Fabric Tissue Box Cover – No Sew!

I received an email recently for a Cartonnage class – I hadn’t a clue what that meant so I googled it. During my perusal of the Google results, I saw these cute tissue box covers made from paper and decided to adapt them for a project that hadn’t been getting any steam. It was perfect timing! I wanted to make my daughter something both useful and nice with some fat quarters of fabric she picked out. This was just the inspiration I needed!

First, I created my design file in MTC. I made it for paper (hence the fold lines), but cut it from fabric.

I want the fabric to hold its shape, so I ironed a heavyweight fusible Pellon stabilizer to the back before cutting. Cutting was so easy! I ran three test cuts to make sure it was going all the way through the fabric and the stabilizer and then I was cutting away!

I learned to put the fabric side down on my sticky mat when the stabilizer left a lot of fuzz and thin layers of the material during the first go-round.

I put Aleene’s STOP Fraying around the tissue opening and let it dry. I covered the tissue box first. I wasn’t worried about the fabric not fitting tightly because the next layer would hide it.

For the ‘bottom’ piece, I ironed the ‘side’ flaps over and glued them with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Then I put a ribbon around the shape and folded the outer flaps down over the ribbon and glued them down.

I pulled the ribbon tight and placed the tissue box inside it. By laying the box on its side I was able to pull the ribbon and fasten it in place without fighting over the longer side panels.

I placed another ribbon around the outside and tied the bow. Then, using steam from my iron I shaped the side panels so they’d puff out.

And voila!

Materials:

  • box of tissues
  • 18″ x 24″ fabric (two matching patterns)
  • matching ribbon
  • Pellon heavyweight fusible stabilizer
  • Aleene’s STOP Fraying
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Fabric Blade (yellow cap)

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 74
  • v = 200
  • p = 2

Steps:

  1. Iron the stabilizer to the fabric.
  2. Create or open the cut file.
  3. Using a sticky mat, brayer the fabric down so it is completely stuck to the mat.
  4. Cut the shapes from the stabilizer/fabric.
  5. Apply STOP Fraying to the tissue opening.
  6. Press flaps and folds with an iron.
  7. Cover the tissue box with the first layer and glue pieces together at the flaps.
  8. On the outer fabric cut, glue down the side flaps first.
  9. Insert a ribbon in the outer folds, and glue them down as well.
  10. Fold up the tissue box cover and pull the ribbon.
  11. Insert the tissue box, pull the ribbon tight and tie it.
  12. Tie another ribbon around the top rim of the tissue box.
  13. Use steam from the iron to shape the sides. Apply steam to each side, then set it upright to cool.

I wish I had some springtime fabric to cover all of our tissue boxes!

Minnie’s Gift Box

 

Box, KNK, Minnie

In my last post I said that I would tell you how I made this Minnie’s Box using the Card Stock from knkusa.com. Since the first time that I used the Worldwin CutMates cardstock, I fell in love. This cardstock cut really nice and smooth with clean edges in just one pass. Attached are the Free Files so you can use the Awesome CutMates cardstock from knkusa.com and give it a try.

Materials Used:

Settings:

  • KNK Groove-e
  • Blue Blade
  • Force = 20
  • Speed = 150

Instructions:

    • I traced Minnie’s head from a keychain picture (The same used for the decoration)
    • Cut all the pieces using the respective colors to form her head and face (you can make her face just for the front of your box)
    • Glue it together
    • Form the box that is in the attached file and glue Minnie’s head to the front (and back, if using two Minnie heads) of your box.
    • To make the box that you see in the picture, take the Box Base that is included in the Free File and glue it to the Minnie head for both the front and the back. After that, take the “Base Stand” and glue together the two ends and then glue it in the middle. Next, make two triangles on each side and glue them together. After that, glue the Box on top of the stand so the box stays up. Finally, glue the handle and make a bow with the tissue paper to decorate Minnie’s head.

I hope you enjoy the files. Happy Cutting!!!

Free Files

 

 

 

 

Lucille's Footed Box

Hi, my name is Liz Ackerman, I am one of the newer members of the KNK team and a very big fan of the KNK Zing!! I am going to bet that I was one of the first to write to KNK asking when they were going to take preorders when the Zing was first announced! I even had mine ordered before Make The Cut! announced their affiliation with KNK. Oh, did I tell you, I am also a big fan of Make The Cut!

