Friday, May 13, 2011

fabric covered boxes

So I always have diaper boxes lying around that I just can't bring myself to throw away! They are super sturdy and perfect size so I made these fabric covered boxes out of them. They are perfect for storage!

This polka dot one was actually made out of one of our moving boxes soon after we moved.. But was pretty much free because I already had the supplies. I made this one with a handle to be able to slide it out, but it was kind of complicated so the next few I did I didn't do handles. On the handle one I had to figure out to hide the raw edge of fabric so I twisted a strip and glued it around to try to hide it. I turned out ok.. it was just kind of a pain so the others are easier!

first you will need:


fabric( I use 2 different patterns)


measure tape

fabric glue(I use fabri-tac) or hot glue

sewing machine(optional)


1. Measure from the bottom to top of your box then cut your outside fabric with enough around the outside to reach the top of your box when held up. Cut a small square out of each corner then make a diagonal slit to the corner of your box like so:

2. Start gluing your fabric to your sides then glue your tabs around the corners. I start by gluing my longer sides first so it will end up even.

3. Next glue the tabs on your shorter sides onto the fabric first then glue it to the side of your box. This way you will have no rough edges of your fabric showing and it will look like you bought it!

Your finished outside cover should look like this: Nice and neat!

Now, there are 2 different ways you could make your liner. I made mine using a sewing machine and it was super simple, but if you don't have a machine or don't want to use one you could use an iron and glue...

4.(sewing version) Measure your sides width and height then add 1/2 inch for seam allowance. I added about 3 inches to my height so I have extra to pull over the top so the liner shows on the outside. Cut a strip long enough to go all the way around the inside using your measurements (I actually cut 2 strips and sewed them together to make one)sew it together on one of your short sides to make kind of a loop-make sense?. Measure the bottom of your box and also add seam allowance and cut a piece for that. Right sides together, pin your bottom piece to your sides piece then sew all the way around(it should line up if you meaured and cut correctly). Now just hem up your raw edge and you are done sewing. Put a line of glue all the way around the bottom of box and glue the wrong side of your fabric to it (so your design will be showing once glued). Stretch it up and over the top and do a line of glue all the way around your hemmed edge and glue to outside of box. You are done! It should look like picture below:

5.(no-sew version) Measure and cut lining fabric same as sewing version. Glue bottom piece to inside of box. Iron all raw edges on side piece then securely glue all edges to inside of box. Stretch up and over edge to show on outside. Put a line of glue around edge and press firmly to stay. You are done! It should also look similar to picture, just without stitching.

These boxes are so simple and could be made with any fabric for any room in the house! It would be perfect for kids room or craft room or even in a closet! You could also add rosettes like I did on the green polka dot one, you could add ribbon around, or you could add vinyl or paint to decorate it.

Here is what I did with mine. I am storing my costco supplies that I need close but not quite yet :)

Happy Crafting!


Ron and Maggie said...

this came at the perfect time!! We're moving and I have been looking of baskets for hayden's toys in his room!!! They're so expensive!!! I'm so excited for this tutorial!!

Sara Ann said...

Yay! I am excited to make some:)

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mommy2cjn said...

These are awesome! Just whipped one up during naptime. I didn't glue my liner to the box though. I added velcro, so I could remove it and be able to wash it. :) Got here from Sara's blog.

EmmaJ said...

I'm getting out my glue gun and making these!