No, not a box full of scraps. I have more than enough of those…
This is a box made of scraps.
There’s a tutorial in the Free Patterns Archive of the Quilt Inspiration website for making small cyclindrical boxes, using scraps of fabric and batting, heavy interfacing, a zip and two old CDs, which I had been wanting to try for ages. I put all the relevant bits into one of my project shoe boxes, labelled it and put it on the shelf with all the others.
Yesterday I took it down. And this is the result. The only thing I had to buy was a zip the right length for a couple of dollars. You can make them small, like this one, or taller – or really tall, when they make a great gift box for a wine bottle or a fantastic water bottle carrier! You’re restricted to the diameter of the CD, of course, but it’s a handy size so that’s hardly a problem. The inside of the lid and base are padded with batting so you could stick pins or needles into them. You could add a pocket to the lid fabric before assembly, add trim, buttons, embroidery, a carrying handle, whatever takes your fancy. You’ll find the tutorial here (sorry about the huge link, thank WordPress for not letting me insert it properly):
That’s one of the project boxes cleared. I should really be grateful to Mrs R for making me pause in my normal headlong quilt-making rush – it’s giving me impetus to do these little projects. I might end up clearing a whole section of my To Do List!
Now, what shall I make next…?