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A few months ago, I bought the perfect pair of boots. It only took trying on 500 pairs, but I found them finally. After I got my treasure home I debated what to do with the box, toss or keep. I tried to find something to fit in it and much to my surprise it was the perfect box for storing fat quarters. I knew if this box was going to be part of my craft storage than I was going to have to cutesy it up a bit. Oh course, if this box was going to hold fabric it only made sense to cover it in fabric, right?
- Spray Adhesive
- Measuring Tape and Ruler
- Optional: Fray Check
- Using a measuring tape, start where you want the fabric to come to inside the box. Measure from there going down the side across the bottom, up the other side and back down into the box where you want the fabric to end. Repeat with opposite side. Add 2 inches to each of your two measurements. Example if you measured 26″ x 29″ you would change it to 28″ x 31.”
- Cut out your fabric according to your measurements.
- Place the box in the center of the the fabric. Measure 1″ out from the edge of the box all the way down each side of fabric to the end. That should leave you a square at each corner where the lines intersect. Cut the square out of each corner leaving the 1″ inch around the box. Then cut diagonally from the center of that corner to the corner of the box.
- Spray one side with adhesive and wrap the fabric about the box corner and over the side. Repeat on opposite side. If the fabric is a little too bunched or thick when you wrap it to the inside of the box, cut a small a slit or even a little bit of the fabric. This will also keep it from being too thick when you wrap the other side around.
- Fold your edge over before gluing the next two sides to prevent leaving a raw edge. Spray with adhesive and fold over the edge. The process is exactly the same to do a box lid.
Adding the fabric not only looks good, but I think it really helps add sturdiness to the box. I think my new storage container will last a lot longer now than it would have originally.
I am so pleased with how my Fabric Covered Box turned out. It was very easy to do once I figured out the best method for cutting the fabric and went together super quickly. I love it when a project looks harder than it actually is.