Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Happy Hostess Gift Box Pattern

on December 30 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 16 Comments

Jennifer from JCasa *handmade finishes up a stellar 2010 full of Sew,Mama,Sew! tutorials with a free Happy Hostess Gift Box Tutorial PDF. Today’s gift boxes feature the Parisville collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (a favorite of the year!). The boxes add the perfect touch in this season of giving.

Jennifer joined us every month this year to share a free tutorial featuring a new collection from our shop. Here’s the full list of fun: Pocket Tissue Pack, Fall Lines Reversible Table Runner, Flip Side Pillow, Aflutter Headbands, Patchwork Notebooks, Quilted Snack Set, Leisurely Dress Pattern, Undaunted Summer Top Pattern & No-Sew Fabric Wall Art.

We’re so thrilled Jennifer has been a part of Sew,Mama,Sew! this year and we look eagerly ahead to all she has in store for 2011. Jennifer has a book coming out soon, and always has something beautiful to share from new patterns to free tutorials at JCasa *handmade and so much more. Thanks, Jennifer!

Happy Holidays!

In this wonderful season of giving, and it seems like every day we are headed out to deliver meals and goodies to friends and neighbors, or on our way to a celebration with a hostess who most certainly deserves a special treat. I have created the Happy Hostess Gift Box this month as a way to dress up handmade gifts or homemade treats – each special box is a gift in itself that can then be used and enjoyed by the recipient throughout the year.

This month we are featuring the lovely Parisville collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics. I chose to highlight two complementary prints in two colorways; I loved the jewel tones of Eye Drops Pomegranate with Sea of Tears Pomegranate, and the Fans Mist with Topiary Mist are so charming together, offering a hint of Springtime to come.

To maintain the box shape I used a heavy interfacing I had on hand, although Fusible Fleece would also work well. This project includes instructions to create a 4” gift box, and you can easily create larger boxes by simply increasing the measurements; a set of nesting Happy Hostess Gift Boxes made by mixing and matching a few fabrics would be so great on a vanity!

As always, I hope you enjoy this month’s project and whip up a few gift boxes to for yourself and even more to share. You can download your Happy Hostess Gift Box Tutorial PDF today. If you make anything with Parisville from Free Spirit, or using any of our free patterns and tutorials, please show off your creations in the Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pools.

It has been a pleasure creating my Monthly Fabric Focus Projects for Sew,Mama,Sew! readers this past year– My sincere thanks for your kindness and support. Sending warm wishes to all for a very happy and healthy New Year. Happy making! xoxo

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16 Responses to Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Happy Hostess Gift Box Pattern

  1. Dee says:

    It’s cute….! I gotta try this. I can’t open the tutorial page, though (since my PDF reader is not working), but I think… I can try to make it. Will tell you when I succeeded ;) It would be nice to be put on my desk/cubicle.

  2. Anne Marie says:

    Help – I am also having trouble opening the tutorial page – what are we doing wrong??

  3. Sarah says:

    thanks for the instructions, can’t wait to try it. happy new year!

  4. Fatin says:

    Very very cute!! And easy to make too. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. mrsshood says:

    Megan= Great ldea for a wonderful project!

  6. Christine says:

    I was thinking yesterday that I needed to find some kind of box to put on my sewing table. Thanks!

  7. Em says:

    Lovely fabric boxes! I love the fabrics used!!!

  8. Michele says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Laura says:

    This looks wonderful, and I can’t wait to try it! I am having troubles with the tutorial page opening. Is it just me? Any help would be appreciated!

  10. Megan says:

    Too perfect! I’m going to make these to hold my handmade coasters when I give them as gifts!

  11. jennifer says:

    thanks everyone :)

    sarah – to make them nest, i would upsize the square from 9″ to 15″, dividing the sides into 5″ intervals. you can also use the existing square, but join the alternate corners to make it smaller, but taller. have fun!

  12. Sarah says:

    that looks so very nice and fairly simple to do. i have one question – how much smaller or bigger do you need to make another size in order to nest them? are the corners supposed to fold down in order to nest or do you leave room for that aspect?

  13. Jill says:

    Really cute! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I am working on a box tutorial myself! Not quite finished yet…love this one! And LOVE Parisville, how can you not?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Beth Hawks says:

    Another wonderful tutorial!

  16. Susan says:

    Gotta try this! So CUTE!

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