Last month I made a cute little Valentine's Day gift for Thing 1's college apartment - a fabric box filled with chocolate candies! I used this well-written tutorial found on the Seaside Stitches blog. You could make one of these quick-sew gifts for almost any occasion.
Per the tutorial, you'll need two coordinating fabric squares and one thin batting square each measuring between 8" and 12". I used 12" squares to make this box and the thinnest cotton batting I had on hand - Quilter's Dream Request in white. Stitch all three layers right sides together using a 1/4" seam and leave a 4" opening for turning. After you've clipped the corners and turned it right sides out, topstitch around the outer edges and then quilt as you like. I segmented this square into triangles by marking the corner to corner diagonal lines, and then stitched a concentric triangle in each segment using the edge of the presser foot as my guide for spacing.
Here's a shot of the completed quilting lines on what will become the box interior. The edges are a tad wavy from all the quilting lines, but don't worry if yours ends up like this too - it will all turn out just fine in the end :)
Since I started with 12" squares to make a larger box, I marked and sewed 2.5" triangles in each corner rather than the 2" triangles indicated in the tutorial. This adjustment makes the finished box a little bit taller on the sides.
After sewing the corners and turning the box right side out you'll need to fold and press the outer flaps down on the box exterior. You may also want to tack the inside corner flaps down with a bit of hand stitching.
Add some cute buttons to the points on the exterior flaps...
And you're done. Fill it up with chocolate candies and you've got the perfect gift that can be used in so many other ways after the candy is long gone!
I'm going to make another one for my local Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild's April door prize filled with Easter grass, chocolates, and some other goodies. Maybe I'll even engineer a way to add a handle to make it a real Easter basket :)
I think this might be my go-to 2015 hostess gift project. Do you have other suggestions for quick and useful handmade gifts that you regularly sew?