Needless to say, I have a pretty good stash of activity books ready to refill the kids' drawing pad holders I made at Christmas. I ran into a problem when trying to store these books and still keep them nice and in sight. (You know, 'out of sight, out of mind' - if I don't see them, I'll think I need to buy more.) I came up with a very simple solution to corral the books and use one of the many boxes destined for our overflowing trash can.
First, find a box that will hold whatever you need to hold. You can obviously measure and cut the box at whatever height you need. I decided to just cut the box right in half.
At this point, you need to measure around the box (circumference) and from the center of the bottom to a point inside the box. Record these and add seam allowance before cutting the fabric.
Next, sew your fabric together to make a basic casing.
Keep right sides together and sew the fabric to make a tube.
Then, sew a bottom seam. Remember to backstitch when sewing.
Clip excess corner fabric like in the above picture.
Now, if you like, you can clip the down the corners and trim a little of the fabric away. This will allow it to fit inside the box a little neater when finished (below). A spray adhesive or glue will work to keep the fabric tucked in and looking nice.
The finished product - Ta Da!
Very simple and easy to do. Thanks to this fun little box, I will no longer be assaulted in the head by flying coloring books.