I'm ready for some pink, how 'bout you?
This project couldn't be simpler. Don't believe me? Read on for the details and all the instructions!
I've had my wire trash can for years now, and been frustrated with its functionality for just as long.
I bought it because it's cute.
BUT...unless an open-weave basket or trash can comes with a liner, it's really hard to keep it cute. Stuff keeps wanting to fall out...or get stuck in the holes!
If you line it with a trash bag, then it just looks ugly.
I set out to make a permanent, solid basket that still looked cute, using just strips of fabric.
This is a NO GLUE project! You don't even need scissors!
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In fact, this is all you need...
- an open-weave basket
- a yard or so of fabric - I used a twin sheet but wouldn't this pink and green buffalo check* look cute too?
TIP on fabric choice...lighter, thinner fabric will be easier to weave than thicker, upholstery-like fabric!
- wash and dry your fabric first!
- snip the edge of your fabric on the short side every 2 inches (cutting through any hem that is there)
- rip your fabric into long, even strips
- depending on the size of your basket, you'll need more or less than I used (which was about 40 strips - I tore the long edges of a twin sheet)
- tie the end of one strip to the wire basket at the bottom, making sure knot is tight and on the inside
- weave fabric over and under the wire, pulling snug
- when you reach the end of your strip, knot it to another strip and keep going
- push down on the fabric as you go, ensuring a tight weave
- once you've woven it as high as you want to take it, tie it off with a knot and tuck the knot under a strip on the inside
- remember...you want to keep all the knots on the inside!
- tighten all knots and trim excess fabric or tuck it in from the inside so you have a flat surface
The fabric I used kind of has a Lilly Pulitzer look, doesn't it?
It wasn't until I'd finished that I realized I had a lap quilt in the same shades of pink and green!
There are so many gorgeous fabrics available at Hobby Lobby, even Walmart...pick one that matches your decor for a custom trash can like no-one else! You'll need maybe a yard or so.
Or make a set of matching baskets for your office supplies using wire baskets*...they would look so cute sitting on an open shelf!
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