My 12 year old twins go to middle school and have to wear uniforms and didn’t have any room for all these extra clothes in their dresser. So they have been keeping their clothes in a diaper box under the bed. I promised that we would turn the diaper box into something else that didn’t look like a diaper box, or have a baby on the front. I am just now getting around to keeping that promise. I don’t know why it took me so long, it was so easy and quick!
I covered the diaper box with some heavy duty denim fabric that I bought at a yard sale a couple of years ago. This was incredibly easy! It only took about 15 minutes. Making the liner in easy too. There is a tutorial on Make it Love it if you are interested in making your own liner.
When I made my liner, I just measured each side of the box and added an inch to the top and side for seam allowances. Then I sewed all the pieces together. Fold over the edges and sew a seam casing for the ribbon and you’re done! Easier said than done, right? It’s really not that hard.
Here is how I recovered my box. This is actually the second one that I did. My boys loved the first one so much, that I decided to make a second one. They fit perfectly under the bunk beds and look so much organized than the system they are using now.
First, measure the top of your box. Mine is about 11.5 inches tall. So I made sure to cut about 15 inches around the box so I could fold over the sides into the box. More on that later. The first box I use was very sturdy. So I cut off the flaps that fold to make the top. This box has been used and abused by my boys. They folded the flaps into the box and used packing tape to secure them, so I left it that way. I figured that the box would be that much sturdier.
Cut your fabric around the box as shown. I cut 15 inched around the entire box. Now cut a square out for each corner. I measured 2 inches out from the corner and then cut the square out.
This is the spray adhesive that I used. There is NO sewing to recover the box, only to make the liner.
Spray the bottom of the box. It is best to do this in a well ventilated area. Outside would be best.
Place the box in the center of your fabric. Then turn the box upside down and smooth the fabric over the bottom of the box.
Now for the sides: I did the longer side first. Spray the whole side of the box and smooth the fabric over the box.
Now spray the inside of the box, just enough for the fabric to cover. You don’t have to spray the whole inside. Then repeat on the other side.
This is what your box should look like now. The long sides are done and now we are ready to do the short sides. Before you spray for the short side, you need to spray a little to attach the remnant from the long side onto to the short side.
Now you need to make sure your fabric folds this way. You are going to spray the short side of the box, but as you attach your material to the box you need to fold in the sides.
Here, my fabric is attached and the sides are folded. Now spray into the fold and apply pressure.
Spray the inside of the box to attach the rest of the fabric and then repeat on the other side.
Now your box is done and the liner can be made. So cute and easy!