Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tutorial Time: Make A Fabric Takeout Box

How about a fun & versatile project just in time for Valentine's Day?  A Fabric Takeout Box.  Perfect for holding sweet treats, a special gift or to use as a fun little handbag.  I created this as a special guest tutorial for Timeless Treasures' blog, Sew Timeless last week and now I'm sharing it here:)  Now let's get started.

You'll Need:
- Paper takeout container (use a clean one from a restaurant or buy at craft store)
- 1/2yd outer fabric (I used Timeless Treasures Tossed Hearts Heart-C1269-white)
- 1/2yd lining fabric (I used Timeless Treasures Soho Solid Ballet Pink Soho-Ballet)
- 1/2yd (or 21"w x 18"l piece) Craft Fusible stabilizer (aka interfacing)
- Iron & ironing surface
- Sewing Notions (thread, shears, tailor's chalk/disappearing marker, pencil)
- 3 snaps (I used pink heart shaped snaps available at KAMsnaps)

Remove handle and any side staples from the paper box and unfold.  Use weights or heavy objects to hold box flat on top of fabric.  

Trace around the outside of the flattened box, adding a 1/4inch around all sides:
Cut a second piece of the same size from the tossed hearts fabric and a piece from the fusible stabilizer that is the same size as the original paper box.  Center stabilizer on wrong side of heart fabric and fuse in place.  With right sides of fabrics facing, stitch along raw edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch gap along one of the sides for turning:
Trim along seam allowance, cutting very close to stitching around corners.
Turn right side out through the gap, using a pencil or knitting needle to push out corners.  Fold raw edges of gap inward.  Press flat. 
Topstitch 1/8 inch inward around entire edge.
Using chalk or disappearing marker, draw crease lines on the lining side of box.  Tip: placing paper box over the fabric and poking pins through the 4 corners of the rectangle base, and marking those spots, makes it easy to get the exact line placement.  Use ruler & marker to draw all lines.

 Stitch along all the markings:
Next fold the sides (insides facing) along the middle seam of the diamond shaped parts and press as shown:

Fold inward the side and press the stitching that forms the rectangle base of the box:

Then repeat with the four flap sections:
Push the creased portions outward:

And fold together, overlapping on opposite sides as shown and pin in place:
Poke a hole through all the layers with a nail and install snap, with the female side on the outside:
Also add a snap to the top flaps for a nice closure:

To make the handle, cut a piece of the pink that is 3 inches wide by 14 inches long, and a piece of stabilizer that is 2 and 1/2 inches wide by 14 inches long. Fuse stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric, leaving a 1/4inch space on either of the length sides (step 1).  Press length sides inward (step 2).  Bring sides to meet in the middle and fold again.  Press closed (step 3).  Topstitch around entire piece (step 4):
Install a snap on each end of the handle and snap into place:

Now this little sweetheart box is ready to share some love:)  Happy early Valentine's Day Everyone!!

I'm also sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES.
Click HERE to check them out!


  1. Sew love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is really sweet. What a great keepsake for Valentine's Day and beyond!

  3. How cute is that! So FAB fabric box, thank you for the tutorial!

  4. Wow! You rock! I'm going to put this on my list of things to do. Imagine how cute these would be as goodie boxes for my daughter's Hello Kitty party in September!

  5. I love this!!! Gonna pin and join your party:) http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html

  6. Very very creative and pretty box. Your tutorials are so clear to follow. I must have a go.

  7. Very clever to use the take away box as a template, Cheryl!!! A fabulous idea and a cute, little basket.

  8. This is such a sweet box for Valentines Day. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Have a Wonderful Day,

  9. OMG this is the cutest thing ever! I just love it!

    I'm stopping by from The Well Crafted Home, but I'd love to invite you to link this up (and anything else you've been working on recently) at my link party that just opened this morning: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/01/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-35/

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I just love it! And those little heart snaps are too cute. :-)

      I'm just stopping by to let you know I featured this today! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/02/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-36/

  10. adorable!! that box is such a fun idea...but i really want to know where you got the trellis fabric in the background...:)

    1. I found that fabric at Hobby Lobby - it's a velour knit and so fabulous I can't bring myself to use it on a project yet!

  11. wow! How fun! So many uses for this box!

  12. Very cute project- and wonderful tutorial!

  13. Your tutorials are always so amazing and easy to follow! Great job on that...I think those could also be used for end of school gifts for teacher!!
    So glad you came by the party!

  14. Very cute...love it! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  15. How cute is that! Found you on Thursday Favorite Things! I'm kicking off a brand new blog hop on Superbowl Sunday called the Creative HomeAcre Hop! I would love to have you join the fun at:

  16. I have been trying to figure out how to do this off and on...for about 6.5 years. THANK YOU for posting this pattern.

  17. this is so darn cute, I love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. I posted the new giveaway yesterday :-)

  18. Oh my goodness Cheryl!!!!! This absolutely AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  19. Sew sweeettttt!!! Thank you for linking it up at the party at http://www.finecraftguild.com. See you back on Wednesday, I hope!

  20. So cute! I love your tutorials :)

    Thanks for sharing your link at my weekend link party @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope to see you again next weekend!

  21. CONGRATS!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!
    Come over and grab your featured button... you deserve it :)

  22. This has to be the cutest thing ever!! I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  23. Love this Cheryl - so many uses! Featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  24. This is adorable! I love that you can reuse it as much as you want!

    1. That's the sign of a successful holiday project to me too Lisa!

  25. this is def going on my to do list! Thanks so much for linking this up to Nap-Time Creations Tasteful Tuesday. I'm featuring it today as party of a 25 fabulous valentine ideas post! I would be so excited if you would come over and grab a new featured button and put it on your post! :o) OH and I have a WEEK of giveaways going on for my blog birthday... stop by and check it out and enter!!! A new one will be posted every day.


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