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
7. Thick plastic sheet as the reinforced backing for the handle
8. Cork or felt pads
9. Quick-dry adhesive, I used UHU
10. 3M 21210 Super 77 Spray Adhesive or equivalent
11. Plastic spreader
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.
Get a carton box that you wish to work on. If it has a cover, remove it.
Gather all materials and tools needed. Not all items are shown in the picture, please refer to the list above for details.
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.
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.
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.
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 excessive fabric.
Repeat on all edges except the top edge.
Don’t worry if your edges don’t aligned, they will get cover up later.
After both sides of the box have been covered up, we will proceed with the front, back and bottom part.
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.
Put the bottom fabric aside, cover the sides of the box to prevent the sprayed adhesive 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.
Fold the top edges into the inner part of the box, glue it on with quick-dry adhesive.
You may either cut away the excessive fabric at the corner or you may fold it in.
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 proceed with the next step.
Decide where do you want to put your handle on. I put it on 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.
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 box and to plastic plate.
Insert the pin of the brad into the box, put in back plate of your brad has one, open the legs to lock the brad to position.
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.
Glue the cock pad or felt pad to the base of the box to complete it.
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.