I know, you looked at the title and you said…What? Trust me these boxes are the best things ever. They are a great size to actually hold items and they are sturdy. After you get rid of the purple, bright colors, they make amazing organization boxes.
Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes
I saw a post one day of a pantry re-organization. She had covered diaper boxes and I thought it looked fantastic. I had already covered some boxes with fabric. And since then I have covered some in contact paper for my own pantry. But I wanted to make some more using these because they were a perfect fit for the shelf under the buffet we moved into the kitchen as our drop zone.
Now keep in mind when looking at these photos, the kitchen is not finished yet. The walls are not finished and the floors need some thresholds but I am doing what I can with the extra details until the budget allows more major work. And this project cost 1/3 or a drop cloth (Menards $19.00), some spray paint which we already had, and the lining fabric. (JoAnn’s $15.00) And I still have a little of the lining fabric left that I can do something with later. I love that.
Covering The Boxes
I found this tutorial from Live A Little Wilder that I really liked for covering the boxes and it thought it would look better than my original design. I wanted to make a pattern so cutting from the drop cloth would be a little easier so I used a roll of paper.
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Once I had the pattern I cut from the fabric drop cloth. Then I followed the tutorial from Monkey Business. I thought I can out much nicer than before.
They came out with a very tailored look which I love.
First I measured the sides and the bottom and added 1/2 for seam allowances and 3 inches to the height of the sides for the fold-over. I cut was making three boxes so I cut 3 each of the bottom pieces and 6 each of the side pieces.
I stitched the smaller side pieces to the bottom (shorter) edges with right sides together. Then I opened that piece up and placed the longer side pieces on top. Again with right sides together. You can see in the photo below the side pieces are sticking out. I only stitched from pin to pin. I really wasn’t sure how this would turn out but it looked and fine. These corners are not seen so I wasn’t too worried about it.
After all of the side pieces were sewn to the bottom I stitched up each corner seam to form the “box” shape. Then, the moment of truth. This was the test fit.
I thought it looked pretty good so I moved on. The next step was to finish off that outside edge. I pressed open the seams.
Then turned the edge inside and pressed it all the way around. This makes it much easier for me to sew.
I stitched that down and I was done with my liner. I was so excited to get them into the boxes and onto the drop zone in the kitchen.
What do you think? I love them and they are perfect in the space and for throwing my purse in and other things when we come home.
My friend Jill is the new mommy providing me with the boxes. I still have more that I plan to cover with pretty contact paper for my pantry organization including mason jar boxes. Have you guys seen how nice they are? I can’t wait.
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