Here's how to cover a box with fabric. We'll be making a good sized fabric box, and you can make it any size or design you want. So watch if you want to learn how to make fabric bins.
Joquena from http://www.modernhomemakers.com
Hello this is Joquena from modernhomemakers.com and today I'm gonna show you how to make organizers, and yes you can pick whatever fabric you want. All you need is cardboard boxes, and you can duct tape them to custom fit your space. You need scissors, and fabric scissors, a hot glue gun with lots of glue, something to protect your surface and plain copy paper.
Cut your cardboard down to the size you want and attach with ducttape. How much fabric do you need? Put the front of the box down, take the fabric and you need enough to meet and overlap in the back. You can see this is not an exact science. We've got our start point. We're going to cheat and fold this in half so we have half as much to make. Put the excess in your scrap pile, you don't need to wash your fabric in advance but take some time and go iron. Start with your back seem here, and right on the corner of I'm throwing on some glue. I'm just gonna keep going down in strips. Just remember to constantly be pulling the fabric because this is your one chance to have it lie flat. And it doesn't have to cover every inch. You'd be lucky to walk out with a fabric box for less than $10. And that doesn't mean it's exactly what you want. You've got to go real fast once you get the glue on because it starts to dry right away, then pulling and smoothing. How to cover a box with fabric isn't rocket science but it is repetitive. I helped my husband organize his office recently and he requested no pink, I don't know where he would get the idea that I like pink.
I'm support the fabric box a little from the inside so it doesn't buckle. You can see if you look at my other videos I like to take cardboard and do things with it. Okay, we're gonna do our last corner and then we get to the tricky part. This is the selvage, so I'm going to turn it and do a turned under area here, and I'm just going to glue right on the project a little bit at a time right where I want it to be. Be careful that's hot, but you can dip your fingers in some water if that's too hot for you. Now we're gonna do the inside. This is really a lot like wrapping a present.
So now we're doing the bottom, and we're going to flip it like this so it's easier. It's okay if it doesn't match up right on the bottom. We're just making sure you can't see it from the front or from the side. You can be done with your fabric box now, or you can cover the inside with copy paper, it's up to you.
A few other ideas for the inside would be white cardboard or colored cardstock. I'm using leftover sheets. Always save those! Save everything! And I'm putting nothing but an edge of the fabric on the bottom. For my huge boxes, I just cover the front of the box.
Very nice, I liked the bottom the way you did it. From my screen it looked like a kaleidoscope, very pretty. I made a box with the inside fabric also. I just cut a long oblong piece of fabric (proper with & length), turned the edges under & clued! Thank you for your demo., it is easy to follow! LOL Judie
Great video:) I can't tell you how much money I wasted on organizers too. Or the other stuff that I could have made. Oh well, now I tell my family and friends to let me make them the items they want. Not only do they save money, sometimes I get donations:)
I need to recover a sewing chair. It has a hinged lid, cushioned seat and storage. I know how to cover the cushion. I want the fabric to completely cover the inside and outside of the box and wrap around to the bottom. It will be stapled or glued to the.bottom where the leg will be attached. Can you tell me how to measure to achieve this?
This sounds like the bench on my grandmother's old sewing machine. I would take the time now to add a layer of foam now, because her old seat was rock hard haha! With this type of project I would measurer the length and width of the seat and then add 2-3 inches on each side so that there is plenty of material to tuck inside. Stapling is probably the easiest method, but glue would probably work too. If there is fabric lining the inside you could sew directly onto that. Even more important that measuring, is holding the fabric up to the furniture to see how much excess you will need to be able to attach it it a place you won't see afterwards. Good luck and I'd love to see how it all turns out when you've finished!
A little bit of everything. Painting my bathroom now. Working in my kids room building loft beds (didn't know how much work it was). Building stuff out of wood. Sewing....the list goes on!!! I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday. I didn't see it but I was focused more at coordinating fabric for my bathroom. I painted my white baskets coral. The main walls are almost Tiffany blue and the encave where the tub is is a charcoal color. Gonna be doing a canopy over it. I get over my head I have so many ideas.😁. Thanks for replying.
Great video! I'm making a box for my dad's walker. The wire basket that came with it is pretty useless, as small items fall through. We tried adding store-bought fabric boxes, but, of course, none are quite the right size. Anyway, I need to add handles to attach the box to the sides of the walker. Any suggestions?
Stephanie, first off I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond, because you've probably already figured something out. But, on the off chance you're still struggling with this very real problem I would recommend sewing rectangular strips of fabric that are able to attach to the metal wire rungs. If you did that on both sides, you would be able to keep it in place, as well as remove if you needed to collapse the walker for storage or to put in the car and such. My grandma uses a walker and has a lot of coffee spills, so it would probably also be useful to consider ways to make things washable, or at least wipeable. Maybe a vinyl insert?
