From Box To Basket

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After receiving a used changing table, I knew the next step would be to buy baskets.

After seeing how expensive baskets are, I just couldn’t do it! I would have spent three times as much on baskets, as I did on the changing table!

I have seen some people taking boxes and turning them into pretty baskets
and knew that was for me.

This is my version of taking a used diaper box and
turning it into something useful and looks good too!


Muslin (or any fabric)
Hot glue gun

Find a box. Diaper boxes are great, but you can use any type of box.

Cut off the top flaps.
If you want to use the handles, cut off those flaps as well.
(If you don’t want handles, leave the flaps and tape them down.)

Because I used a light colored fabric, Muslin, I covered my box with paper first.

I used regular printer paper and tape.

If you are using handles, be sure to cut out the paper where the handles are.

The next step is to cut out the fabric.

The dimensions you will need to cut out depend entirely on the box.

You will cut 4 pieces.

Measure the length and height of the front and the side of the box.
Then add 1 1/2″-2″ to both your measurements.

For this example, I had two pieces at 19″ x 13″, and two pieces at 14″ x 13″.

You will start with the side pieces, they are probably the longer pieces.

Put your fabric on the box and make sure you have enough to glue on all four sides.

Using hot glue, glue one side onto the box.
You can start with the top or the bottom.
Make sure to start gluing in the middle and glue on either side going outwards.

Then do the opposite side, gluing in the middle and going outwards.
Keep an eye on the fabric, making sure it is being tightened evenly.

Next you will glue the sides.
Glue the same way by gluing in the middle and working your way out.

You can fold and glue the edges under the box and inside the top like shown above.

You will do these steps for both the sides.

Now you are ready to do the front and back.

Take your fabric piece and put it up to your box. Fold the edges in, leaving about 1/4″ of the box showing on the sides. Pin and press your edges.

Sew the edges down using a 1/4″ seam.
If there is a lot of fabric sewn under, you can trim it down.

Put your sewn piece up to your box and make sure everything looks okay.

Then you will do the same gluing process as you did on the sides, gluing the top and bottom.

At this point, you can leave it as is, or you can glue the sides down.

Also cut out the hole if you are leaving the handles in.
You will want the hole to be cut out as close to the size of the hole for the handle.

Repeat this process for back.
(On my other baskets, I didn’t do a handle for the back.)

Now we are ready to add the ribbon!

There are so many different ways to embellish the basket.
If I was having a little girl, I would definitely have done bows where the handles are. I decided to keep it simple and line the top, bottom, and handle with Lemongrass/White Moonstitch Grosgrain Ribbon in 7/8″.

To do all my baskets, I got 20 yards of ribbon, but I think 15 yards would have been plenty.

If you want to embellish your basket like I did, follow the instructions below.

I started by ribbon on the side towards the back.
Make sure to seal the ends.

I put the ribbon on and eyed how much of it I wanted showing on the outside.

I hot glued the inside edge of the ribbon and attached it to the basket.
Once I did that first initial step, I put the hot glue on the box and glued the ribbon down until I got to the end of the side.

Then I came back to the beginning and put hot glue on the basket and folded the ribbon down to attach it to the basket. You can put the glue on the ribbon or on the basket.
Putting it on the basket was easier for me.
Continue towards the end of the side.

When you get to the end of the side, you can fold the ribbon as shown above and glue it down.

Continue along the top of the basket until you get to the end.
Cut your ribbon, seal the end, and glue down.

For the bottom, start the ribbon on the side toward the back.
Put hot glue on the top and bottom of the ribbon.
Continue gluing and attaching the ribbon, a little bit at a time, until you get to the end.
Cut the ribbon, seal the end, and glue down.

Next, glue the ribbon around the opening for the handle.
I glued the front first and then glued the back, cutting where needed.

Gluing the ribbon in the handle was a bit hard to do. It might have been easier if I had ruffled the ribbon first. But you can easily glue and ruffle it at the same time.

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All done!

You can do this technique with any kind of box.

