Some time ago I saw a little triangular container that someone was using to hold notions, and I made a mental note that it would be fun to make one.
Only problem was that it obviously involved sewing 2 fabrics right sides together, leaving an opening, turning them, etc, etc. I do not enjoy that process.
The idea stayed in my head, though, and a short while ago it occurred to me that I could make a similar box out of Kraft-Tex without the problem of having right and wrong sides to the material! So I got out the Marsala color Kraft-Tex the folks at C&T sent me a while ago to give it a try.
I started with cutting a 10.5″ equilateral triangle because that’s the ruler I had!
There was an embedded central triangle marked on the ruler, so I just put a little dot at each of the points of that to determine where my fold lines would be (see above).
I used my iron and handy metal straight edge to make good creases for the initial folds.
I clipped the edges together (no pins in Kraft-Tex)
and sewed about half way up each side using the blanket stitch on my machine. It was necessary to squish the box a little to get this done, but it was easy to get it right back into shape. The buttonhole stitch worked just fine, somewhat wider than the default setting.
I then folded the final “flaps” over the side and stuck them down with a little glue. Another time I think I might roll these final edges down rather than folding them to give the box more dimension.
I considered sewing on the decorative buttons, but decided to use glue instead. The type that is made for attaching “jewels” to fabric worked well and dried clear.
I think I may use the box for those little clips that have become indispensable for quilting!
If you want to try this, it’s very easy. If you don’t have an equilateral triangle ruler, borrow one from a friend or make a template from cardboard (mark dots at the center of each side). And please send me a picture if you make one!
Thanks, Norma 🙂
This is very clever–and a good way to avoid all that fussing around with double layers of fabric. I think your little box will get a lot of use, as it is very elegant as well as being useful!
Thank you 😊
Clearview Equilateral has the most comprehensive (every 8th)markings of any ET ruler. A great companion to any ruler is Marti Michell 8217M Deluxe Corner Trimmer…this allows you to easily mark those 1/4″ intersects (for y seams etc) and trim corners. This particular tool is like the swiss army knife as it has 6 angles! Not all specialty rulers have the ability to make that special dot easily and accurately.
Love your project….it looks like a buttoned down collar stand!
Thanks for visiting and thanks for the info on the rulers 🙂