For some time I have had people ask me if I could do instructions for my étui boxes. I ummed and aahed and finally decided to do something about it. The hexagonal boxes I make were taken from a pattern I bought so that was out of the question but my small étui boxes are my own design so I have decided to offer the instructions as a pdf file in my Etsy and Artfire shops.
Firstly, I had to make a box from scratch and, at each stage, take a photograph and note down the steps taken.
Then I had to work out how to convert the document into a pdf file of a manageable size.
Then, I needed guinea pigs as, when you have been making something for ages, you forget that what seems obvious to you will not seem so obvious to somebody who is making their first étui box. I asked a friend to test out my instructions and make her own box and then give me her feedback , criticisms and comments. I remembered somebody who had contacted me on Etsy to ask if I intended doing instructions and tracked her down to offer her a free pdf file in exchange for trying out the tutorial. This poor woman then received a file so enormous that it must have taken hours to download!! I have now learnt how to shrink them!
I would say you need a certain amount of skill and competence with a needle to complete one of my étui boxes to a high standard but if you like designing, cutting, sticking and sewing, I think you will find it a fun project.
These make great little sewing boxes, treasure boxes, memory keepers, trinket holders and also beautiful (if extravagant) gift boxes. I gave a friend of mine one which held a little pair of hand-knitted baby shoes and she was delighted.
It’s great fun to think up different themes for your boxes and an unusual way to display favourite fabrics. The top picture was made using some 5″ squares from a charm pack along with a 10″ square of the same fabric for the lid. Otherwise, a couple of fat quarters are all you need plus a strip of coordinating fabric for the little gussets. You may find you become addicted – like me!
I do ask that, if you use my instructions, you only make the boxes for personal use or in very small quantities for a craft fair for example and, of course, respect the fact that I have worked very hard on creating the tutorial and not reproduce it in any way.