They are very easy
to make from boxes that would otherwise be thrown away and oddments
of leftover fabric.
are for a standard oblong shoe box but can be adapted for any shape
You will need:
1 shoe box and lid
Approximately 1 metre, 11/4 yard of fabric
1). Take a measurement
all the way around the box plus 2.5cm/1" and measure the depth of the
box plus 2.5cm/1". Make a paper pattern of the rectangle, then pin it
on to your fabric and cut out. Measure the bottom of the box and cut
a rectangle of fabric slightly smaller all the way round than this measurement.
2). Beginning with
one of the long sides, spray the box with the adhesive and smooth the
longer rectangle of fabric on to the box, leaving a little at the top
and base to turn over neatly later. Move around the sides of the box,
spraying and smoothing one side at a time. When you reach the end, fold
the cut edge under so that it fits the box exactly, use a little adhesive
to stick it to itself, then stick it to the box using the spray adhesive.
3). Neaten the
top edge by sticking the fabric to the inside of the box. Turn the box
over and glue down the long edges then fold the corners into mitres
and glue to the box. Take the smaller rectangle of fabric and stick
this on to the base with the spray.
4). Cut the fabric
for the lid. If you want a padded lid cut a piece of wadding/batting
the same size as the top of the lid and stick this on first. Then take
measurements of the length and width of the lid over the padding, including
the sides and not forgetting to add 2.5cm/1" to each measurement. Make
a paper pattern, then cut your fabric. Spray the padding or the top
of the lid with adhesive and smooth on your fabric. Stick down the long
sides first, then fold in the fabric at the corners and stick down the
short sides. Finish off by gluing down the extra fabric to the inside
of the lid.
5). If you would
like to line the inside of the box you could measure and glue fabric
in the same way that the outside was covered or you could cut pieces
of cardboard to fit exactly, pad with a little wadding/batting, cover
with fabric and spray glue into place.
Have fun with matching
and co-ordinating fabrics or use similar techniques with wallpaper or
gift wrap instead of fabric. Once you get started every shoe box that
comes into your home will be an opportunity to be creative and make
pretty, practical storage that will help eliminate clutter and bring
order to closets and shelves in any room of the home.