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CARTONNAGE Basics & Beyond - The complete guide for fabric box making, book written by Claudia Squio


Making your own fabric covered box it's so fun and the final boxes are unique handmade gifts! You can make your own fabric boxes, cases and much more out of paperboard, fabric and glue with this lovely cartonnage technique!! And your pieces will be sturdy as wood, but made with your favorite fabric!

With 192 pages, 700 color pictures instructions step by step, no guessing, no steps missing, this book is a master class to make your own beautiful fabric boxes from the very beginning. Also covers how to build more advanced pieces including dividers, trays and drawers. You will learn how to start from the scratch cutting your own cardboard or you will be able to start from some DIY kits (sold separately) with all pieces of paperboard pre cut and have fun using your favorite fabrics. Very simple materials needed, no expensive tools!

You will also have the opportunity to learn how to personalize your boxes painting your own fabric or adding embroideries! Sherri Jones is a contributor of this book and she designed unique embroideries to be added to fabric boxes. Lynn Hodge is another contributor that is showing how to paint fabric and being your own fabric designer.

NOTE: there is one complimentary online free class included in this book. Inside the book you will have the information to have access to it and see some parts of the process in videos.

About the author: Claudia Squio is a Brazilian-american artist living in Michigan and focusing on fabric cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. She designs fabric boxes and cases and has been teaching this technique at quilt stores and quilt quilds and also through her online cartonnage school. She has authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes” and a Lecture “Cartonnage – the art of box making”. Some of her artwork also includes the preparation of the fabric, painting and sewing, combining techniques to make even more unique pieces. Besides creating the pieces and teaching she developed some DIY kits and tools that can be used for her students to start and facilitate the process of fabric box making.

If you want to start your projects using DIY kits with all pieces of paperboard precut, you will find them in the DIY kits section of the shop.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Marti Van Allen
Excellent, well-photographed guide to fabric box making.

This book has excellent instructional text and photographs. Everything you could possibly want to know about Cartonnage is explained and demonstrated well via the text and photos. This book was shipped with many tools and the Workshop 2024 DIY Box Kit. (230a). I am excited about starting the class tomorrow. Everything in my order was very carefully wrapped, packaged, shipped quickly and delivered in plenty of time for the Workshop. I’m a happy camper !!

Nicole Ranney

I purchased the kits for the open house and was amazed at how percise the chipboard was cut

Alice Frati
Learn Cartonnage

Claudia’s book is well written and has lots of photos to explain how to build different boxes. Instructions are well explained. A great book for anyone who wants to learn cartonnage or already has experience and would like a reference book.

Andrea Welker
Absolutely Great

I finished my first kit and it came out beautifully. I think I’m hooked. The supplies were also great, made all the difference for a perfectly made box. I will be back for more.

Candace Broman

Fast service of beautifully packaged order. The book is excellent and the fabric is terrific. So pleased.