I needed another basket to hold all the little baby things like a brush, nail clippers, etc.,
and I have tons of these boxes laying around!

I followed all the steps and I love how it turned out!

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Many people will also sew a liner for the basket.
This would be really cute!
At 37 weeks along, I just did what was absolutely necessary. 🙂

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

From Box To Basket - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I love that I got to make these baskets exactly the way I wanted them.
Also the cost for all the baskets was cheaper than what one basket would have cost me.
And I think they turned out pretty cute! 🙂

If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know!
There are so many wonderful ways to do things, so I love hearing suggestions.

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  1. Jenn
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow! That is the best idea ever!!! You are a genius! They look sooooo cute!

  2. Posted April 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial! Love the boxes. I got a sample of your ribbon in a swag bag from the Creative Estates conference this weekend. It is really cute and I can’t wait to use it!

    Freckles Crafts

  3. Johanna
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Nice Job! I love making something and saving money MORE than I love dropping a wad of cash at a store I adore. You totally got the “boutique” look without spending a ton of money. There’s something sooo satisfying about knowing you figured it out and did it your self and SAVED money! Way to go!! Your baby is fortunate to have such a creative and practical momma.

  4. ashley
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    lovely! I seriously want to do this, those turned out awesome!

  5. Tanya Loosle
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    OK, Shirley. Very cute and adorabow! Hugs. Tanya

  6. Linda
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    What a great idea!! I love it!

  7. becky
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Awesome idea, I just bought a few,baskets for my kids and need a few,more but I think I might do this idea instead. You are so creative!!!

  8. Michelle Robson
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I love those!!! I need to make some of those to just keep my craft supplies in let alone baby stuff!!! I love your blogs <3

  9. Lora A
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    You are such a crafty person. Those are great!

  10. Rachel
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Wow, that was amazing! Way to go Shirley- I am impressed!

  11. Posted April 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    WOW! What a great project! I need to whip a few of these up to keep my kids toys in 🙂

  12. Alexa
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I just love these! I am expecting a little one in the fall and was thinking of doing baskets, but I agree that they are so expensive! thanks for the wonderful idea! I just might have to try it out!

  13. La Mama Loca
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Those are great!!! I would have never guessed they were diaper boxes!! Hmmm now I need another baby just so I can do this!!

  14. Nancy
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Wow those turned out SO CUTE!! I love them. I can’t believe you are clever enough to make these. You are so talented! I LOVE THEM!

  15. Brittany
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    You’re a genius! Your boxes turned out so cute!

  16. Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    These turned out great! Way awesome! Almost makes me wish we were using disposables 😉

    • Shirley
      Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      The nice things about diaper boxes is that they are trash! 🙂 I got two of them from friends since we usually buy bigger boxes and we didn’t have this particular size. So you can still do it!

  17. Dawn
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    I love it!! Such a great idea and with 2 in diapers, I sure do have the boxes!! I’m totally doing this!

  18. Carla
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I don’t have diapers, but I want to put everything in either a baggie or a basket, or in a baggie in a basket (utopia!), and baskets do get expensive!!

    The pictures aren’t loading for me. They did on another post I just looked at tho. Any suggestions?

    • Shirley
      Posted June 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Hi Carla! We are having some issues with pictures loading up. If you email me at, I will be sure to let you know when they are back up. Thanks!

  19. Becky
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Awesome idea!!!!

  20. Kimberly
    Posted November 11, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    How are these “baskets” holding up? I’m thinking I’ve found the solution to my basket problem for our changing table! 🙂

    • Shirley
      Posted November 11, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      They aren’t doing too badly! I do wish I had hot glued the sides of the front panel. One is kind of squished from my two year old stepping on it when he wants a view of the baby on the changing table. 🙂 but for the money, I am so glad I did it and would totally do it again. 🙂

  21. Kimberly
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the reply! I’m working on my baskets tonight. 🙂

  22. Amy
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    omgosh this is the best ever! thank you so much!

  23. Amanda Ramirez
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    these are great! my sister has 2 boys in a 2 bed room apartment so these would be great!!!! thank you for sharing!

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