fabric to the bottom of the box.

    Finish The Box

  1. 1

    Cut a rectangle of fabric that is the same size as the bottom insert piece plus 1/2 inch on all measurements. Fold this rectangle around the insert piece and glue the edges to the bottom of the piece. Clip the corners to fit, if necessary.

  2. 2

    Insert the piece into the bottom of the box, covering the visible cardstock.

  3. 3

    Wrap a cloth measuring tape around the bottom and top of the box at the short width. Cut 2 rectangles of fabric that are as long as this measurement plus 1 1/2 inch, and as wide as the box length plus 1/2 inch.

  4. 4

    Sew the rectangles of fabric together at all sides, 1/4 inch away from the edges, leaving a 2-inch wide gap on one side. Turn the fabric right side out through the gap, then sew the gap closed.

  5. 5

    Cut 2 long pieces of ribbon and sew the ends to 2 corners of the rectangle.

Tips and warnings

  • To attach the jewellery box top, wrap the rectangle with the ribbons around the box, covering the free end of the rectangle. Wrap the ribbons around the box to hold the fabric in place and tie the ends together into a bow.
  • You can also use buttons to attach the top instead of ribbons.

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