Check my unique capsule coffee fabric box!


My husband loves coffee and decided to have a new coffee machine for our house! After searching he found the best choice would be the Nespresso Vertuoline. He started making very good coffees, but the capsules were kind of big to fit in the boxes I already made, and for sure, I didn’t want to buy a new one, as I could have fun and make my own one with cartonnage! But I didn’t want to make just “another box”, I want to make something functional and beautiful! But I didn’t have time for that, then for the last two weeks, my counter top was a mess, literally. Some weird boxes around, so difficult to find the coffee he wanted...


but I knew I had to have plenty of time to stop and make a new one! And last Saturday was snowing, very cold outside in the morning, so perfect to be inside and I said, let’s do it! Today I will solve this problem!

And to get started, I asked my husband - the customer: What do you want? What kind of box do you want? How many capsules do you want to fit inside? Do you want closure? And he just said he wants a box like the other ones I make, no closure, and then, he started helping me with the design. We tried to figure out the best size for the box.

So, I made some notes, cut some chipboard, quickly build one temporarily box and we had our first test!


Decision: too big! It would fit 25 capsules but would be a big box. So, we play a little bit with it and decided that may be would be better have space for 20 capsules on top and one extra storage under that to keep more capsules as they come in the packages.

So, a little bit more conversation and I made another temporarily box.


But, this time, we thought that would be better if I add dividers to the top tray, and then more measures and I had to cut more chipboard for a box a little bigger and make another box and this time…..yeah! all fit perfectly and it was starting to look like something functional !!


So, now it was my time to cover all pieces of paper with fabric and make the tray.

And then, the final test for the tray! Perfect! 20 capsules in perfect place!


Ok, then, it was time to make the box to put the tray inside and more space for storage underneath. More math, cutting paper and build another temporarily box to check the dimensions.


My first idea was to add some ribbon on the sides of the tray to remove it from the box, then I decided to make some holes in the sides of the box instead, and with those, we can easily remove the tray. All paper cut by hand and sanded when needed!


Looks like will fit everything. At this time, I wasn’t sure yet how I would close the box, still thinking.

Then I covered the pieces of chipboard with fabric and build the box. When finished my husband figured out that if I had made a box just a little higher we could storage the packages, but then we decided to continue like that and keep our first idea, it will be easier to access the capsules without the package. Glad we decided that!!


So, we will have space for 4 or 5 of these things with capsules with 10 capsules each, plus 20 capsules on the top tray, so, at the end, the box will fit 60 or 70 capsules (because the espresso ones are smaller)… that’s a great storage (we can buy more capsules each time with discount, free shipping and have space for them!!)


At this point the designing was finished! My husband went outside to play with the kids and I continued my work making the box……oh….so fun…. I love my craft time!!

Then, I decided about the lid, the fabrics, made the lid, covered the tray and box outside (because inside was already covered when I build the box).


At some point, I also made a break and came outside to take some pictures and play a little bit with my family! We all love snow!

So, at the end of the day I was with the box ready, or at least almost! I knew my husband didn’t want a closure, but I thought that it is a beautiful box, that deserves something more so, my plan was for a closure and feet (but I didn’t tell him about that until he saw the final box in the next day!....)


You may know, may not, but in cartonnage, we use masking tape as part of the process and we need to wait some hours to remove it…..for sure….not easy time to pass …… I was so curious to see the final box…but, I put something heavy over and kept like that until next day, Sunday!


Then, on Sunday, I removed all the masking tape, and I can tell you that it is an exciting time….when you start seeing your project done.


and then, the final step, I added the metal feet!


Finally, I was able to see the box ready!!


OMG….. I loved so much!! I can’t believe I made it! I love Cartonnage so much! It is such a great craft!! Then, it was time to give the box to my husband. He loved it! (didn’t complain about the closure and feet!! Yeah…..) and he was so happy with it! Now he can find the coffee so easily!

And I was also happy with the box and with the organization of my countertop! Yeah….. no more weird boxes on it!

So, that was my project for the weekend! I enjoyed designing with the help of my husband! I loved the final box and I had so much fun making it.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

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Claudia Squio