Tutorial- How to Cover a Box with Fabric

Hi Gang!  The last couple days I’ve been trying to really buckle down and get some projects finished.  Two of many are now complete, so that’s a start!  One of said projects I’m going to share with you in this post, and the other I’ll probably share soon.

In today’s post I’m going to teach you how to turn this…

into this…

Are you excited!?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 photo box (craft stores put them on sale regularly! Make sure whatever color/pattern you get doesn’t show through your fabric)
  • 1 piece of fabric for the lid, measures about 12.5″ x 16″
  • 1 piece of fabric for the base, measures about 18″ x 22″  (Fat Quarters work perfectly for this project and also go on sale regularly)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Exacto Knife

First, make sure your work space is well ventilated and covered with something to protect it from getting sticky.  The spray adhesive tends to get everywhere.

Start with the lid of the box.  Lay your fabric wrong side up.  Spray the top of the lid with adhesive, flip the lid over and center it on the fabric.  Flip the lid over again and use your hands to smooth the fabric.  You may have to pull the fabric up to adjust and remove wrinkles- don’t worry, the spray adhesive stays tacky for a good while.

Flip the lid over again and cut the corners of the fabric to look like this:

There’s about half and inch allowance on each side and a diagonal slit to each corner of the lid.  Spray the long side of the lid, press the fabric up and smooth with your hand.  Fold the 1/2″ allowance around to the short side and glue it down.  Trim the fabric to reduce the bulk, otherwise the lid won’t fit on the box.  Your corner should now look like this:

Fold in the 1/2″ allowance on the short side of the lid to make yours look like this.

Once both long sides of the lid are covered, all corners folded and trimmed, fold in the 1/2″ allowances on the short sides of the lid (see above picture).  This will make a clean edge so you don’t see any unraveling.  Spray the short sides with adhesive, press the fabric up and smooth with your hand.

Now all that’s left is to spray the sides of the lid on the inside, fold the fabric over and smooth it down.  Set it aside for about an hour to let the adhesive set.

Now you’ll follow the same steps with the bottom of the box!  Spray the bottom of the box, center it on the wrong side of the fabric, flip over and smooth.  Flip it over again, cut out the corners.  Spray the long sides, press the fabric up and smooth.  Trim the corners to remove bulk.  Fold in allowances on short sides, spray short sides, press fabric up and smooth.  Here’s the only difference:

Each photo box has a metal window for a label.  After you cover the side with the window, immediately use your Exacto knife to cut around the window.  Peel the resulting rectangle of fabric away from the metal frame.  The frame will be sticky until the glue dries.

Finish by spraying the sides on the inside of the box, folding the fabric down and smoothing it out.  Let it dry for about an hour and you have a beautiful new fabric-covered box!  Match the fabric to the decor of a room you’re trying to organize, or use holiday fabric and have a reusable gift box!  The possibilities go on…

This process was a little complicated to put into words, so please let me know if I need to clarify anything!  Happy crafting!

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