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Looking for a discontinued pattern

desertbobbi | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone – I’m just new but have been reading Threads for years. I love sewing and anything to do with fabrics. My experiments have not always been successful but sometimes I surprise myself!

There was an orgami fabric box article published in Threads in 11/98, #79, that I thought I had saved but I can’t find it and really would like to have that pattern again. It is no longer available from Threads.  I’ve tried to remember how to make it but it’s too frustrating and I don’t have the patience! I don’t even remember the author of the article. If someone out there has that article or remembers the instructions, I would be soooo happy!  Thanks very much.


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    You aren't talking about the pyramid shaped boxes with the zippers, are you?


    1. desertbobbi | | #2

      No, they're fabric boxes made by fusing a stiffener to the fabric and then the box (and lid) are made by folding in a certain way to eventually end up with a box - soft of a run on sentence, sorry!  I had actually made several small ones (approx. 4 to 6 inches square) and they're wonderful for small gifts because not only is there a gift inside, but the box is a gift, as well.  The fabrics I used were cotton and silk that I had handpainted and they turned out beautifully.

      1. fabricholic | | #7

        When you make your new boxes, how about taking some pictures and posting them so that we can see them. They sound really cute.Marcy

        1. desertbobbi | | #8

          If they turn out as I hope they will, I'd love to do that!

  2. Clarelle | | #3


         I see that is a "Quick to Make" article and it is included in Taunton's "Quick to Make" book they have published.   I also see the book is discounted at present.   This might take you to it http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/070632_tcpg.asp

        I am just a Threads reader, nothing to do with Taunton.

         Hope this helps.

    1. desertbobbi | | #5


      Thanks so much - that pattern is absolutely in that book and I didn't even know the book existed!  I do certainly appreciate the info.  Thanks again !

      1. Clarelle | | #6

        That is OK, desertbobbi.

        I was aware the book existed but do not have it.

        Have a pleasant time making the boxes.

        An email alerted me to your message.

        Clarelle in Australia.

      2. Teaf5 | | #9

        If you can't get the book, post in this thread again; our research library has bound copies of Threads, and I can probably get to it fairly soon to help you out.

        1. desertbobbi | | #10

          Thanks very much but I was able to get the book from Amazon.com at a lovely price, which was great, plus I'll get all the other quick projects in the book! 

  3. Clarelle | | #4

    Just to add - the author of the article is Louise LoPinto Hutchison.

  4. user-246198 | | #11


    I just saw that article in my stash of back Threads. I could photocopy the article for you.  Where do I mail it?

    I was looking for the endless tube scarf instructions from Nov. 2001, which was missing from my collection.  Do you have?


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