When holidays and birthdays roll around, I am always thinking of things I can make from fabric, because I have an abundance, that family, friends, and co -workers have giving me over the years. Several weeks ago I made several round collapsible boxes and I liked them so much, I thought I would try to make some in the shape of a heart. I wanted to make some decorative boxes to put smaller gifts in for Valentine's Day and these worked out perfect for Jewelry, such as earrings and rings. This box would be a nice presentation box for an engagement or wedding ring especially for a Valentine's day proposal.

My idea worked, but I did not estimate the length correctly, so after several attempts we finally figured it out. Follow through and I will share how we made round and heart shaped collapsible boxes, using just a few supplies.

Let's get started . . . . .

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

For the Heart shaped boxes:

Scraps of light/medium weight cotton fabric in solids and prints (largest size 12 X 10 1/2)

Cotton batting or you could use polyfil

Matching thread and sewing needle

Ink pen, pencil, or fabric marker

Cardboard or plastic ( about the weight of a cereal box or milk jug) I used plastic from a notebook


Iron & ironing board

A cookie cutter that is 1 inch deep and 10 inches around the rim. Plastic or metal straight edge cookie cutter works the best they need to be somewhat light weight, if they are heavy the box will not stand up

Embroidery hoop ( optional )

Ruler and tape measure

Glue gun can be useful

Sewing pins

Small clothes pins ( optional )

Seam ripper ( optional )

Pringles lid ( optional )

Round boxes:

Pringles box and lid

Plastic milk jug or equivalent ( a small strip will be used for bracing the cardboard )

Cardboard about the weight and thickness of a cereal box

Scrap fabric can be different matching colors or prints

Batting or polyfil

Matching thread and sewing needle and sewing pins

Sewing scissors

Ribbon or embellishments if desired


Box cutter

Iron & ironing board

Cutting board or work surface that can be damaged if it happens

Tape measure and a straight edge for cutting and measuring


Old scissors

Please note:

Both boxes are sewn almost the same way. The difference is in the materials used for the shape and the size will vary.

<p>Would this work for silk or similar fabrics?</p>
<p>Hello SockBadger, thanks for the question! It would depend on the thickness of the fabric and the weight of the cookie cutter. I wanted to give silk and lighter weight fabrics a try but I did not have any to test. Most of my fabric is 100% cotton and heavier weight fabrics. I believe you could test the fabric by slipping the fabric through the cookie cutter until the length is achieved and pin the fabric to the rim ( instead of sewing it) as shown in the instructable. Hold the bottom of the cloth with your hands and lift the heart up and see if it stands alone. I hope this makes sense. Also if I were to make this again, I would use half light weight cotton fabric (solid or a print) and half red silk. I would sew the two pieces together to the length I needed and use the silk part of the fabric at the top of the box so when the box is collapsed the red section shows.Please let us know if you give this a try and if it worked. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and do have a beautiful day~</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>A very clever idea and clearly presented. Good luck for the contest and all the very best from Normandie, Sue</p>
<p>Thanks for the compliment Sue, this was a fun project~ I hope your day shines~</p><p>sunshiine ~</p>
<p>How clever of you {and your helper(s)?} to figure out all of this! Thank you so much for sharing your methods and ideas, laid out so clearly.</p>
<p>Hello llgregg! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I enjoyed making this and appreciate your comment. I hope your day shines~</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>this is amazing. Weldone</p>
<p>Hello sabu,</p><p>thanks so much for stopping by! It was great fun to make these and did not take long after the patter was perfected. Have a great week~</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>I love this. I should have guessed this was yours but I did not notice until I got to the end. Great work.</p>
<p>Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Have a nice week~ </p><p>sunshiine~</p>

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