When you’re trying to organize a space, buying the bins and baskets you want to use can get pricey, especially if you want the very trendy rustic-looking baskets with fabric lining. So instead of spending around $20 for a basket, you can make one for less than $10 using dollar store supplies and scrap fabric.
What You’ll Need
- Plastic basket/container
- Jute rope (enough to cover the size of the container, get more than you think you need, my bundles were about 10M each, and I used one and a half to finish this basket.)
- Fabric (this also depends on the size of your container. Check out “scrap bins” at your fabric store to get good deals)
- Glue gun and glue sticks (you will need a lot!)
Step 1: Determine How Much Fabric Is Needed
The easiest way to do this is to drape the fabric over your container, push it into the bottom and sides to line the container. Cut the excess fabric away, leaving enough to fold over the edge to be glued down.
Step 2: Attach The Fabric
I recommend setting something inside the basket to hold the fabric down to the bottom when doing this. (I used cans of cat food.) Begin in the middle of each side to have the fabric secured.
Next, begin to pleat and gather the fabric into the corners, and glue the fabric down. After the fabric is glued down, you can cut away extra/bulky fabric. This may make gluing the rope down easier.
Step 3: Start Gluing The Rope
This is the part that takes the longest to do! Start by adding a dab of glue to the end of your rope and tucking it into a pleat in the fabric. This will hide the raw edge. Then start going around the top of the basket with the rope and gluing it down. You will be going over top of the excess fabric at first.
As you work your way down the basket, be sure to keep each row of rope really tight together. This will keep the plastic colour underneath from being seen. If your plastic container has holes in it as mine does, it might be a good idea to pull the fabric out to prevent getting glue on it and having it stick to the plastic in a weird way.
If your piece of rope isn’t long enough and you need to start using another piece of the same rope, add a dab of glue to the end or the rope, and attach the 2 ends together. Then continue gluing the new piece of rope down.
Take a break if you need to. I did because my daughter woke up from her nap!
When you get to the bottom, finish off the rope in the same spot that you started at the top. Really press the end of the rope into the above layer to make it appear to blend in.
AND YOU’RE DONE!
Tell me in the comments what you want to store in yours? I’m going to use mine in my craft room, because I could use all the organization help I can get in there!
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