Making Keepsake Fabric Boxes

Keepsake Fabric Boxes - the bottom side showing the patchwork
These fabric boxes or trays were made from keepsake fabric scraps. The fabric was cut and sewn together using quilt piecing techniques and then crafted into soft boxes for holding small items. This is a great project to use with inherited fabric or clothing items.

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January 31, 2020

Keepsake Fabric Boxes - the bottom side showing the patchworkThese fabric boxes were made from fabric scraps I found among my mother's sewing supplies after she passed away. I thought it would be nice to make them up into something usable, but also memorable, so I made each of my children a fabric box to use for storing trinkets or for serving bread or rolls. It is also a way to remember their grandmother, an avid quilter.

Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

Yield: 1


  • 9 or 12 fabric squares cut from fabric scraps
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • 1 spool thread
  • 1/2 yd interfacing
  • plain or print fabric for inside


  1. Cut 9 or 16 fabric squares from fabric scraps, plain or print or a mixture of each. A good size is 3" by 3" or 4" by 4" squares depending on size of fabric box you desire.
  2. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - various print red squares of fabric

  3. Lay fabric squares into a design with three or four squares going across and three or four squares going down, again depending on size of desired box. A square is best.
  4. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - blue and white fabric squares
  5. Pin squares, right sides, together, one row at a time, and sew together using a 1/4" seam.
  6. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - row of squares sewn together
  7. Press. Sew rows together, pinning right sides together. Press.
  8. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - rows pinned together
    Keepsake Fabric Boxes - rows sewn together and seams pressed
  9. Cut interfacing and backing to size of fabric square layer. Pin fabric square layer to backing, right sides together, with interfacing as the last layer of "sandwich".
  10. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - square of interfacing
    Keepsake Fabric Boxes - square of lining
    Keepsake Fabric Boxes - three layers

  11. Sew around square leaving a 3" opening on one of the sides in the middle. Clip corners at a diagonal and turn right side out. Press.
  12. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - sew around the outer edge leaving an opening for turning
  13. Top stitch around entire square, closing and sewing opening shut.
  14. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - topstitch and sew opening shut
  15. Fold each of the four corners into a triangle and sew in 2 or 3", depending on size of basket.
  16. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - fold the corners and sew
  17. Ready to use!
  18. Keepsake Fabric Boxes - three finished boxes

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