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!
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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- Dollar Store Plastic Laundry Basket
- Linen Fabric
- Jute Rope
- Nylon Rope, this is similar
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Razor Blade
- Wrapping Paper
- Sewing Pins
- Fabric Scissors, these are similar to mine
- Sewing Machine
- White Thread
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:
I started by prepping the laundry basket. The top of the laundry basket has a curved plastic band that wraps around the entire top.
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.
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.
Next I moved onto the liner. On the table, I spread out a roll of wrapping paper with the face down.
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.
I traced the bottom of the laundry basket too…
Then, I used scissors to cut my shapes and I placed them in the basket to make sure they fit.
I placed the side piece inside the basket and marked where it connected.
Next, I grabbed my piece of linen and laid the wrapping paper template on top.
I used pins to attach the paper and fabric, then I cut around the fabric leaving about half an inch on the sides.
Then, I removed the wrapping paper and folded the linen in half, like so:
I then sewed the two sides and the bottom together. I’m sorry I didn’t take better pictures…
I put the liner in the basket and used hot glue to attach it under the plastic lip that we trimmed earlier.
I used scissors to trim the extra fabric.
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.
Then I decided the length of my handle…
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.
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!
Those stripes… they get me every time!
It’s perfect for holding shoes in the mudroom…
And I love that it’s lined with linen. It gives it such a classy look!
You would never know this was made from a dollar store laundry basket!
I think it’s just about perfect!
I especially love how it looks with the mudroom bench and rug.
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!
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!
P.S.- Is it noticeable that I like stripes? Ha!
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