Love this demo! I usually get burned when I am using the glue gun .So I keep a plastic container with ice and water - this way I can immediately dunk my fingers in and cool them right away. Thank you for the video. I am going to cover some of those "photo" boxes that can be bought at the craft stores. Using some pretty little girl fabric for the grand daughters and stuff them with Easter Goodies!
cool vid but you should watch some where they do it different, and they use way much less glue sticks. I think I'll try theirs first. don't wanna waist that much glue sticks. they can get pricy... :) thanks though.
this video is a time saver, i was going to sew a few storage boxes for my kids toys but re-purposing old boxed and using my large glue gun will save me a lot of hassle, plus if my kids destroy the box it wont be so bad lol, anyways thanks for your tutorial.
I was laughing when you said take your box to the fabric store lol! They may think your trying to shop lift the fabric as you hold the fabric up to the box ,love the video thank you.I've never used a glue gun .
I have made several of these in the past, which I recently lost due to flooding in my area. I also used furniture upholstery fabric samples; from my local furniture store. Because the fabric samples are typical smaller, I just cut & sewed several pieces together, making a fabric scrap box. If I can figure out how to send attached a photo of mine when I replace them.
I also, thought I would share a few tips I have learned over the years.
As I was watching, I noticed your box was caving in a little with the pressure. In order to help the box s from - I took some spare cardboard squares the size of the boxes. I sliced up the middle to the center, criss crossed so they made the letter "X". Then inserted in box. Then apply the fabric to the outside, when finished, remove the "X" and finish with the inside.
For the middle, I again cut cardboard squares the size of the box, including another one for the bottom, which was also cut a little bit small. I then covered with contrasting fabric.
That was the quickest and easiest way of wrapping the box with fabric I've seen so far. That was great, thank you for that. And you're funny, so that's a plus :) A suggestion, instead of using paper inside the box, how about the scrap of fabric you tossed aside earlier. I think that would look pretty too.
Also, LOVED the fabric!!!
Thanks this is very good. From watching this video I am going to attempt to do a 3 tier round wedding card box. I've only used a glue gun once in my life. This video was very helpful because now I know how to use one on fabric.
+GY 1234 You are cracking me up because you sound just like my sister who is afraid to even look at someone using a glue gun :-) Just remember it gets really hot so you don't burn yourself and I'm sure you'll do great!
I should of mentioned...hobby lobby and walmart both sell fabric scraps cheap. They have yardage listed on the scrap. You could also use double sided tape or fabric glue. Fabric glue is also great for glittering fabric if you wanted to monogram or embellish.
this helped me out alot! I'm making a diy wedding card box & needed to know how do they make the fabric so flat. also a TIP for you if you put a dot of glue on the glue stick & stick it in the gun it won't be falling out all the time
6-18-2015: Replying subject Plastic wrap. As you might know saran wrap is easier to used if you (as I do) in the freezer. 2. Plastic thin sheets can be bought off a rack. No expensive I believe as would be the zip lock bags. 3. We are going to use you fabric wrap box ideas for the Boys & Girls Club children as a project so they can store their toys, etc. neatly at home and Marked accordingly. 4. I think I mentioned this but we (I) will make the frames out of cardboard. Scotch tape the lined up Photo or kids drawing to the cardboard. Then have another cardboard cut out to be glued and to fit nicely over the photo. That completes the hand made frame with one exception before assembling (with hanging hook that comes from a soda can) the outside of the frame will be painted or stained, dried and ready to be hung. 5. Please take a view of my Facebook on the subject I teach. Sincerely & best wishes with your hobbies. , Bruce W. Marchetta PcMA.
Thanks. I needed a little motivation and you gave it to me with your interesting box model. Any ideas for making simple cardboard picture cut out frames for children to make and assemble. Inside the frame would be a 8x10 photo covered with plastic saran wrap (for protection) to be posted in our Boys and Girls club.
+Bruce Marchetta PCMA Do you have any reference pics? If so post them on my facebook https://www.facebook.com/ModernHomemakers and I'll see what I can do :-) Already I'm thinking I'd want to cut up gallon or quart size ziplock bags. Saran wrap is super hard to work with because it's sooooo sticky. I love the yarn wrap frame idea. so cute. I bet you could even do it out of paper plates since the yarn will add stability. I'd love to see when you guys finish!
I see it has been a while since you posted this video, but in the interest of less hot glue burns I thought it might be worth mentioning that (if you haven't discovered them already), Plaid/Mod Podge makes "Hot Glue Gun Finger Caps" that are basically heat resistant, non-stick, silicone thimbles that come in a three pack. I see online that Dritz makes a similar thing too. I don't remember where I picked mine up but it was one of the big craft supply chains as an impulse buy. I did snip part way up the side of the smallest one so it fit more comfortably, but overall I like them and keep them right with my glue gun and glue sticks, (in an ugly zip-lock bag that will need upgrading to a custom sized, fabric covered storage box now). Thanks for the great video!
Thank you so much!! I have wanted to organize my sons room but, I am unwilling to buy a bunch of $30.00 boxes. I have his toys in card board boxes but, they it looks so ugly. I can't wait to buy some fabric and try this. Thank you again.
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