Some things you will need:
batting used for padding.
double sided tape
glue (bookmark glue or pva glue)
waxed dental floss or fishing wire.
MEASUREMENTS for the Cardboard Pieces:
cut 1 of 4.8 inches square of cardboard (outer side of lid)
cut 1 of 4.4 inches square of cardboard (inside part of lid)
cut 4 of 4.10 inches by 1 inch of cardboard.
cut 1 of 4.6 inches square cardboard (outside bottom of base)
cut 1 of 3.14 inches square cardbord (inside part of base)
cut 4 of the outer walls 4.3 inches by 4.7 inches square of cardboard
cut 4 of the inside walls 4 inches by 4.4 inches of square of coardboard
first we will start with the lid. you need the cardboard for the top of the lid and the cardboard for the inside of the lid which is slightly cut smaller than the other one. you will need some batting for the inside, and 4 of the side bits that form the lip of the lid.
cut both your fabrics for pieces of cardboard lid.
do the same with the top lid fabric but no padding, then turn the corners over and sew them down, i mitred the corners first........then lace the back of both pieces like you would lace if you were framing a piece.
front sides look like this, the one that goes inside the lid is padded the other one is not. **all the outside walls of the box are not padded, but the inside ones will be padded.
now place the inside one on top of the outside one and glue into place, making sure you centre it.
now you must prepare the lip sides of the lid. using your little pieces, place them onto the fabric and cut out a piece of fabric about 3.5 times the width of you cardboard.
with some double sided tape in the centre of each cardboard place them onto the wrong side of the fabric one length height of the cardboard.
and turn the fabric over and tape will hold it in place for you while you work.
now fold the top down to meet the cardboard.
now turn it over again and this time it should meet just under the bottom edge as per picture below.
now open it again and turn the corner section over as per picture.
now turn it down again and begin to stitch it together with hidden whip stitches.
keep going till you get to the other end and fasten off your thread.
holding it in a position that is downwards because you want the lip to sit downwards begin to sew.
keep stitching it with whip stitches til you get to the end
now close shut the 2 ends together, forming one of the corners of the lid.
you now have the lid completed. Notice how the corners are important for the lid to work out properly. That is why measurements are extremely important, otherwise your box will not work out to match.
this is the inside view of the lid.
now you will prepare the bottom of the box. you will have your cardboard pieces similar to the lid, the padding to go on the inside part, and fabric for the bottom side.
complete both pieces like you did for the lid. the outside one has no padding and the inside one has padding.
i have used patterned fabric for the inside part, but you can use the same colour of the sides if you wish. for the outside parts, i have used all the same fabric except the lid of course.
now you will prepare the side bits that will form the inside walls of the box, these will be padded.
now complete them as you did for the inside part of the lid, lacing the backs.
now you will join the 4 outside walls to the base of the box which you have prepared earlier. don't forget to make sure you place the sides properly as you would not want the laced sides on the outside.
now i have used waxed dental floss to attach the base of the side walls to the base of the box, as per picture, i continue like that and pulling tightish as i go. (you can use fishing wire or very strong cotton for this part.)
you now should have the following.
this what the other side looks like, all my fabric that i want to show on the outside is showing.
now i just sit the other parts to see what it looks like on the inside.
now if you want to, you can stop here and glue your inside parts to the outer walls and glue your inside base to the outer base, and perhaps put a strip of ribbon in the centre of each one before you glue the peices in place.
you can also now machine stitch some lace on the top like have to give it some contrast and plus it looks pretty too :o) ............you will also need to cut 4 elastic peices the with of the inside wall and add a further 2cm .
now hand sew the fabric about just under half way of the inside wall to the back of the peice, and make sure you stitch it well starting from one side going right around and then the bottom to the other side and then fasten off your thread. .............dont worry how bad the back looks as you will not see this after you are finished. you now should have this.
this is what the backs of mine look like.