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Fabric Storage Boxes (per your request)

Okay, the fabric storage box tutorial is here. 

(Sorry for the little tease last friday and no actual tutorial.  We were trying to get on the road for our trip to ID…..so things got crazy last week.  But we’re here.  And safe.  And enjoying Idaho.  “Hi Idahoans!!”)

I’m guessing there are probably 100 different ways to make fabric boxes though.  Square, rectangle, angled edges, stackable, etc.  And then the thickness can be super stiff, thin and foldable, thick and soft with batting, flexible, etc.  I mean, my word, once I started looking at storage boxes at the store……I was shocked at all of the variety.

(And last year, I even made storage boxes out of cardboard here, if interested.)

So for today’s fabric boxes, I kept things moderately simple……and not too costly.  Because then what’s the purpose in making them myself?  (Other than the fact that you can make them the exact color and print you want.  And that is usually enough of a reason for me!  But you know what I mean…)

Anyway, maybe some of you have made fabric storage boxes before……..but here’s my version.

(And yeah, I’ll be making a few more.  But I ran out of time before our little trip and was excited to show you them anyway.)

The boxes have side handles…….and a front window to slide in a content label.

So what kind of stuff do you need organized?  Toys?  Sewing supplies?  Cords and chargers?  Diapers and wipes?  Toilet paper?  Whatever it is……you can always switch it up with the little window that you can slide labels in and out.

But what’s keeping those bins nice and upright?  Nope, not cardboard (though I did consider that).  I slid in pieces of plastic canvas between the layers.  I was actually thinking of using thick sheets of heavy duty plastic but couldn’t find anything that worked as I walked through the craft store.  Until I came upon these.  Worked like a charm.

So make some for the kids room, for your craft room, for the storage shelves in your den, up in that one empty spot on the book shelf……..or even to throw in the car between the bucket seats.  Who doesn’t need an extra storage box or two.

Anyway, would you like to make some for yourself?

Okay, first off……I bought all of my supplies at Joann Fabric.  But you could purchase these items anywhere.  The canvas could even be purchased online, I’m sure.

But this is the type of canvas I bought.  (It’s that stuff that you can sew through with a needle and yarn and create designs and book covers and such.)  And if you click on it to enlarge it, it says that it’s ultra stiff plastic canvas.  The sturdier the better because you want your boxes to have good shape.

The fabric I chose was some home decor fabric.  So like a thick fabric that they sell for like outdoor fabrics, or to recover wooden chairs or stools with.  But not that super thick couch-like upholstery fabric.  That would be hard to work with….and too heavy.

**Each box measures ( in inches) 9.5 tall x 11 wide x 8.5 deep.**

 To begin, cut out an outer piece and a lining piece of fabric that are both 40 x 14 1/4 inches.  Then cut two pieces of fusible interfacing that same size.

Then iron the interfacing to the “wrong” side of the fabrics.

Then sew both fabric pieces into tubes, sewing the two shorter ends together with right sides together.

Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and you can either zig-zag (and trim) the raw edges or serge them.

Do the same thing with the lining piece and set aside.

Now, turn the outer fabric tube to the right side and iron the seam flat open.  Then fold this fabric tube flat, with the side seam exactly along one side.  Then place a pin along the other side, right at the top, just to mark the exact other side of the tube.  The side seam will be the exact back of the box and the pin you just placed will be the exact front of the box.

Then open up the tube just a bit and fold the tube together again, matching up the side seam with the pin (the blue pin below) that marks the “front” of the box (that you placed in the last step), right in the center.  Press the tube flat again, giving you new side edges.  Place pins at each end at the top (see the yellow pins?).  These are going to be the exact center of the sides of your box.  Essentially you just divided the tube into 4 quarters.

Next, you’ll be attaching handles on the sides.  Cut out 2 strips of fabric that are 8.5 x 3 inches.  Fold each strip together lengthwise and sew the long edges together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then turn each tube right side out.  (Need help turning a tube right side out?  Click here)

Iron them both flat with the seam going along the back side.

