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.
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.
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.
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.
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. You will need to keep close to the raw edge to avoid the box ending up a weird shape. Trim the seams closely.
5. Sew up the sides of the lining in the same way.
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!