These felt boxes are a creative way to store any nick knacks you may have cluttering up your drawers or shelves. Feel free to copy my basic designs or let your creative flow and come up with your own wonderfully designed boxes. 3mm felt is perfect for these sort of projects as it is stiff enough to hold its form without extra support and malleable enough that most machines are able to cope with the thickness.
- sewing machine
- 2-3mm felt
- twin needle
Step 1. To make the felt boxes first you need to decide on the size you would like your box to be. Mine small box is16cm x 16cm x 11cm and the larger size is 20 x 20 x12. The 3mm felt is usually 45cm wide so this may restrict the size of your box. I have found the larger size just fits. But you can go for a shorter wider box or a rectangle instead of a square base.
Step 2. You can then either make a paper pattern or draw directly on the felt with a trick-marker. The pattern above is for the smaller box, just print and join pattern at the marks indicated. I prefer to use a paper pattern as it is easier to make multiple boxes this way and to check sizes before cutting your felt.
Step 3. Pin pattern to felt (when pinning 3mm felt you do not need to go completely through felt as it is difficult to get pin to return. Just lightly pin) (Photo A)
Step 4. Cut felt with scissors or rotary cutter and ruler.
Step 5. Cut out corner squares ( 1cmx1cm squares) from 2 of the opposite side flaps. If your box is square it does not matter which flaps you cut squares from as long as they are opposite each other. (Photo B)
Step 6. Remove paper pattern, fold and put away as we will not need this again.
Step 7. Crease base along all edges with ruler to help make assembly a little easier.
Step 8. Set up sewing machine with twin needle and thread and ensure sewing machine is set on straight stitch and needle is in centre position only. Using scrap piece of felt to practice and decide on length of stitch. I choose longest stitch length on my machine as i like the look of this best. (Photo C)
Step 9. Sew border on top edge of all four sides. I use side of foot as my guide, which is 0.5cm for all sewing in this project. (Photo D)
Step 10. Sew bottom edge of sides to base, beginning with edges with squares removed first. (Photo E & F)
Step 11. Pin down one of remaining sides and sew bottom of side to base, starting and finishing stitching 0.5cm from side edge. Unpin and do the same to last side.
Step 12. Pin two side edges together ensure top edges line up exactly. For this i pin 2-3 cm from edges. My machine finds the thickness of the felt difficult to begin sewing so i find it necessary to hold all my threads together at the back of the machine and gently pull them as i start sewing.
Take care at the beginning and end when reversing, slowing down to prevent needles breaking. See Photo H, pause while I hop on my bicycle and ride to sewing supple shop to buy new needle. Brought two just in case. Stop sewing and bottom row of stitches. Sew remaining sides.
Step 13. Admire you new box and imagine all the things you can use it for.