Then fold each end towards the back about 3/4 of an inch.  Pin in place.

Then turn over and place the handle about 2 inches from the top upper edge, making sure to center the middle the handle right where the pin is at the top edge.  And to make the handle bubble out, place the two edges only 6 inches apart.

Then sew each end down……making a box with an “X” through it to make it nice and sturdy.

Next cut out a piece of clear vinyl (this stuff comes on big rolls at the fabric store) that is 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 iches (or whatever size you want.

Then attach some 1/4 inch double folded bias tape to the edges.  (More on bias tape here.)

Then center it on the front side of the tube, right below the pin that you put to mark the center.  Place it about 3 1/2 inches below the top top edge.

Then sew around the outer 3 edges of the window, attaching it to the main fabric.

Now, slide the lining inside  of the outer fabric, with “wrong” sides together.  Match up the raw edges.

Line up the back seam of the outer fabric with the side seam of the lining fabric.

Now pin the edges of the outer fabric and the lining together along the top and bottom.  Now place the back of the fabric box towards you, with that seam running right down the center.  The front and back of the box will be 11 inches wide.  So place a ruler right on top of that seam and line up the 5 1/2 mark (which is half of 11) with the seam and then place a pin at each side, 11 inches apart.  (So, at the “0” mark and the “11” mark.)  Place several pins down the front of the box, marking this back section.

Then connect those pin marks with a chalk line, which is where you will be sewing a line later on.

Draw the 2 chalk lines down the back, that are 11 inches apart.  Then do the same to the front as well, making sure to center the 11 inch distance below the center pin that you placed on the front of the tube.  So now you have 4 vertical chalk lines running down the tube.  They are 11 inches apart in the front, which makes them 8 1/2 inches apart on the sides.  Now, sew down those chalk lines, only sewing through one layer of the outer fabric and one layer of the lining fabric with each seam.

Here’s a view from the side.   The orange arrows are pointing to the seams that are 8 1/2 inches apart on the side.

And see what you’ve created?  4 little sections that can open up.

Now measure up 4 3/4 inches from the bottom and mark with pins.  Draw another chalk line (if you want) all the way around the bottom, connecting those pins that are all 4 3/4 inches up from the bottom edge.

Sew along that chalk line, all the way around, only sewing through the one layer of outer fabric and the one layer of lining fabric.  So, you are sewing one big circle and the tube should still be open.  This line just creates little compartments to slide your canvas in later.

Now, turn the tube inside out with the upper edge at the top and the exact sides right at the sides and the front and back directly in the exact center.  (The front and back vertical lines should match up at the top and bottom.)  Then sew along the bottom of the tube, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Finish off the raw edges with a zig-zag stitch (and trim) or serger.

Now, look at the bottom corners.  Place a pin right at the side where that seam (that is 4 3/4 inch from the bottom) hits the side.

Now grab the bottom corner and pull the front side away from the back side.

Then flatten this corner down so that the finished seam is now centered along the top. Make the tip nice and pointy while lining up the seam that’s now running along the top,

Then turn the fabric over on it’s side and make the tip nice and pointy while lining up the seam that’s now running along the top, even with the pin that you placed on the back side.  Just feel it with your fingers and line them up.

See?  Here’s the pin centered on the other side.

As you’re folding and adjusting, you will see a horizontal line and a vertical line that cross one another along each side of this triangle shape.  They should intersect right along this new fold that you have made.

Then sew right along that horizontal line that is already there (which should be about 8 1/2 inches across).  If it’s not exact, don’t sweat it.  Then cut off the excess fabric and zig-zag or serge the raw edge.

Do the same with the other corner.  Now you should have a nice square looking bottom.

Now, if you found the same 12 x 18 ultra stiff canvas sheets that I did, you will need 3 sheets of it to use for one box.  But if you want to double up the thickness of each side of your box, you will need twice this amount.  (Doubling it up may work better for you, depending on what you’re using the box for.)

