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SHOP TALK: Fabric Covered Boxes
by Ashley Fritsche
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Boxes are essential when it comes to organizing craft rooms and sewing rooms (or any rooms in our houses!) They are ideal to bring formation to all those small, mismatched items that need a home, while bringing symmetry to open shelving. Today, we address how to "dress up" boxes to bring that extra flair to your containers, and spice up an otherwise plain carton!
Tutorial from The Cottage Mama Blog
Box ~ any size (mine was able to fit large notecards inside)
Fabric (a fat quarter should be more than enough)
1. Spray the interior of the box with spray paint completely and let dry. Make sure to do a very thorough coat since this will not be covered in fabric. Let dry.
2. Flip the box over and spray the exterior of the box with the spray paint. This can be a light coat since it will be covered in fabric.
3. Cut fabric for the top of box. This needs to be roughly 1/2" larger that the top of the box.
4. Cut small slits, diagonally on each corner, to wrap the piece of fabric around the box.
5. Spray adhesive to the top of the box, place the fabric, and press firmly. Do not worry about the raw edges at this point.
6. Measure and cut out the strip of fabric that will go around the box. This needs to go completely around the box and overlap by at least an inch. Cut the fabric wider than necessary so you can press under the top and bottom with iron.
7. Press the fabric so that it is just the right size to fit your box.
8. Take your box and fabric outside and spray liberally with spray adhesive. Place fabric on the box, and smooth out any bumps.
9. For the top, press the over-hang pieces down over the side, but remember, this will be covered by trim so it doesn't have to be perfect. Spray adhesive around the main part of the box, and wrap your fabric strip around the box, overlapping the strip in the back.
10. Glue any trims that you have onto your box with your glue gun. You can use anything you would like to embellish this box.
These darling boxes work wonderfully as flower boxes as well! So many uses for adorably decorated boxes.