A great gift idea for chocolate lovers!
- One fat quarter of fabric for the outside of the box
- One fat quarter of fabric for the inside of the box
- Strong card
- Scraps of wadding
- Sewing threads to match the outer fabric
- Ribbon, tassel or string of beads
- Pritt stick or other dry glue stick
- Fabric glue
- Craft knife, cutting mat and metal ruler
- Clothes pegs
Approx 22cm wide, 6.5cm high and 6.5cm deep (8 1⁄2in wide, 3in high and 3in deep)
You can download the original pages for printing here, Box of delights.
This is an attractive cover to display or hide away your box of chocolate mints. Our version is padded, but if you prefer the box card can be left unpadded. Give it as a special gift with a box of everyone’s favourite chocolates inside, choosing the recipient’s favourite colours to personalise it.
- Use a craft knife, cutting mat and metal ruler to cut the card pieces. For the outer box, cut four pieces of strong card 8 1⁄4 x 2 3⁄4in for the front, back, base and lid of the outer box. Also cut two pieces 2 3⁄4 x 2 3⁄4in for the short sides.
- For the inner box, cut four pieces of strong card 8 x 2 1⁄2in for the front, back, base and lid. Also cut two pieces 2 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2in for the short sides.
Handy Hint! Stephanie asks a local picture framer to cut her a number of sets of card at one time. He is using off cuts from picture frames and has special equipment to cut quickly and accurately
Assembling the Sides
- Using a Pritt stick or similar dry glue, glue the wadding onto one side of each piece of card you want padded. These are the two outer card short sides, plus three large outer pieces and one inner piece for the inside of the lid. There is no need to pad the outer base of the box or the inner card pieces of the body of the box. When the glue is dry, trim the wadding level with the card.
- Using the card pieces as a guide, cut out the inner and outer fabrics adding on 1⁄2in all round for folding over the edge on each piece. Use dry glue to glue the fabric in place on all the pieces of card. Leave them to dry.
- From the inner fabric cut a piece 4 x 8 1⁄2in for the lid hinge. Turn in 1⁄4in on both short edges and glue in place with fabric glue. With wrong side facing, fold the fabric in half lengthways and glue together.
- Using fabric glue, glue together the outer and inner sections of the base, short sides and front. Do not glue the back and lid pieces yet. Use pegs to hold the sections together while the glue dries.
- Place the sections right sides together. Hand sew the short sides and front section to the base section as shown in Figure 1. Sew up the sides of the box. You might fi nd it best to use a ladder stitch for this with a matching, strong quilting thread.
Figure 1: Stitch the sides to the base
Attaching the Lid
Figure 2: Glue the hinge to the box back
- Glue 1in of the fabric hinge onto the back card lengthways, as shown in Figure 2. Glue the inner back card into place to secure it. Stitch the back section into place.
- Lay the box on its back. Place the outer lid piece firmly up against the back piece. Glue the hinge fabric to the lid, making sure that the lid can be closed properly.
- Stitch or glue a ribbon, tassel or string of beads inside the centre front of the lid as shown in Figure 3. Finally, with strong fabric glue, glue the inside lid section on top of the hinge and over the end of the ribbon or tassel to secure it. Fill the box with chocolates, present your gift and hope that you’re invited to share!
Figure 3: Glue the inner lid onto the hinge
Handy hint! Use a curved needle to help with stitching up the sides of the box.
You can make one to fit any size box of chocolates. To make a trial version, cut the outer pieces from thin card, such as cereal packets first and hold together with sellotape to ensure your box will fit inside. Make sure it is a bit loose as you will have the inner card layer and the fabric too when you make the final version.
First published in Popular Patchwork January 2008