Joy of Cartonnage

Have fun making unique handmade gifts with fabric, cardboard and glue! NO-SEW! This is Cartonnage technique!

Receiving special gifts that were made just for you is wonderful! Having fun making unique gifts for yourself or for someone is so good! Cartonnage is a great "no-sew" technique that allow us to make one-of-a-kind pieces that will make you so proud of have made it!

With simple materials like paperboard, fabric and glue, you can make amazing boxes, cases and more! Teachers, grandmas, grandpas, moms.... everyone will be so happy to receive them from you! Choose a different fabric for the same pattern and you will have a totally different piece! Cutting the cardboard yourself or starting from DIY kits with cardboard kits, your Cartonnage time will be always a pleasure! People who are already making gifts using Cartonnage are so happy and making more..... read the testimonials!

This course is my gift to you that want to learn Cartonnage!

Here you will learn everything you need to know to get started in Cartonnage . You will see the possibilities for this craft, all basic materials you will need, how to cut paper or use DIY kits to make the projects and you will learn the basic process of covering paper with fabric while making a simple project, a cartonnage tool case. Additional to all videos, you can also get ebooks with all basic information about the technique, and learn how to make great Mini Fabric sewing kit and simple boxes.

You will have the opportunity to see and practice the technique and decide if Cartonnage is for you! I will be sharing simple and easy DIY cartonnage projects here periodically, so you can start Cartonnage now!

To continue learning Cartonnage and how to make more projects, I have other online courses available, check my school at http://learncartonnage.colorwayarts.com

I hope you enjoy!


Course Curriculum

  eBook Basic cartonnage - Fun with Fat Quarters (making the MINI FABRIC SEWING KIT and single boxes)
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  HOW TO USE CARTONNAGE DIY KITS - making a fabric tissue box cover
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  DIY paper mache shapes
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  Adding a tag to Cartonnage pieces
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Your Instructor

Claudia Squio
Claudia Squio

Claudia Squio is a Brazilian fiber 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.

Check her website at www.colorwayarts.com!


See what students are saying

I came across your website by accident when Kathy King used your corner tool and thought it FANTASTIC! Of course I came to have a look - I needed help with my corners on books badly - LOL! I sat in awe through your wonderfully informative and very generous Free Online Course and watched the whole thing in one sitting - I was hooked! I made the calendars and was thrilled I could do it with so little materials to buy and give as gifts. They were such a hit! I am visually impaired so it takes me a bit longer to do projects and the tools Claudia has for sale are top notch and helped me so very much. I absolutely recommend that everyone new and acquainted with this wonderful hobby enroll in this Free Online Course and get to know Claudia, all the tips and techniques she offers in this course. I just wanted to say thank you Claudia for this Free Online Course. Had I not been able to see you in action through all the different projects I probably would not have become the fabric and kit junkie I have become! Fay

Claudia does an excellent job of describing the process of Cartonnage. The videos are easy to follow and Claudia explains each step in great detail. You can rewind and fast forward to do the work at your own pace. Claudia will answer any of your questions that come up. Cartonnage does not require any specialized tools but the toolkit makes things easier. The kits will save you time because all the paper is already cut out. But you can cut the paper out yourself too. Cartonnage is fun and not difficult to learn! I would recommend these videos for anyone interested in learning about Cartonnage. Betsy

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

See what "local Cartonnage students" are saying

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

I LOVE the way my box turned out & now I'll be able to keep track of my cartonnage tools. Claudia is such a good teacher & can't wait to take another class. Karen

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

My sewing kit looks great! I'm really proud of it. She is a great teacher. Keep up the good work Claudia! Looking forward to many more classes with you. Molly

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.
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