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Fabric covered cardboard box (ver 3.0 with improved directions)

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I have been making a lot of these and noticed some errors in my last version of this instructable, so here is the third revision. 



 
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Step 1: Materials

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enough fabric to cover the insides outsides and bottom (see measurements next page)
  if the fabric is somewhat sturdy yet still can be sewn with a machine and with a nice feeling to the touch, this works out well

enough cardboard for the four sides and bottom
  Incidentally, did you know that every night in the wee hours, your local Walmart does restocking and if you show up around 5 A.M. or so, you can walk through the store and have your pick of as much cardboard you can carry home with you.  You can also ask the front desk to save some for you, and they will ask you: "How many cartloads do you want?"  And I don't know what the upper limit is, but it's a lot.

sewing machine
matching or analagous colored thread

safety pins
scissors (sharp)

washable marking pen (Crayola makes many that will wash out easily)

tsquare

paper cutting board for cutting the cardboard square

iron (if you are using a material that can be ironed flat)




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rimar20001 year ago
Very useful method. Today I am still using a round fabric covered cardboard box, made by my daughter almost 20 years ago, in the school.
foobear (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thank you rimar!
shazni10 months ago

thanks! Very well documented...I was looking for something like this. One suggestion...how about cutting a fabric for inner bottom...attach it right round...then cut another for outer bottom and attach with zipper...that way...its easy to insert and remove cardboard.

foobear (author)  shazni10 months ago
interesting suggestion! That would be great if the cardboard was easy to get in and out again. I will think about it!
seoar11 months ago

Nice stuff

Thank you for the translations!

The box is fantastic too! :D
foobear (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
thank you for the feature! The translations are an experiment to see if I get more hits. Just curiosity on my part.