A Take-Away Style Box (Blog Cross-over)

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I call this box the “Take-away” Box because it sorta resembles the rice containers we get for take-out. This is actually the largest box of those I am sharing. As I was making my sample, I pictured it filled with a bag of small chocolates or hard candies. Okay, dark chocolate non-perils in my case. It could also hold an assortment of beads, a pair of warm gloves, or wool stockings.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.34.35.jpg.jpegI used a single cotton fabric for my box. It could easily be made with alternating fabrics. (I did notice the white ground does shadow through the pasteboard more than I would like. This would be an easy one to trim with decorative braid or embroidery. You could add a handle like a food take away box, to hang it from the tree. (be careful of how heavy it gets.)

I’d love to see this one made with quilted silk for the sides and outer flaps. How pretty that would be.

Take Away Box Template

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A Pyramid Box (Blog Cross-over)

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.40-1.jpg.jpegOne of the things I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.01-1.jpg.jpegThis Pyramid Box is an extra special kind of box. It can be made to open on one side. Or, it can be made to fully open to lay flat revealing the gift inside.  I envision this box holding a single small, special item such as an ornament, a figurine, or an extra special piece of jewelry. This box could also be made to hang from the tree.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.14-1.jpg.jpegMy examples are made from a single, festive cotton fabric. You could make yours from one fabric, alternating fabrics, or with a different fabric on each side.

Make your box, or boxes, up using one fabric, alternating fabrics or a patchwork of fabrics. You can use Christmas fabrics for a festive holiday look, favorite prints to personalize the box, homespuns for a folk look, modern batikis for a flurry of color…. there are so many options.

Pyramid Box Template

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Button Keep Ornament (Blog Cross-over)

wpid-2013-11-07-16.30.03-1.jpgOne of the thing I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

Here is a favorite from a couple years ago that I would be remise if I didn’t share it again. The Button Keep Ornament Ornament. This colorful decoration was originally known as a “Balloon Bag” in A Girls Own Book, in 1833. Then it was used to hold buttons, a ball of string or possibly a thimble

As an ornament, this pretty combination can many gifty surprises…. candy…. jewelry ….small toys ….keys ….. tiny figurines…..

Make your keep up as simply or as fancy as you like. (It does work best with light weight fabrics with a strong weave.)

Keep Ornament

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