Fabric Box Tutorial – Made in 30 minutes

Fabric Box Tutorial – Made in 30 minutes

Fabric Box Tutorial - Made in 30 minutes


I’m in a Facebook quilting group and the Seaside Stitches Fabric Box Tutorial was posted over and over again. I let weeks go by before I had to do some for myself. I did not add buttons or tack the inside flaps down. I don’t use pins.

The inside flaps got tacked down when I did the top stitching around the box’s edge. These fabric boxes are easy and quick to do, around 30 minutes. The first one will take a bit longer to do until you get the hang of it. Enjoy! 🙂

Try out different size squares or rectangles and let me know what sizes you started out with by leaving me a comment.

My box came out at 4″ x 4″ x 3″ high.

***Now for those of us that need pictures to go with the steps. I hope this helps you out. I love reading comments!!! 🙂

picking your fabric


fabric right side together
step 3 and 4


Step 3: Stitch around perimeter using a 1/4” seam allowance (I know where that is on my walking foot); leaving a 4” opening on one side.

Step 4: Trim the corners and turn it inside out and press down with your hands.

steps 4 5 6 7Note: Quilt as desired or like me I just kept going, pivoting on the marked “X” that I had made.

fold in half



stitch diagonal line


corners and flip inside out


top stitch edge

{ 91 comments… add one }
  • Becky Ball July 24, 2014, 3:23 pm

    What a fun project! Thanks for sharing. I tacked the points down with buttons.

  • Donna Anderson August 22, 2014, 4:14 pm

    I made these at a quilt retreat in April and they were very easy and everyone loved them! at lease 3 or 4 ladies made them and in differend sizes, there great!

  • Barb Osen September 29, 2014, 9:42 am

    I just bought a book with directions for making similar boxes. This looks much easier and more fun! Hope I can return the book. Can’t wait to make these! Thanks!!

    • joeysquiltingco October 25, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Yes return the book!!! These are super easy to do and makes GREAT gifts too!!!

      • diane February 1, 2015, 4:22 pm

        How do you get the corners inside the box to lay fat like yours?

        • joeysquiltingco February 21, 2015, 3:53 pm

          the stitching that i did around the top made them move to one side.

  • Laura October 14, 2014, 5:04 am

    Hello fellow Daytonian! Just found these on Pinterest and am planning to make a few of them this week! Saw them made by a local quilt club and I’ve been looking for the pattern. Thanks very much! 🙂 -Laura

  • Lynette October 21, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial for this fun basket.

  • Julie November 1, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Hi! These are fantastic! And I just LOVE the red & white swirly fabric! What is it?

    • joeysquiltingco November 4, 2014, 10:50 am

      I’m glad that you like them. The red & white swirly fabric came in that layer cake and I don’t remember the name of the fabrics. Sorry.

  • Laurie November 11, 2014, 7:39 am

    Made 2 of these so far and plan to have a sew night gathering with my quilting peeps. Fun, quick and easy to follow.

    • joeysquiltingco November 11, 2014, 9:04 am

      You will have a GREAT time! This are quick and easy. You can fill them with candies, cookies, or anything to give as gifts!! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Peggy Groves November 11, 2014, 8:43 am

    Wow. Thank you so much. I just added it to my home screen. Can’t wait to make some. Read over the tutorial land looks quite thorough in your instructions. Again thank you.

  • Stephanie November 11, 2014, 1:17 pm

    I want to make these. You have a great tutorial.

  • Elke Burger November 16, 2014, 3:56 am

    I will try it today. It looks great. It is a nice gift for christmas, filled with cookies.
    Thank you.

  • Marynell November 28, 2014, 9:50 pm

    I made my squares 18″, sewed the sides 3.5″ and it made a 7″ square box. Making them for Christmas Cards.

    • joeysquiltingco November 29, 2014, 8:15 am

      Awesome! Thanks for giving us the dimensions of your fabric box!! That is a great idea!!

  • Diana December 4, 2014, 11:08 pm

    Thank you for the pics to go with the written tutorial. I used both to aid in marking the boxes. Certainly cleared up a few points. Thanks again!

  • fran clark January 8, 2015, 5:38 pm

    A real cute idea. I have just started in to quilting. This will be go for me to start with. Thanks

    • joeysquiltingco January 16, 2015, 8:38 am

      It’s really easy. I hope the close ups will help if you get stuck on something.

  • Deborah Napoli January 15, 2015, 11:18 pm


  • carlene ormond January 16, 2015, 3:38 am

    I have seen this befor, but could not find the pattern. If you would please send me the information or how I could find this pattern, I would be very appreciative.

    • joeysquiltingco January 16, 2015, 8:40 am

      I’ve written the pattern on this post. You can select and print it off. 🙂

  • Linda January 16, 2015, 8:29 am

    These are very cute. I will try to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynnie January 16, 2015, 2:41 pm

    these turned out so cute really like the material ‘s you used

  • Cathy Gonzalez January 26, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial, I plan on making several of these for my quilting friends, a great little notions box. I made some fabric bowls that are done similar to this, love the end results.

  • Meya Kaz January 28, 2015, 7:28 am

    Awesome tutorial !

