It seems no matter what I do, I can never get a handle on all the tiny odds and ends that accumulate around my house. From craft materials to hair ties, the bits and bobs are constantly trying to take over, so in the never-ending quest to corral them, these little fabric bins were born. You can make one of these soft boxes in almost no time, and in almost any size, so you can customize them to perfectly fit whatever you need to hold. Top each one off with a label holder (also customizable in any shade of the rainbow, thanks to nail polish), and you’ll have a leg up on clutter . . . for a little while, at least. — Brett Bara
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- a sturdy fabric, such as canvas
- thread to match
- sewing machine, iron and basic sewing supplies
- label holders
- nail polish (optional)
1. Paint the label holders.
I couldn’t find label holders in a color I liked, so I decided to customize my own by painting them with neon pink nail polish. It works like a dream! Just as if you’re painting your nails, cover the metal pieces in several coats of polish until you achieve full coverage, then finish with a clear top coat.
2. Cut the fabric.
Begin with any size square or rectangle fabric you like. (Mine was 12″ square.) Draw a line of equal distance from each edge; this will determine the height of your sides. (Mine were 3.75″ from each edge). After drawing your lines, the fabric will be divided into a grid of nine sections.
3. Sew the fabric.
4. Trim the corners.
Trim away the excess fabric from the point of each corner as well as from each interior corner. (Removing the excess fabric from the corners will help to achieve neat edges when you turn the piece right-side out.)
5. Turn and press.
Turn the whole thing right-side out, carefully working the fabric through the opening left in the stitching. Use a pointy object to poke out each corner. Smooth all the seams flat, then press the piece with a steam iron. Iron under the raw edges of the fabric at the opening so it blends in with the seamed edges.
6. Add top stitching.
7. Sew the corners.
8. Attach the label holder.