Now, trim your canvas down to the appropriate size, and slide down into each section.

Make sure to really slide it down into each side.  You want the canvas pieces snug so that the walls of the box have good shape and aren’t floppy.  Make sure that the canvas piece is 1/2 inch shorter than the fabric (so that you can add your bias tape).

Then, use some 1/2 inch double fold bias tape along the upper edge of the box, adjusting the canvas and really shoving down into each slot as you sew.  you will have to start and stop many times to adjust, and that’s okay.

Finally, cut 2 rectangles that fit snugly into the very bottom of the box.  Cut a piece of fabric that is a couple inches bigger around all edges.

Then use a glue gun to glue the edges around the 2 canvas sheets.

Then slide the bottom right down into the box.  You can either hot glue it down or just leave it there.  It should be snug enough to stay in place though.

And that’s it.  You are ready to make several more boxes.

(And don’t forget to print off some titles to slide into your clear window.)

Now, fill them up!

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Tash says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, mine turned out great :)

  2. Lisa Redmond says:

    This box is exactly what I need for back to school. My husband and I are both teachers. I’m going to make some for his classes. Instead of using plastic canvas, I’m going to use cardboard or binder covers that were discarded at the end of the school year. They’re going to be cut up anyway. No one will know it was an old binder cover anyway. For the window, I’ll use overhead projector film. It’s just as sturdy as the craft plastic. I’ll send you a picture when I’m finished.

  3. Krista says:

    Hi. Would you be willing to make these for me? I’m an interior decorator and need someone to make custom fabric storage bins for a client. Or do you know of someone that makes these?

  4. Tracy says:

    do you have a tutorial on how to make a “Mike” phone pouch that can be hung on a belt? I am wanting to make A rectangle 1 about 6 and a half inches tall with an open top.

    Tracy

  5. lori b says:

    Nice project. Great instructions. I have been searching for good instructions to make a tote–yours is the best!! So, my project requires a different size tote. I was decifering your figures to come up with the correct size of fabric to cut. The length of your fabric is 2 widths + 2 lengths + 1 inch seam allowance (8.5 + 8.5+ 11+11+1 =40) The width of your fabric is 1/2 of your depth + 1 height + 1/4 inch seam allowance (8.5 divded by 2 = 4.25 + 9.5 + .25 seam allowance= 14). Am I correct??

  6. Jenna says:

    I loved the tutorial, and I have been looking for one on how to make this box for sooooo long!

    Do you know what other materials we might already have that we could use instead of the plastic canvases?

  7. Sonny Sultani says:

    Wondering if you take orders for these?? like 10 at a time??

    I can really use something like this for my company but i like this particular one the most. if you would want to entertain this please email me

  8. Aline Cartier says:

    How great tutorial! Thank you! I’m looking for such storage box ideas recently and that’s may be the best I’ve found online. My new passion is sewing and I’ve decided to sew some boxes for my daughter’s toys. Thank you for the idea!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Question… Can these be machine washed? I think it’s brilliant, but would be really happy if they can be washed..

  10. Linda says:

    Hello! I love this idea! But I am not too good at sewing myself. Would you consider making some for me & I would pay you for supplies & your time & for postage? My sister bought a wooden storage unit with wicker baskets. The baskets smelled so bad, she put them outside to air out. The next day it rained & now they smell even worse! I spent a good 3 hours looking on-line & can not find the size she needs. She needs 11 inch square on sides & 9 inches deep. E-mail me & we can discuss this. I would really appreciate your help! Linda
    ldgtreke4@yahoo.com

  11. Cindy says:

    I made a box following your tutorial. It is so cute. Thank you for a great tutorial!

  12. Mary S. says:

    These are great! So much cuter and nicer than what you can buy in the stores. Can’t wait to make some. thanks for sharing your ideas and the great photo tutorials!!! :-)

  13. Julie Yates says:

    If you take the bottom out they fold flat when you don’t need them
    I have made something similar with Masonite in the sides and a top so you can sit on it.

