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DIY fabric-lined basket

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Cute way to spruce up old baskets

Have some old baskets and tired fabric that you don't know what to do with? Put these two items together to instantly transform boring baskets into something unique and beautiful! This easy, very cheap DIY project can brighten up any basket in your house with materials you have lying around. These fabric-lined baskets make perfect bathroom organizers, magazine holders, living room decor or even kitchen accessories.

basket

If you have a basket and some fabric on hand, this DIY can cost as little as $5. Since many linen- and fabric-lined baskets can cost up to $40, this DIY saves you $35. Here's what you'll need and how you can make it.

materials

Materials: 

  • Basket with a handle
  • About 1 yard of fabric  (I used two 41 cm x 41 cm napkins)
  • Needle and thread in the color of the fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used Elmer's Rubber Cement)
  • Ruler (optional)

Step 1: Line up & measure the fabric in the basket

Line up the edges of the fabric/napkins with the edges of the basket.

basket

measure

Cut the fabric so it fits right underneath the rim of the basket.

cut

Step 2: Stitch and glue the fabric to the basket

Using your needle and thread, string the thread through the fabric and weave in the basket; repeat until you've stitched the top hem of the fabric to the rim of the basket opening.

stitch

stitching

Once it's been stitched in, it's time to glue it so the fabric doesn't budge when you fill the basket and use it. (You stitch it mainly to hold the fabric in place for gluing.)

glue

After you've applied glue to the fabric, hold it in place tightly for at least 5 minutes, or until it sets. You may want to stitch through it again to keep it in place. If you are using napkins, lay the second napkin over the first one so you can fill the opposite side that the first napkin didn't fit.

layered

As you'll see, the second napkin is layered perfectly over the top of the first one. Stitch and glue so that it's secured tightly, and the bottom and four sides of the basket are covered in fabric.

basket

Step 3: Accessorize and fill!

Add your final pieces of flair, like bows, gems or glitter, and fill with whatever you'd like. I added two small bows and I filled it with non-refrigerated produce.

finished

Easy and pretty, the perfect DIY project!

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