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Vintage Fabric Box

Turn an everyday object into a stylish and useful display item.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
Recycled Shoebox Covered In Vintage FabricDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A large recycled boot or shoe box is ideal; try asking shoe stores for unwanted boxes if you don't have any at home. If you don't have any fabric on hand, cover boxes with themed pictures from vintage magazines.

Materials Needed:

  • empty recycled shoe or boot cardboard box and fitted lid
  • 2 pieces of recycled vintage fabric, one piece cut just a little larger than the base and sides of the box, and the other cut just a little larger than the top and sides of the lid
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • eco-friendly adhesive glue
  • illustrated pages torn from an old, unwanted magazine (optional)
  • recycled ribbon

Step 1

Wrap the fabric, correct side facing out, around the box base and sides. Fold the top edges of the fabric and glue them neatly to the inside rim.

Fold Top Edges Of Fabric And Glue To Inside RimDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Fold over the point of each triangular-shaped flap at either end, and stitch the flap onto the box using running stitch.

Stitch Flap Onto Box Using Running StitchDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Cover the lid in the same way, but sew across the top of the lid. Glue the paper over one half of the lid. Glue the edges to the inside rim.

Cover Lid Of Box In The Same Way As Box BaseDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Glue the ribbon around the edge of the lid and secure it in a bow.

Glue Ribbon Around Edge Of Lid And Secure With BowDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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