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DIY Fabric Storage Box

DIY Fabric Storage Box

fabric storage box

If you’ve read my previous post about the drinking water machine I have just installed in my kitchen, you probably have seen this fabric storage box in my pigeon-hole cabinet 🙂 As promised previously, here is the tutorial on how to make the fabric storage box.

This fabric storage box is easy to DIY, get the details below, and make yours today. If you have materials and tools straying around the home, make these boxes to keep them and de-clutter your home. If you used carton boxes collected from the street, dress them up with this method and there will be no more ugly carton boxes scattered around the house.

DIY fabric storage box

Before I had these fabric storage boxes completed, the fully stuffed pigeon-hole cabinet never looks as tidy as I want it to be, provided I restrict only display item to be put into the cabinet LOL.

Space is really a huge issue to me and I need to fully utilize each and every space I could find in the home. That’s how I decided to convert the pigeon-hole cabinet into fabric storage boxes drawers. Now I have it done, I have more space to keep away my materials. Also, with the proper labeling, ie., label plate and color of the fabric storage box, I can easily find the materials.

DIY pigeon hole drawers

This fabric storage box is easy and quick to make, I am able to make 8 of them in a day. I used 3 different colors of fabrics to create a mix and match arrangement for the boxes. The fabric storage box really brightened up my sewing room and most importantly, no more messy items displaying on the pigeon-hole cabinet.

No pigeon-hole cabinet to make the exact one as shown here? No worries, wall shelf and cabinet shelf can take this nice idea equally well. Make it now to dress up your shelf while organizing your items properly.

fabric storage box

DIY Fabric Storage Box

Materials & Tools:
1. Carton box (without cover)
2. Fabrics (upholstery)
3. Cotton webbing (1 1/4″ wide), slightly shorter that the width of the front of your box.
4. Brads (1/2″), 2 pcs.
5. Label Plate & brads
6. Ribbon
7. Thick plastic sheet as the reinforced backing for the handle
8. Cork or felt pads
9. Quick-dry adhesive, I used UHUUHU
10. 3M 21210 Super 77 Spray AdhesiveSpray Adhesive or equivalent
11. Plastic spreader
12. Scissors
13. Pencil and ruler
14. Awl or sharp tool that able to make a piercing hole
15. Old newspaper

Note: You may use tacky glue to replace UHU (item 9), the drying time is a little longer than UHU.
I am not able to give exact measurement of the materials needed as everyone’s box might be different. Please read the tutorial below and estimate the amount needed for your box.

plain carton box

Get a carton box that you wish to work on. If it has a cover, remove it.


Gather all the materials and tools needed. Not all items are shown in the picture, please refer to the list above for details.

fabric pieces

Cut fabric pieces according to the measurement as shown in the picture.
It is recommended to use thicker fabric that is used for upholstery since it is more durable for high traffic usage.

spray adhesive

Protect your floor with old newspaper. Place the box above the old newspaper and spray adhesive on the side of the box, do 1 side at a time.

smooth out with plastic spreaders

Lay the side fabric piece on the box with right side facing up. Reposition the fabric to the center of the box with equal allowance at the edges.
Use a plastic spreader to smooth out the fabric to achieve a good contact to the box.
Repeat the same to the opposite side of the box.

corner treatment

Edge treatment:
1. Glue one of the edges to the box with quick-dry adhesive. Smooth out with plastic spreader.
2. Clip the corner as shown in the picture.
3. Glue the next edge down to the box.
4. Clip away the excess fabric.
Repeat on all edges except the top edge.
Don’t worry if your edges don’t align, they will get cover up later.

sides done

After both sides of the box have been covered up, we will proceed with the front, back and bottom part.

fold bottom piece

Mark the width measurement of the box on the wrong side of the fabric. Fold the long edges and glue them down with adhesive. Give a quick check and make sure the dimension is correct before the glue dries, adjust it if needed.

fabric storage box

Put the bottom fabric aside, cover the sides of the box to prevent the sprayed adhesive to get into contact. Spray adhesive to the front, bottom, and back of the box.
Lay the bottom fabric to the box, align it well.
Use a plastic spreader to smooth out the fabric.
Apply quick-dry adhesive to edge to give better adhesion.

edge treatment

Fold the top edges into the inner part of the box, glue it on with quick-dry adhesive.
You may either cut away the excess fabric at the corner or you may fold it in.

ribbon lining

Glue the ribbon to the edge as a trim.
If you are using tacky glue or other glue that need longer drying time, leave to dry before proceeding with the next step.

fabric storage box

Decide where do you want to put your handle on. I put it in the middle of the front/back of the box.
Lightly mark the handle position on the box, 4 little dashes to indicate the 4 corners of the webbing is good enough to show the position. Note that the webbing is slightly longer than the marking width, this is to allow a space between the handle and the box, for your hand to grab the handle.
Apply glue on both ends of the cotton webbing, about 1″ from the edge, glue them on the box. Press it until it sticks well if needed.
Use an awl or any sharp tool to poke a hole about 1/2″ from the end of the handle, repeat the same to the other end. The tool must poke through the box so that you can see a visible hole marking from inside. These 2 holes are for brads installation.

handle reinforcement

Glue the thick plastic reinforced plate to the inside of the part you place the handle.
The plate mustn’t go below the area you want to put the label plate.
Continue to pierce the hole on the plastic plate according to the markings made just now. The awl must be able to go through all layers from fabric to the box and to the plastic plate.

fabric storage box

Insert the pin of the brad into the box, put in the backplate of your brad has one, open the legs to lock the brad to the position.

fabric storage box

Align and mark your label plate at the center bottom of the box. Use the awl to make 2 holes for the brads, install the label plate as shown or follow the installation instruction of the product if the different label plate is used.

cork or felt padded bottom

Glue the cock pad or felt pad to the base of the box to complete it.

diy fabric storage boxes

It is easy and quick to make yet appealing to the eye. I used 3 different colors of fabrics to create a mix and match arrangement for the boxes. The fabric storage boxes really brightened up my sewing room and most importantly, no more messy items displaying on the pigeon-hole cabinet.

DIY pigeon hole drawers


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