Friday, October 28, 2011

DIY Storage Box

This is feeling like a trash to treasure day, but only because I’ve seem to keep finding empty boxes around my house, and I'm not sure where there coming from……..but what’s better than turning an empty box into something cute?
Here’s what I made and here’s the how to…. 

What you’ll need:
An empty box doesn’t matter what size
 glue gun
sewing machine
2 fabrics one for the outside and one for the liner

First cut the sides of your box on the corners - this will be your pattern

Then take the fabric that your going to use for the outside and trace around the box, I added and extra ½”  on each side for my seam allowance, then cut it out.  

Next cut out the fabric your using for the liner,I used the piece of fabric I just cut out as a guide, and also added on an extra inch on each side.

I hope this next part is not to confusing to's easy..just not easy to explain!
So your going to go ahead an sew the sides of your fabric, right sides together, pinning 1/2” from the edge. Once you’ve sewn all the sides  you have a fabric cover(it looks kind of  like a limp fabric box) that fits nicely around your cardboard box.
( I sewed the liner fabric pinning the same way I did the outer fabric except sewing with a ¼” seam allowance,because you want it to fit loosely inside the box.)

I'm not sure if this is helpful but i put different colored lines, on each corner to show where you'll be sewing right sides together.

Right sides together

Pin half an inch from the edge

Corners together.

Then you will take the lining piece of fabric and we are going to make a casing for the elastic,(the elastic will help hold it around the box) so go ahead and iron down ¼” from the top all the way around then   fold it over again ½” and iron. After ironing Pin and then sew leaving an opening for the elastic.

Once I finished sewing I fed my elastic (through the opening I left) with a safety pin I ended up using 46” of elastic, but it will vary depending on how big your box is.

After you go all the way through with your elastic, zig-zag the ends of the elastic and trim them if needed and sew close the opening.

Next go ahead and tape up the sides of your box –to make it a box again, I also trimmed the cover of the box (I had originally cut it off) and placed it on the bottom of the box to make it a little sturdier ;)

Go ahead and place the cover you sewed  around the outside of the box  and then fire up the glue gun. Your going to take the top (raw edge) of the fabric folding it over onto the inside of the box and gluing it down as you go. make sure to pull kind of tight but make sure it’s even on all side.

After gluing it should look like this.

Place liner inside box.

I also made a quick fabric flower for the front of the box, just to dress it up a bit but its optional

And your done!

Have a great weekend!


  1. This is an absolute must for both my infant son and my tween daughter's rooms! I love this!

  2. The possibilities are endless with this idea! I think your box is precious for a child room. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. So cute! Wish I knew how to sew!!

    Thanks for following me, following you back. Looking forward to seeing all your creative sewing!

  4. Okay, wow! That turned a plain cardboard box into something so cute! I'm excited to look through your past posts and find even more fun things to try!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday, have a great weekend!

  5. Oooo very pretty! Lovely;)
    P.s. Happy New Follower!!!

  6. I love this idea! But I need a sewing machine now!!

  7. Such a creative way to reuse an old box. Love it!

  8. What a great project! You made it look easy! Thanks for hopping with us this weekend!

  9. Hello,

    What a wonderful project! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    BTW, New GFC follower from Wild Weekend Hop! Have a wonderful day.


  10. That is so cute! What a great idea =)
    Thanks for stopping by Pink Dandy Sunday Blog Hop!
    Have a great following =)

  11. This box is totally cute! Thanks for the follow, I am following you back now :-)

  12. Lovely, you are so creative. There are things I should have learned how to do but it's never too late to start. That's why I love tutorials like this. Thanks for linking up to Welcome to Weekend Blog Hop. Following.

  13. That's such a fabulous idea. I'm certainly going to give it a go but how did you make that flower?

    Linda from 'Coach House Crafting on a budget'

  14. You are a magician in my book. I can't sew or craft to save my life, but if I could, I'd make a bunch of these as gifts. I've literally bought dozens and dozens of pretty bins.

