I have (re)purposed a cardboard box. Perhaps I have stooped to a new low; I don’t know, you tell me!
I started with a box that came with those little packages of ramen noodle soup. Now before you judge me, please know that is not what I feed my family. Two of my boys who are in their early twenties like a good ramen soup in between meals occasionally. It’s a rite of passage for college age kids to eat ramen, isn’t it?
The box is thick and sturdy and a convenient size so it seemed like a good candidate to hold sewing or desk supplies. I started by sewing a lining out of the leftover backing from the vintage quilt I am (re)purposing.
Next I took a piece of upholstery fabric sewing a strip of the vintage quilt across the front and boxed the corners.
After placing the lining in and over the sides of the box, I slipped the outer cover over the bottom and tucked in the edges for a clean finish. Luckily the upholstery fabric had enough body to it and fit snugly enough that it would tuck neatly inside the edges without having to stitch it. However, you could stitch the outer lining to the inner.
I love it for holding my scissors, pens, pencils, and quilting scraps.
You could sew a strip of color coordinated scraps together for the front of multiple boxes to organize fabric scraps by color. They would look good stacked on a shelf. When you need a certain color, you could quickly identify which box to pull.
A cute way to organize. What do you think?