But what will I need?, I hear you ask:
Some fabric (naturally) - You will need a strip of fabric - the width of the fabric (42 - 44 inches) x 8 1/2 inches wide, plus enough to cut two circles for the lid and the base.
Lining Fabric - width of fabric x 6 1/2 inches plus enough for two circles for the lid lining and base lining.
An embroidery hoop - the boxes above have been made with a set of hoops 6 inches in diameter. Use the cheap hoop that is made from lightweight wood or balsa wood. They are usually only a couple of dollars each.
Cardboard - cut 4 circles using the embroidery hoop as a template.
I used a dress making fabric for the first two boxes - both were a little wider than cotton patchwork fabric. The box with the separate lid is lined with a velour fabric. Don't think this is the only size you can make, the hoops come in many sizes and there are even some that are an oval shape. If using other sizes, just make sure that the amount of fabric is adjusted to give a full and voluptuous (for want of a better word) look. You can also make the boxes as deep or shallow as you like.
With right sides together, sew the main fabric and the lining fabric together lengthwise. Press the seam allowance towards the lining side. Top stitch close to the seam on the lining side - This helps keep everything in place.
Make the base pieces. There are two pieces for the base - one is covered with the lining fabric and one will be covered with the main fabric.
Now start gathering the fabric attached to the hoop. You are going to sew the lining base piece in first.
One piece of cardboard will be the top of the lid, the second piece is for the inside of the lid. Cover both pieces in the selected fabric as for the bases. This time you are going to stitch these two fabric covered pieces of cardboard together.
This is the top of the box with the loose lid. To keep the lid in place I covered a third piece of cardboard with a few layers of wadding in different sizes. This piece of cardboard was smaller. The extra padding keeps the lid in place.