  14. yuleima says:

    wow !… i didn’t know how easy can make it.

  15. Toni says:

    Do you have a youtube account? A video tutorial on this would be very helpful.

  16. Jana says:

    What a great tutorial! As someone who suffers from Adult ADHD, I wanted to make a cute box to serve as an interim kitchen counter “drop spot” or “organization station” to corral all the magazines, bills, coupons, ads, receipts, and other paper clutter until I can deal with, file, or dispose of it. You know, all the stuff that winds up covering every flat surface because you can’t tackle it when it first hits the house.

    The finished size is approximately 12″ wide x 6 1/2″ deep x 8 1/2″ high, and since it needed to be sturdy enough to hold five or six 8 1/2 x 11″ labelled file folders and their contents, the corrugated plastic (CoroPlast) that I bought at Home Depot was perfect for the side & bottom inserts.

    The downside – due to the thickness (.157″) and stiffness of the CoroPlast I’m unable to attach double bias tape and sew around the top 1/2″ to enclose the four sides. I tried hand-basted the tape over the edges first, and using a narrow zipper foot, but the box is just TOO sturdy to bend around the corners. How did those of you who used thicker or sturdier material manage this last step? Did you machine-sew the outer side of the tape to the outer fabric layer before you inserted your “stiffener,” and then hand-sew or Velcro the inner side?

  17. Brooke says:

    Thank you for posting this! I altered your pattern slightly, so that I could make the boxes in other sizes for my nursery and sewing room. If anyone is up for a bit of math, they can find instructions for making boxes in their own custom sizes here: https://patchworktree.blogspot.com/2014/05/diy-fabric-storage-boxes.html

    1. Suschi says:

      Thank you, Brooke, for figuring out (and posting!) how to adapt this pattern for boxes of any size. Now I can get started!

  18. Louise says:

    Love this!!! Was wondering if anyone has an easy way of calculating the measurements for a slightly large box 12″H x 15″W x 18″D?

  19. Gloria Butler says:

    Thank you so much for these great fabric box directions! I can hardly wait to start on them..Will make several for my craft supplies, so they are not only neater but more easy to find things and not have them spillled and scattered! With these basic directions I can use to make bigger ones also! Again, thank you so much!!

  20. Sheila says:

    Made one of these today and it came out great love them. I will be making more for presents!

  21. Stephanie says:

    I’ve already made one of these. And now that i’m expecting I’d like to make a diaper caddy using your tutorial but i’m not great at math. Any ideas on how to adapt for different sizes? I’m thinking of 17 x 8.5 x 8. Any help is appreciated.

  22. wendira says:

    Wonderful tutorial!!! Easy to follow instructions! Thank you!

  23. Becky says:

    I read this tutorial and wonder about getting thin Plexiglas and cutting it to size. I need larger boxes than what this shows. I think the only problem would be when it came to sewing on the top tape.

  24. Patty says:

    OK everyone. I don’t know if anyone is reading this that needs help, BUT TO PRINT…….Highlight the tutorial, copy, and then paste to Word. I checked, and absolutely no problem.

  25. Laura says:

    I LOVE IT!!! I made these ln a Flicker swap earlier this year having used a different tutorial, (more like bits from several different tutes) as I needed to mail it internationally a collapsible box was a must and the plastic inserts my dear hubby had suggested and I couldn’t get over how fabulous they work out! Perfect for washability instead of cardboard type things others had used! My swap partner loved her boox/basket and asked how I made it. I wish I had your tute then to forward to her! I will be doing so now that I found this.

    To ANY READERS on the fence about making these I say DO IT and you’ll never want to try any other way!!!

