Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Pillow Box Pockets

Today’s project channels two of my favourite papercraft-y hobby horses (three if you count digi-papercrafting, which is a given). Number one is papercraft storage ideas. If you visit IKEA Marketplace, you find lots of paper products – storage boxes, magazine files. Papercrafting storage solutions is a great way to produce effective temporary storage ideas. (Plus – you can change the look frequently.) Number two is reversible paper projects. Double-sided papers double the design possibilities. Print on one or both sides of a sheet of paper to produce designs with contrast trims and attractive turn-backs.

So - here are some tweaked pillow boxes (open top + added hanging tab) you can assemble into a cascade or use solo. They remind me a bit of those pockets you make from a sandwiched paper plate-and-a-half.  

I use 160 gsm white photocopier card to make the Pillow Box Pockets. Print one side with the gingham print and print the Pillow Box template on the flip side.

Here are your free files:

Pillow Box Pockets

1 Print the gingham on one side of your sheet of 160gsm photocopier card. Print the template on the back.

2 Score the fold lines with a fine-point embossing tool. Hold the tool against a small metal ruler for straight lines.

3 Fold the scored lines, paying special attention to the curved pillow-side marquises.

4 fold the decorative tab onto the gingham side of the card - stick down with a snippet of d/s tape.

5 Fold the thread-hole parts in half, securing along one long edge with d/s tape. Your choice as to "innsies" or "outsies" (plain or gingham side) - just be consistent for all the pockets in the hanging organiser.

6 Stick the back piece unit onto the pillow box like so:
Remember: you don't need a back piece for the bottom organiser pocket!

7 Fold up the sides of each pocket and stick the pillow box marquise-shaped sides together with d/s tape or PVA glue. The back-piece marquises go underneath, the top-piece marquises on top.
8 Thread ribbon or baker's twine through the holes, overlapping to join units where necessary. Tie in pretty bows. Hanging loop on top.

A solo Pillow Box Pocket can sometimes be as useful as a railway-style cascade!

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