Fabric Covered Boxes For Storage And Decoration
by Colleen Moulding - firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: How to make fabric covered boxes for a variety of uses.
Cardboard boxes covered with pretty fabrics can be an
attractive addition to many rooms. They can store hair accessories
and brushes in the bathroom, underwear, scarves or make-up in the
writing materials, knitting, crafts or remote controls in the living
room and just about anything in kid's and teens bedrooms.
They are very easy to make from boxes that would otherwise
be thrown away and oddments of leftover fabric.
Instructions given are for a standard oblong shoe box but can
be adapted for any shape or size.
You will need:
1 shoe box and lid
Approximately 1 metre, 11/4 yard of fabric
1). Take a measurement all the way around the box plus 2.5cm/1"
and measure the depth of the box plus 2.5cm/1". Make a paper
pattern of the rectangle, then pin it on to your fabric and cut out.
Measure the bottom of the box and cut a rectangle of fabric slightly
smaller all the way round than this measurement.
2). Beginning with one of the long sides, spray the box with the
adhesive and smooth the longer rectangle of fabric on to the box,
leaving a little at the top and base to turn over neatly later.
Move around the sides of the box, spraying and smoothing one
side at a time. When you reach the end, fold the cut edge under
so that it fits the box exactly, use a little adhesive to stick it to
then stick it to the box using the spray adhesive.
3). Neaten the top edge by sticking the fabric to the inside of the
box. Turn the box over and glue down the long edges then fold the
corners into mitres and glue to the box. Take the smaller rectangle
of fabric and stick this on to the base with the spray.
4). Cut the fabric for the lid. If you want a padded lid cut a piece
of wadding/batting the same size as the top of the lid and stick
this on first. Then take measurements of the
length and width of the lid over the padding, including the sides
and not forgetting to add 2.5cm/1" to each measurement.
Make a paper pattern, then cut your fabric. Spray the padding
or the top of the lid with adhesive and smooth on your fabric.
Stick down the long sides first, then fold in the fabric at the corners
and stick down the short sides. Finish off by gluing down the extra
fabric to the inside of the lid.
5). If you would like to line the inside of the box you could measure
and glue fabric in the same way that the outside was covered
or you could cut pieces of cardboard to fit exactly, pad with a little
wadding/batting, cover with fabric and spray glue into place.
Have fun with matching and co-ordinating fabrics or use similar
techniques with wallpaper or gift wrap instead of fabric.
Once you get started every shoe box that comes into your home
will be an opportunity to be creative and make pretty, practical
storage that will help eliminate clutter and bring order to closets
and shelves in any room of the home.
Copyright 2001, Colleen Moulding. About the author:
Colleen Moulding is a freelance writer from England
where she has had many features on parenting, childcare, play, travel,
entertaining and the Internet published in national newspapers and
magazines. She has also published a variety of women's and children's
fiction. Her work frequently appears at many sites on the Internet and at her
own site for women All That Women Want.com a magazine, web guide and
resource for women everywhere. Why not drop by? It was made for you!
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