Friday, July 26, 2013

Fabric Covered Box Tutorial...

Hi everyone!! I know you have seen these boxes over the last couple years in my sewing room and kitchen cupboards, but I've never done a post on how to make your own.

This tutorial is more of a concept, because your boxes will be different sizes, but in any case, it's a great way to recycle boxes and have a pretty storage solution.

covered box tutorial

Gather up your boxes and fabric and let's get started.

My first suggestion is to collect boxes that you might have or use in your home all the time. That way your boxes will look uniform.

The box below is a Propel water box. My daughters drank Propel all the time...not much any more though. They drink plain water now which we buy in larger cases, so that's a new source too!!

Collect boxes in the same size and shape, so when you display them in cabinets or on shelves, it looks like you purchased them in a specialty store.

Your boxes might be...

  • diaper boxes
  • soap boxes
  • cases from bulk canned goods
  • shipping boxes
  • shoe boxes
  • tissue boxes


covered box tutorial

I cut my fabric to fit the height of the box plus 1/4 inch.

I hot glued my fabric on the box along the top and bottom edges.

covered box tutorial

You can also use spray adhesive glue, Modge Podge which is a glue and sealer in one or the hot glue that I used.

covered box tutorial

You can wrap the fabric all the way around...

covered box tutorial

or cheat like I did when I ran out of fabric and didn't want to buy more...Lol

I only cover the parts of the box that you would see on the shelf!!

covered box tutorial

I matched the top edge of the fabric to the top edge of the box, but you can wrap the fabric to the inside of the box if you'd like.

For the bottom edge, I wrapped a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of fabric over to the bottom and hot glued it in place. This helps to keep the fabric from fraying when I slide the box in and out of the shelf.

covered box tutorial

Now to add the handle...

covered box tutorial

You can add a store bought cabinet handle, but I used pipe straps from the hardware store!!

This whole bag of 10 handles was only $2.00!!

covered box tutorial

You know those straps that hold up conduit pipe in your basement ceiling.

covered box tutorial

The bag of straps don't come with the screw and nut, so you might need to buy a bag of those too.

covered box tutorial


covered box tutorial

To add the handle, you 'll need a template to make the process easier with multiple boxes and keeps the handles uniform on the box front.

Cut a piece of cardboard to match the front of your box.

covered box tutorial

Mine already has the holes in it, but here are the steps to make your own template.

covered box tutorial

Take your template of the front of your box and fold it in half...left to right and make a crease.

covered box tutorial

Then fold it in half again bottom to top.

covered box tutorial

Now take your handle and center the middle of the handle on the north to south line.

Then center the screw holes on the east to west line.

Mark the screw holes with a pen.

covered box tutorial

Now poke out the screw holes with something sharp.

covered box tutorial

Place the template back on the front of your box and mark the holes with a pen or pencil.

covered box tutorial

If you have dark fabric, use a piece of chalk.

covered box tutorial


covered box tutorial

Take something sharp and poke out the holes you marked.

covered box tutorial

Your screws should match perfectly.

Push the screws through to the inside of the box.

covered box tutorial

Take your nuts and twist onto the screw. You may need to tighten with a screwdriver.

covered box tutorial

Here's a top view of the attached handle.

covered box tutorial

and the inside view of the box.

covered box tutorial

Done!!

covered box tutorial

You can add a hang tag to label what you have in your box too.

covered box tutorial

I used a key ring that opens with a hinge to add the tag to the handle.

covered box tutorial


covered box tutorial


covered box tutorial

I have them in an old hutch to organize office supplies.

covered box tutorial

and in my sewing section to organize fabric scraps, projects and things.

covered box tutorial

I have pre cut scraps in these boxes for a quick grab of 2 1/2 inch squares or strips. You can also organize your scraps by color too!

The other boxes are for unfinished projects!!

covered box tutorial

These boxes are great for so many things...

  • spices in your kitchen
  • food pantry
  • jewelry
  • bathroom items
  • medicine cabinet
  • crafting
  • scrap booking
  • sewing
  • kids' toys
  • clothes closet...socks, belts, scarves etc
  • holiday items

The possibilities are endless!

Have fun covering your boxes and organizing your home...one little spot at a time!

~Karen~


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23 comments:

  1. And I've been throwing these boxes away. Not anymore. Thanks

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  2. Oh, this is fantastic! thanks for the tute! I love repurposing things.

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  3. Super fabric box tutorial thank you for sharing, it looks like you have bought it from a shop so nicely done.
    Julie.C

    p.s. thanks for helping with my email subscribing instructions on my blog.

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  4. Thanks for the instructions. The only thing I might add if the box is filled with heavy things, is to use washers between the nut and box to reduce the chances of the handle pulling out over time. Especially if you use a knob. Even cutting a piece of plastic from a milk jug would work.

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  5. Very good tutorial, thanks for writing. Now the only problem left is to find boxes with same size. I thought about diaper boxes, but it feels like the sizes get bigger nearly from one week to another... ;-) I really like the idea with the pipe holders, this fits so well to your style.

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  6. I cannot get over your organization abilities!!! I wish I could just come pick up the hutch already organized with fabric covered boxes, bins, etc. I guess I have work to do!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  7. If only I could have more time to make all the projects I like...
    My craft room is still completely to be organized, now I just have one table to cut the fabrics and one for the sewing machines, no storage shelves, everything messy, but I'm working full time (full free-time) on my wedding dress, so those cute boxes will have to wait!!!

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  8. Hello Karen!
    It's very beautiful
    I am going to make a box now!
    kisses for you
    Cleide Peres

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  9. YOU are just full of surprises, Karen. What a wonderful organizer you are.

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  10. This is a great idea! I can't tell you how many organizational boxes I have looked at in the stores, but refuse to pay so much money for them. These are so much nicer! Love it! I will search til the end of the earth for the right size boxes and make this work for my workspace!

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  11. What a great job Karen, I just love it. Not only is it utilitarian but it's beautiful. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lovely idea with the handles - quite brilliant. Amazing what a bit of fabric can do to brighten a box or storage corner.

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  13. Awesome project. Thanks for providing the very detailed tute. I think even I could do this.

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  14. You really are a genius...you know that? right? Thanks for the wonderful tutorial...and I am going to get some of those handles at the hardware store today. Coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

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  15. It looks so neat. That's what I like. What are the solid black drawers under the fabric covered drawers in the OFFICE picture? Do they hold a sewing pattern? Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Very cool! Love the black and white!!!

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  18. Very nice job, and it looks good! Simple, sweet, cute, and constructive:)

    Kim
    LilacsNDreams

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  19. I'm one of those people with the space above the kitchen cabinets that really isn't useful for anything and I got a bunch of box lids from work to put above. I was going to wrap rope around them for deco but I like the fabric and handle idea better. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. Love it, this will come in handy in so many places. thanks!

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  21. Very nice and just in time for me to get organized !

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