Miniature Quilt Room in a Box

Lazies, I saw a post on Pamdora’s Box the other day about a miniature art gallery dollhouse.  Well, I told my friend Penny Deckard, of The Cotton Vault about it and she emailed to tell me about a quilt-themed gift box she made for a friend.  When I saw the pictures, I told Penny it was too cute to keep to herself and I asked her to consider sharing this fabulous cutie with all of us and to tell us more about the project. Here’s the gift box with the lid sitting off to the side:


Here’s Penny:

“This gift box quilting scene was so fun to make. My friend owns a quilt shop & I have a quilting web store so it has become difficult to give gifts that don’t involve fabric. I go to a doll shop every Saturday & we make dolls/clothes, 2 years ago one of the ladies showed us her Christmas box & we were all off & running. I wish I had pictures of the others, a few are being made this year. I love playing with miniatures, I wish I had the patience for a miniature quilt (someday). Anyway she likes the Victoriana look, it all folds up into a gift box. Hubby wired the entire thing so the tree lights up & the candles on the mantle. It was fun fun! Thought you might like it.”


I love the details. Look at that kitty stretching on the rug. There’s a project in progress at the sewing machine. And the bolts of fabric, too! Click on each picture for a larger view.


I wish my sewing room was as nice and neat as this Victorian fantasy.  If this was a model of my sewing room there would be one inch of ‘stuff’ all over the floor with a narrow foot path throughout. Note to self – clean sewing room!

Penny, thanks for sharing this cute creation with us.  I love it.  I want one!!!!

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Images courtesy of Penny Deckard of The Cotton Vault.

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18 Responses to “Miniature Quilt Room in a Box”

  1. Dana — November 29, 2006 @ 8:12 am

    Oh my goodness….that is gorgeous…absolutely gorgeous. What a lovely idea, the box. How inspiring. My wheels are turning now, I must say. A great idea if you don’t have room/money for a whole doll house (or just don’t want to). I’m drooling! Any possibility that your friend could give a tutorial for the construction of the box frame? Pretty pretty please!?!?!

  2. terrisa — November 29, 2006 @ 8:13 am

    i want one toooo cute

  3. carol a fairchild — November 29, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

    Oh, it is so wonderful!!! I wish I could do somethings like that . Yours is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. Dollie — November 29, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    Adorable – I bought a doll house for My Grandaughters (and me too) for Christmas. I think the first room will be a sewing room. Thank your friend for the inspiration.

  5. Lynn — November 29, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    WOW!! Thanks for sharing. Lynn SE Ohio

  6. Penny — November 29, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    Hey Joan, I am sooo glad everyone loves it. Let me get with my doll buddy & see if she has any problem with it & I will get back with you on the directions. Thanks again for adding my site. I think I am getting a burning desire to do another one (Next year!)


  7. Judy — November 29, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    Way too cute. Good job.
    I made a living room and a bedroom in a box for my granddaughter and the little girl i take care of. We used the fabric from fabric sample books. We even cut the carpet and throw rugs from these books also.
    We made the couch, bed and tables with lamps. we had a great time making these and we play with them everytime I have to work. they stay in my room where i nanny at.
    we should have a contest to see who could make the cutest room. we could judge each others work.
    only thing, we can’t let Penny know, she would win. lol
    GOD bless

  8. Norah Ledermann — November 29, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    How beautiful and what a thoughtful and I’m sure treasured gift. A friend and I used to cover batten stuffed cigarette boxes with fabric stacking them into shapes of beds, chesterfields and tables. Not quite miniature, good for Barbies but never dreamt of something as exquisite as this.
    Would love that tutorial if it ever comes about.

  9. Mary Beth — November 29, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m the “friend” that this wonderful box was made for. I have to say that it is one of my most cherished gifts. Althought I received it from Penny several Christmas’ ago, I keep it on display year around.

    The detail that she and her husband put into the box is amazing. She really reached inside my heart with the items she choose.

    She captured my love of quilting, my kids/cats, my Christian faith, my love of Christmas, how we love to use our china for special occasions. I didn’t realize how much she studied the things I and my husband love until I saw it. This gift was truely a labor of love on her part and I can not express how very special it made me feel to know how much time was put into it.

    I know thats a little sappy, but I just wanted everyone to know how much it touched the person that received this gift.

    Keep Stitching _ _ _ _
    Mary Beth

    The Quilting Bee Inc.

  10. Brenda Kenney — November 30, 2006 @ 4:45 am

    What a brilliant idea…so cute and compact. my 6 year old grand daughter would love one. …Fantastic

  11. Nancy — November 30, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    I LOVE the quilting box and would LOVE the instructions!! Makes one want to shrink up and live in it!

  12. Vivienne — November 30, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Oh my gosh! That is just wonderful, I have loads of miniatures, I have just run out of places to put them, I would love to have directions on making one of these. My daughters would love them, your friend is so lucky to have received one as a gift.

  13. Melissa — December 4, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

    This has got to be the cutest thing going! I have always loved doll houses but knew I didn’t have the space for one, now I am full of ideas for these. My impossible to buy for sister might just get one for her birthday next July!

  14. Eva — December 6, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    I just LOVE the Miniature Quilt Room in a box. Where can we get the instructions to make this? I have always loved doll houses but no room for one, but this is perfect! What a wonderful gift to recieve or give.

  15. Lindsey — October 17, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

    Does anyone know if the instructions for the “room in a box” were published. I made 2 in camp when I was 10 and just remembered them recently. Since then I’ve been searching EVERYWHERE for directions on how to make them. I can’t find any but I came across posts made on this site in 2006 (closest thing I could find). Plllleeeeeaaaasssseee let me know!!

  16. Sunny — April 12, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

    I love the idea, but if I made one for myself, where would I put it? Shelf space in my sewing room is already double-bunked. Someday I will convince my husband that we could do all of our living in one room and use the rest of the house for my textile addictions. Then I’ll have to make one of these darling rooms.

  17. eleftheria — May 26, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    i love the idea i like to make one “room in a box” can i have the instructions please!!!! thank you.

  18. QueenE33 — May 30, 2011 @ 10:31 pm