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Posted on: 9/16/04 5:15 AM
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I saw this question on the message boards, but my computer wouldn't let me reply to it [for Melissa in NY].

I have covered boxes with regular fabric, using spray-on glue. You'll want to do this outside because of the fumes. Spray each section of the box [not the fabric], and smooth the fabric over it, then go on to the next section. A thin but tightly woven fabric works best, so that your lid will still fit onto the bottom of the box.

If you want to protect the fabric, after the glue is completely dry, you could spray it with Scotchgard®. This won't add any extra thickness, so again, the lid will still fit. Personally, I just vacuum my fabric covered boxes with the brush attachment.

This is an amazingly fast and easy project since spray-on glue was invented.

Another sure to read the directions on the glue can. Mine says to hold the can upsidedown when you're done, spraying for a few seconds to clear the nozzle, just like spray paint.

Have fun...and beware, lol, this is addictive. You can get as creative as you want, adding ribbons, fabric paint, appliqués, a fabric handle on top, etc.

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Maria Hatfield said... (9/18/04 8:37 PM) Reply
sewverytall, thats what i did for some of my hats. i made my own box , because i couldnt find one big enough to crush my hats. got alot of them. i just used some wall paper to cover them. maybe one day when i get my camera back i'll show some of my victorian boxes i made. i use the batting too on the top and sides if im using material to cover it with. just makes it look nicer. or i'll tuft it too.
SewVeryTall said... (9/17/04 9:05 AM) Reply
p.s. sometimes I pad the top of the lid with quilt batting, it gives a nice feel and look to the fabric.
SewVeryTall said... (9/17/04 8:36 AM) Reply
Thanks :) I usually make my own boxes, so I get the exact size that I want. I cut up big corrugated cardboard boxes, or use posterboard...whatever fits the need. Quilting rulers are great tools for measuring, squaring, and scoring to make these. When I get something new that is protected by a big box, I see 'free material', and save it. Like on a big refrigerator box, I would cut the 4 sides out of it, for easy storage. If you can make clothing, making a box is a breeze.
Maria Hatfield said... (9/16/04 11:30 PM) Reply
Deepika, any craft stores will carry the chip boxes or you can use shoes boxes or paper mache boxes.
Jennifer shaw said... (9/16/04 7:27 PM) Reply
Thank you! I may want to do this in my classrooom, so it does not look so messy.
Deepika said... (9/16/04 4:24 PM) Reply
Great tip. Where do you get the boxes?
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