Make Your Own Small, Fabric Catch -All!

Make Your Own Small, Fabric Catch -All!

Hey it’s Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates.
And we’re working on a super cute and easy holiday themed project for you. Today I’m
going to teach you how to make my little, they’re little cute kind of holiday treat
boxes. I think little projects like this are great for organizers or they just really are
cute little projects that you can stuff with all kinds of things. If you want to make some
gifts maybe for your kid’s teachers, you can stuff them with cookies, chocolate, wrap
it up in cellophone bag. You can really make these cute and I think they’ll be able to
use it, dual purpose. After they’re done with their gift then you can use them at home,
right? Jewelry, your keys, all kinds of little things, even to organize some kids toys. I
think that would be fun. So we’re going to make these with some really cute holiday
inspired fabric. We are working with this ten by ten stack. The collection is called
Tinsel and it is Cotton & Steel, RJR. It’s, I mean, how cute is that, seriously? There’s
so many cute prints on here. And to make one box, all you need is one square of the ten
by tens and then one sheet of felt. Now the felt comes in a ton of different colors. And
we’re using here some red, some white, some black and greens. Now remember that there’s
always a link in the description box below that you can click on and we’ll have the
full list there for you of all the materials and supplies that I’m using in this video
tutorial. Ok? Alright, so let’s get started with our fabrics.
We have one ten by ten square and then one sheet of felt. Now the dimensions are a little
bit different on each. This is ten by ten and so it sticks out a little bit more here
on the end. And then the felt sheet measures nine inches by 12 inches. So what you’re
going to do, real simple. Just grab your rotary cutter and this doesn’t have to be super
perfect just eyeball it. The idea is to trim these down so that they are both the same
size. And they’re not going to be a perfect square. I’ll flip it just because it’s
easier for me to see the fabric here. They’re not going to be a perfect square. It ends
up measuring about nine by ten. So that’s fine. So notice I layered the fabric on the
felt with the pretty sides touching. And that’s just going to be easy because I can take it
now to the next step when I have to sew at the machine. But before we head over to sew
let’s grab a small ruler here and some type of fabric marking device. And we are going
to mark out two inch by two inch squares on all four corners of this set up. So I’m
just going to show you quickly how I’m going to do that. Just mark it out. And what I like
is like right here, like I’m not even pinning or anything because the friction of the felt
with the fabric, it really holds the layers together nicely. So after you do that, don’t
do this part with a rotary cutter because it’s going to be real simple for you to
like cut and keep cutting and you don’t want to cut into the fabric. You want to cut
out that square nice and crisp. So I’m just going to come in with a pair of shears and
stop right at the tip. And then I’ll cut the other end off. So you’re going to repeat
that to all your corners. And you’re going to end up with something that looks like this. After you clip off the corners, we’re going
to head over to the sewing machine and you’re going to stitch up the four sides. And I already
have this sample that’s been done here. I used a quarter of an inch seam allowance.
One thing you do want to note is make sure that you backstitch really good at the beginning
and at the ends, ok? But you’re only sewing the straight little lines of whatever you
have left of the four corners. Now we’re going to reach in here and we’re just going
to flip the whole thing right side out. This is so easy. Seriously, there’s no interfacing.
You don’t need any batting. The felt has just enough body to give the box enough, you
know, stiffness and firmness with just one little square of fabric and a sheet of felt. Alright, so after we lay this out like this,
you can even take this over to your ironing board and give it a quick press from the cotton
side. Definitely don’t hit it from the felt side because this felt is not actually like
traditional wool felt. This is made from post consumer recycled bottles so it’s plastic.
If you hit is with a hot iron, it’s going to melt. So just hit it from the cotton side
to get these to lay nice and flat. And now we’re going to head over to the sewing machine
and the next step is to topstitch on the four sides. So the same seams that you sewed, you’re
going to topstitch them. And if you run your fingers right there where the bulk of the
seam allowance is going in, you can tell where the seam allowance and the bulk of it ends.
So try to clear that because if you don’t really have a heavy duty machine, you may
see that your machine struggles to get through the bulkiness. But just start a little bit
over. I’d say a little bit more than a quarter of an inch. Backstitch at the beginning and
at the ends of all four sides. So I already have a sample here done for you
of that step. I just have one more side left to do but you can see how nice and neat that
looks with the finished edges. I’m going to head over to my machine and stitch just
the last one here. My thread’s not going to match but that’s not a big deal. Alright
so I have white on this machine so I’m backstitching at the beginning and at the end. Super easy.
Alright so now you’re probably wondering how in the world you’re going to finish
these corners. So we are going to do a technique that is used in making French seams. And that
is we’re going to hide our seam allowance inside another seam. So let me show you how
to do it. Lay your piece here with the pretty side of the fabric side facing up because
the felt, remember the felt is going to be our lining piece on the inside. So lay it
with the fabric facing up. You’re going to come up to the corner and you’re going
to match up this edge with this edge just by placing them like this. So the same way
you would piece any other patchwork pieces together. And you’re going to use your quarter
of an inch seam allowance and you’re going to stitch this down. Again backstitching at
the beginning and at the ends. And you’re going to repeat that to all four corners.
So just push the fabric in and lay it nice and flat and stitch that down. After you’re done with that you’re going
to end up with something that looks like this on the stitch side. I trim it back down to
maybe an 1/8th of an inch or so, ok? Just like you see this finished. And when you’re
done with all four of them, you’re going to flip the whole thing so that the felt is
on the inside. See that. And now here I have two corners that are already completed in
the next step. And I’m going to do the next two to show you how it looks. You end up with
the raw edges of your seams on the inside of your box. You’re going to finish tucking
that in because we’re trying to hide this raw edge. You’re going to push that in and
grab the two edges like this. Now when we hold it like this with the pretty side facing
out, you can feel again the bulk of that seam allowance in there. And the idea is that you’re
going to stitch far enough over so that all that is hidden inside that seam and we have
a clean seam on the outside and on the inside. So I’m going to head over to the sewing
machine and show you how that looks. So this seam allowance here can vary if you
have a lot of bulk left in there. You backstitch. And backstitch at the end as well. And I have
one more left to do on this side. Ok, so now this one is completed and let me show you
what it looks like. It gives you a nice stiffness on the four corners yet kind of like little
posts that stick out but I think it add a little decorative finish. And when you look
inside you have no raw seams. So that’s called a French seam. It’s basically you’re
just sewing two seams on the same stitch line. You know, one first, you tuck it in and then
you stitch on the outside. And there you can see that your little holiday treat box is
complete. So I hope you enjoyed this super, quick and easy tutorial. Remember there’s
a link in the description box below including all the supplies and materials I used in this
tutorial to make the project. And if you enjoyed the video, give it a thumbs up below. Share
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again for watching and I’ll see you next time.

