Learn how to make a fabric box with a free sewing pattern. Get organized with this fun beginner sewing project!
I love to clean out and organize. It always makes my house feel fresh and clean. While I’m organizing I always need baskets, bins, and boxes to keep everything in it’s place.
That’s why I made this free fabric box sewing pattern in three different sizes: small, medium, and large! I’ll always have the right size for my needs. If you’re in a mood to organize, then make these fun fabric boxes in the cutest fabric.
What fabric works best for a fabric box?
I like to use canvas fabric for a strong and sturdy fabric, but quilting cotton fabric also works if you use a heavier interfacing. This box definitely needs medium weight interfacing (or stronger) and fusible fleece the give the box stability and shape.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Do you love sewing? Try some of these sewing projects:
- Free PDF sewing patterns
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- Sewing projects to sell
How to Make a Fabric Box
- Free fabric box sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post
- 1/2 yard of canvas or quilting cotton
- 1/2 yard of medium to heavy weight fusible interfacing
- 1/2 yard of fusible fleece
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $4. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!
In this example I made the medium size box, but the instructions are the same for whatever size you make.
Cut out two pieces of fabric using the pattern. One will be the outer box and one will be the lining. Cut out one piece of fusible fleece and one piece of fusible interfacing.
Fuse the fusible fleece to the outer fabric piece. Fuse the interfacing to the lining fabric piece.
Optional: add rows of quilting to the outer fabric and fleece for a quilted look. This will also add even more strength to the box.
Match up the straight edges of the cut out corners right sides together and pin. Do this to all the corners to the outer piece and lining piece.
Sew all four seams of each piece to create four corners. Backstitch when you start and stop.
Cut open the bottom of the seam allowance so that the seam allowance can be pressed open. Cut and press all eight seams open.
Turn one box right side out. Slide it into the other box so that the rigth sides are together. Pin the top edges together. Sew around the top and leave a 3 to 4 inch hole between seams. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Turn the box right side out through the hole.
Push the lining down inside the outer box. Roll the top seam so that the lining is tucked inside. Press the top edge with the seam allowance tucked inside the hole.
Edgestitch around the top edge of the box 1/8 inch from the edge. Make sure the seam allowance is tucked inside with you sew over the hole.
Optional: add another row of stitching 1 inch from the top. This line of stitching is a great guide if you want to fold the top down.
You finished! Fill up your basket with whatever you need to organize.
Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather