Last time I checked, a pair of glass slippers couldn’t arrive in a plain old shoe box, which is why our slippers will be presented to each “Princess” in their own satin covered box, accompanied by a one of a kind (well, actually three of a kind) pillow topped lid, designed entirely by me!
I loved this project because it’s one of the first times during this process that I’ve designed and created something that wasn’t simply “copied” from another artist/crafter online.
I should specify here that the box itself isn’t original, there are lots of crafters online which do a great job of providing step-by-step instructions on covering a box in fabric. I relied upon a video from Modern Homemakers that was really excellent at this.
The lid, however, isn’t something I was able to find anywhere and is, in my mind, something very special.
Pillow Top Lid Tutorial
I’ve tried to provide as many photos as possible to help explain how I created this lid and, if you’ve watched the above video from Modern Homemakers, you’ll see that several of the glueing techniques are re-used in an effort to make the sides as smooth and tight as possible.
1. As with the main body of the box, I started by using a piece of matching fabric that was large enough to cover the top and sides. It is essential here, however, that you ensure that there is enough extra fabric on each side to compensate for the additional cotton that you’ll be stuffing under the fabric to create the “pillow” effect.
2. Once you’re happy with the positioning of the fabric, go ahead and add a line of hot glue to the top edge of the box (on the short end). Once the hot glue dries, you should be able to fold back the material as shown in the picture below.
3. Once you’ve got the first section glued, pull the material across the top of the box as tightly and smoothly as possible and then glue half only (at the top edge) of one of the long sides of the box.
You should now have glued one short side and half of one long side as shown by the black arrow in the picture (to the right of this text).
4. Next, find the centre of the box lid, and under the fabric, mark a dot or an “x” on the cardboard to indicate where you want the fabric to pull in (this helps create a “cushioned look”).
5. Add some of the cotton stuffing to fill the first half of the lid (I cut up an old couch cushion, but you can disembowel an old teddy bear, or even spend the few pounds on a bag of stuffing from your local craft store). Once the stuffing is tightly in place – be sure to really push it into the corner that’s been glued together – add a dot of hot glue where you marked the centre of the box, and press the fabric down as shown in the picture to the right and below.
6. Once you’ve added the first half of the stuffing, and secured the centre, proceed by adding a strip of hot glue to half only (at the top edge) of the other side of the box so that all of the cotton stays in place as shown by the black arrow below.
7. Next, glue the remainder of one long side and then add the rest of the cotton stuffing as shown below.
8. Once all of the cotton is in place add a line of glue to the remainder of both long sides, so that all that is left open is the final short side of the box. Be sure that the cotton is pushed deeply into the lid and that there are no gaps where stuffing is missing and once satisfied with the stuffing, add a line of glue to the top of the final side
9. After the box is glued at the top of all four sides, proceed to glue the fabric down to the bottom edge on both long sides.
10. Eventually you will get to a point where you have to fold down the corners and glue the short sides, and as you did with the main body of the box, fold each corner like a present and then glue the fabric down as tightly as possible so that the corners look “neat.”
11. Although not strictly necessary, I also added white card to the inside of the box lid to cover up the scraggly fabric bits. BE CAREFUL that you don’t overdo it with the card! On my first attempt at covering up the fabric, I did a brilliant job of making the inside look “neat” but then realised that I added so much card (and didn’t cut away enough of the excess fabric) that the lid no longer fit onto the box properly, which was extremely frustrating after spending so much time on the box and lid!
12. Finally, the tulle ribbon – cut the tulle so that you have more than enough to wrap around the lid and create a nice large bow. Remember, you can always cut off the ends, if necessary, so it’s best to overdo it on the length of the tulle. In order to make sure that that box lid still fits on (again another moment of stupidity on my part!) you’ll need to glue the tulle into the interior corners of the box (as shown in the picture) before wrapping it around the outside and creating the bow.
13. Once you’re happy with the bow, lift the knot up and add a large dab of hot glue to the centre divet and then press the knot back into the box lid (mind you’re fingers – the glue is hot!).
…and Voila… a beautiful pillow top lid!
In the end, it took four attempts to really get an amazing box lid, and here are the pictures of lid number four (Baby Imogen’s lid!):