How to make a fabric covered storage box template

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How to make a fabric covered storage box template
Using fabric to cover boxes creates handy storage without being expensive. (bolts of fabric image by Scott Williams from

Using fabric to cover boxes is an inexpensive way to decorate a room. Fabric-covered boxes have many uses and can help disguise clutter. Creating a template for covering a box with fabric ensures that you purchase the proper measurement of fabric to complete the job so that it looks neat and professional.

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Things you need

  • Box with lid
  • Tracing or tissue paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the four sides of the box you want to cover. Add 1 inch (2.5cm) to this number. This is the length of paper you will need to create the template. Next, measure the height of the box and add 2 inches (5cm).

  2. 2

    On the paper, use a ruler to draw a rectangle that is the same size as the measurements taken. Cut out the rectangle with scissors.

  3. 3

    Doublecheck the template before using it to cut out fabric by wrapping it around the box you want to cover. A template that is a bit too long will still work, but one that is too short will leave an uncovered space on the box.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are making multiple covers that are the same size, consider making the template out of non-fusible interfacing. It will be more durable and resist tearing with repeated use.
  • For covering multiple boxes, selecting different patterns of fabric with similar colours to create an interesting visual effect.
  • Choose fabrics that are durable but not too stiff. Fabrics that are too stiff can be lumpy when applied to the box. Stretchy fabrics, like knits, do not work well.
  • Using striped or checked fabric to cover boxes requires precise template placement and careful fabric application. Even a slight variance from the line will be obvious once the box is covered.

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