Some of the people on Grandma Coco’s list this year are getting gift cards. I hope they’ll like them but they do look a little boring in their plain white envelopes. I was inspired by some gift boxes that Karen (of Sew Karen-ly Created) made. If you haven’t seen her tutorial, you can find it here: http://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com/2010/10/applique-outside-box-literally.html You really should look. I’ll bet you’ll be inspired, too.
I decided to follow her lead but put my own Grandma Coco spin on things (as usual).
If you’d like to make some Pillow Gift Boxes, too, click here to download the template.
First, we'll make the base box. Cut a rectangle out of card stock or lightweight cardboard the same size as the downloaded template. Make a separate scoring template out of cereal box cardboard.
Using a knitting needle, trace around the cereal box template to score the card stock, scoring the curved lines and the straight lines that connect the points.
Crease all these fold lines ...
... then smooth the card out and apply fabric using Wonder Under or some other fusible web to the back side of the card stock.
Trim the extra fabric close to the edge of the card stock all around EXCEPT for one of the straight edges (an edge without the curves) where you should leave ¾ inch of extra fabric and web. This is the glue that will hold the box closed.
Fold the 2 sections over and iron all 3 layers making a good bond with the fabric flap.
When that’s cool, bend the end flaps down on their scored lines.
That’s it! Pillow gift boxes. Fill ‘em up and ship ‘em out!