74 Replies to “Make Your Own Small, Fabric Catch -All!”

  1. Great idea. I love giving gifts/treats in home made boxes nd bags It allows you to jazz up an inexpensive gift when you have so many to give.

  2. Wonder if you could switch the orientation of the french seams and have the poky part on the inside. I'll have to experiment! Love this project!

  3. Very Cute! Thanks for sharing this and all of your ideas! I wonder if you could reverse the side seams so that the nobby parts are on the inside? I will try both ways and see…..

  4. just finished my first one, not too bad.   I need to get a new dog feed for my machine, mine is rubber, not metal.  I think that is where some of my problem is with my fabric moving and not moving when I start to sew

  5. Love your videos. I am a self taught sewer who isn't very good at it at all. I had left sewing for quite awhile but since watching your videos I have gotten back into it and because of your easy to follow tutorials I am sewing like a pro! Thank you for your great easy little projects and for being such a wonderful teacher.

  6. Looks quick to make so I think I'll make some (in a smaller size) for the ladies at work and put some of the fudge I'm planning to make in them.

  7. I just made four of these and I am sure it did not take me more than a half hour !! Made them in my friends favorite colors. Will fill them with homemade caramels and wrap in Christmas cellophane and ribbon!! Their presents are wrapped in the cute Christmas gift bags you had a tutorial on. 🙂 Thank you for all your wonderful ideas !!!! Karen

  8. Oh that's awesome! I knew there was a way to make them more "taller". Btw, what would happen if you gusseted (sp?) the corners?

  9. Great tutorial……for a future video could u do a video on making fabric cubical storage cube?… like to make some for larger storage for my cubical type shelf and have them washable …..ive been searching for a tutorial but cant find any the right size and can be washed

  10. I've made several of these, and for one, just to test it…. I used Peltex under the felt. It made it very stiff, but for organizing items that need that support, it worked great. It would be worth trying some other interfacings to see which stiffness you want.

  11. Super great video! Did you make the round fabric piece next to tje sewing machine and if so, do you have a video for it, please? Thank you!

  12. I did it…My first little basket…Now onto some more things. Each project builds to the next? Right? Thank you for your great tutorials.

  13. Hi Vanessa – I made 3 of these – so far – and have added an extra step to increase the stability. I've sewn a top stitch 1/4" in from all the bottom edges. Now they stand up better, especially the larger one I made for my husband for his keys, watch, ring, reading glasses, etc. Love all your videos!

  14. I know I'm late, but I'm just finding you, Crafty Gemini! I think it's sweet that you have the bag you made with Jenny Doan of MSQC hanging behind you. You're great!

  15. Thank you so much Vanessa that's so lovely and a great idea 💡. I could see me making a bunch of these.

  16. I have watched quite a few of your videos ! you are so good and to the point, I can make these !! Thank you ! I love these boxes, and baskets, and bags !

  17. I have just recently found you on you tube. So glad I did! You are a great teacher and I love your projects. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Love. Just watched on my tea break and firstly I was entertained and now also have a great project. Thank you. 😁 I love that you have a speedy way of delivering the information and samples at differnt stages to show. Can't wait to watch more vids now. 😁

  19. Vanessa, I can never locate the supply list. What kind of felt is that, and does it hold up well? Thanks, you make some of the neatest things!

  20. Hi vanessa, is this felt really thin? Because in italy we have two types, one is like 1/16 of a inch thin and the other one 1/8 of a inch. Which one would it be better to use for this project? Thanks!

  21. Excellent instructions. Thank you for all your prep work as I do not enjoy sitting through entire videos watching a project being fully sewn out. Great gift idea.

  22. Thank you Vanessa, just made a pretty green one to hold my SF 101 Woven fuse interfacing scraps to go in my Green sewing room! 💚

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