Easy DIY Fabric Storage Boxes


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As I was designing the console for our super awesome coffee bar, storage was a must! I try really hard to declutter, I throw away stuff all the time. I even got caught throwing out my kids artwork. Yikes! Luckily I was able to talk myself out of that one. But even though I do not  feel like I am anywhere close to being a packrat, I also feel like there is always a pile of stuff I cannot find a home for. That is why I had to make sure I made our coffee bar with lots of storage. The two drawers were a good starting point, but then I got crazy and added 4 of these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Now I have lots of storage space for all those little piles.

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com
I knew I wanted to put storage boxes on our coffee bar. We need the space to store extra K-cups (we love our coffee so we buy in bulk), random tea and coffee stuff that isn’t pretty enough to be displayed (I want to keep it, but don’t want you to see it), one of the boxes hides our wireless router, and the other is perfect for me to stash anything that accumulates on the edge of the kitchen island when company is coming over (always a good idea to have an empty place ready for this exact reason)!

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

The problem was I couldn’t find boxes that worked with the dimensions I wanted. I know, when you build it yourself you can make it fit anything, but most boxes are 12x12x12 and that dimension just didn’t work. It was too big for the console. I didn’t want to change the size or height of the console, so I made the only change I could. I made the space for the boxes smaller. I knew I could come up with the perfect solution, hey that’s why I DIY 🙂

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

I found this amazing tutorial from Craft Passion and knew I wanted to make my own DIY fabric storage boxes for our coffee console. So I started trying to find some boxes that would fit the space I made for them. Apparently, that was too much to ask for too! I needed boxes that were 10″ wide x 10″ tall and about 13″ deep. I figured it wouldn’t be to hard to find a 10x10x12 box, but I was wrong! I couldn’t find anything but 12x12x12. I eventually came across some boxes that were 9″ tall x 13″ wide x 13″ deep. So close to perfection. I figured I could work with that so I grabbed 5 (always good to have an extra).

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

I discovered the easiest way to make a box smaller was to cut at opposite corners, then trim the front panels to the appropriate size. For the side panels I cut them to size plus 2 inches. Then I folded the sides at the 2 inch mark. Using hot glue, I glued the 2 inch tabs to the back side of the front panels. Then I glued the bottom panels together and was ready to go! I ended up with a box that was 9 3/4″ x 9″ x 13″. Perfect.

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Sadly I got the boxes resized then left them uncovered for way too long! I do that way too often. I filled the uncovered boxes and put them to use, but if I’d have known how easy they were to finish, I would have done it earlier. I think…

I started by cutting out my fabric. For each box I cut 1 piece at 10 3/4″ x 34″ for the front/bottom/back and 2 pieces at 15″ x 11 1/2″ for the sides.

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

I wanted to add a little easy sewing to the boxes to make them extra fancy. I decided to hem the sides of the front/bottom/back piece with a nice thick stitch in a contracting color. So I quickly ironed 1/2 inch on both sides of the piece. I used my handy seam gauge to make this super easy!

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Then I stitched it 1/4 inch from the edge. I used a stitch on my machine that does a duplicate stitch so it looks thicker.

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Now it was time to glue. I used my spray glue and attached the sides first. There was an extra 1″ around all the sides to wrap around the edges. The corners on the bottom of the box will need to be cut to lay flat.

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Spray glue the front/bottom/back piece and center it on the box. Smooth it over the whole thing and wrap the edge inside the box. Originally I did not use extra glue on the edges of the boxes like the original tutorial called for. But my sweet children quickly made it necessary to use a stronger glue on the edges. I wouldn’t recommend skipping this step unless you don’t have kids 🙂

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Next I secured the handles, I didn’t take pictures since Joanne’s tutorial is so great. Make sure to check it out to see how I attached the handles. They look so great and I just love the grommets!

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

To really make the boxes look fabulous and not homemade, don’t skip the step where you cover the unfinished inside edge with a fun ribbon. I couldn’t believe the difference it made. The uneven, unfinished edge was instantly hidden and made to look even. I did use a 3/8 inch wide ribbon so it was super forgiving. And it makes me smile every time I open a box.
Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

I was able to knock out all 4 boxes in about 4 hours, including the extra sewing! You can whip them up faster than you can bing watch a season of your favorite show on Netflix! And then you can quickly stash all of your unsightly piles and fake a perfectly clean house 🙂

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

Create the perfect storage for any space with these easy DIY fabric storage boxes. Customize them for any space and with any fabric! Housefulofhandmade.com

And the colors I chose work with our dining room bench perfectly! The dining room remodel is looking so good (only a couple more things on my to do list).

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Comments (63)

  1. Lynsey

    Hi, amazing! Where did you find all your supplies?

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Hello Lynsey. Are there specific supplies you are wondering about? The spray glue, fabric, ribbon and strapping was bought at a craft store. You can use any cardboard boxes you have. If there are specifics you need help with just let me know.

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      1. Lynsey

        I can’t find any fabric as pretty as that! Also, the grommets. The only ones I can find are circular with a hole in the middle. How are they secured on the inside of the box?

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        1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

          Well, I’m guessing the reason you cannot find the right thing to attach the handles is because I called them the wrong things! Sorry. They are brads not grommets (grommets do have a hole in the center). The brads will have two flat posts on the back that are opened up once inserted through the handle and box to hold them on, but make sure to use glue too, the brads are just a secondary way to secure them. I found the brads I used at Michael’s Crafts. They were definitely the hardest to find, check in the scrapbook section. For fabric I would definitely check Fabric.com (where I found mine) or Hobby Lobby, they have really great options. Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

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  2. Kitty B.

