DIY Fabric Covered Boxes

May 2, 2013

Hello everyone! I have a new DIY project to share today: fabric covered boxes perfect for storing keepsakes or office supplies. I love the idea of wrapping plain boxes in pretty patterns (like I did last year these marbled paper versions) and this time I made them with some beautiful fabrics sent to me by Annie Selke from her Pine Cone Hill collection.

diy fabric covered boxes


Here is the step by step:

make fabric covered boxes


First, round up the necessary supplies.  You’ll need about ½ yard of fabric for every box, sometimes more for larger versions. Find wood boxes at a craft store like Michaels, also glue designed for fabric and a brush to apply it. For thicker fabrics, you’ll need a staple gun too.


Next, cut the fabric to the size of the box and allow for enough fabric to wrap all fours sides.

trim fabric

With your staple gun, secure the first long side of the box with a few staples inside and close to the middle.

staple fabric

Apply a thin coat of glue to the bottom of the box and smooth the fabric as you rotate it around so that it lays flat along the bottom.

fabric glue

Staple the second side along the interior of the box, concentrating the staples toward the middle.

staple sides

Trim a piece of remaining fabric on the unwrapped sides so that you can easily wrap it up and around the edge without bulky excess. Add an additional layer of glue to the sides.

trim sides

fold up and over

add glue


Fold the trimmed fabric up and over the side of the box and secure it tight with the staple gun.

fold over

staple edge

Repeat the same process for the lid, but keep the fabric stapled  to the bottom edge of the lid to avoid the box becoming too difficult to close due to excess layers of fabric.

repeat for lid


In less than an hour you can create two stylish storage boxes for housing office supplies or mementos.

diy fabric covered boxes


fabric covered boxes on shelf



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412 Responses to “DIY Fabric Covered Boxes”

  1. Bev says:

    Happy Poppies Blue–Beautiful!

  2. Linda Stegall says:

    It would be a toss up between Toadstool Peacock and Toadstool Verdi—love the colors! Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Kayla Bushman says:

    I absolutely love the Links Key Lime Cut Yardage! Will go great with my Caribbean Blue and kelly green motif I have going for my living room!

  4. meg says:

    What an easy (and cheap way) to add pops of color toyour decor!

  5. Colleen husted says:

    Love Happy Poppies Pink Cut and it’s a good price as well. Just built a new home and would add great color. Keep up the great work bringing us great ideas, love your post.

  6. Tamara Wood says:

    I just love love love “Edelweiss Crewel Aqua”. It has such class!!!!! Thank you for all your great
    giveaways!!! And fantastic ideas, I look forward to your emails daily! Thanks!!!!

  7. Veronica S says:

    Just fell in love with the Toadstool Peacock!!!!!

  8. Suzi says:


  9. Michelle says:

    The Shalini Bluemarine is fabulous.

    Thanks for your great site and constant flow of useful ideas!

  10. Kelly says:

    I love the Edelweiss Crewel Aqua Cut. Soooo pretty!

  11. Laurel says:

    Happy Poppies are gorgeous. I could think of a few projects to make with that fabric.

  12. Anne Haun says:

    I love Hot House Floral.

  13. Maryellen says:

    Indigo Links….beautiful!

  14. May says:

    Ok…how can one possibly pick? Beautiful. I finally chose Happy Poppies Pink Cut Floral.

  15. Auntiepatch says:

    Ila Slate is my favorite!

  16. Jennifer says:

    They are all gorgeous and I could seriously find a place for any (or all) of them!!

  17. Meg says:

    Oooh I love the happy poppies! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Shannon says:

    LOVE the Links Tin fabric. I have the perfect place in mind for it!

  19. The fabric is all so cute! I love the Happy Poppies one the most though!

  20. Asiyah says:

    Dangit…I can’t decide. I like them all for one reason or another!

