28 January, 2013

Heart Box Tutorial

You probably noticed my addiction for boxes! I made new heart boxes. And I thought about other box lovers and I made a tutorial too.
Let's make some heart boxes!

Heart Box tutorial
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I made 3! This is the first one, I used the template below.  It measures about 10'' x 11''.

Heart Box tutorial
For the next two I printed the template at 90% and 80%.

 You need:
 - heavyweight interfacing -  double side fusible interfacing is the easiest to work with  (like Fast2Fuse or Peltex) but single side fusible interfacing is good too ( I love Vilene S520); I used Fast2Fuse.
- scraps of fabric
- Jeans/Denim Needle #90/14

Download the pattern
- it is half of a heart; print it twice and tape the halves together.
Using the template,  cut one piece from interfacing and 2 pieces from fabric.

Also, cut  1 piece (10''x 6'') from interfacing and 2 pieces (10''x 6'') from fabric.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the fabric to both sides of all the interfacing pieces.
If your interfacing is not fusible on both sides, here is how to use it: fuse the fabric to the fusible side first. Then stick the fabric to the non-fusible side with a few dots of glue then secure the layers making a few rows of stitching through all the layers.

Cut the rectangle piece in 1 1/2'' strips (4 strips).

Then cut the strips into the following pieces ( the measurements  are given on the template piece):

2 pieces 1 -  3 3/8'' x 1 1/2''
2 pieces 2 -        2'' x 1 1/2''
2 pieces 3 -        2'' x 1 1/2''
2 pieces 4 -  2 1/2''' x 1 1/2''
2 pieces 5 -  7 1/2''  x 1 1/2''

Your pieces should look like these ones; the heart piece will be the base of the box and and the other pieces will be the sides.

Zig-zag each  piece along  all the edges.; use a wide and close stitch.

Here is a close-up; you could use matching or contrasting thread.

Attach the sides to the base...

in this this way.
Place the two pieces next to each other under the presser foot. Do not overlap the edges.
Join the pieces with  a close zigzag stitch and be sure you catch both edges. Use the widest and closest zigzag stitch you can make with your machine. Backstitch at the start and end of each seam.

Here the first side is attached.

Other sides.

All the sides are attached.

Shape the box by  stitching two adjacent edges together.
Stitch  first the corner indicated by the yellow arrow.

Fold the piece in half as shown (with the inside facing up); stitch the 2 adjacent edges together using the same close and wide zigzag (see the yellow marking). Backstitch at the start and end of the seam.

Here is the first corner stitched.

And a close-up.

For all the other corners, you have to fold the piece this way -with the outside facing up.
Stitch 2 adjacent edges.

A new corner is stitched.

The stitching is visible on the outside part.

Continue to fold and stitch...

fold and stitch...

work in progress...

the stitched corners...


All the corners are stitched. Finger-press the stitching from the outside part to give the sides a nice shape.

Heart Box tutorial
The back of the box!

back of the heart box

Done! Fill it up with quilter's candies and enjoy it!


  1. Geta, thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial. I love it.

  2. Whop Whop! now this is a heart worth having and just in time for Valentines day. Thank you so much.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I can't wait to make one.

  4. Geta...this is so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm going to make some of these!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!! I will make it :).

  6. I have admired your boxes,so thank you very much for the tutorial!! I´ll try to make one :)
    Gun, Sweden

  7. Geta, your heart box is delightful!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Geta this is an wonderful tutorial. You are so talented! Thank you for sharing this :)

  9. fantástico el tutorial, gracias besotes

  10. Olá Geta!
    Mais uma vez um tutorial super!
    Obrigada! Tentarei fazer um para mim.
    Maria Josefa

  11. Olá Geta!
    Mais uma vez um tutorial super!
    Obrigada! Tentarei fazer um para mim.
    Maria Josefa

  12. As allways, a very good tutorial from you! Thank you for this gift idea.

  13. How clever is this! Thanks so much for the tutorial ~ I'm going to have to put it on my list!

  14. Geta - thank you for the tutorial - the box is adorable!

  15. Multumesc pentru tutorial. Cutiuta e adorabila!
    Cele bune, Lina

  16. thanks for sharing
    kisses for you from Argentina ♥

  17. Geta, you have the most wonderful things on your website. Thank you so much. This is a great tutorial and thank you for all the great gifts you give. God bless!

  18. Love the box. Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. My teenage granddaughter is going to love a set of these. Thanks so much.
    Kay in NJ

  20. these are so cute! they'd be a great doorprize full of candy at a guild meeting, thank you for the tutorial!

  21. What a nice heart box Geta, your work is elegant and perfect as this is my opinion alllllways
    Thanks for sharing your project i love to try it ones i mean to try do it so lets see
    thanks again

  22. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial - I know the time and effort it takes to put this together - your instructions are so very clear - such a cute heart box, I can't wait to try one!

  23. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #21 :)
    Have a great week!!

  24. I love these! Do you think it would be strong enough for a 4 year old that loves everything Grammy makes? cdahlgren at live dot com

  25. I love these! Do you think it would be strong enough for a 4 year old that loves everything Grammy makes? cdahlgren at live dot com



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