Linen Lined Rope Basket

Baskets. I like baskets. But, I like them even better when they cost mere dollars rather than big dollar bills. You know what I’m sayin’?

When I ran across these baskets in a Ballard Designs magazine, I instantly fell in love. They’re entirely versatile and I loved everything about them, especially the lining.

I made it my mission to figure out how to do a re-make.

And I must admit, I’m absolutely loving my version!

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

To give it a little different look, I gave mine stripes, which I love, love, love!

Here’s how I made it:

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I apologize in advance for the pictures… I made this a while ago (notice the breakfast nook before the bench & plank wall!!) and my photography skills have gotten better… thank goodness!

First, these are the supplies I used:

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I started by prepping the laundry basket. The top of the laundry basket has a curved plastic band that wraps around the entire top.

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In some places it’s wider than others, so I used a razor blade to remove the excess plastic and to make it as smooth as possible.

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It won’t be perfectly smooth when you’re done, but you want it to be pretty smooth the entire diameter around. We will hide this later.

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Next I moved onto the liner. On the table, I spread out a roll of wrapping paper with the face down.

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I laid the laundry basket on its side and rolled it across the paper, making sure that it would roll the entire diameter on the paper. Then, I grabbed a pen and traced it as I rolled.

It took me a couple of times to get it right, which you’ll notice below.

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I traced the bottom of the laundry basket too…

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Then, I used scissors to cut my shapes and I placed them in the basket to make sure they fit.

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I placed the side piece inside the basket and marked where it connected.

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Next, I grabbed my piece of linen and laid the wrapping paper template on top.

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I used pins to attach the paper and fabric, then I cut around the fabric leaving about half an inch on the sides.

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Then,  I removed the wrapping paper and folded the linen in half, like so:

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I then sewed the two sides and the bottom together. I’m sorry I didn’t take better pictures…

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I put the liner in the basket and used hot glue to attach it under the plastic lip that we trimmed earlier.

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I used scissors to trim the extra fabric.

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With the liner in place, I grabbed my nylon rope and started by first making the handles.

I wrapped the end of the rope around the bottom of the basket and hot glued it in place.

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Then I decided the length of my handle…

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With the proper length, I cut the end of the rope and attached it to the bottom of the basket with hot glue. I made sure to leave enough space for it to look like a handle.

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Then I did the exact same thing, making it a double handle.

I did the exact same thing on the other side, making sure the handles were the same length…

Ok… I stopped taking pictures at this point… BAD! I’ll try to explain as best I can…

I started at the top of the basket and used hot glue to attach the rope to the basket. I hot glued the handle rope to the basket, then placed rope over that.

Once the entire basket was covered in rope, I hot glued a single string of rope around the top of the basket. That hid the area where I had wrapped the fabric over the plastic band.

I wrapped the handles with the jute roping… Then added jute stripes over the nylon rope.


I just love it!

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

Those stripes… they get me every time!Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s perfect for holding shoes in the mudroom…

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

And I love that it’s lined with linen. It gives it such a classy look!

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

You would never know this was made from a dollar store laundry basket!

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

I think it’s just about perfect!

Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

I especially love how it looks with the mudroom bench and rug.

Linen Lined Rope Basket | the Wood Grain Cottage

I am so happy with the way that it turned out… I want to make one for every room! And I’m not kidding when I say that!


Linen Lined Rope Basket | The Wood Grain Cottage

I can’t even tell you how happy I am to NOT trip on shoes every time I walk through the mudroom door. It’s life changing! And oh so stylish!

Def- Def- Definitely stylish!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

P.S.- Is it noticeable that I like stripes? Ha!

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    1. THANK YOU Shirley! And how lucky are you?! Free rope!! I hope you love it! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU Amanda! I love the transformation too and it’s such an easy project! So happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  1. OK! I know, I’ve told you this many times but I will tell you again: you are so creative! 🙂 you did a great job Shayna! 🙂 I never would’ve guessed it was a plastic basket before! I believe you when you say you will be making one for each room! ha!ha!

      1. Hi Julie! I bought the rope from our local craft store! I’ve also found it at Home Depot. I hope that helps. 😀

  2. Brilliant, I adore this basket! Not only does it totally match the lamp shade I recently did, you also did a fabulous job making this! Off to pin!

    1. JACQUE! Thank you so much! And you’re right- this totally matches your lamp shade! Great minds think alike?! Thanks for the pin! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU Chelsea! It’s such a rewarding project… and just perfect for your broken and annoying laundry basket. You won’t even know it’s the same thing! 🙂
      Thanks for the pin!

  3. Found you through the YHL pinterest challenge. Great project! I love sisal rope anything and I might have to make myself a few baskets 🙂

    1. Hi Mary! So happy you found me- and that you like my rope basket! I love it too! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU so much Marty! I’m glad you like it! I’ll be sure sure to stop by your party! 🙂

  4. I love it!! What an excellent idea. I like your basket better, too. I want to try this now. It is fabulous!!! What was the total cost with the jute and rope? I’m sure it was still much better than the Ballards price.

    1. THANK YOU so much Ruth! I’m so happy you love it! 🙂
      The rope was relatively inexpensive. I think I spent about $8 for the nylon rope and $4 for the jute rope. I’ll pay $12 any day, especially when I have enough rope for 2 baskets!

    1. Awe- Miss Shannon! Thank you! So happy to link up!
      I hope you have a SUPER week too! 🙂

    1. Hi Melissa! So happy to have you visiting- and so happy you love this basket! I love the stripes too! 🙂

  5. Love this! I was just thinking that I need to come up with something cute to cover my plastic laundry basket and this is perfect!!!

    thanks for the inspiration, found you through Thistlewood Farms FB page.

    Have a happy week 🙂

    1. THANK YOU Anne! It’s such a simple way to spruce up your laundry basket! 🙂
      Thanks for popping over from FB!
      I hope you have a great week too! 🙂

  6. Shayna: Love this basket, I would love to try this but I am not crafty. Would you be interested in making a couple for me. Please consider it or maybe you can refer me to someone who would.

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