Over the years I have created and used templates for computer crafting. One of the most talented artists I have ever known was Lucille Wilcox. Lucille F. Rock Wilcox (died Nov. 2008) was noted for her meticulously precise designs for boxes of all shapes and sizes. Her templates were very popular and hugely sought after in the early 2000’s, and she had a large internet following. Of all of Lucille’s designs, her footed box was and is still today one of my favourite files, the front seen here is one of my earliest creations using Lucille’s template, back then we printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then cut by hand using exacto type knifes, a metal straight edge ruler and a sewing cutting mat:


 

Using Make The Cut! I have raster traced Lucille’s template and created this box so that it can easily be cut using electronic cutters such as the KNK Zing, the newest cutter in the KNK family. Here is the completed project (my apologies for the horrible photos):

 

 

The completed project is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ tall. Papers used are DoubleMates Racy Raspberry (red) and a paper from the K&Company Designer Papers, a double sided printed paper that I thought coordinated well with the DoubleMate. You could easily embellish the box with bling, silk or paper flowers (quilled flowers would be the ultimate touch!), etc, and the box has many possibilities: gift box, chocolate box, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. You will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock (or several 8-1/2 x 11 sheets) for the construction of the box as designed, and one half sheet of printed or contrast if you want to use the panels as shown. The complete box could be made with a printed paper and a solid colour used for the panels, or just plain without the panels. The file that I am offering is in Make The Cut! format, and has two pages. Here are some photos I took during the construction phase:

 

                

And here is a link to the Make The Cut! file: Lucille’sFootedBox-Temp

 

If you have any questions or need help with the file, please feel free to give us a shout out: Liz Ackerman

PS – I have added a piece to the file, it’s a lattice panel, I added it to the front of the box using the flip side of the paper used for the panels…very cute! email me if you would like that file!

Lucille’s Footed Box

Hi, my name is Liz Ackerman, I am one of the newer members of the KNK team and a very big fan of the KNK Zing!! I am going to bet that I was one of the first to write to KNK asking when they were going to take preorders when the Zing was first announced! I even had mine ordered before Make The Cut! announced their affiliation with KNK. Oh, did I tell you, I am also a big fan of Make The Cut!

Over the years I have created and used templates for computer crafting. One of the most talented artists I have ever known was Lucille Wilcox. Lucille F. Rock Wilcox (died Nov. 2008) was noted for her meticulously precise designs for boxes of all shapes and sizes. Her templates were very popular and hugely sought after in the early 2000’s, and she had a large internet following. Of all of Lucille’s designs, her footed box was and is still today one of my favourite files, the front seen here is one of my earliest creations using Lucille’s template, back then we printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then cut by hand using exacto type knifes, a metal straight edge ruler and a sewing cutting mat:


 

Using Make The Cut! I have raster traced Lucille’s template and created this box so that it can easily be cut using electronic cutters such as the KNK Zing, the newest cutter in the KNK family. Here is the completed project (my apologies for the horrible photos):

 

 

The completed project is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ tall. Papers used are DoubleMates Racy Raspberry (red) and a paper from the K&Company Designer Papers, a double sided printed paper that I thought coordinated well with the DoubleMate. You could easily embellish the box with bling, silk or paper flowers (quilled flowers would be the ultimate touch!), etc, and the box has many possibilities: gift box, chocolate box, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. You will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock (or several 8-1/2 x 11 sheets) for the construction of the box as designed, and one half sheet of printed or contrast if you want to use the panels as shown. The complete box could be made with a printed paper and a solid colour used for the panels, or just plain without the panels. The file that I am offering is in Make The Cut! format, and has two pages. Here are some photos I took during the construction phase:

 

                

And here is a link to the Make The Cut! file: Lucille’sFootedBox-Temp

 

If you have any questions or need help with the file, please feel free to give us a shout out: Liz Ackerman

PS – I have added a piece to the file, it’s a lattice panel, I added it to the front of the box using the flip side of the paper used for the panels…very cute! email me if you would like that file!

Mad Hatter Mother’s Day


Mom will go mad with delight over this sweet chapeau to top off her Mother’s Day. This keepsake box is a fun way to give Mom those earings she’s been hinting for or that pendant that would be perfect with her new outfit. Mom will proudly brag to her gal pals over how thoughtful and clever HER child is. Have fun selecting Mom’s favorite colors and create away! Leave it to you (as always) to do the right thing with style. After all, you are her favorite! Happy Mother’s Day!
Cutting files coming soon to Sandy’s website on iloveknk.com