Cartonnage Basics & Beyond - The complete guide for fabric box making

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The book "Cartonnage Basics & Beyond - The complete guide for fabric box making" written by me, Claudia Squio, has step by step color picture instructions, no steps missing and it 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. As I want your experience with cartonnage to be the best I can offer, to improve even more the comprehension of some steps of the book you will be able to watch online videos of those specific parts, accessing this free online course that complements the content of the book. Plus, I will be adding some bonus content here periodically and also you will be able to be in closed contact, ask questions, share pictures!

In the book (sold separately) you will learn how to start making fabric boxes 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.


To continue learning Cartonnage and how to make more projects, I have other online courses available, check my school at

I hope you enjoy Cartonnage and make beautiful fabric boxes!


Your Instructor

Claudia Squio
Claudia Squio

I'm Claudia Squio a Brazilian-American artist living in Michigan and focusing on cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. I design fabric boxes and cases and teach this amazing technique at quilt stores, quilt guilds and also through my online cartonnage school. I have authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes”. Besides creating the pieces and teaching I also develop some DIY kits and tools that can be used for my students to have fun, feel the relaxing power of crafting and facilitate the process of fabric box making.

Course Curriculum

  CHAPTER 3 - The box making
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  CHAPTER 4, 7 and 8 - Fabric organizer box, painting and embroidering
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  CHAPTER 6 - Fabric treasure chest with hidden drawer
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See what students are saying

I have taken several classes from Claudia. I did not know what cartonnage was, but saw a few samples on display at my local quilt shop. It interested me, so I signed up for her classes and enjoyed each one immensely. After learning to make different cartonnage projects from Claudia, I have made and given many as gifts (wedding, graduation, birthday). Her DIY kits are of highest quality, as well as the instructions which include step by step colored pictures. These projects are so unique and easy to do. Once you have the few necessary (low cost) tools, you will have everything you need to make any of her items.Kathy

I am not a skilled crafter, but Claudia's online classes made me feel like one! I found the instructions were detailed yet clear and simple to follow. It was fun. I am delighted with the results. It is particularly important for me as a visual learner to see the instructions and then follow with her demonstrations. I could follow and complete each process with ease and confidence step by step. Her attention to detail is valuable in the processes. Cheri

Cartonnage is a great way to use up fat quarters and scraps that you have in your stash! The result is a wonderful piece of art that you can enjoy yourself or give as a cherished gift! Vicki

I first met Claudia Squio on-line when she offered a free introductory series of Cartonnage classes. She patiently walked us through the basics, progressing from book marks (I made dozens for gifts), and later journal covers and boxes. Her teaching style makes it so easy to learn from her great demonstrations and outstanding handouts. I've since taken many on-line classes and recently was able to meet Claudia in person for two classes at local quilt shops. She offers many complete kits but also teaches us how to cut paper, cereal boxes, poster board and chip board to make our own custom designs. I've introduced many of my quilting friends to this art from and they are all impressed with the quality of the products that I have made with Claudia's guidance. Linda

I am dazzled by my new notebook and box! Claudia's teaching is wonderful. She paces the class very well and her instructions are clear and precise. She has a wonderful range of projects. I also like the idea of buying a kit and getting the instructions with very helpful photos. But best of all, she has all of the pieces cut in a kit – WOW!!! That is so fabulous for us that we do not have to worry about cutting out the pieces. Sherri

Claudia's cartonnage classes have been a thoroughly fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to her patient and supportive approach to teaching; clear, step-by-step instructions (both in class and in detailed printed directions); and complete, reasonably priced DIY kits, I have learned to create a variety of unique items, including boxes, journals, sewing kits, frames, trays, wallets, and more. Because Claudia is so well-organized, she demonstrates cartonnage concepts and steps in a way that is easy to understand and follow, even for a beginner. I highly recommend her classes for anyone seeking an introduction to a technique that offers limitless creative possibilities with simple, inexpensive tools and materials. Jan

First of all, the instructions are exquisite. They are professional in every way and every detail. Second, the kits, numbered, professionally cut and laid out are also exceptional. I don't know other people who teach or present cartonnage classes, but Claudia's kits are top of the line. They are also very reasonably priced. Lastly, and most important, she is highly skilled and present classes effectively. She is professional along with extremely kind, considerate, helpful and very sincere. I love her classes for all those reasons. The bonus is learning these skills and coming away with a finished project I am really proud of. Maria

Frequently Asked Questions

What crafting skills do I need to be able to do Cartonnage?

None! No expensive machines, no sewing to work with Cartonnage. In this technique we use paper, fabric and glue as the main material. The tools are very simple and easy to find.

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
I am having trouble for sign up or viewing the videos. What should I do?

If you are not able to sign up, apply coupon code, or are having trouble with viewing the videos, please email [email protected] with a description of the problem and we will work on resolving the issue.

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