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Box slipcover tutorial

This tutorial will show you the steps to cover any box you have in your house.

In my case I chose a strawberry box. Now, this wasn’t the best choice.

As you can see the sides of the box don’t go all the way up and the corners aren’t straight. I’m considering at this stage taping some cardboard to the box so the sides go all the way up and the cover sits nicely up.


  • Cotton fabric. The amount will depend on how big your box is
  • Trim of your choice. I think that a pom pom trim adds some cuteness to the plain cover.
  • Box – cardboard, wooden, plastic


First of all you need to measure your box. You need to measure the height, the width and the length.

Now double the height size.

Then add 1/2 in to each measurement.

For instance my box measures:

  • Height: 3 in
  • Width: 7 3/4 in
  • Length: 11 3/4 in

I doubled the height so it is 6 in.

Now I added 1/2 in to each

  • Height: 6 1/2 in
  • Width: 8 1/4 in
  • Length: 12 1/4 in


  • Bottom panel:  width x length rectangle (12 1/4 in x 8 1/4 in)
  • 2 short side panels:  width x height (8 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in)
  • 2 long side panels: length x height (12 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in)

Note: You could just use one panel for the bottom and one for the sides. In that case you need to work out the length of the box by measuring it all around from corner to corner and then adding 1/2 in to it.

Pin 3 of the side panels alternating short and long sides and leave one side open.


Do a rolled hem as per picture.

Stitch with a zig zag or decorative stitch.

Now it’s time to add the trim to the side panel. I placed mine at about 1 1/2 in from the bottom but you will need to look at your box size and decide where it looks more pleasant.

Stitch the trim.

Now pin both sides and stitch.

Pin side panels to bottom making sure the corners match the side seams.

Turn inside out. I pressed the fold to make the slipcover sit more upright. If the sides of your box go all the way up it won’t be  necessary to press the fold.

Depending on the box design you may be able to stack them up. Or maybe you can also do nesting sizes.

Quilted water bottle cozy

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  • 2 coordinated fabrics, or three if making the frill in a different fabric

The cozy is made out of 3 pieces. One for the front and 2 for the back. The front piece is made out of two fabrics sewn together with a frill in the middle.

I am using a standard Australian water bottle: 14 in x 8 in but the instructions will suit any size of hot water bottle.

Cutting the pieces

  • 2 equal bottom pieces (front and back)
  • 2 shorter top pieces (different front and back)
Place both coordinating fabrics with a 2 inch overlap, wrong side up (see picture), place the bottle on top and draw around leaving 1 inch all around it.

Cut the bottom piece and fold it in half to make sure both sides are symmetrical. Trim any excess.

Use this piece to cut the second piece.

Top pieces

Cut around the first half of the top piece (see picture) and then fold in half so that the piece is symmetrical.

Use this piece to cut an identical second piece.

You will now have two identical top pieces. One of them is longer than necessary by 2 inches so you need to cut the 2 inches off.

Back top piece

This piece will be left open an will have a frill attached.

Fold the piece in half and draw a curve on the piece as per picture an cut along the line.

Making the frills

Cut 2 22 in x 2 ¼ strips. Fold in half and iron.

Using a basting stitch, stitch all around the top of the folded strip.

Pull from one side of the thread and distribute the frill evenly and make sure it spreads the width of the bottom back piece.

This needs to be done for each frill.

Sewing the front piece

We will sew the top, frill and bottom front piece together.

Pin the frill to the bottom piece (see picture below).

Place the top piece over the frill and bottom piece (see picture).

Sew three pieces together leaving a ¼ seam allowance.

You should now have 3 pieces and be ready to quilt them. We will add the frill to the back piece after it is quilted.

Quilting the pieces

Prepare the sandwich using the facing fabric, batting in the middle and some plain cotton as back fabric.

Once quilted, trim excess batting and lining fabric.

For this project I tried doing circles for the first time instead of stippling.