    I'm here from Baby Feet and Puppy Breath. I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  15. Wow! You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing. I used to make fabric covered hat boxes many, many years ago. You've inspired me to try that again!

  16. I can't believe that was a cardboard box! It looks like you bought it in a store! Fabulous!

  17. So cute - and so many possibilities! Thanks for following - I'm following you right back!

  18. WOW! This is the prettiest fabric box! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I'm a new follower. Feel free to come link up at my Linky Party today!!! I'd love to see you there!

  19. Popping in from Monkey Do Monday to follow your blog!

    This is a great project -- I need to make tons of these for my photography studio! My props are all in boring boxes right now ;)


  20. OMG when I first read that I thought "glue gun" said "chewing gum" ... I need to slow down a bit :) Stopping in to follow from the hop - hope you have time to visit and return the favor soon.

  21. Hi, Cute project! Thank you for linking up to Saturday Social and I'm your newest follower.


  22. Wonderful tutorial, tnank you for sharing!!I have joined your followers list and Penterist, and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  23. Great idea! thanks for the comment today too :) Can't wait to see if you make the Delaney Dress.

  24. Very cute idea! What a great way to recycle a box and create some storage. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm returning the follow. - Amy


    I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  26. Very creative! I loved it!
    I'm a new follower from monday monkey hop!

  27. What a fabulous makeover of that old box! VERY PRETTY!

  28. What a great tutorial! I think even a sew-newbie like me will be able to give this a try. I have an endless supply of boxes around. Thanks for stopping by Twin-rific! Newest follower!

  29. Great tute, and I am so doing this, I've got quite a few empty baskets and lots of scrap fabrics too. Thanks.
    I'm a new follower fond you on Sugar Bee Crafts link party :)

  30. It's beautiful! Now I am going to try this. thanks for sharing.

  31. This is so pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  32. that is so great! way to recycle!!! the box is adorable. :)

  33. Great recycle! And awesome tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

  34. I really like this! I'm definitely going to have to make a couple. :)

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    It would be great if you followed me back!

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  35. fabulous box.

    came here from Make it on Monday linky

  36. Very cute-we could all use more cute storage boxes

  37. OMG!! i'm in love with this!! pinning

    would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday at

    Natasha xxx

  38. Thanks for sharing. I'm certainly going to try this. The possibilities are endless!


  39. Loving your blog! And this is a fabulous way to dress up an otherwise boring box! Visiting via Tea Rose Home and now your new follower!

  40. its beautiful and what a fantastic tutorial :D

  41. and its very clever how you made the liner..I made one likethis,only i sewed the liner with hand and it cannot be taken this is genius! :D thankyou :D

  42. What a great idea. I always have diaper boxes, now I know what I can do with them. Thanks for Sharing!

    I found your post through the Dear Creatives Link-up.

  43. Beautiful job! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!! Following back :)

  44. What a perfect way to make a lovely storage box & or catch all for things! This is perfect for even giving a gift at a baby shower with things all put inside. Thanks for linking up!

  45. Love it!! What a great idea!

  46. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional! You were featured, so stop by and grab a brag button.
    I hope to see you again this week!

  47. This is a great idea. I need like 100 boxes to hold all my junk but look nice as well!! I am going to have to do this.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday and please come back this week and link up your newest project, as well as enter my Shabby Apple Necklace Giveaway!

  48. I love this! I usually just buy decorated boxes from novelty stores but they can be a little costly. Thanks for sharing this idea :)

  49. I featured these on my blog tonight! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

  50. i love this. I'm always in need of a storage box

  51. I super wish I knew how to sew & had a sewing machine. :(

    That is lovely!!!

  52. I love this. Fab tutorial and I can't wait to give it a go, it'll certainly help jazz up my craft room.
    thank you


  53. What makes this storage boxes so cute.. LOL the fabric flower at the front.. very cute..

  54. What a great idea for a storage container. I'll have to show this to my wife!

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