    Just when I’m ready to admit that I have no talent and will never be able to do any of these clever crafts or decorating ideas, I see things like this, so clearly explained and so attractive, and I start to believe that there is hope for even me!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      There is always hope! This is a great easy project to start with. I hope my tutorial can help you. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  3. Barbara Lowell

    Hi, lovely. 2 questions: what do you mean by double stitching, looks like one row reg st to me? Also not on your nor Joanne instr do I see anything about grommets? I think grommets are eyelets you put like onto a shower curtain did you mean the brads or am I missing something? I would think actual metal grommets would be a good idea to preserve the hole of the handle, but not clear. Wonderful tutorial and thanx for the helpful links.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Hello Barbara! The stitch I use goes forward one, back one, then foreword again (like a backstitch) so it is like a double thick stitch. It makes the stitches look thicker and a bit more noticeable. Also, you are right about the grommets, they are brads! My brain is getting away from me 🙂

      Reply
  4. Penny B

    Maybe I missed it, but what kind of spray adhesive do you use to attach the fabric to the box?

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Sorry Penny, I used Loctite brand spray adhesive that was for heavy bonding. I’ve used the 3M brand as well and like it. You can find the spray adhesive at the craft store or home improvement store.

      Hope that helps,
      Kati

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      1. Penny B

        Yes, thanks so much!

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  5. kathyb

    The stitching! Genius! Thank you!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you! I love the stitching too.

      Reply
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  8. Kate - The Craft Train

    These look great! I need to make some for all my craft supplies

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      These would work perfectly in a craft room. Maybe someday I will get my crafting space organized.

      Reply
  9. liz n.

    Ahhh…I think you solved my yarn storage dilemma!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy the boxes you make 🙂

      Reply
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  12. Lindsay

    Such a smart idea! Thanks so much for sharing at #merrymonday

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Lindsay!

      Reply
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  17. Celeste

    These are so pretty! I would never have imagined they were made from a cardboard box! You can really make some beautiful, customized storage with these!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks Celeste! I am so excited to do more decorative boxes like this… all out of cardboard!

      Reply
  18. Laurie

    These fabric covered boxes are amazing! Thank you for sharing your posts with us this week at Brag About It!
    Pinned and tweeted.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Laurie!

      Reply
  19. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I love the fabric you chose! Those storage boxes can be SO expensive, so I love the idea of making them yourself.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      I know, buying storage is a rip off! But we want to be organized so we pay it. Now we can just make pretty boxes without the cost 🙂

      Reply
  20. amy

    Wow! Amazing! Who knew you could make your own pretty boxes like that! Love it! TFS! Visiting from Dream, Create, Inspire

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Amy! It’s hard to believe they are cardboard boxes. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  21. Carole West @Garden Up Green

    Nice project and I love your color choice. Great way to create storage.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you! I love how the dining room is turning out with these colors.

      Reply
  22. Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi

    These are gorgeous! And now I want a coffee cart! So cute 🙂

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      I LOVE my coffee bar! Everything at my finger tips for the perfect cup of coffee. And it looks really awesome 🙂

      Reply
  23. Michelle

    These look great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Michelle!

      Reply
  24. Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream

    Great idea, I was looking for coordinating storage boxes for when I finally do my laundry room revamp – now I can make my own just using some of the fabrics I already have.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Yeah! I love using what you already have. And if you can get cardboard boxes for free these will cost barely nothing!

      Reply
  25. Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

    Your project looks fabulous!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Cindy!

      Reply
  26. Vineta @ The Handyman's Daughter

    Your boxes look great and better than anything you could buy in a store! Love them!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Vineta! I love how they turned out.

      Reply
  27. Cindy Eikenberg

    Kati, what a great idea and they are so pretty! Thank you for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Have a great week!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Cindy! I love these boxes, no one can tell they are made of cardboard.

      Reply
  28. Kathleen

    Cute boxes and so useful. I love that you have an empty one for when company comes over. I’m always just stashing stuff in another room, just to bring some of it back out again. I didn’t realize they were cardboard boxes when I saw the first picture. Love this.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Sometimes I feel bad that I plan for stashing my shameful piles, but I’m realistic! I love how they look so nice, not at all like cardboard boxes.

      Reply
  29. Rachel

    I would have never guessed that they were cardboard boxes! Nice work!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks Rachel! I love that they don’t look like cardboard boxes at all. Already planning other places to use this type of box 🙂

      Reply
  30. Mary-the boondocks blog

    These are so pretty and professional looking. You did better than store bought. And you were able to chose the fabric you wanted. Can’t beat that.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      You are so sweet Mary! I think they turned out great. And having total control over prints and colors is a huge plus.

      Reply
  31. Raquel

    You did a beautiful job on your fabric boxes and I love your coffee station too! Found you on Diana Rambles party – Pinning!

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks so much Raquel! We love our coffee station, cute and useful 🙂

      Reply
  32. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting

    These look so good but I´m not sure if mine would look as good as yours at the end 😉 Saying hi from the Home Matters Linky Party 🙂

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Johlene! They really are easy, you can’t really screw them up as long as you can cut a straight line 😉

      Reply
  33. Rebecca

    Wow, those look awesome! I am always trying to find the right-sized box for my projects, and I never can, so I will definitely use your tips on cutting down the box. I think the stitches and ribbon really finish them. They don’t even look like cardboard boxes from the front.

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Rebecca. I love how they turned out, and they are super functional!

      Reply
  34. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

    Nice job! Those are really pretty. You’re giving me ideas for the school room…

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    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      These boxes would work great in a school room. Have fun decorating it 🙂

      Reply

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