January 21, 2015
So far this year, I’ve spent a whole lot of time focusing on whole foods and a healthy body. I’ve been doing tons of meal planning, prep and cooking. And I’ve starting running again. Plus, I’ve started up a daily physical therapy program that I hope with help me with my numerous pelvic floor issues. But I think it’s about time to get my craft (back) on!
Kevin keeps all of his work clothing in our guest room (i.e., the room in which we blow up our air mattress) and uses it as a staging area to prepare for his daily bike commute to work. All of the clothes and ties hang in the closet, and his sweaters and other garments fold up nicely on the built-in closet shelf. But what wasn’t working on the shelf were all those socks. It was a mess.
I told Kevin, “I’m going to make you a sock basket! And label it ‘socks’ so you don’t forget where the socks go!”
Off I went to the local Goodwill. They have quite a nice collection of baskets on the cheap. This one was light brown, nothing to speak of. But was deep and would fit lots of socks.
I took it home and gave it a coat of spray paint.
You could give it a couple of coats if you’re after a bolder color. I liked the look of one coat.
I didn’t bother spraying the bottom or the inside. No one’s going to see that.
I then made a basket liner out of some blue fabric I had leftover from another project. I simply traced the bottom of the basket and added 1/4″ seam allowance to all sides. Then I traced the side of the basket, again adding 1/4″ seam allowance plus about 4″ to the top for the overhang.
I sewed all the pieces together and added about a 1/2″ seam at the end of the liner in case I wanted to add ribbon to cinch the liner around the basket. I didn’t end up liking the look of this, so to make the liner a bit more fitted around the basket, I folded up the corners and added a bit of hot glue.
Next up, the label! I had a mini magnet picture frame that I had saved for just such a crafting occasion. I ripped off the magnet and as much of the backing as I could. I used sparkly gold washi tape around one of the inserts and added a clear label I made with my label maker. Then I put a hot-ton of hot glue on the back of that thing and stuck it to the basket.
A few easy upgrades to a cheap-o basket made for a cute little addition to our storage problem. I enjoy a re-styling success. It makes me pretty happy! There was then nothing left to do, but fill that basket up with socks!
And stick it on the shelf.
Try making your own! Dressing up old baskets is easy, but makes a big style statement. Just ask Franklin. He loves his toy basket!
He’s recently taken to pulling ALL OF THE TOYS out of his basket.
Yep, that’s a decapitated monkey. Also, it has no legs.