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Updated: fabric storage box with no hand stitching

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Updated:  I improved the instructions and fixed a few errors.  Please refer to this instructable instead:
http://www.instructables.com/id/fabric-covered-cardboard-box-ver-30-with-improve/

I feel the tiniest bit like Houdini - I came up with a way to make the fabric box with no hand stitching and no seam binding...

Here we go

This is improved version 2.0 of the fabric box I tried to make in my other recent instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/fabric-covered-storage-box-with-custom-dimensions/.  Forget that one and use this one instead.  I think its much easier.



 
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Step 1: Materials

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sewing machine
seam ripper (aka the "undo button")
remnants of a suitable size to cover the inside and outside surfaces of the box.
thimble
enough cardboard or soft sheet plastic for 4 walls and the bottom
scissors
scissor sharpener (recommended)
thread
sewing needle
t-square
tape measure
box cutter
chalk

Step 2: Determine dimensions

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you'll need to cut a piece of fabric for the exterior that is enough to go around all four sides plus a little for the seam allowance.
it will be as tall as the box is tall plus half again the shortest of the width or depth (whichever is smaller).

You'll cut another piece to be the interior that will be as tall as the box will be by enough to go around all four walls, no bottom.

The bottom will be made separately and inserted into the box last.

Step 3: Cut the fabric to the dimensions

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Using your calculated dimensions, cut out three rectangles of cloth.  One to be the exterior and one to be the lining and one to be the bottom.

Be careful to keep the cutting lines straight and the corners as square as you can.

Step 4: Cut the cardboard pieces

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Cut out 5 pieces of cardboard.  4 walls and 1  bottom.

Step 5: Mark the sides

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On the right side of the exterior fabric, mark off where the corners of the box will be and draw a straight line indicating it in chalk.  This will later be used as a guide while you're stitching the wall guides.


Step 6: Stitch the exterior to the interior along the top

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right sides together, sew the exterior to the interior to form the top seam.