Stenciled “Fabric” Bins

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You know the cheap “fabric” bins you can get to fit square bookshelves? Like these?

Image from ClosetMaid

You have some, right? Us too. We have a bunch in the playroom and some in kid closets and I think there are even a few in my sewing room.

They’re practical and they’re cheap. They’re also a *little* bit boring. And, my kids never remember what goes back in which bin. I bet your kids are smarter than mine though, right? Winking smile

I saw this post over on Crafterhours yesterday and I felt my wheels turning! Keller’s new Utah Jazz inspired room doesn’t have a dresser…we’re using lockers instead. And in those lockers? “Fabric” bins.



I used some downloads from the Silhouette store for my clothing shapes…except for the underpants. I drew those on my own using the Silhouette Studio software.

I cut the shapes out of freezer paper and then stenciled using Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Metallic Platinum. Check out my freezer paper primer for the basics on freezer paper stenciling.

Things you should do differently to stencil on this type of bins:
You’ll need to crank the heat on your iron way down to a wool setting at the very highest. I’d probably start even lower and then bump the temperature up a bit if the paper isn’t sticking. You’ll also want to place a press cloth or a scrap piece of fabric over the paper and the bin before ironing.


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  1. you're brilliant! I can't wait to see the whole room.

  2. Cottonista says:

    So cute! I have no idea how I found your blog, but I'm a regular stalker. I love freezer paper stencils and nontraditional storage solutions! I had no idea they could ever be combined. ( :

  3. Where did you get your lockers? We've looked for some for our kids, but haven't found any. Well, found any that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I would love to get some if they're reasonably priced.

  4. doodlebuddies says:

    super idea !!

  5. Oh goodness that is such a cute idea. I used to have some of those little bins for my sons room in our last house, until he decided to just use them as play toys and mangle them to a pulp. -I've been meaning to buy some more… Will have to keep this idea in mind! :)

  6. House Queen says:

    So cute…you my dear are simply brilliant!

  7. Char @ Crap I've Made says:


    The lockers came from IKEA. They were $99 for a 15" wide X 75" high set.

  8. Sara {Sara's Closet} says:

    what a great idea, I just bought the bins for my kids room and needed to put some pictures of what toys go inside which bins. Thanks!!

  9. Sara {Sara's Closet} says:

    what a great idea, I just bought the bins for my kids room and needed to put some pictures of what toys go inside which bins. Thanks!!

  10. Oh my Gosh! This is the cutest thing ever. Now my wheels are turning.

  11. crafterhours says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaahdorable. And brave. I'd be afraid the "fabric" those bins are made of would ignite or at least liquify the moment the iron entered the same room. Bravo! (And I'm making a mental list lately of really adorable boy things. Those ties on the shelf. High on the list.) Susan

  12. UtahMillers says:

    Oh Em Gee! The undies bin has me laughing my head off! Thanks Char, I needed that today!

  13. Love this idea! I have 20 in our house..i know..little obsessed with them. But they ARE sort of boring and my kids never know what's in them or who's is who's. Off to try this!

  14. Absolutely darling and fabulous!

  15. I saw crafterhours post on Monday and I was thinking, I really need to get me one of those Silhouette's! I have been wanting one for about a year now. I just now gave in after I saw this post and I took advantage of your CRAP promo code. Thank you so much for the post and for the promo code!! In 7-10 business days, I will be making little pants and underwear silhouettes for every drawer in the house.

  16. Heather at Happy Chippy Junk says:
  17. Heather at Happy Chippy Junk says:
  18. fantastic idea!!

  19. CreationsForEleanor says:

    I just bought a bunch of the cabinets and baskets at Target, I was thinking about the Silhouette Heat Transfer to label them – now I can save 25%

  20. I want one of those machines so bad!!!!! Its on the want list versus the need list right now. New Home, New Baby, working full time, paying bills…..I'll get one soon hopefully. I need one!

    xoox Nikki
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  21. Meghan, Carson and the Kiddos says:

    Fun idea! Would you mind sharing more photos of the Jazz bedroom? I've chosen the Utah Jazz as the theme for my two sons bedroom and I'm trying to find a way to balance the decor so that it doesn't look like a fanzz store threw up in it.

  22. Char @ Crap I've Made says:


    I for sure will when I'm done. It's getting close!


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