Appliquéd Sweet Box

by Josie Day

Appliquéd Sweet Box

This gorgeous little box is not only the perfect place to keep your treats, it’s also a great project to try out free-hand machine embroidery.


1. Prepare your background fabric by drawing around the glass insert supplied with the wooden box. Place to one side.

2. Trace the ‘Sweets’ pattern pieces onto the Bondaweb and then iron onto the wrong sides of your fabric scraps. The pattern has already been reversed for you, this is so that the writing will read correctly when finished.

3. Cut out the appliqué pieces and, using the guideline you drew earlier, fuse into place centrally on the background fabric.

4. Machine around the appliqué pieces in black thread giving the embroidery a ‘sketch-like’ feel. Don’t worry if your sewing is a bit wobbly as this adds to the overall effect of raw edge appliqué!

5. Cut out your finished embroidery using the marked outline and then stick into place on the wooden backing blank supplied.

6. Pop into place behind the display glass and secure into position using the fastenings which are already screwed into the underneath of box lid.

7. Fill your box with tasty sweets and treats!

Products Mentioned

  • Bare Wood 19x14cm Box - Photo Display Top #8156
  • Coats Moon Spun Polyester Sewing Thread 1000yds - Black
  • Hemline Wipe-Off Fabric Marker Pen H295
  • Stix2 Double Sided Flushedge Tape - 24mm FPAL27322450
  • Vilene Bondaweb 329 Double Sided Fusible Facing - 1m x 45cm wide

Josie Day

Hi, I’m Josie, I live in the North East of England with my husband, two children and a very naughty cat. I enjoy all things creative, but my first love is sewing, especially appliqué. I'm frequently published in UK craft magazines and you can also get loads more free tutorials over at my blog sewforsoul.