Materials needed To make fabric-covered box:
- Cardboard box with lid
- Woven cotton fabric (no vertical, horizontal or diagonal stretch)
- Cardstock paper
- Clear packing tape
- Heavy-duty double-sided tape
- Fabric scissors
Step One :
Select a box to be used for your fabric-covered box project. The harder the better, as it will last longer and will look better as a finished product. A shoebox or giftwrap box will be a better option, but it can make the project a little more challenging.
Step Two :
Select the fabric you have to work on. It’s best to use a sturdy woven cotton fabric with little or no stretch, but stay away from upholstery-weight fabric.
Step Three :
Take measurements of your box and Note it down, including the sides and bottom, and the top and sides of the lid.
Step Four :
Mark and cut your fabric. You can visually mark your fabric by placing your box and lid directly on the fabric and use the measurements, otherwise mark the fabric with a ruler and take correct measurements. Add 2 inches to each measurement to allow for the finished edges.
Step Five :
Apply double-sided tape to the edges of the box and lid. On opposites sides of the box, carefully pull as you place the fabric on the double-sided tape and smooth to secure in place. This step holds your fabric in place and allows you to easily secure the fabric to the inside of the box.
Step Six :
Cut darts at the corners. To allow complete coverage of the box, cut darts a diagonal straight line with sharp scissors toward each corner of the box and lid and stop just before you reach the corners.
Step Seven :
To secure the two remaining sides, fold the fabric as if you are wrapping a gift box with wrapping paper. Use double-sided tape to secure any areas you can’t hold in place.
Step Eight :
Finish the edges by folding the fabric twice, cut away any excess fabric,and secure the folded fabric to the inside of the box and lid with double-sided tape. You can also secure the fabric with clear packing tape to make it a little easier.
Step Nine :
Measure the inside of the lid and cut a piece from cardstock paper. With double-sided tape, secure the cardstock paper to the inside of the lid to hide the tape that secures the fabric in place.