Boxes are a Treat!

Holidays bring to mind many kinds of treats.  My creative friend, Cherrie, has partnered with her KNK Maxx to create 2 different boxes for giving food treats.  She embroidered kitchen towels with recipes for different chocolate treats, made the treats and fabric covered boxes to present the treats and towels as unique and special gifts.  The files for the boxes were created in the KNK Studio software.


Pie Box-Optimized

Materials Used:

Poster Board

Various Cotton Quilting weight fabrics

HeatNBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive

Self adhesive Velcro dots – 1/2″ diameter

Office Supply clear plastic report cover

Vinyl for lettering on pie box

Liquid glue such as Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate



15″ KNK Maxx

To cut Poster Board:  Thick Materials Blade (blue cap), V=200, F=100 1 pass

To cut Fabrics:  Fabric Blade, V=400, F=120  2 passes

To cut Vinyl:  Red Blade, V=200, F=50  1 pass


Score and cut the box shape from the poster board.

Prepare a piece of fabric 2″ larger than dimensions of cut poster board shape.

Adhere HeatNBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive to wrong side of fabric piece following directions that accompany the adhesive.

Remove paper backing from fabric/adhesive piece and place adhesive side down on a

very sticky mat.

Cut fabric using the same file as for the poster board.

Align the cut fabric and poster board pieces and adhere together following the direction included with the HeatNBond Ultrahold.

This picture shows the cut poster board and fabric pieces for a Truffle Box.  The word “Truffles” is also cut from fabric and will be adhered to the box lid by ironing after the fabric has been ironed to the poster board.  The cut fabric pieces have been placed on the HeatNBond backing sheet to preserve the adhesive until the box parts are assembled.

Box Parts-Optimized

Fold box on score lines with tabs to inside.  Glue tabs in place with liquid glue.

Add  self adhesive Velcro dot to hold lid flap closed.

For pie box, use poster board settings to cut the clear insert from an office supply report cover.  Place clear insert between poster board and fabric when adhering fabric to poster board.  NOTE:  Plastic insert will melt if touched with iron.  Use vinyl for the lettering on the pie box.

Click on the following link for the box files generously shared by Cherrie.

CutFiles CM Boxes






The Story of the Owl

The last two years I have had the opportunity, priviledge, and fun of doing demos at a quilt show and market called Quilt-a-Fair in Longmont, Colorado.  I get to be a part of the team in my Viking sewing machine dealer’s booth.  My responsibility is to demo a machine embroidery product and one that does not require an embroidery machine.  This year the embroidery product was the making of little zippered purses.  The design collection is marketed by Anita Goodesign and is called “Pocket Purses”.  I had been making these little purses and was having a whole lot of fun so it was decided that they would be a perfect product for a demonstration.  Because they take up to 2 hours to make, my dealer asked me to make samples that would show the major steps in the process.  I immediately started thinking of how I could accomplish this with the help of Snoopy my KNK Maxx

What I decided to do was to make pages which could be displayed in a ring binder notebook.  I split the process into 9 steps and proceeded to stitch out a sample that would show the creation of the Pocket Purse at that point.  That meant that I repeated the first step 9 times, the second step 8 times, etc., but it showed exactly how the process worked.

Then to convey that this was being done in the embroidery hoop on the embroidery machine, I wanted the samples to be framed by a silhouette of the embroidery hoop.  I placed the hoop on my scanner and scanned it in.  Using the pencil and node editing tools in my KNKStudio software, I manually traced the shape and added the portion that didn’t quite fit on the scanner bed.  Here is the scanned picture and a screen shot of the finished cutting file.









To be able to make ‘pages’ out of my samples, I created an 8 1/2″ x 11″ frame cutting file on which to mount the sample and the faux hoop.  I used my KNK Studio software and the rectangle shape and XOR welding option to make the frame with an opening just a bit larger than the opening in the faux hoop.  This is a screen shot of the frame cutting file.

I cut the faux hoops out of a gray cardstock and the frames out of white poster board.  To have the note book be a “self-guided” tutorial, I typed a text file for each page and saved the files in JPG format.  Using my Make the Cut software I used the shapes tool, created rounded rectangle labels and added the text files as texture.  I printed the labels on computer paper then used the Print and Cut feature to cut them out.  The background rounded rectangles for the labels were cut out of cardstock.  Using the Make the Cut software to do Print and Cuts is so easy!

With all the pieces stitched out and cut out I was ready to assemble the pages.  This is a picture of the finished pages.  There are no faux hoops on the last two pages since at that point in the process the Pocket Purse was out of the hoop and a bit of manual manipulation was required to finish it.  I used lengths of narrow ribbon to suspend the last two steps in the frames.  Because poster board is not very sturdy, I used two layers for each of the first seven pages and three layers for the last two.  I put faux hoops on both sides of the first seven pages for a more ‘realistic’ illustration.

The Cutting  was done on my 15″ KNK Maxx.

Gray Cardstock: Standard material blade (red tip)  2 passes  F=110, V=150

Poster Board:  Standard Material Blade (red tip)  1 pass  F=120, V=250

Computer Paper:  Standard Material Blade (red tip) 1 pass  F=50, V=200

Red Cardstock:  Standard Material Blade (red tip)  2 passes  F=120, V=200

My dealer was very pleased with the completed pages and they made explaining the process of creating the owl Pocket Purse very easy.