How to Make Nesting Fabric Storage Boxes

These nesting fabric storage boxes are the second in a series of posts about making quick and easy storage solutions! They are perfect for rehoming mess after Christmas, but useful at other times as well when you just need somewhere to put stuff!

You might also like to read the previous post in this series, How to Make a Drawstring Bag From a Pillowcase.

The patterns for the boxes are available to buy here if you don’t want to make your own pattern.

To make the fabric storage boxes, I used some fat quarters that I had in my hoard. The largest box measures about 22 cm x 16 cm x 13 cm.

To make bigger boxes to accommodate larger toys or more stuff, obviously you will need bigger pieces of fabric.

The boxes are lined and reinforced with interlining.how to make nesting fabric storage boxes

How to Make Nesting Fabric Storage Boxes

You Will Need: 2 fat quarters of cotton fabric for each box, interfacing, a ruler or a tape measure, usual sewing supplies.

1. Start by making the lining first as this will dictate the size of the box. It will depend on how deep you want the sides to be. The deeper the sides, the smaller the base of the box. The sides of the lining will need to be at least 3 cm higher than the sides of the outer.

If making your own pattern is too much of a faff, you can buy the pattern for all 3 boxes here.

These are the measurements I used.

Largest Box

Outer: base 23.5 cm x 18 cm, long sides 23.5 cm x 13 cm, shorter sides 18 cm x 13 cm.

Lining: base 23.5 cm x 18 cm, long sides 23.5 cm x 16 cm, shorter sides 18 cm x 16 cm.

Middle Sized Box

Outer: base 21 cm x 16 cm, long sides 21 cm x 12 cm, shorter sides 16 cm x 12 cm.

Lining: base 21 cm x 16 cm, long sides 21 cm x 15 cm, shorter sides 16 cm x 15 cm.

Smallest Box

Outer: base 19 cm x 14 cm, long sides 19 cm x 11 cm, shorter sides 14 cm x 11 cm.

Lining:  base 19 cm x 14 cm, long sides 19 cm x 14 cm, shorter sides 14 cm x 14 cm.

2. Cut out the outer and lining. Remember that the lining needs to be about 3 cm longer where the top of the box will be, as this will be folded over the outer.how to make nesting fabric storage boxes

3. Cut out the interfacing. It will need to be the same size as the outer. If you are using fusible interfacing, fuse it to the wrong side of the outer.

4. Pin the sides of the outer. To make things easier, I pinned the 2 opposite sides, sewed them, then pinned the other 2 sides. how to make nesting fabric storage boxesYou will need to keep close to the raw edge to avoid the box ending up a weird shape. how to make nesting fabric storage boxesTrim the seams closely.how to make nesting fabric storage boxeshow to make nesting fabric storage boxes

5. Sew up the sides of the lining in the same way.

6. Pop the lining inside the outer so that the wrong sides are together. Push the corners of the lining right up against the corners of the outer. how to make nesting fabric storage boxesPin in place on the lining side.

7. Fold the raw edge of the lining over the outer, tucking the raw edge underneath and taking care to match the seams. Pin in place.how to make nesting fabric storage boxes

8 Top stitch all the way round.how to make nesting fabric storage boxes

Repeat the same steps to make the other fabric storage boxes.how to make nesting fabric storage boxeshow to make nesting fabric storage boxeshow to make nesting fabric storage boxeshow to make nesting fabric storage boxes

Tips

The bigger the box, the more reinforcing it will need to hold its box shape. Although I did make a large box a couple of years ago to hold baby toys and I quite liked its squashiness!

For a more rigid box, try a heavier weight interfacing or something like buckram (affiliate link). You could even slip pieces of card in between the lining and the outer.

You could use ribbon or other kinds of trim to hide the join between the lining and the outer, especially if you don’t have quite enough to tuck the edge of the lining underneath.

Experiment with making them all different sizes!

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

20 comments on “How to Make Nesting Fabric Storage Boxes

  1. I really love this tutorial. These always come in handy. I will have to try this for my daughter in law who is having a little one. I’ll make matching to her baby quilt. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in to share at the Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon!

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