Oh how I wish I could take credit for this idea. It's truly brilliant. Actually, I did originally have this idea on my own but when I "googled" it I discovered it had already been done. If you are like me you have a TON of diaper boxes sitting around your house. How I have this many I don't know because I actually use cloth during the day and only use disposables at night. Anyway, seems they multiply on their own. I love them for storing stuff in because they're super sturdy but let's face it, they're not all that attractive, even with the cute baby on the side.
I've been on an organizing kick here lately and I've been looking for ways to organize things that are not only cute but also affordable. Let me warn you, this project can get out of hand cost wise. You know, life is busy and it's on a budget so be careful making these because if you're not you'll end up spending more than you would if you went down to TJ Maxx and dropped $8.99 on one already made. I spent $12.00 on two yards of canvas at Hobby Lobby (use a coupon!). I can get at least 3 large ones from this so that makes them around $4. I already had the spray glue. I already had the cute liner fabric.
Here is the TUTORIAL I followed at Positively Splendid. Her's are ah-m-a-z-i-n-g...seriously. Her instructions are very easy to follow but this is the general gist if you'd rather just get down to the nitty gritty...
Woot! You just covered a box in 15 minutes and 9 easy steps!
But you're not done yet! Now you got to make that box look pretty. How about a do-it-yourself liner? This is where you can get really nifty. If you have different sized or shaped boxes you can make them look like a set by doing matching or co-ordinating liners. Now this is where you have to be careful. A lot of tutorials I looked at said to use a yard of fabric for each liner. Even if you buy the inexpensive (but fabulous) Hobby Lobby fabric on sale for $4.50 that's added to the $4 you already spent on the canvas so you're spending $8.50 at least . Here's another way to do it to cut cost. It also may help you use up what you have instead of having to purchase something. I didn't Google it and I'm sure someone has done this already but here is my way of doing it.
I followed THIS tutorial over at "Make it and Love It" and made some tweaks. Instead of using a whole yard of fabric to make your liner, use some of the leftover canvas (I had the perfect size piece left!), or some cheap muslin and do the fold over trim in the cute print.
Here's how you do it:
1. Measure your box again. Like you did in Step 3. The measurement you want is the one you get when you measured "up one 'long' side, across the bottom, then down the other 'long' side." Add your seam allowance. For me it was 1". So your first measurement is 28". Now measure the length of your box. For mine this was 16". Add a seam allowance for a total measurement of 17". So cut a piece of something plain to hide in you box 28" x 17" if you are using a box like mine.
2) Measure the height of you box from the short side(8.5" for me). Add a seam allowance (1"). Total measurement of 9.5". Now measure across the top of the box on the short side (10" for me). Add a seam allowance (1") for a total measurement of 11". Cut TWO pieces of plain inside fabric according to these measurements. 9.5" x 11" if you are using a box like mine.
3) Now for your fancy pieces. Decide how far over the edge of the box you want your liners to fold over. Add a seam allowance for the top and the hem. I did mine 4" total. Cut two long pieces for the long sides and two short pieces for the short sides and attach like so. Hem the ends not attached.
5) Match the corner of the short piece to the corner of the long piece and sew along it's length. Repeat for all 4 corners. Yay, it's starting to look like a box!
6) When you're done, pop it on your ironing board and iron those seams open. It will help it lay nicer.
7) Put that liner in your box, smooth it out, make it pretty and find something to put it in...you're DONE!