  21. Mindy K says:

    HOT HOUSE FLORAL SPRING is my favorite, I think…but TOADSTOOL RUSSET is a very close second. =)

  22. MrsSW says:

    I love the Happy Poppies Blue Cut Floral but most of the fabric is too bright for my place – so I would choose Interlaken White Matelassé – the white will work. :)

  23. Christine says:

    I really LOVE the toadstool multi; so gorgeous and so perfect for summer!

  24. Jennifer says:

    My favorite fabric is Scramble. Thanks for the chance!

  25. sheila says:

    Happy Poppies!

  26. Kim a. says:

    I love the colors in the treehouse linen!

  27. Grammy says:

    Scramble Tin would look sooooo fab in my living room! Droolin’ over here…

  28. Susan says:

    All great but I love the links indigo.

  29. Debbie says:

    My favorite is the pink links. I would make a cute clutch for summer if I win!

  30. Katrina says:

    The Scramble Tin is my favorite, though I really like almost all of the fabrics. Great website!

  31. kathleen says:

    I love the toadstool Peacock fabric

  32. Camille says:

    HAPPY POPPIES PINK CUT YARDAGE…’s just like the name says, ‘Happy’. Very appropriate for the Spring & Summer. Love the colors too.

  33. Alison says:

    I love the toadstool!!!

  34. Martha Walsh says:

    Sarala Slate is beautiful. Thanks!

  35. Michel says:

    Happy poppies, both pink and blue!

  36. Belle says:

    Shalini blue marine is my fav.

  37. Pam says:

    Links Tin Cup Yardage

  38. Merry says:

    Shalini BlueMarine is one I’ve been eyeing for a while! Thanks!

  39. Gina F says:

    Love the Toadstool and the Hot House Spring Cut. Thanks!

  40. Sarah Beaird says:

    I love the Toadstool Multi Cut Yardage. Actually had hard time deciding; I loved several!

  41. Kim C says:

    The Happy Poppies in Blue would be perfect in my kitchen. Love all the bright colors.

  42. Ardis says:

    My favorite is Shalini Ivory/Raspberry, but they are all beautiful.

  43. Ardis says:

    The Shalini Ivory/Raspberry is my favorite, but they are all beautiful.

  44. Margaret says:

    Happy Poppies in pink!! Love that fabric.

  45. Karleen Taylor says:

    Wow, the fabric certainly does wonders for those boxes. Hard to pick a favorite fabric but Happy Poppies in Pink is fun!

  46. Judy says:

    I like the shalini ivory/rasberry cut yardage!

  47. Joyce Ward says:

    Links Key Lime Fabric is a fav – thank you very much

  48. Sally says:

    My choice would be Toadstool Multi Cut – fun colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Stephanie Roybal says:

    They’re all gorgeous but Shalini Ivory/Raspberry is my fave

  50. Katherine Donovan says:

    There are so many beautiful fabrics to choose from. If I had to choose, I would pick the Links Indigo Cut Yardage. I love the pattern and the color.

  51. Linda says:

    Definitely love the Happy Poppies Blue

  52. Tracy says:

    Love Shalini Terracotta/Slate–would look perfect in my dining room!!

  53. Coran says:

    Hot Floral summer, spring or fall cut. Gorgeous!

  54. Suzanne Beyer says:

    I really would love to see the July Stripe on my front porch !! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  55. Holly says:

    I like the Ila Chocolate Cut yardage.

  56. Jenni says:

    I like the links pattern — especially in indigo.

  57. Michelle Hudak says:

    I love the SCRAMBLE TIN CUT YARDAGE…would make a great set of curtains for my dining room.

  58. Robin says:

    Love Edelweiss Crewel Aqua Cut Yardage – Thanks so much!

  59. Jill says:

    I’d love the hot house floral fabric. Oh please, giveaway gods, pick me!

  60. Valerie Skusa says:

    So hard to choose just one but I love the Treehouse Linen. Great colors!

