How to Make a Fabric Storage Box
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How to Make a Fabric Storage Box

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Fabric storage boxes are ideal for storing all those little household items. Using a selection of fat quarters, you can make a fun set of coordinating or contrasting storage boxes for your home. Our easy-to-follow tutorial will show you everything you need to know to make these vibrant fabric boxes.

Project and instructions by Paula Milner

You will need

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How to make

Step 1

Select, measure and cut out your fabrics. You will need the below measurements:


4 x Outer 27cm (width) x 21cm (height) rectangles

1 x Outer 27cm x 27cm square

4 x Inner 27cm (width) x 21cm (height) rectangles

1 x Inner 27cm x 27cm square


4 x Outer 16cm (width) x 22cm (height) rectangles

1 x Outer 16cm x 16cm square

4 x Inner 16cm (width) x 22cm (height) rectangles

1 x Inner 16cm x 16cm square


4 x Outer 13.5cm (width) x 19cm (height) rectangles

1 x Outer 13.5cm x 13.5cm square

4 x Inner 13.5cm (width) x 19cm (height) rectangles

1 x Inner 13.5cm x 13.5cm square

Measuring out fabric

Step 2

Press your fabrics.

Pressing fabric

Step 3

Cut and iron on your interfacing as per the packet instructions to your inner layer fabric shapes. Each piece will need to be cut 1cm smaller than each shape for seam allowances. For the larger box, you will also need to do this for your outer layer to provide extra strength. The smaller boxes do not require this.

Cutting and ironing on interfacing

Step 4

We will start by sewing your inner sides together. Length ways and right sides together sew up one height side. Then add your next rectangle and sew up the height side again until you have all 4 rectangles together in a row.

Sewing inner sides together

Step 5

Fold the sides together so that you join it into a cube and sew up this height side.

Folding sides and sewing to form a cube

Step 6

You are now ready to attach the bottom part of your box!

Ready to attache the bottom of the box

Step 7

Sew your bottom square piece on to your now formed cube with a 1cm seam allowance.

Sewing bottom piece to box

Step 8

Secure your threads and now get ready to sew your outer piece.

Step 9

Repeat the same with your outer fabric pieces and then turn out the right way.

Sewing outer piece

Step 10

Insert your inner layer inside your outer layer.

Inserting inner layer to outer layer

Step 11

Fold both your inner and outer layers inwards with enough room to stitch around at the top. Pin in to position to secure.

Pinned fabric

Step 12

Sew around the top in a stitch of your choice and secure your threads. Fold your tops outwards to reveal the contrast inner!

Stitching top of bag

Step 13

Et voila! Fabric storage box: done!

Storage boxes

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