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How to make a box of chocolates… with fabric!

by Tania Denyer

After the long cold dark nights of January, February brings hope… even if spring is months to come. The bright reds and pinks of Valentine decorations never fail to make me smile. Even entering the dollar store to be greeted by a riot of pink and red reminds me the grays of winter will not last forever, so for this week, I’ll be creating a special project.

If you have followed my projects before, you’ll know I love to create simple and fun designs and I thought what sweeter than a simple box of a chocolate quilt, either as a table runner, table topper or door quilt. And if time’s of the essence, even one chocolate will do 🙂

 

Chocolates made from fabric

 

materials

  • a variety of pink fabrics for the chocolate box squares, fat quarters or scrap fabric are ideal

  • a variety of brown fabrics for the chocolates, including an off white for white chocolate!

  • red 1½” fabric strips for sashing
  • fusible batting, to give dimension to your chocolates

  • grosgrain ribbon in a variety of pink and red, various widths

  • rick rack, also in pink and red, various widths

  • novelty buttons

  • 30” square of backing fabric

  • 30” square of batting

  • fabric for binding, about ½ yard

The chocolate box quilt will measure approximately 26″ square when complete.

 

Fabric selection to create my chocolate box quilt

 

I started by picking background fabrics. I chose a variety of pinks.

Then I decided on my chocolate fabric. Select a range of browns for milk to dark and don’t forget to include white chocolate!

Finally, look for all the ribbon, rick rack and buttons your heart desires, these are what I’ll be decorating the chocolates with.

Grosgrain ribbon is my absolute favorite and I encourage you to collect every color. It’s useful for so many things. Elan Grosgrain ribbon is excellent quality and beautiful to use.

 

Elan Grosgrain ribbon… in all the Valentine colors

 

Rick rack is something that was once a staple of all crafts and recently has become popular again. UNIQUE Rick Rack comes in a variety of widths and colors.

 

UNIQUE Rick Rack comes in a variety of widths and colors

 

And of course buttons… I used Elan novelty buttons, hearts for obvious reasons.

 

Elan novelty buttons come in all shapes and sizes and colors!

 

My project included HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece, which I used to give my chocolates a bit of dimension.

 

HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece to give my quilt work dimension!

 

Have fun picking fabrics and embellishments! This is a creative process so pick what makes your heart sing. You’re a chocolatier! Hooray!

And if you’re on Instagram, please tag me @iamgingerq or use #Qschocolatebox

Tomorrow I will begin to cut and piece the background, rotary cutters at the ready!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Creating perfect chocolates with TrueCut 360° Precision Circle Cutter

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