Background: (5) 14" x 14" squares (1 yard)
Bows: 1/4 yard or a fat quarter
Middle Portion of Package: (5) red scraps, each about 2" x 7"
Outer Portions of Package; (10) orange scraps, each about 2" x 7"
Download PDF FilesPrint at 100 percent. Do not allow printer to scale images.
- Half of Gift Box schematic to use as a layout helper.
- Gift Box applique templates. Seam allowances are not included around templates.
Also See: Image of Quilt Block
Two Ways to Make the Gift Box Quilt BlockThe Gift Box quilt block pattern can be assembled in a couple of ways:
- using a combination of patchwork and appliqué
- using appliqué to sew all patches to a single large background square
Let's talk about the combination method first.
To use a combination of patchwork and appliqué, we can make a patchwork unit for the three strips that make up the base of the box. A plain (narrow) strip of fabric is sewn beneath that unit, and a wider piece of plain fabric is sewn to its top.
The bow is appliquéd as in the original quilt block.
The block has an extra seam allowance around its edges to allow for squaring up after the appliqué is added.
Now let's look at the all-applique option.
All pieces are appliquéd to a single background square.
Make the Combination Gift Box Quilt BlockCut patches for one block and assemble a test block to make sure you like the technique.
- Cut (10) 2" x 6-7/8" orange bars for outer gift box bars (2 per quilt block)
- Cut (5) 1-3/4" x 6-7/8" red (shown) or green bars for inner gift box bar (1 per quilt block)
- Cut (10) 3/4" x 6-7/8" strips of background fabric to sew between bars.
- Cut (10) 5 " x 6-7/8" pieces of background fabric to sew to the side edges of the box base (2 per block)
- Cut (5) 2" x 14-1/4" bars for the block's bottom (1 per block)
- Cut (5) 6-3/8" x 14-1/4" pieces of backing fabric to sew above the box base (1 per block).
- Set aside the 14-1/4" background units.
- Sew a 3/4" wide background strip lengthwise to each side of a 1-3/4" wide box base strip. Press seam allowances towards the wider strip.
- Sew a 2" wide box base strip lengthwise to each narrow background strip. Press seam allowances towards the wider strips.
- Sew the 5" x 6-7/8" pieces of background fabric lengthwise to opposite sides of the box unit. Press seam allowances either direction.
- Sew a 2" x 14-1/4" background strip to the bottom of the box unit. Press seam towards the long strip.
- Sew a 6-3/8" x 14-1/4" background strip to the top of the box base and press the seam towards the background.
- Print templates and cut out fabric as directed in the PDF file. Arrange appliqué patches on the quilt block, taking care to keep them within the block's 12" finished area. Lower ribbons are tucked under the upper ribbon.
- Applique the ribbon to the block using the technique of your choice. Press.
- Square up the quilt block to measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2", again remembering that 1/4" will become part of the seam allowance on each side of the block.
- Make a total of five gift box quilt blocks.
Sew the Block Entirely with Applique
- Print the templates and cut out patches as directed on the PDF file. Cut enough for one block first, in case you wish to change seam allowances. Templates do not include seam allowances.
- Use the half-drawing to sketch the layout onto fabric (with a light table or other backlit source). The layout is pretty simple, so you might not need to sketch. Do take care to align patches in a very similar way from block to block, especially along their bottom edges (if you prefer more variety, that's absolutely fine).
- Use a ruler to make sure that patches are within a 12" finished area of the quilt block.
- Applique the patches to the block. Press. Square up the quilt block to measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".
- Make four more gift box quilt blocks.