Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fabric Covered Dollar Store Baskets


As you may have seen from Monday's post, we built a new piece of furniture.  Our new entry bench.  And as promised, I have a tutorial on how to cover cheap plastic (dollar store) baskets with fabric to make it look a little more expensive and chic.  (okay, maybe chic is a long shot)
But it's a huge improvement.


Start off with some baskets.  These are plain square plastic bins that are smaller on the bottom than the top.  If you're using a basket that is the same size all throughout, it may work a little differently, but generally the same.


And lots of fabric.  For each basket I used a 2.5x2.5 foot square piece of fabric.
Luckily, for me, I bought this fabric for dirt cheap years ago for a bedspread.  So I didn't have to buy more.


You'll also need spray adhesive and a glue gun.


First off, lay your fabric flat and place your basket on top, measuring out the sides to be sure they cover each side of the basket.



You'll want to add extra to each side so your fabric and wrap over the top.  Adding about 1 1/2 inches works best.


Once you have each side measured and cut, draw the base of your basket out (this should be the wrong side of your fabric) with chalk or a pencil.  That way if your basket moves around, you'll still have your starting point.


 

Now take two rulers and create a square at each fabric corner.  It should measure about an inch away from your basket.  


Mark them out with chalk and do this to all four corners.


Cut those pieces out.


Cut a slit from corner to corner of where you just cut out from.  Like shown below.


Do this to all four sides. 
Now get your spray adhesive and start at one side and spray and stick your fabric.



Now stick on the opposite side to be sure it's on snug.


Move to one side and using a hot glue gun, glue the side flaps on.


Do both sides of that piece.


Next, do the top.  (You don't have to do this next step, but it does make it look neater.)
Using hot glue, make a hem by folding over the edge about a 1/4 inch.  That way your edge is not raw and won't fray.



Now you can fold over the corners of the top and glue down.


Fold it over your top and hot glue in place.


See, nice and neat.


Do the same with your opposite side.

Now on the other two sides, you'll need to glue down the two sides of each piece like this.  Again, this will prevent fraying and will help so it lines up with that side.


Spray on your adhesive and smooth the fabric onto the basket.  Since you already folded those sides down, you don't have any flaps to fold down.  (does that make sense?)


For the top, do the same with those other sides.  Glue a hem and then glue it over the top of the basket.



Like so.


Do the last side and you're finished!


Now do some more.


You could add the fabric on the insides as well, but I chose not to.


I'm loving my new 'faux' fabric baskets.


And I think they look pretty decent in my new bench, too.  


But mostly I love how they only cost me $3.  


Have a great day!!


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72 comments:

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are so cute! What a great idea!

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

These are great!!! You make it look so easy, too! I definitely want to try it!

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

These are great!!! You make it look so easy, too! I definitely want to try it!

Brie Holtrop said... Best Blogger Tips

These look so high quality! I definitely want to remember this one! :) Enjoy your beautiful baskets and thanks for sharing!

Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

{Domestic Mess} said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome idea! Love it :)

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

looks great. I'm all for storage that looks pretty.

Katie @ Pincushion Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

These are great! I love that they are from dollar tree baskets! I would love to have you share this at my party!
http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/03/homemade-by-you-4.html

micki @ ADD housewife said... Best Blogger Tips

great idea! I have a ton of these baskets!

Jaime Lyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay I was just thinking about cute and clever ways to get organized! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I would SO love for you to come over to my place and link up!!! :o)
Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
http://jaimelyn11.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafty-scrappy-happy-me-thursday-26-and.html

chris said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea. Your entry bench looks so handy.

Alese said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such a smart thirfty idea. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie Pasfield said... Best Blogger Tips

Hahaha. I was just saying on your other post that I couldn't wait to see your basket tutorial. Thanks for sharing it here and on Design Dazzle! - Carrie

Shannah @ Just Us Four said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute and you can't beat the price!
I would love it if you would come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

Kristen Turner said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Love the idea to use spray adhesive.

Alyssa said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your baskets!

The Doodler said... Best Blogger Tips

What?!? No sew, thrifty, cute, and pretty easy?! This is MY kind of project. I love it! I'm stopping by from the Delightful Order link party and I'm going to go explore some more on your blog!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

That is an awesome idea!! I can't believe you found those baskets at the dollar store! Good job! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

That is an awesome idea!! I can't believe you found those baskets at the dollar store! Good job! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!! I love how they turned out too! :)
I hope you'll share this at my "Unveil Your Genius" Link party!
http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_15.html

Happy Weekend!!

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

Came over from show and tell Saturday. Great blog! I'm following you now.

http://ambiworld.blogspot.com/

AudreyN said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome Idea! I can't wait to make my own

Kayla's Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea! Your bins turned out cute :) I would love to have you come over to Sunday Round up! http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-1.html

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a creative way to transform a plain basket. I would love for you to share this at my link party.

http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/03/fabulous-friday-17.html

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said... Best Blogger Tips

Victoria! This is a great tutorial! I love the idea of dressing up baskets with fun fabrics! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up to the "Unveil Your Genius" Link Party!!

The mum of all trades said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these, they look so expensive.Thanks so much for linking up to my blog party.

andrea.arch said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! Sometimes that canvas totes get a lil pricey... especially when you have to buy a whole bunch of them. Nice job!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

The baskets look great Vixen! So much better than the plain plastic!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Christine said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great project! They look amazing

Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple Thanks, Kaysi!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Earning My Cape Thank you! It's so easy!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Brie Holtrop Thank you, Brie!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@{Domestic Mess} Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife Me too! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie @ Pincushion Creations Thank you, Katie!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@micki @ ADD housewife Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jaime Lyn Thanks so much for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@chris Thanks! I'm loving it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alese Thanks, Alese!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Pasfield Funny!! So glad you were able to see the tutorial!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shannah @ Just Us Four Most definitely!! Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alyssa Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@The Doodler Thanks so much!! I sure do love a simple project, too!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor Thanks, Jill!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Taylor Thanks so much for the invite!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amber Thanks! And welcome!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@AudreyN That's great! Have fun!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kayla's Creations Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun Thanks, Kelly!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alison @ Oopsey Daisy Thank you, Alison!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@The mum of all trades Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@andrea.arch So true! Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks for stopping by!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Christine Thank you, Christine!

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

Great transformation. They look awesome in your new bench! Thanks for linking up at Etcetorize~

Our Delightful Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome job!

Mrs. Delightful
www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Kelly @ Live Laugh Rowe said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope to see you again this week :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said... Best Blogger Tips

Those look SO classy! Much better than a plain ol' bucket!!!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job!! That's great that you got to use up that fabric and make those baskets look fantastic.

Stopping by from Serendipity and Spice linky party.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vinyl-amp-cover.html

Mindie Hilton said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea, thanks for sharing your baskets at Bacon Time.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this idea! I featured this today on Sew Woodsy!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Hope you will share with us again this week!

Maria Matter said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a wonderful idea, they look great!!
I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!
Thanks so much for linking up!

Abbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! So practical and SO cheap!

Great idea! : )

Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

~Abbie

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Our Delightful Home Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelly @ Live Laugh Rowe Thanks, Kelly!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kassi @ Truly Lovely Thank you! I agree!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mindie Hilton Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Abbie Thank you so much!!