The detail can be better appreciated on the lining.

Once you finish quilting, you will have the three pieces like in the picture.

Now we will attach the frill to the wavy top part of the back piece. Pin all around and stitch.

Turn around and top stitch.

Top stitch as well the front piece so that the frill sits flatter.

Cut a 9 ½ x 1 ¼ strip, fold and iron and per picture.

Pin to the bottom back side as per picture and topstich.

The piece is now ready.

Assembling the cozy

Place the three pieces right sides together and pin.

Have a look at the picture below for placement of the pieces.

Make sure the frill is not stitched on.

Stitch all around. Turn inside out.

Your hot water bottle is finished.

See my other hot water bottle cozy tutorials

Patchwork hot water bottle cozy tutorial

Hot water bottle cozy tutorial

Embroidered hot water bottle cover

Knitting storage: crate cover with pockets tutorial

This is an extension of the crate slipcover  I made a while ago following a tutorial by Laura Gunn (Download the instructions to make the crate cover in pdf).

While the crate cover is great for large items, fabric and the like, knitting needles and crochet hooks get lost in the contents.

The concept is very simple: I added a long piece of fabric, folded in two, around three sides of the crate and stitched it into pockets between 1 1/2 and 2 inches apart.

The measurements I’ll be using are for the crate size on my crate slipcover post.

I started with a finished slipcover.

I was using this crate to store wool scraps, needles, crochet hooks and other bits and pieces.

I marked the 2 corners on the front of the slipcover and measured all the way around: 42 1/2 inches. I added 3/4 inch to this figure: 43 inches. Depending on your needs you could wrap the pockets all around the crate, cover just one or two sides, or 3 of them like I did. Crochet hooks are a bit short for the pockets depth and they fall to the bottom of the pocket. You could choose to use 2 pocket widths on different sides of the crate so that the crochet hooks stick out.

Then I cut 2 pieces 43 in x 7 in in the facing fabric and another piece of the same size of calico fabric for the inside pocket.

Place both pieces of fabric right side facing together and stitch all around leaving a 2 to 3 inch opening to turn inside out.

The finished height of the pockets is 6 1/4 inches.

Turn inside out and top stitch right on the edge. This edge will be placed facing up the crate.

Place piece over the slipcover starting at the marking in each corner of the cover you made earlier.

Stitch along 3 sides of the pockets fabric leaving the top side open. Stitch first right on the edge and then 1/4 inch from the edge.

Then mark the lines where the stitching making the pockets will go. I used two widths: 1 1/2 and 2 inches wide pockets all around the piece. You can adjust the measurements to your needs if you were to store larger pieces than hooks and needles.

Pin in place well so that the piece doesn’t move.

Stitch over the marked lines cutting the thread after each of the pockets. Use backstitching at the end and starting of each pocket.

This is the ugly crate we’ll be covering.

And this is the crate covered.

A view from the top.

And you can still stack the crates one of top of another.

Back of disappearing nine patch quilt

Finished size  41 3/4 inch x 56 1/2 inch approximately.

Block type

Disappearing 9-patch block. This is how you make it:

Quilt top

Made with Hunky Dory for Moda charm squares.

Instructions to make the top: “Disappearing nine patch quilt tutorial”.

Back of quilt

The back of the quilt uses

  • fabric scraps for the squares: 15 x 2.5 inch squares
  • sashing for the squares is cut at 1.5 inch wide
  • The yellow and light green fabric is from the Lulu Collection by Anna Griffin
    • cut one 16.5 inch x 41 3/4 inch rectangle
    • cut one 5 3/4 inch x 41 3/4 rectangle
  • The light blue and pale yellow fabric is Urban Garden by Erin NcMorris
    • cut one 26 1/2 inch x 41 3/4 inch rectangle

Christmas quilt part I: embroidery

I used Gail’s designs BOM patterns.

I used stranded cotton in light and dark green, red, and gold on calico.

See Part II for the complete quilt.