fabric covered box

It seems that my blog is unintentionally becoming a love letter to Rashida Coleman-Hale. I didn’t set out to do that, but her projects and fabric are so appealing to me that it isn’t much of a surprise.

I ♥ Patchwork is full of squeal-worthy, gratifying projects. Many of them can be whipped up with materials you have on hand… this isn’t one of them. The fabric wasn’t an issue — it’s just some linen and cotton prints, very scrap-friendly — but bookboard, chipboard, and PVA glue weren’t things I had laying about. However, I wanted this box.

I tried to get it out of my mind to no avail. So, I set out to find the necessary ingredients. I was able to locate PVA glue in a local art supply store, but it took a while to get it because they were out of stock and will apparently only ship this stuff in specific weather. I’ve since found quite a few opinions that state PVA glue = Elmer’s, so I wouldn’t hesitate to proceed with that if you’re having the same trouble. It should be just fine, unless you’re looking for archival quality. Next, I searched for the “boards” in quite a few places. They weren’t too hard to locate on the web, but the ones I found seemed to be shipping-cost prohibitive, since I didn’t know if I’d ever need these things for any other project. The winner-ding-ding-ding was Paper Source, a store that has happily claimed much of my fun funds since opening in Austin a while back. So after a trip there, I was all set.

With the shopping done, the project came together pretty easily, after I figured out a couple of misprints that I’ll cover in a minute. The written instructions and diagrams are thorough and extremely helpful. I want like eighty of these for a variety of different functions in my studio and throughout my house, but just because it was easy doesn’t mean it was quick. I won’t hesitate to make it again, though! This one was originally intended for a gift, but I was too in love with it by the time it was complete to let it go. It’s the luxury home for my teenytiny scraps at the moment.

While there may be an errata page for this book somewhere out there, I wasn’t able to find it, so take note of the following errors on the materials list (p. 127). Of course, these bloopers are in my copy of the book; future printings may already reflect the corrections.

  • Cotton print for box lining – piece E – contains a special character in the measurements (Ð), so I was able to catch it right away before cutting. It should be 6-5/8″ x 1½“.
  • This one I caught later, as I was assembling the patchwork. Various cotton prints for log cabin top – piece #8 – says this should be 3″x1½”, but that’s incorrect. It should be 6″ x 1½”.
  • All publishers should be required to post an errata page for every one of their instructional books on their website. Amen.

I love this box, and I’m so glad I took the time to find the stuff to make it. I must not be the only one to stumble on the supply sourcing — in the Flickr group pool for this book, I think mine is the first pic of this project (based on my quick scan). Have you made this box?


Comments 1

  • Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I’d stop by and see yours and so glad I did – you make some beautiful items – love your bags!! The box is gorgeous and of course now I want to track down that book too…sigh, it’s an addiction right? I look forward to seeing more of your projects :)

    Totally an addiction! Thanks, Kim :) ~Susan

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