Since I started sewing box bags I’ve had a lot of questions asking what pattern I was using so I decided to do a special post on what tutorials I’ve been using and some of the improvements I’ve made to them so that you can make your own!
For my first box bag I used Drago[knit]fly’s box bag tutorial and followed the directions exactly. I had some trouble figuring out how to place my fabrics on the second side of the zipper so I did some searching on the internet and found another tutorial on this blog. This tutorial just helped me figuring out the layering although I didn’t use for anything else.
I then sewed my second box bag. I decided to make this one a bit larger as I thought the first one wasn’t quite big enough. I think that I used a 16″ by 14″ rectangle instead of 16″x12″ rectangle. Also, I used a zipper that is much longer and found out that this made my life much, much easier as the zipper pull doesn’t get in the way when your sewing the zipper on.
This box bag ended up being completely wonky as I couldn’t figure out a way to make the 4 corners identical and I resolved to figure that out by my next one. Thankfully, I was reminded of something in the above-mentioned tutorial by Twenty Acres and no Sheep. She cuts off corners which makes them even and straight.
I tried this technique with my third box bag.
This time I started with a totally different size fabric which means that the box bag ended up being more like a pencil case than anything else. But cutting up the corners really helped and I managed to have totally even corners.
On my fourth box bag I put together a bigger size rectangle with the improved corner technique and came up with this.
This box bag came out exactly like I’d hoped, nice and square with straight edges. Now I’ll that’s left for me to figure out is how to make my seams inside tidier, which will involve some interlocking… I still need to figure that part out!
This wasn’t really a tutorial but I’m hoping it will still help those of you who want to make these box bags. The key is to use a longer zipper and to trim the corner! Happy sewing!