Mount your lining material – pig suede is best – on this easy to use adhesive-backed card.
A3 sheets of high quality adhesive-backed 300 gsm card. Allows complete control over dimension and shape with even the most wayward material – professional results every time.
3 sheets per 1/4 skin is about right giving you a little bit of spare’
It’s possible to line boxes with a wide range of fabrics – but I find pig suede to be the easiest and produces the best results. The following instructions are for lining a plain box, including all vertical surfaces, lid and base:
All pieces need to be attached to my adhesive-backed card – this allows complete control over dimension and shape giving professional results every time. The pieces are measured/fitted in place using copydex [[craft adhesive, latex-based]] in the following order:
• Measure base, cut card 1mm smaller, peel off waxed paper backing, afix leather, trim and fit
• Measure internal height [to lid margin] with base piece in place, cut strips of the card for vertical faces 0.5 – 1mm less than this value, depending on thickness of leather.
• Measure front and back exact length, attach card to leather and trim allowing 1/2″ extra leather along top edges. Affix 1/2″ double sided tape along the top edge of the back of the card and carefully fold over the leather forming the top edges and fit in place.
• Measure between these pieces for the ends and repeat for these.
• Repeat for the lid.
NB: The only edges that need folding over are where they are visible at the lid margin – all others are left as raw cut edges as they are covered by the other pieces as you fit them.
The following simple toolkit is all you need:
a good cutting mat
a firm straight edge – Axminster do this one, excellent with abrasive fixed underneath to stop slipping, and also very good for cutting veneer …
a scalpel or other sharp craft knife
1/2” double sided tape
ruler [pref mms!]
copydex [craft adhesive, latex-based]
I will be adding more advice and options in due course, including advice on fitting supports for trays, covering more complicated shapes and some more general lining dos and don’ts.