OOOhhhh....soo cute! My niece wanted a tea topper for her birthday, but she's only turning seven and tea is really not on her radar. Instead, I decided to make her a jewelry box. I decided to make this before I even had the slightest idea as to how I was going to do it. But, after two hours of staring off into space going through the construction in my head, I got it!!!
Here it goes. First, I wanted the box to be 4"x4". So here are the materials to get a 4x4 inch jewelry box:
Four pieces of 2" x 4 1/4" stiff felt
One piece of 5" x 5" stiff felt
One piece of 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" coordinating fabric
One piece of 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" same coordinating fabric
One piece of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" stiff felt of contrasting color
One piece of 4" x 4" stiff felt of same color as box
First, I took the four pieces of 2" x 4 1/4" stiff felt and glued them together with 1/4" overlapping. and then stitched a seam down the middle with coordinating thread. You can use a decorative stitch here. I used a straight double stitch as it was the best looking one for the look I was going for. I would also add another stitch to the right so that when you fold the sides you will have two lines of stitches on each side of the box. Mine only has one, but it's kind of funky so I didn't worry about it too much.
|This doesn't look pretty but looks much better when it's dry and stable.|
Next, I cut a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square of the same fabric. With right sides together stitch a 1/4" stitch down the first side. With the needle still in the fabric at the end, pivot and bring the long fabric to run along the second side. Stitch but be mindful not to catch any of the excess fabric. Do this until you get to the place you began.
At this point it's a blank canvas. You can add buttons, gems. You can do whatever you want to do. I decided to do some mixing and matching. I made a fabric flower and then made a couple of ribbon loops with two different fabrics and glued on two gems. It turned out beautiful!
I also added some large, clear gems to the sides of the box for added sparkle.