DIY: Fabric Baskets to Organize your Chaos, e.g. in your Drawer

DIY: Fabric Baskets to Organize your Chaos, e.g. in Draws

Even after 10 years, I’m still in love with my Hemnes, Ikea’s finest chest of drawers. Except at 8 o’clock, when I’m already running late and desperately trying to find the matching pants to my chosen bra of the day. After 10 years, it was time I do something about it.

2013-04-16 Flexible Baskets_1 I could have paid 7 Pounds and gotten 6 plain beige, boring ones. Instead, I’ve raided my fabric stash and his wardrobe, came up with a few blue, old Shirts and 2 m of PVC tablecloth printed with bright red strawberries. Perfect for another recycling and upcycling project – fabric baskets.

Step 1 – Using the pattern, draw and cut 4 times – 2 times out of sturdy, washable PVC for the outside and 2 times for the lining. I’ve recycled an old tablecloth with strawberry print as well as upcycled some of his old Shirts.
Step 2 – Right sides together, sew along the sides and bottom. Leave the top and 2 bottom corners open.
Step 3 – Fold the fabric and sew across the bottom corners. Avoid using pin needles as it leaves nasty marks in the PVC. Instead try plastic paperclips.

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Step 4 – Copy step 1-3 for the lining. Turn the PVC basket outside in.
Step 5 – Put the PVC basket inside the lining. Ensure that right sides are facing each other, and seams are alined. Sew along the top, leaving a gap of appr. 5 cm open.
Step 6 – Using the opening gap, pull the PVC basket outside. Stitch the opening Close.

2013-04-16 Flexible Baskets_BeforeAfter And here’s an Before & After shot of my drawer. 1st Trial run’s completed, too. Unlike the last 10 years, I’ve immediately found the matching Pants to today’s bra. Heureka!

Need further inspiration? Check these fantastic bloggs: Jillian in Italy, Makezine or the Purl bee.

I absolutely love to get comments! Drop me a note and let me hear what you think. Much appreciated. – Karen

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Straight forward. Honest. Open minded. German but living in Wales. In love with nerdy crafts, sewing, cooking and movies. Mother to Master H.

2 responses to “DIY: Fabric Baskets to Organize your Chaos, e.g. in your Drawer

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  2. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead
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