Storage Box

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By Eleah

 

Fabric covered storage help keep your little odds and ends in order while simultaneously adding a splash of color to your space.  It’s a pretty quick and inexpensive project to undergo.  The supplies are minimal and the usefulness factor is high. 

 NOTE: The decorating method described below is merely a suggestion that happens to mimic the common design of storage boxes seen in home décor magazines.  Remember, you can also use buttons, rhinestones, Appliqués, fringe and tassels to decorate your box.  This can also be a fun project to do with a kid to help encourage putting away toys although I would suggest doing the fabric wrapping of the box yourself if your child is under the age of 12.

Supplies:

  • ½ yard of medium weight opaque non-stretchy fabric in a color of your choice
  • 2 yards of ¼ inch grosgrain ribbon in a color that compliments your fabric or ties into the boxes designated setting
  • 1 yard of 2-¼ inch grosgrain ribbon for the inside of the box
  • 1 old shoebox

Making the box:

  1. Lay the main compartment of the shoebox on your fabric and estimate how much you will need to wrap the entire outside of the box, adding an extra inch and a half to fold into the inside of the box.  Cut a square/rectangle from your fabric that will accomplish this.
  2. Repeat with the lid of the shoebox, except measure the depth of your shoebox lid to determine how much overhang you will need to pull and glue down the fabric.
  3. Lay the shoebox in the middle of the first piece of cut fabric and begin to fold into the center of the box.  Put down a strip of fabric glue on the inside rim of the box and seal down the first edge.  Go around the box wrapping in snuggly.  With the excess fabric, fold in a similar fashion as you would if you were making your bed… Consult 1950′s housewife if you don’t know how to do this. You want this to be pretty flawless or your box will look messy.  Make sure to apply glue in areas needed to hold fabric in place.
  4. Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
  5. Now you should have a wrapped shoebox that sort of resembles one of those TV show presents that doesn’t require actual tearing of the wrapping paper.
  6. Wrap your ¼ inch ribbon around the lid of the box applying fabric glue to the ribbon as you go.  You only need a thin spread otherwise the glue will push out from behind the ribbon and look messy.
  7. With the remaining ¼ inch ribbon, glue down along the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the shoebox lid for a more professional finish
  8. Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
  9. Use any access ribbon to make bows or extra lines on the outside of your box.  This is especially useful if you are making multiple boxes and want to be able to differentiate them from one another