  26. Heather says:

    This is the first tutorial of yours that I’ve read. I’m very impressed AND inspired to make these. I will have to figure out how to make measurements for custom fit in closets. I’m hooked :)

  27. Robin says:

    I first want to say I totally love your site!!!! So many projects that I can’t resist. The one thing that would be helpful for me would be to have your project in pdf format so it can be printed to take to my sewing room. I’ve tried every method know to me [and hubby who is IT] and cannot find a way to get it adequately in a printable format. I’d bet dollars to donuts that whatever program you put this together in it would have a save as pdf or exports as pdf option. I’ve spent hours trying to do it with this tutorial to no avail.

    Can you post a pdf file of this tutorial? I’d be happy to pay a download fee just to be able to print these out.

    PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE?

  28. Pam says:

    Best pattern I’ve seen on the web! I want to make boxes in several different sizes. What is the “formula” for making these boxes. Would you share?

  29. Florence says:

    why only 3 pcs of the plastic? shouldn’t there be a pc on all 4 sides?

  30. raajia says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this tutorial I must make some for my house.

  31. Amaya says:

    Hello,
    I love your boxes! I have done my own following your instructions, and made a tutorial in Spanish for Spanish community (https://costureranovatilla.blogspot.com.es/2013/09/tutorial-para-hacer-caja-de-tela.html), so thank you so much for your information, was really really helpful!

    I’ll explore your blog in detail… Thanks and regards!

  32. Daisey says:

    Love, loved ,loved the instructions. What attention to detail. You left nothing to chance. Appreciate this very much!

  33. Haley says:

    I shared this awesome tutorial with my readers today. Thanks for the detailed instructions and awesome pictures here is the link if you would like to check it out :https://littlebitsofeverythingqce.blogspot.com/2013/08/pinned-it-friday-with-haley_23.html

  34. Delynn says:

    So i have been following your blog four about 2 years now and when I first saw this post I was like “cool boxes” and never really thought I would get to such a thing. After hours (I mean a lot of hours) scouring the web for boxes to fit the changing table hutch for our nursery I finally gave up and then remembered you had this on here. They are the perfect size and I can make them yellow! I am so excited to start these in the morning! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if you have a video tutorial on this, but I think it would be a great idea if you did especially because some of us are new to sewing.

  36. Patty says:

    I Love you Fabric Storage Boxes. I’ve been trying to find the right ones to store my Sewing Materials in but the cost is way to high for my budget.
    I would like to be able to print out the directions but can’t find a area to print them. It would make it so much easy’er if they could be printed out.

    1. Cristina says:

      You probably already figured this out –
      You can always copy & paste on to a word document — it works most of the time.

  37. stephanie says:

    thank you. now i know what to do with all that canvas in received and what to do for storage boxes as I redo my sewing/craft room. great idea!! I am just getting starting with all this soo this was very helpful!!

  38. Debbie C says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial! I’m finishing up my box and it looks nice! Simple enough, although I’m a little winded from ironing on all that interfacing! Maybe next time I’ll try using a canvas fabric and skip the interfacing? Also, a tip…Hobby Lobby sells plastic canvas in a larger size that Joann’s, in case you want to make a bigger box. :)

  39. Andaira says:

    Fantástico tutorial!!!!!!
    Te ha quedado perfecto!!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  40. Alana says:

    Late to the party and I haven’t read all of the comments, but another possibility for sturdy sides: thin plastic cutting boards. They sell them at IKEA and at many dollar stores usually at least two to a pack. You can cut them to size fairly easily and they’re usually the perfect thickness/sturdiness for many craft projects (templates, etc.). Love your site!

  41. Terry Jobin says:

    I am going to be making fabric storage containers, but are going to be 8″ wide for the top, sides and bottom. Can you help me with how to do small ones like that?

  42. Save alot money to sew. Remind simlar to thirty-ones company says:

    I love this and thank you for share with all of us, I would to make many storage boxes and this storages and bags remind me of thirty-one company make all this simlar so I can do make myself than order cost etc. I have alot of old fabrics to use up and alot of threads, too and alot of materials, too. I can sew anything. I love it.

