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File Cabinet Cover-Up

written by Sarah

Time to take the ‘ugly’ out of storage! If you’re like me, then you’re low on free space. It could be that you have a house full of kids or maybe your fabric stash takes up all the other available space. Either way, the secret to decorating in itty-bitty space is to make use of what you already have. No need to go out and buy a little table when you really already have one! The problem I have with storage containers is this: they are square/rectangle and to hide them they have to be completely covered. The issue is that you can’t really just ‘drape’ a few yards of fabric over it because the corners make a funky pop-out triangle shape. To me, it just doesn’t flow right. I think small circular tables look great with a nice skirt. So, what we need to do is give our square shape a circular attachment. With a $4 wire wreath frame and a couple yards of fabric, you’ve got yourself a whole new piece of furniture!

I made this project specifically for Christmas, but you can use seasonal or year round fabric to make this a permanent home decoration. All you have to do is lift us the fabric to get to the file cabinet!

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                                                                                                                                                       Just a little bit of an eye sore.

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                                                                                                                                                    Much better. I can see again!

Supplies

Large wire wreath frame (you can find these at your local craft store. Mine only cost $4!)
2 yards of 60 inch wide fabric (If you have a larger file cabinet, I would go for 3 yards)
Serger or Overcast Foot (If you don’t have either- binding works great!)
Scissors
Needle appropriate for fabric weight (mine was a ballpoint needle size 90)
Thread
Safety Pins
Duct Tape

Step 1
Place the wire wreath on the top of the file cabinet. Adjust the positioning so that the curve extends well past the edge. Use duct tape to secure in place.

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Step 2
Drape the fabric over your file cabinet so that the fabric reaches the floor on all sides.  Use safety pins to create an even hem around all sides.

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Step 3
Cut along the hem. Since you won’t be folding the fabric at all, you can cut exactly where you pinned. Use a 3-Thread Overlock on your serger. You can have your knife down, but you really aren’t going to be cutting off any extra fabric.
My Serger Settings – Left Needle: 5 Right Needle: Not Used Upper Looper: 5 Lower Looper: 4

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If you’re using your overcast foot, select an overcast stitch and use the tension appropriate for your machine. IF you don’t have an overcast stitch, select a zigzag stitch and reduce the stitch length so that it is more of a satin stitch. For help using an overcast foot, check out our video tutorial: “How to Use an Overcast Foot”

Step 4
Drape your fabric back on the file cabinet and add a fun accessory!

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