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How to cover a box with fabric

I’m a bit of a fabric collector and I don’t always want to cut in to it, this is a great way to use my favourite fabrics and spruce up a storage box or it could also make a lovely gift box.

  • Home Crafts
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • Paper Mache Boxes
  • Decoupage Fabric Glue
  • Fabric
  • Fabric pen
  • Glass Mat
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Brushes


First you will need to choose your fabric and measure. To do this take your fabric and place it right side down, place your box in the centre of the fabric and draw around it, you need enough fabric either side of the box and enough fabric to fold inside the box.


Place the box on it’s side then continue the lines from the centre square to the end of the box. Do the same on the opposite side.


On the other two sides we will need to make the marks a bit wider than the box width, this is so that the fabric can be wrapped around the box.


You will need to cut away the excess fabric, to do this cut along the lines you have drawn which are the same width as the box all the way down to the centre square, then cut the sides that are a little wider.


Place the fabric right side down on to a glass mat and coat the entire piece of fabric in Decoupage Fabric Glue.


Sit the box right in the middle of the fabric, take the wider side of fabric and smooth it up the side of the box and wrap the fabric around the box sides. Then fold the top edge of fabric in to the box. Do the same to the opposite side.


Now when you pull up the two sides that are cut to the same width as the box there will be no visible overlap. leave to dry.

Tip - if you have some fraying fabric rub some fabric glue along the edge.


Cover the box lid using the same method.

All finished