  • Jerri Donn January 28, 2015, 4:30 pm

    What fun and so easy. My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows this summer and I think I’m going to use some of these as table decoration. To say the least I really love these

  • Barbie January 28, 2015, 11:04 pm

    This looks adorable and fun to make, can’t wait to try it. Thanks. Barbie

  • Maia February 1, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Thank you for the cute idea. After we quilted our flat square, we stitched buttons on each point with the sewing machine. It made it so cute and go really fast.
    Come visit our American Sewing Guild group that meets in Lake Mary. Check out our website at: http://www.asgorlando.com

  • jeannine February 22, 2015, 1:49 pm

    A perfect project for 11 yr old granddaughter to sell at her annual lemonade stand. Last year it was pillows which went very quickly. #bonus. I get to clear out some of my scrap stash. Tank you for sharing.

  • Linda March 5, 2015, 10:53 am

    I want to make one of these using a piece of shamrock material and fill with a green scrubby and green apple hand soap and whatever for my secret sister for St. Patrick’s day

  • Jackie March 17, 2015, 5:02 pm

    hi silly question di I cut out the sewn corners
    That are now INSIDE the box ?

  • Katie April 4, 2015, 3:06 pm

    How lovely! These would be great filled with candies for my besties graduation. 🙂 Thank you so much for the easy tutorial!

  • Judy May 10, 2015, 9:56 am

    thank you for taking the time to do this…directions are clear and easy to follow.

  • ida May 11, 2015, 3:13 pm

    I just made one .It was more then 30 minutes. I tried making these be for ,But your directions were great , I sewed one end up side down .after going back to video ,No wonder it did not look right .There has to be other people out there just like me . We need a video .
    I sure was happy to get this made .thanks

    • joeysquiltingco May 19, 2015, 2:34 pm

      The first one normally takes more than 30 minutes. When we are just first doing them, but then we get faster. 🙂

  • Roseann May 16, 2015, 5:48 pm

    do these have to be square? I would like one in a rectangle.

    • joeysquiltingco May 19, 2015, 2:35 pm

      Instead of starting off with a square, try a rectangle and see what happens. 🙂 Let me know.

  • REGINA CÔRTES June 3, 2015, 1:19 pm


    • joeysquiltingco July 27, 2015, 10:57 am

      I’m sorry I don’t write/read in portuguese.

      • Elaine September 4, 2015, 4:32 pm

        I believe that she (Regina Cortes) is asking you to also give the measurements in metric. She should be able to convert them herself as I change metric to approximate US measurements easily.

        I love these little fabric boxes! Have made several from my scrap collection.

  • Annette Roark August 19, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Your instructions and photos are very clear and easy to follow. Would it be ok if I print your instructions and show at a meeting of my quilt guild? I want to challenge the ladies to make a basket and bring it the next month with an idea of how they can give it to someone who needs to be cheered. Being mostly very experienced quilters, I imagine they will take the directions and do every type of variation, but it would get the ball rolling. I want to respect your authorship –

  • Cindy September 15, 2015, 9:30 pm

    These were easy and fun to make. They turned out great.

  • Lori November 17, 2015, 11:47 pm

    I love your tutorial! How do you quilt the square pattern so straight and have all the corners meet up perfectly as you see towards the center?? (This is about the decorative quilt patter running through the the whole fabric)

  • Gaynor November 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

    How lovely. ,Great tutorial I am going to have to make some of these .:))

  • Nicola December 8, 2015, 4:26 pm


    Many thanks for your excellent blog post. Sorry if this is a really stupid question but I am having a bit of trouble with the corners. I have folded it and stitched the 2 inches at the bottom . But I am unsure which bit to fold next to the the other corners. Would you mind clarifying this bit for me please.

    Many thanks

    • joeysquiltingco January 12, 2016, 1:48 pm

      Just saw this Nicki. Sorry for the delay. You do the same thing for the other 3 corners. It’s a bit easier to do the opposite corner first then the other two. It won’t lay flat.

  • Christina December 11, 2015, 7:50 pm

    What a great way to practice free motion quilting!

  • Vickie December 29, 2015, 4:06 pm

    I just made this little box and it came out so cute. I will be making many more as I’m going to practice my FMQ on them. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Paula January 22, 2016, 1:46 pm

    If I want to make a basket 5X8X3 what would my fabric measure out to be? I am stuck! Help!

  • Angela M Williamson January 29, 2016, 1:07 pm

    I tried to make a rectangle box but it came out all funny – wouldn’t sit right. 14″ X 16″-
    But my square boxes are brilliant – I have made quite a few for Christmas presents .
    Thank you for such a really easy tutorial –
    Angela X

  • Sheryll Seidel February 12, 2016, 3:30 pm

    I made some of these and it never occoured to me to topstitch around the top! I hand sewed the flaps down inside and placed a button on the outside. I’m all for the topstitching!

  • Rukodělka November 16, 2016, 7:24 am

    Thank you for the tutorial! I have just made one.

  • Denise January 13, 2017, 11:30 pm

    I used a hot glue gun to fasten down the flaps inside and out.

  • queen April 3, 2017, 8:22 pm

    You truly rock. thanks. I plan to make and sell

  • Barb November 26, 2017, 12:09 pm

    These look great! Thanks for sharing!

  • joy March 18, 2018, 1:46 am

    liked the project

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