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What You Make of It: Thrift Store Re-do with Record Albums by Elizabeth Holcombe

Record albums fill the thrift stores! Choose four with your favorite graphics and make a handy and EASY storage box for pennies!

Record Cover Storage Box:

Record box supplies 1


1. four record albums
2. plastic Rex lace or yarn
3. hole puncher
4. scissors
5. ruler

Cut the fronts of the four record covers from the backs AND save one of the backs. Use your ruler and make marks one inch apart on three sides of the front covers (the sides and the bottom). Use the hole puncher to make holes about ¼ inch from the edge of the covers and make them one inch apart starting at the bottom. You will also make similar holes around the one back cover you saved, and make holes all around this piece, one inch apart.

Record box side 2

Measure out about 3 feet of Rex lace or yarn for each side to be stitched together. Use the cover backing with holes punched all around and sew the bottoms of each front cover to it.

Record box bottom 3

Leave the ends loose on either side. Use a different piece of Rex lace or yarn to stitch the bottoms of the covers to the bottom of your box.

Record box sewn 4

When that is done, hold up to sides until the edges meet and stitch the two sides together. Repeat until all four sides are stitched together and your box looks like a box! At the bottom of each corner take all three ends and push them into the inside of the box. Tie the ends together. At the top of the box on all four corners tuck the loose end of the lace or yarn down into the stitches on the inside.

Record box done 5 

Record box done inside 7 

Inside of the completed box.

Your box is complete! Use it to store reusable grocery/shopping bags, gloves, scarves, toys, etc! You can also put in a plastic bag and use it for trash or as a paper recycling bin!

Record box done 6 

Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)



Cute application of the old Christmas card baskets.


I picked up "Blogging for Bliss" this weekend and have been working my way through all of the blogs featured in the book. I am so glad I came across yours and this project. I have several records that I picked up at the Goodwill. They will make a wonderful little basket.


Evelyn in Maine

Beautiful idea, Beth! I can't wait to make one with my 7-year-old neighbor.

Jen Edmondson

Oh i love this idea....I better get shopping for my album covers....this is so cool.


That is so cool, I love it! Thanks so much for the fun idea, I'll be linking.

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