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Decoupage Sewing Storage Box

By: Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks!
Updated January 22, 2018

Clever decoupage enthusiast Amy Anderson uses paper sewing patterns to cover a plain wood box and turn it in into decorative storage for fabric and sewing patterns. Decorate your own sewing storage with this technique or make as a gift.

Sewing Storage Box


  • Wood storage bin (Michaels or Jo-Ann, don't forget to use a coupon)
  • Big flat paint brush
  • FolkArt paint in Linen, 8 oz.
  • Fabric pattern(s) (Jo-Ann always has some on sale for $.99! Get two just to be safe)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Cute mushroom apron (also optional)

Storage Box Materials


BEFORE you begin painting, you may need to sand your wood surface to reduce nicks and rough spots. That is your call. I always do or I end up regretting it.

Painting Box

Step 1 is really easy but takes some time. Basecoat the box with the Linen paint. Do it inside and out, and on the bottom of the lid too. Don't try to cheat - I'm watching and will know if you don't paint it all! Let it dry for a few hours.

Sewing Pattern Decoupage 1

Unfold your pattern and don't worry about the creases. They will go away as you Mod Podge. Cut out pieces in the sizes and shapes that suit you and begin to apply to the storage bin. Here's the way to do it. Lay the pattern pieces down and Mod Podge over the pattern piece. Hold one side down with your hand and apply a thin coat with a brush on top. The Mod Podge soaks through and adheres the piece to the bin - this method keeps it from tearing.

Sewing Pattern Decoupage 2

Keep overlapping the pieces with Mod Podge. Don't worry about the pieces going over the sides - I actually glued them down around the edges and corners, but I left them hanging over the top and bottom of the bin to cut off later. Note that the pieces become transparent when you glue them down. Kind of cool! Keep doing this until you have covered the entire outside of the bin and lid. I didn't do the inside or the bottom of the lid. Allow the tote to dry.

Trimming Sides

Okay, so this is the fun part! I normally hate trimming things with an X-acto, but this was kind of fun. I trimmed the top, bottom and inside the handles. "Saw" carefully and it will work well! Once you are done trimming, coat the entire thing with one final coat of Mod Podge - inside and out.

Finished Sewing Box Top

Here she is! The finished piece. One last thing I did was paint a 2-inch knob and glue it on top with craft glue. I hope you like it! The great thing is that it really wasn't that expensive. Less than $20 when I used a craft store coupon for the bin.

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This project is a great storage bin for keeping any item dust free, or storing patterns.

Great idea. I have fabric in cardboard storage boxes that have seen better days. I have patterns still from the 60's that I just hate to throw out. What better use for them than a box related to sewing. Love this, thank you. I may have to make 3 or 4 though. :)

I have done this to the walls in my sewing room..came out wonderful!


Love it, at first I did not notice it was pattern pieces. Very cleaver.

at first I was thinking about my very old and beloved sewing machine.. its a portable but must weigh 10 pounds or more, anyway the cover for it has seen better days and I think this idea is just perfect for it... thanks for the idea...

this is cool I would like to do this to a small sewing table. Ty fo the ideal. Tommye

Cool ,love the pattern pieces , would like to cover boxes using the same pattern (get some Photo boxes with lids) to store sewing supplies. PAT

i have just created a sewing room for myself and have been looking for storage ideas. this one is perfect! and looks like fun. thanks.

Sounds like a great idea. What a fun project.



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