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Victorian Bandboxes

Make beautiful fabric-covered bandboxes like your great-grandmother would have owned !

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Materials List for Victorian Boxes:

A 5"-12"diameter Box with lid: May be made from cardboard, paper mache,wood, plastic or metal. (may be any shape; round, oval, heart, octagon, or square)
Yardage: light to midweight upholstery fabrics, moire, heavy satins, taffetas, velvets, brocades.(If lightweight: also purchase corresponding amount of iron-on interfacing to stiffen the fabric)
Box diameter
(widest point)
------------------ Yardage*
under 5" ------------------------- 1/4 yd.
5"-8" ------------------------- 3/8 yd.
8"-12" ------------------------- 1/2 yd.
12" & up ------------------------- 3/4 yd.
  • * if lining is desired, use yardage chart for correct amount; use fabrics such as lightweight satins and charmuese
  • 1/3 yd. batting (low to mid-loft)
  • Embellishments:
  • Gimp, braid, cord, beads, or sequin trim to go around the outside of your box plus 4" more. You may want to go around the box 2 or 3 times.
  • Wire-edged ribbon to make a bow
  • Craft pearl or bead strands to go around box
  • Assorted buttons, beads, old jewelry, ornaments, etc. for decoration
  • 1 Tassel
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 paper grocery bag or something to protect work area
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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