  61. Valerie Skusa says:

    Treehouse Linen! Love the colors!

  62. Jennifer Johnson says:

    Toadstool peacock!

  63. Meghan Finley says:

    Scramble Tin Cut Yardage

  64. Elsa says:

    Oooh, I like the Ila Slate!

  65. stephanie says:

    Links Tin Cut Yardage- I absolutely need to recover by daybed in this fabric!

  66. beth says:

    Love the Links Indigo to make pillows for my bed

  67. Nadya Kotik says:

    i love Edelweiss Crewel Aqua Cut Yardage fabric!

  68. Pam says:

    I like the Shalini Bluemarine.

  69. denise says:

    I love the June Stripe. Makes me want to eat sorbet.

  70. Jacqueline says:

    My favorite fabric is the toadstool peacock. We see a lot of peacocks near our house :)

  71. Toadstool Multi! Pink and lime greens are my thing!

  72. i liked shalini–blue marine & ivory/raspberry cut, both of these were my favorite altho it was hard to pick out a favorite from all of these pretty fabrics. thanks/chance

  73. PA says:

    Toadstool verdi, I think.

  74. Joyce says:

    I could use Tooadstool Peacock or Toadstool Russet to make pillows for my home! Beautiful colors!

  75. Jamie says:

    Love all fabrics! I would choose the hothouse floral fall cut. Thanks for a chance to win :)

  76. megan says:

    I love the toadstool peacock, it is so bright and fun.

  77. Lisa says:

    Tree House Linen! So beautiful!

  78. sally SHepard says:

    Treehouse linen would make lovely chair cushions..or even curtains!

  79. Judy Selkirk says:

    I love the Key Lime and would use it in my home office.

  80. Sandy N says:

    Shalini Terracotta-Slate Cut is my favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  81. Cheryl E says:

    My favorite is the Scramble Tin but the Links Tobacco is a close second!

  82. Ramonita says:

    I love the June Stripe cut yardage!!!! Would bring so much color to my guest bedroom.

  83. Ramona says:

    Hot house floral summer cut yardage.

  84. Patricia Crowley says:

    I love the Shalini Terracotta/Slate cut yardage!!!

  85. Emily R. says:

    Love the Toadstool Russet Cut Yardage!

  86. Annie Higbee says:

    Edelweiss Crewel Aqua is a color that will blend with just about any decor. There are multiple color combinations that will bring out a certain element of the fabric every time.

  87. IndianaWildflower says:

    The Links Key Lime would make great curtains for my bedroom/office!

  88. Stacy Alfano says:

    Wow! The happy poppies pink is beautiful!!!

  89. Brenda a says:

    I love the poppies in pink but I can’t say no the the scrambled in tin. These are all great fabrics!

  90. Trinity says:

    So hard to choose! Love the links key lime and hot summer floral.

  91. stephanie says:

    I love the Links Tin Cut Yardage and the Interlaken White Matelassé Cut Yardage. I just can’t decide they are both so beautiful!

  92. Lerin Holmes says:

    I love this pattern it’s to die for (Links Tin Cut Yardage)

  93. Angie says:

    Ooh they’re all so pretty! I love toadstool in russet best.

  94. Emily Cantu says:

    I’m in LOVE with the Links Key Lime! Already dreaming of where this would go in my house :)

  95. Sharon says:

    Love them all! But the Happy Poppies Pink makes me HAPPY!

  96. Kathleen says:

    I like the July Stripe, it would match the colors in my home perfectly. Thanks.

  97. Melissa says:

    The Links Pink for accent pillows. It would go perfectly with my daughter’s new bedding she received for her birthday.

  98. Katie says:

    Hot House Floral Spring. It would be perfect in my dining room! Thanks

  99. Olivia says:

    Hot House Floral Spring Cut, it would make great throw pillows for the new banquet I just built!

  100. Melissa says:

    I love the Links in several colors!

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