I finished the pair of nesting boxes I was working on! I love how they came out and am going to use them to hold little things on my studio table.
I started by cutting out two different sized squares from unstretched canvas and a cotton fabric (a luscious Anna Maria Horner fabric). I cut the printed fabric a little bit bigger and just evened everything up later. I also picked some pretty coordinating thread to work with.
Then I marked a square in the center of the canvas and hand embroidered a favorite song lyric to just the layer of canvas.
Then I put both layers of fabric back together, with the wrong sides of the canvas and print fabric together. I stitched with my sewing machine on the square I marked, then added some additional decorative lines inside the square, radiating out from the corners of the square to the outer corners of the fabric, and around the inside outer edge, just inside the cut lines of the fabric. This not only looks nifty but keeps the two layers secure and sturdy.
Then I headed to the iron and folded up my sides, using my sewn inside square as a guide. I pressed the sides, then folded in the corners and stitched the corners down to the side of the box.
(for merrily we sew along)