So here are some photo's of how to put the boxes together.
I didn't mark the template pattern with holes because if you plan to make smaller boxes, then you will need to make adjustments to the placement of holes. For this box (large size) - I marked the holes at increments of 1.5 cm. The hole punch had a guide to determine the depth of the holes from the edge. If you can't see what you are punching, make pencil marks that extend towards the middle (see lid further down). Trace two panels (the box is lined - I shuffled the colours around for the inside) from each piece of scrap booking paper. Keep pattern in mind when placing templates - you don't want sideways or upside down!
For each panel of the box, you will need two side panels cut from cardboard, scrapbooking paper or old greeting cards. You will also need two acetate panels - one on the front and one on the back. You can see in the photo below that I used small bulldog clips to hold all of the pieces in place.
When each section is cut and punched, you are ready to start the needlework.
Tip Four: Don't start in a corner hole. I started one hole in from the corner on the bottom edge.
Working from the front, with a needle and thread, you can now start stitching the panels together. I did a basic overcasting stitch, catching the outside edge of the chain, this kept the outside and the inside looking neat and tidy.
When all the sides have been sewn together, you will then be able to determine the size of the lid. Using the base as a template, I outlined the template on the back of a piece of card and then added an 2 cm all around. Don't take this measurement at the corners. Make a couple of small marks (two per edge) and then using a ruler, redraw the lines, intersecting at the corners. When you are happy with the sizing, cut out as above. You can see here how I marked my pieces.
I ended up having to use a piece of card stock between the layers because I was using a few scraps up on the lid, I had one sheet of scrapbook paper left so used that on the underside.
If using these methods, I would try and find a punch that could make smaller holes. I would then punch the holes closer (but not too close) to the edges of each panel. Something to think about! For lots of ideas good old Google (Vintage Hanky Boxes) will find you plenty of inspiration.
Til next time....Sue