Sevenberry Neon Nesting Cubes Tutorial

on April 8 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 6 Comments

Mary Kolb from Mary on Lake Pulaski designed these Sevenberry Neon Nesting Cubes to highlight the vivid color in the Sevenberry Neon fabric collection. The intense fluorescence, paired with a linen background, is perfect for these cubes! Use the cubes for toiletries, travel and more; they’re a great gift for just about everyone.

Mary is a prolific sewist who loves to quilt and spend time with her grandchildren. Learn more about her work in Mary’s introduction, and spend some time at Mary on Lake Pulaski!

A cube rather than a cuboid (which is what most rectangular zipper pouches are) is a fun shape for a pouch. You can adjust the size of your fabric to make a smaller or larger cube. These cubes have a finished size of 6″ and 8″.

What you will need:
Cube A:

  • 2 – 13 ½ “x 13 ½” squares of Sevenberry Neon
  • 2 – 4” x 6 ½” rectangles of Sevenberry for handles
  • 2 – 13 ½” x 13 ½” squares of lining
  • 2 – 13 ½” x 13 ½” squares of Pellon SF101 Shape Flex
  • 2 – 13 ½” x 13 ½” squares of fusible fleece
  • 2 – 4’ x 6 ½” rectangles of fusible fleece
  • 1 – 14” zipper

Cube B:

  • 2 – 18“ x 18” squares of Sevenberry Neon
  • 2 – 4” x 8 ½” rectangles of Sevenberry Neon for handles
  • 2 – 18” x 18” squares of lining
  • 2 – 18” x 18” squares of Pellon SF101 Shape Flex
  • 2 – 18” x 18” squares of fusible fleece
  • 2 – 4” x 8 ½” rectangles of fusible fleece
  • 1 – 18” zipper

And special tools:

  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Washable school glue with pointed tip
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing marker

Things to Remember:

  • Remember to read the tutorial in full before starting.
  • Seam allowances are 1/2” unless stated otherwise.
  • Always press your fabrics before starting.
  • Press all seams as you go along.

Finished Size: Cube A – 6” x 6” x 6” and Cube B – 8” x 8” x 8”

Step 1: Fuse fusible fleece to exterior fabric and handles fabric pieces. Fuse Shape Flex to lining fabric pieces.

Step 2: Fold the handle pieces in half the long way and press, unfold and press the raw edge to match the center fold; then press the folded edges to match. Sew 1/8” from both edges and again ¼” from each outside row. Set handles aside.

Step 3: Glue and press the right side of one exterior piece to the right side of the zipper. Glue and press the right side of one lining piece the wrong side of the zipper.

Step 4: Stitch 1/4“ from the three-layered raw edges starting, stopping ½” from the ends with backstitching. Press both the exterior and lining away from the zipper and topstitch ¼” from the fold on the exterior. Repeat for the other side of the zipper.

Step 5: Sew the bottom of the exterior and press open. Sew the bottom of the lining leaving a 6” opening and iron both seams open. Matching the bottom seam of the exterior pieces only to the zipper ends, stitch seam reinforcing over zipper with multiple layers of stitching. Match the bottom seam of the lining pieces only to the zipper and stitch seam. Open the zipper all the way.

Step 6: Make boxed ends on all four corners of pouch and all four corners of the lining. Open corners making a “V” with the open seam allowance centered and fold to lay flat. Measure up from point 3” for Cube A (Cube B – 4 ¼”) and mark a straight line with a disappearing marker 6” for Cube A (Cube B 8 ½”) long perpendicular to the seam. Cut off the point leaving ½” seam allowance.

Step 7: Insert one end of one handle into cut off point from Step 6, matching raw edges and centering handle with seam. Stitch. Using opening in lining, align the other end of the handle across same zipper end part of pouch with the raw edge of opening and stitch. Do the same with the other handle. This will close up and box all four corners of the pouch while adding handles to both ends.

Step 8: Turn right side out through the opening in the lining pushing to make sharp corners with the lining into the exterior fabric corners.

Step 9: Using a 1/8” overlap, stitch the lining opening together. Press cube well using a rolled up towel inside.

We would love to see your version of the Sevenberry Neon Nesting Cubes. Add a link in the comments!



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6 Responses to Sevenberry Neon Nesting Cubes Tutorial

  1. Jessica F says:

    I adore these cubes! Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely give this project a try.

  2. Lizzie says:

    Fabulous cube pouches! Thanks for the lovely tute!

  3. These are wonderful!
    I LOVE that fabric!!

  4. Anna says:

    mary!!!! these are fantastic! Love them. :)

  5. Lynne Tilley says:

    I love these cubes, and especially with these fabrics! Can’t wait to make a couple.

  6. Debbie says:

    What a fun project! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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