  43. Anonymous says:

    GREAT IDEA . I wanted 9 baskets or storage boxes for a bookshelf but couldnt find a store that had 9 of the same size and I didnt want decreasing sizes. Plus at 14.95 eah it would cost more than I wanted to spend. Now I can choose my fabric or choose coordinating ones. Like your simple directions too. Thanks fo sharing!!

  44. Nanette says:

    what a great tutorial! Can you tell me how many yards of fabric and interfacing it takes to make 1 bin please? Thanks so much!

  45. Joy says:

    Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial! I made one today and plan to make several more for all the toys that need a place to go.

  46. Joy says:

    Just finished my super-cute fabric bin! Thanks for your easy-to-follow tutorial! I plan on making several more for all the toys that have appeared after Christmas. :)

  47. Helen says:

    You make these look super simple! Would love to make tem up for my daughter’s room. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Donna Y says:

    I love these boxes. Now I can make them myself. And you make it look so easy. And FUN!!!. I think I would do the bottom a bit differently. I would like to my pillow slip and just slide the plastic into it, instead of all that gluing. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Jessica says:

    Love your tutorial! I made my boxes larger than this. I tried the material you did for between the layers but it wasn’t as sturdy as I had hoped because they are pretty big. So instead I used foam board and I love it! The foam board is so sturdy!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  50. Jen says:

    What a fantastic tutorial, love that you included so much detail and step, really easy to follow and looks great!

  51. M says:

    wow that is amazing

  52. Ashley says:

    How is the bottom attached? Did I miss it?

  53. Linda King says:

    I love this tutorial! Is there a way to print this tutorial? I would like to have this tutorial at my cutting table so I can follow each step. ,

  54. Blanca says:

    wow you are really talented!
    I bought my sewing machine a couple months ago, but do not where to start! =(
    thanks for the tutorial,totally love it!

  55. Grace says:

    I wish there was a way to do it without a sewing machine x) haven’t got one:/

    1. laurie says:

      High temp hot glue may be your answer. It won’t be as sturdy but it would work :)

  56. nehns says:

    Hmm…can you do a lid pattern for this box? I’m thinking…Christmas gift boxes of all sizes and patterns that could store inside themselves. I could re-use them each year and just tie them all closed with pretty ribbon bows. Save on paper and waste and tedious gift wrapping time???

  57. Patricia says:

    Great way to make those boxes! But I’d really like to see the quilt you used as a background!

  58. Kim @ Everything Etsy says:

    Great tutorial! You always make it looks so easy! :)

    ~Kim

  59. Betty Grove says:

    I used to make amazing things with plastic canvas, but quilting and sewing have replaced my passion. Your idea and tutorial is the best! Now I have a use for all the plastic canvas I have stored away and the bonus is I get storage boxes and I also can use my sewing skills. Win win all the way. Thanks you for sharing your ideas and talents.

  60. Kaylee says:

    Thanks so much for the Tutorial! Going to try and tackle this during my toddlers nap time! :)

  61. NikkiD says:

    Ashley,
    Thanks so much for this tutorial – I have just finished making my first box and it has turned out really well, I am very pleased with it! I followed the instructions to the letter, except for the glue on the base board fabric – I just made a fabric envelope as suggested in a previous comment. To the lady who couldn’t envisage how to sew the vertical lines without the fabric bunching up: well, I had wondered that myself! However, the pattern is big enough so that this isn’t a problem at all, the fabric went through my machine with ease, so I’d say have a go yourself and try it. Now, onto box number two . . .

    1. Lauren says:

      How much did the bin end up costing? Many people have wondered about the cost. Any help would be great.

  62. Bonnie Peyton says:

    Wow, finally found some great sewing thinkers as interesting as myself. THis is like sitting in your sewing room and watching you construct a great product to use in your home. This is one that I will make a zillion times. Thanks for
    caring so much as to sharing this great pattern to us all. I also paint and my stuff always needs new containers to store paper, brushes, photos to use for projects and this could fill the bill for all of them. Way to go, lady and keep up the great work.

