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MARCH 2009 - KEEPSAKE BOX

The softness of fabric belies the sturdiness of this wooden box, customized to hold all of your special keepsakes. You'll find these versatile and easy-to-make storage boxes not only useful for mementos but for many other items in the nursery as well.

Keepsake Box

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  1. Patterned cotton fabric for base (you may want to make template first to determin the amount of fabric needed)
  2. Patterned cotton fabric in complementary colour/design for lid
  3. Iron and ironing board
  4. Unfinished wooden box with a loose fitting lid and no hinges
  5. Kraft paper for templates (and to cover the work surface)
  6. Pencil
  7. Tape measure
  8. Ruler
  9. Scissors
  10. Dissapearing-ink pen
  11. Rotary cutter
  12. Cutting mat
  13. Paste
  14. Paste brush
  15. Fabric glue (quick setting)
  16. Ribbon or other embellishment for box (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Make templates for both the box base and the box lid. Place the base of the box (without the lid) on the kraft paper; trace aroun dit with a pencil, then remove it from the kraft paper. Using the tape measure, measure the sides of the box, starting at the bottom edge and ending your measurement approximately 1/2 inch over the interior edge of the box; make note of the measurement. Line a ruler up against each trace line and extend the line from the box outline to the length of the box side measurement you recorded. Repeat for all four sides of the outline. Use scissors to cut out bothe templates along the trace lines (remember to cut out the squares between teh line intersections at the corners).
  3. Repeat the same process for the lid.
  4. Place the box base and box lid templates on teh wrong sides of the fabric and trace aroudn them iwth a dissapearing-ink pen. Trim the fabric to size with the rotary cutter on the cutting mat.

 

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