Ben was in Palo Alto for 3 days last week, working. On the first day he was gone, I reorganized our back room/office. He had found the shelving unit you see in the back corner for free on the side of the road, so I was able to transfer piles of stuff into organized shelving. The room looked great except for this box sitting on a shelf: a big ugly brown box with a bunch of loose CDs and electronics stuff.
I had 3 shoe boxes laying around that were roughly the same size, and decided to cover them with some fabric and turn them into organization boxes.
Laying the box on the fabric end to end, I measured the piece of fabric, with about an inch of extra fabric on either side.
You can cover the box tops one of 2 ways. If the box top is not too tight with the fabric on it, you can cover the box top the same way you did the box. That will look like this:
However, 2 of my 3 boxes had lids that would have been too tight with the additional fabric. Because the lids were black around the edges, I decided that it wouldn't look too bad if I just covered the shoebox image with fabric.
I traced the lid, then cut a piece of fabric smaller than the traced image.