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My Crafty Storage Bins

This week I’m working on organizing my 3-year-old, girly-girl’s closet. I wanted some storage bins for her closet, but it’s the end of the month and Dave Ramsey says I have to stick to my budget. :-) Then I saw these on iheartorganizing made from cardboard boxes:

I like to save good, sturdy boxes, so I dug these out of my stash:

I purchased a yard each of fabric to match my daughter’s bedroom color scheme which came to about $7. Other supplies I needed were: strapping tape, spray adhesive, fabric glue, a fabric pencil and yard stick.  I was a little concerned about the corners on these shoe boxes, so I used the strapping tape to secure them on each box.

Next I placed the box on top of my fabric and traced the bottom. I measured the sides and added that measurement to two sides of the fabric around my traced box. I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the bottom of the box, then lifted and folded up the pre-measured fabric for two of the sides, using spray adhesive to attach these. I found that using a squeegee (I used my Pampered Chef vegetable scoop) was helpful in smoothing the fabric onto the box.  This left me with the bottom and two edges covered.

     

Now I needed to cover the remaining two sides. I measured the length and width, then adding about an inch to the length, measured and cut my fabric. I used fabric glue to fold under and secure the edges of the fabric, and the spray adhesive to attach it to the sides. It was helpful to roll up the fabric, then unroll and smooth it as I worked my way around these two sides. I tried to make the top edge flush and leave excess fabric at the bottom. Then I folded under the excess and secured it to the bottom with fabric glue.

    

Next was the inside. I measured and cut out a piece to fit the bottom first.

Then I completed the inside edges as I did the outside — two long strips at a time. I used spray adhesive, then folded under the ends  and secured with fabric glue.

I wasn’t completely happy with the outside corners on this box, so I secured black bias tape I had on hand to the corners with fabric glue. It gave my imperfect corners a much more finished looked.

I still had unfinished edges at the top, so using a trick my sewing-expert mother taught me, I created my own bias tape to finish the top.

Cut fabric the length and width desired, adding an inch or so to the length to allow for folding under to hide rough edges. The finished width of the bias tape will be 1/4 the beginning width. I cut mine into two 3-inch by 13-inch strips because I had a box 24-inches around the perimeter and I wanted about 3/4 inch wide tape.

Using an iron, press in half length-wise, wrong sides together.

Open this piece, then press 1/4 the fabric into the center on each side.

Fold in half again and press once more.

I secured this around the edges of my box with fabric glue, and repeated with box number two. Here is my final result – two cute and very inexpensive storage bins for my daughter’s closet.

  

I’m very happy with how they turned out. A word of warning about spray adhesive though — it is very sticky stuff and gets all over. Cover your area well! I missed covering a spot on my dining room table and now have a very sticky film that I’m having trouble removing (have any ideas for that?) Happy weekend!

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I am wife to the world's nicest man, mother to four lively/intelligent/beautiful children, daughter to two incredible parents, sister to four amazing siblings, aunt to nine fun-loving nephews and two sweet nieces, friend, teacher turned homeschooler, runner and aspiring organizing maven. Most importantly, I am a woman of faith and unapologetically blend my faith and my God into all that I do because it is ". . . in Him we live and move and exist . . ." (Acts 17:28).

12 responses »

  1. Awesome idea!!! Necessity is the mother of invention and finding cheaper ways of doing things. :) Thank you for sharing this wonderful DIY pretty storage box idea!!!

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  2. You could try Goo Gone for the sticky spot – and it won’t hurt your table. Great boxes!

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  3. Adorable! Such a great idea! I better start saving boxes!

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  4. I nominated you for the Sunshine Award and the Awesome Blog Content Award. Thank you for sharing your talents with us with your awesome blog! ♥ Angi

    http://akissofbliss.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/abc-award/

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  5. Oh so clever! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  6. Pingback: I’ve Finally Finished the Closet! « Easy-Going Organizer

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