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Topic: Exploding Needlebox Etui Tutorial - No Sew! Vintage Travel Theme Optional!  (Read 2938 times)
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« on: April 28, 2014 04:52:58 PM »

Recently I’ve gotten back into making fabric boxes. They are so fun, quick, inexpensive and easy to individualize!






I made this one for me!





The inside grommet tape will hold straight pins and needles (sharp and blunt-tipped) and safety pins that I can use to keep things (little bits of ribbon, bias tape, baggies of supplies) in place while toting them around in this box.

Want to make your own exploding box or etui? Read on! No sewing is needed. Perfect gifts for those who don’t sew to make friends who do. Want to sew? Go for it! Glueing is much easier, though, and very sturdy!


You will need:
Chipboard, photo matting, cardboard or the like (maybe balsa wood?)
Fabric
Thin quilt batting (I used cotton)
Glue (white tacky glue is fine)
Cord (silky cord works nicely)

Optional:
Grommet tape, fabric, ribbon, ? for inside
Stuff to decorate outside (grommet tape, embroidery floss, beads, etc.)


Determine what shape, dimensions, features, whatever you want for your box. Cut the chipboard (or substitute) however you need. My new box is 4” x 6”. I cut four 4x6 pieces and two 4x4. Then I cut four 3.75x5.75” pieces and two 3.75x3.75 for the inside.


(not all pieces pictured)


Glue one side of all your pieces to the quilt batting. Cut batting to same size as board.




Cut your fabric so each piece is about a quarter to a half an inch bigger on each side of its board. Don’t glue the fabric onto the batting!




Lay chipboard batting side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Glue the corners of the fabric on the back (chipboard side) first then do the same with the edges.



Make sure everything dries securely.


Clothespins work well. So does sticking things under a book or laptop to dry Smiley


To make a hinge cut a strip or cloth as long as the edges you’re joining and about 1.5”-2” wide. Glue in half so right sides are showing both ways. Make enough for all the pieces you are hinging together.




To keep things nice and tidy trim hinges like so:



Push outside pieces close together (making sure it’s the layout you want) and glue the hinges on the back. Weigh down and let dry.




Take this opportunity to get interior decorating!
For the pin and needle holders I cut grommet tape to a little longer than the length of the chipboard…


…centered it onto the piece then glued it down on the back.




Glue down inside pieces. I started with ones that wouldn’t have silky cord string attached (the lid underside and the bottom.)




Cut and attach cord. Mine are round 22-23 inches long. Glue to back of front piece then glue back piece on top and help it dry securely.




Cut small pieces of cord for the loops. Glue them down so about a quarter of an inch sticks up past the edge. Thread long strings through and adjust loop size as needed. It should be a snug fit. Glue back piece on top.




Let dry. The waiting is the hardest part Grin



Enjoy your work!
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014 05:13:54 PM »

Your boxes are so cute!  Thanks for the tutorial, too! 
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014 05:46:18 PM »

AWESOME!!!! Will be making these once finals are over.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014 07:16:03 AM »

Thank you!

AWESOME!!!! Will be making these once finals are over.
Cool! I look forward to seeing your take!
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014 11:52:09 AM »

I loved the exploding box you made in the IYP for Sticker!
This one is lovely too!

Thanks a lot for this tutorial! Will pin it, have to try and make me one!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014 07:10:00 PM »

This is super duper cool!! What a perfect container for gift giving and for using fabric scraps. I'm pinning this and trying it asap! Thanks for sharing your tute.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2014 02:52:08 AM »

Thank you for the tutorial. You make it look so easy, I'm going to give it a go. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014 06:35:32 AM »

Excellent! I'm so glad you guys are going to make one! Be sure and show off your versions, 'k? I'd love to see an explosion of exploding needle boxes here!
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2014 08:58:25 AM »

wicked cool and gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2014 06:27:50 AM »

Thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014 07:17:46 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing the tut.  I am going to have to try it out!
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2014 07:23:58 AM »

I have always enjoyed making things from your tutorials!

The only problem is, that once you make one, you can't stop! Grin

*sigh* first macaroon coin purses and soon, exploding fabric boxes...thanks for the tutorial (I think...) Grin
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2014 03:27:24 AM »

This is so very clever, thanks so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2014 09:12:02 AM »

Oooh, I smell Christmas presents!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2014 12:40:43 PM »

You are so welcome!
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2014 07:34:09 AM »

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.l
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