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Cloth Storage-Box Covers




Add a splash of color to basic storage boxes. Cut a plus-sign shape out of book cloth, measuring fabric so each side panel covers box with an extra 1/2 inch on both sides and 2 inches on end. (Get the template.) Spread paste on center cloth panel; set box on top. Spread paste on side panels, and cover box, folding excess cloth over top edge, around corners, or under itself to hide seams. Hold in place with clothespins; let dry overnight. Cover lids if desired.

Martha Stewart Living, January



Reviews (30)

  • CoconutHalf 24 Jul, 2011

    After reading this article, I searched for ways to make your own bookcloth and found this amazing tutorial. The finished product seems to be of better quality than the previously posted link so I thought I'd share.

  • melodymairgead 16 Nov, 2009

    I simply use beautiful fabrics and Mod Podge - been doing this for years and people love to get my boxes for gifts!

  • teresafahey 16 Jan, 2009

    I had the same question, so I looked around online. Apparently, book cloth is fairly expensive...but you can make your own! It doesn't look that difficulot. The website I found is

  • garciacr 5 Jan, 2009

    Where can I get book cloth?

  • MouseC 3 Jan, 2009

    Contact paper works well for this project, just work slowly enough to ensure there are no bubbles. It helps to start in the center and work towards the edges removing the backing as you go.

  • MouseC 3 Jan, 2009

    Contact paper works well for this, just take it slowly to make sure there are no air bubbles in your project.

  • Stuckinsno 3 Jan, 2009

    I wonder how contact paper would work for this project??

  • Stuckinsno 3 Jan, 2009

    I wonder how contact paper would work for this project????

  • Irishmama 2 Jan, 2009

    basic cardboard storage boxes are available at any office supply store (usually packs of 5 or 6), many "discount" stores like walmart

  • Kuku 1 Jan, 2009

    Where can you find the supplies? Both the boxes and book cloth?

  • smittycdm 1 Jan, 2009

    If you click "Print" the image enlarges. Then you can examine it, close it if that's all you wnated to do, or you can print it. I use Windows and IE, so I don't have the capability of View Image, but the Print enlarges fairly well.

  • jbwheaton4 1 Jan, 2009

    On my computer, I can right click the image, select 'view Image,' and then control, shift, and at the same time, to enlarge the image.

  • Sojourn 31 Dec, 2008

    I love many of these ideas but I so wish they would make the pictures clickable they would enlarge and I could see them better.

  • lmshank 31 Dec, 2008

    I've used left over wallpaper to coordinate in the room or for a pop of color in anothr room!, It workds well. It looks great on boxes.

  • SeasideRose 31 Dec, 2008

    Oh, one more tip.... where you are putting clothespins to hold the fabric securely until the glue dries, pad each side with a piece of thick cardboard wrapped in wax paper. Otherwise, the clothespins will leave a mark. (Wax paper keeps them from sticking to any glue that seeps through or under the cloth.)

  • SeasideRose 31 Dec, 2008

    I've done this with the same fabric I use for making curtains.... looks wonderful to have things coordinated.... and yes, any tightly woven fabric and craft glue works just fine....

  • moj400 31 Dec, 2008

    I think you could use just about any medium wieght fabric for this. It would need a tight weave so glue doesn't seep through, and so box doesn't show. Happy decorating!

  • jayneny 31 Dec, 2008

    Book cloth is cloth used for binding books. I haven't ever seen this available in places other than the occasional art supply store or in stores that specialize in bookbinding supplies. There is one in NYC by the name of Talas.

  • Grace08 31 Dec, 2008

    I'd like to know what "book cloth" is - does it go by another name ? Where can it be found ? Someday I hope to have everything organized and looking pretty...

  • marilynmom 31 Dec, 2008

    I've covered storage boxes with contact paper, and they look great. Many styles are available.

  • leaavon 31 Dec, 2008

    I love all your ideas, but what exactly is 'book cloth'? In all my years of crafting, I've never heard of it!

  • dbspoehel 31 Dec, 2008

    I bet you could do this using left over wall paper. I have a lot of it left over from the different places we've lived, and because I tend to like the same thing, most of them coordinate. This is going to be a great project for me to work on in the new year. Thanks for the idea!

  • ddemoney 28 Feb, 2008

    I've done these using iron-on adhesive (thermo-web Heat N Bond) - there's one you can use on cardboard, and they are all available at good fabric stores. You iron one side of the adhesive to fabric and then iron the whole thing onto your storage box. It works great, and can really co-ordinate with drapes, upholstery - whatever. Just pay close attention to the order in which you iron each side so you can wrap around corners neatly.

  • joditassone 28 Feb, 2008

    I actually used textured cotton paper and ModPodge (I smoothed everything out with a brayer) and they turned out beautifully!!!!! I'm actually going to make a bunch of them for my pantry (it's a walk through) and for our daughter's bedroom. I also did ones for the bathroom as well using plastic boxes Thermoweb adhesive vinyl, patterned paper and the same technique and they too turned out very cool!!! I'm a paper fiend so.....

  • kbee 24 Jan, 2008

    I used upholstery fabric for this and it worked well. I think the edges where it overlapped were not quite as neat, but it looks great. I used the glue recommended in "Martha Stewart Living" ("Yes! All purpose stik flat") and applied it to the box with a putty knife. You have to be careful to smooth the fabric (a little like wall paper) and you'll need lots of clothes pins.

  • dcorba 18 Jan, 2008

    Can you be more specific as to what type of paste and which book cloth to use? I am not an experienced crafter but want to try this one.

  • lulubuggy 7 Jan, 2008

    On the website, it offers book cloth that is either paper backed or starched. Does anyone know which would be better for this project?

  • cjstar 6 Jan, 2008

    the book cloth they used in this article is from

  • cjstar 6 Jan, 2008

    the book cloth they used in this article is from

  • syvananda 5 Jan, 2008

    What is book cloth and where can it be purchased?