  63. Mapas22 says:

    wondering if you sell these on etsy or something. i am not a sewer really but would purchase these in a heartbeat! i have been looking online for cute storage boxes and i have found nothing i like until running across your blog. you are very talented. please let me know if you sell these online somewhere :)

  64. Jill says:

    LOVE this! I found you on Pinterest & I’m your newest subscriber. I’ve tried several times to make fabric “boxes” but this seems to solve all issues I’ve had. Thanks!

  65. Lola rx8 says:

    I just finished mine following your tutorial exactly and it came out perfect. Thank you for the pictures, they really helped me understand.

  66. Sarah says:

    This is by far the best box tutorial I have ever found. Thank you for for sharing.

  67. Anonymous says:

    What do i Label them. any ideas?

  68. Danielle says:

    Just came across your site as I am about to decorate our daughter’s room w/some storage boxes. And I love that I can make these boxes out of fabric to coordinate with the rest of the fabric I will be using for her room. Looking forward to making these. Thanks for the instructions.

  69. April says:

    Just finished making my first box using your tutorial. Great tutorial and I love the box. I will definitely be making more! Thanks!

  70. Cheryl Ulmer says:

    Thanks for the great instructions on how to do this. I’d been trying to think of how to make these but couldn’t figure out how to stiffen the panels. Very creative.

  71. Tiffany says:

    I’ve had my eye on these adorable boxes for a while now, and I’ve just been waiting to find the “perfect fabric” for them. Hopefully I find it soon, because I could really use some of these and don’t want to have to settle for something I don’t love. Thanks for sharing such an awesome tutorial.
    This week I had a post with some things that were giving me inspiration for the play area I’m trying to set up for my son, and included this project. :)
    https://thelittlewaffleflower.blogspot.com/2012/03/boys-play-area-ideas.html

  72. Sam says:

    Hey, I was wondering if you know the name of the pattern/designer of the fabric you used on the outside of the box! I love that green, it’s so fresh!

  73. Mdmsamm says:

    Hi Ashley, delightful tut, love to invite you to share ar sewwequilt.com for May, You sew inspire me with you r lovely blog nd creativity. Mdm Samm

  74. kat says:

    HI: I wanted to make one 24in wide… do you think that the plastic canvas would be strong enough… or have other suggestions that would help. PLEASE??

  75. Yvette says:

    Great tutorial! I like your way of doing it. I just found a sewing book by Anna Horner that has a tutorial on fabric boxes but I think I’m going to use your way. Thanks for posting this, I know what it’s like to make a tutorial, very time consuming. I’m linking you to my blog, btw!

  76. Dawn says:

    Hi! Love your tutorial. Actually a friend of mine found it and wants me to help her make bins for her new nursery. But she wants her bins to be 10″ x 10″…is there an easy way for be to calculate the dimensions for the size she wants?

    Thank you!!

    1. patti says:

      Dawn, I’m trying to figure out how to do it as well. I made the box per directions and it turned out GREAT! But I can’t figure out how to reduce the size

    2. Vanessa says:

      Any luck on reducing the size to 10×10? I want the same thing!

  77. Dana says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some boxes like this but didn’t have an idea where to start. Can think of all sorts of uses for them.

  78. Jess P says:

    How do you sew down the 4 veritcal chalk lines running down the short side of the tube? I’m just having trouble figuring how to get the frabric through my sewing machine without sewing together both sides of the tube. Is there lots of clumping up of the tube in front of your machine?

    1. MariaH says:

      Jess, I popped back on here for that Exact Issue!! Did you ever get it figured out?
      I wish someone had given a solution. Several comments down someone says it works, just go for it. I’m here to say — Not w/o a little more instruction; my sides are apparently too stiff!!
      Oh Well. Guess I’ll keep working on it on my own!!

  79. Nicki Rochead says:

    Just found this. By far the easiest to follow tutorial like this that I’ve found. Thanks

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