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No-sew Fabric Storage Bins {for free!}

no sew fabric storage boxes, from cardboard boxes and curtains! #nursery #baby #free #chevron #lime #storage

Since making this startling confession a few months ago about Andrew's nursery, I've been doing penance and bringing some design, color, and LIFE into his little boy room with gusto.

I've gotten a pretty good head start. I've made a fish mobile,
colorful paper fish mobile #nursery #craft #diy

bought a navy rug, and have plans to hang the diy life preserver from Andrew's first birthday. This week I zeroed in on Andrew's changing table. I wanted it to look cute and colorful, and I needed extra storage in a bad way.

Fabric Storage Bins
Supplies:
  • 3 boxes (mine were 10"w x 13"l x 10"h)
  • about 3 yards fabric
  • Glue gun
how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #chevron

My original idea was to buy some fabric storage boxes like these below, and just be done with it.

gain tons of storage, make diy wrapped fabric storage boxes (see how she did it for free!)

But I just wasn't in love with paying close to $40 with shipping for three boxes, or $70 for six. I knew there had to be another way. I could do better!

Pro Boxer
So I kept my eyes peeled for some cardboard boxes the same size as the closet cubes, and then one day, I found them!
gain tons of storage, make diy wrapped fabric storage boxes (see how she did it for free!)

I know you are jealous of my generous stash of Cabernet Oblivion there, classily stuffed under my child's diapers. My last name's not Wine for nothing! (yes it really is, you can double check in my about me tab).

Sorry to disappoint, but unfortunately my lovely boxes were all empty before I spotted them at Trader Joe's. Free boxes, and the perfect size for this project! Each wine box was 10"w x 13"l x 10"h.

I did some pinteresearch (that's my new word for figuring things out on Pinterest, spread it around please) and found a great tutorial on wrapping cardboard boxes in fabric from Lindsay at Tales from a Cottage.
inspiration wrapped storage boxes Tales from a Cottage

By the way, Lindsay has an amazing story of trying to start her family, shared here. Check out her cute diy blog and keep her in your thoughts and prayers!)

I'm a Wrap Rapper
I had some lime green curtains
I said curtains, fool! Uh.
I stole them! No, I just got them for free
At a Stuff Swap with my homies
fo' shizzle they was the perfect color
Fo' my baby's nursery, fool!!
Yo. Hey. Uh...

 *record scratch *record scratch *sprinkle some bleeped out words in there and wait for the cash to start pouring in!

So yeah...

Like I said in verse form there, I had some scored some green cotton curtains fool, at a thing me and my friends do called a "stuff swap". Basically we bring anything gently used and trade it for something new (to us).

The color was perfect for my lime, aqua, orange, and navy color scheme. Score! Total cost of this project so far= FREE!

I wrapped up each box in fabric just like I would a present. I measured the length of fabric on the long sides to slightly overlap on top, and the short sides to be slightly shorter than the box.
i couldn't believe it was this easy to make diy fabric wrapped boxes. They're $15 each in the store! #nursery #chevron #fabric #storage

I wrapped the long sides and glued them with hot glue, then folded and wrapped the short sides, gluing the edges as well.
i couldn't believe it was this easy to make diy fabric wrapped boxes. They're $15 each in the store! #nursery #chevron #fabric #storage

Then I cut the material around the top, about an inch away from the sides. In the picture below you can see I tried doing this step before wrapping up the sides. I found it worked better if I did the cutting part last.
i couldn't believe it was this easy to make diy fabric wrapped boxes. They're $15 each in the store! #nursery #chevron #fabric #storage

I glued down the flaps of material on the inside of the box.
i couldn't believe it was this easy to make diy fabric wrapped boxes. They're $15 each in the store! #nursery #chevron #fabric #storage

 I was afraid the cardboard inside might show when I put the boxes in the changing table. But the boxes are tall enough that you really can't see inside them unless you pull one out. Works for me, less fabric to add on the inside!

Check them out in there new spot in Andrew's changing table. Much improved!
i couldn't believe it was this easy to make diy fabric wrapped boxes. They're $15 each in the store! #nursery #chevron #fabric #storage

how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #chevron

The fabric in the middle shelf is just some leftovers from the boxes that I folded and laid on the shelf. Maybe eventually I'll get around to a more permanent solution like wrapping the fabric over some foam core and fitting it into the shelf.
Did I mention, total cost for this project- free!?!

The gray chevron changing pad is from Jen's Creations. I found Jenn's shop on Etsy, and swooped upon the great price (under $10!) Love the bold pattern, and come on, it's chevron. That's got to be an automatic win for this trend-o-phobic decorator, right?
how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #chevron

how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #chevron

Did I address my desperate storage needs? Oh yes.
how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #hotglue

To my delight I can fit an entire jumbo pack of diapers, wipes, and even some winter blankies within these puppies!
how to get tons more storage out of your changing table! easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #hotglue

easy diy fabric wrapped boxes #free #nursery #lime #hotglue

And it's on to the next project! I'm hoping to finish up Andrew's room in the next month and have an official "reveal" post when it's all done!

Here's what's still on my list:

  • make nautical flag bunting
  • hang family pictures above the dresser
  • add decals to closet doors?
Here's to ending CDD abuse!! Have a great week!

    


For more before pics, or if you want to find out what CDD abuse is, see my before post here

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