How to Make an Easy Needlepoint Gift Box

comments (5) October 31st, 2008     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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This cute little box comes with its own gift wrap.
Youd never know that plastic canvas was hiding under all that needlepoint! Were using a very fine grade here, which results in more refined stitchery.
What a great package for a small holiday gift, like handmade jewelry! (The bracelet was made by Szarka.)
This cute little box comes with its own gift wrap.

This cute little box comes with its own gift wrap.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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It's true, sometimes plastic canvas gets no respect in the craft world, but it deserves some! It's a fantastic material for all kinds of structural crafts, such as this beautiful needlepoint gift box.

What you'll need:

  • 14-count plastic canvas
  • Pearl cotton embroidery floss
  • Small, blunt, large-eyed needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cardstock
  • White craft glue
  • Large paper clips


Plastic canvas is available in 7 count, 10 count, and 14 count. (The "count" is the number of squares per inch.)

Plastic canvas comes in several grades: 7 count, 10 count, and 14 count. The count refers to the number of squares in an inch. You've probably seen the 7-count stuff at your craft store, but I'm a big fan of 14 count. Its holes are much smaller, so your stitchery looks much finer.


The needlepoint pattern is based on simple squares, so it's easy to size your box up or down.

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Comments (5)

loyerd6 writes: OH! I forgot to add that I also glued an oval mirror inside the lid!
Posted: 12:38 am on February 21st
loyerd6 writes: This is so cute! I made one with black and veriegated blue for one of my nieces and I'm going to make another one pink, white and black for my other niece. I did make a couple changes that I wanted to share with you. Since I am making them jewelry boxes (both boxes are surprises for my nieces' birthdays), I'm putting jewelry in the box as an added surprise. Instead of using cardboard to line them, I used black felt. I was really looking for velveteen, but I couldn't find any, so felt was a great, inexpensive ($2.75/yard and I used about 2 feet of it!) substitution. I also threaded beads and put them on the lid in the middle of each design. The first one turned out so pretty, I can't wait to see the second one.
Posted: 12:37 am on February 21st
oldgoat53 writes: that is one of the cutest things ive seen in a while. you out did your self. great project

Posted: 6:17 pm on October 22nd
kaytet writes: so cute diane! i would love to try this sometime!
Posted: 10:37 pm on November 1st
pinsandneedles writes: That's a nice box-in rich fall colors, too! Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 1:39 am on November 1st
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