CORI’S CACHE -- A Work In Progress

Lynn Schoeffler © 2006

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You may remember the little Mermaid box from CQMagOnline Jan 2006 -- it was a lot of fun to do; which was very fortunate, because I have another niece patiently waiting for her box.

The main body of this box is still in production, but I thought you might enjoy the instructions for the rainbow on the lid of the box. I had the little Susan Clarke Original* fairy button, and was contemplating how best to showcase it when a package arrived from my friend Jackie, in Illinois. The idea for the lid jelled in an instant when I saw the vintage handkerchief with the big pink Swiss lawn flowers. Thanks, Jackie!

Box lid:

Using the box lid as a template, draw a circle on a piece of white muslin, leaving 4 or 5 inches of fabric around the circle. The white color will keep your colors true if you are using very sheer fabric for the rainbow. Because of the heavy beading, I also cut a circle of craft weight cotton batting to back the muslin.

I chose a Polyester Crepon sheer fabric for the stripes of the rainbow—it is beautifully sheer and sparkly, with lots of color choice. Also, this fabric doesn't run when you needle it—unlike the particular chiffon I used on the mermaid box. You can use any sheer fabric like organza or chiffon, although it is helpful to have a fabric that stretches well on a bias cut, without distortion.

You will need l/4 yard pieces of your sheer because you will need to cut 2 inch wide strips across the bias of the fabric for a l inch folded strip. I found a l/8 yard cut would not give me enough bias edge to curve as far around the circle as I wanted to go. The Crepon sheer was also a good choice because of the wide range of colors—nine shades went into this rainbow. You could also use fewer colors and cut wider bias strips.

Place the first folded bias fabric edge along the curve of the drawn circle; pin in place, being careful to make a smooth curve. Appliqué or top stitch along the outside curve, using matching thread. In Photo B you can see that many puckers are caused at the lower edge of the fabric strip. These will be cut away after each strip is appliquéd into place; or if you are using wider strips, you can notch the edge of the fabric to make it lay flat. Be careful not to trim too much! That is another advantage to using the sheer fabric—you don’t have heavy layers of fabric to deal with when they are all layered into place.

Continue to pin and appliqué layers until you have as many as you want, smoothing the fabric down and cutting away the puckers following the curve. Embellish the rainbow as desired. When the rainbow is complete, cover the bottom edges with pieced fabrics. I used just two patches because I wanted a larger area to bead, and because I liked the texture of the green pleated fabric.

To finish: Carefully position the box lid on the back of the pieced fabric; pin in place around the edges of the lid. Turn to front and check position, adjusting as necessary. Trim fabric to about one inch from the lid edge, and carefully notch with scissors. Glue with acid-free fabric glue and let dry overnight. Re-glue the lid lining piece to the underneath side of the lid (see box type at CQMagOnline January 2006), covering the glued edges. On this lid, I glued two pieces of thin trim around the box edge—one on top of the other.

*See the full line of Susan Clarke buttons.

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