Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cardboard Box Laundry Hamper Tutorial

I was cleaning out my room yesterday when this idea sprang on me. I've been looking for a laundry basket for awhile., but couldn't find anything I really liked in my price range.



I was looking at something like this. But all the baskets I liked were $30-$60, which I didn't want to pay. So on the whim I got to thinking "why couldn't I make my own using a cardboard box?".

And I did.
Here is my new "basket" 

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I love that I now have a lovely laundry basket that matches my room! Plus all it took was a cardboard box, some fabric I had on hand and a little elbow grease! Plus it was under $10!
Its not quiet at sturdy as a normal basket, partially due to the box I picked. You could even add some strap to the wide of the box if you want to carry it around.

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Supplies:
1 yard Fabric for box
1 1/2 yard Fabric for lining
Cardboard Box
Hot glue

I also used: 
Felt
Fleece

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Here's my box!

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My box was falling apart at the bottom so I started by taping it up.

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Then I cut my box down to about 18".

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I decided to cover the top of my box with felt to smooth out the cut marks. Cut your felt sheets into 4 equal strips.

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Hot glue them around the top of your box. I used about 1 1/2 felt sheets.

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Starting with your long sides hot glue it along the bottom of your box, leaving some extra off the edge for folding over. 

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Pull it tight and glue it across the top and glue. I only had about 2/3 yrd fabric or I would have made my pieces large so I could pulled it up and over to the inside of the box. Although the living will cover it.

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Finally pull the edges tightly around the sides and hot glue into place. Repeat for other side.

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I ran out of fabric and so had to start piecing it for one side. You can barely see the seam here.

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For the short sides, also start by gluing it in along the bottom edge.

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Instead of gluing it along the top first, fold over the edge of the fabric and glue it along the edge.This way you get a nice clean edge. I was thinking of adding some pipping too, but I didn't have enough fabric. :(

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Finally glue it along the top. and trim any extra off the top. Repeat for other side.

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For the bottom I decided to use some Pellon fleece I had on hand. This part is optional. Trace the bottom of your box onto a piece of fleece and cut it out.

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Then glue your bottom piece onto your fleece.

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Finally glue the fleece piece onto the bottom of your box.

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For the lining cut out your 4 side pieces and a bottom piece. I ran out of fabric (only had 1 yrd. on hand) so used some white fabric for the bottom.

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First I piece the 4 side pieces together in a long strip and did a quick hem along the edge.

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Then I sew it all together in the a tube shape.

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Pin on the bottom piece and sew 1/2" along the edge.

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I wasn't being very precise and made my lining too big, so I gathered some at the back.

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And there it is! I love the fact that I finally have a laundry basket/hamper and it was so inexpensive!



Linking up with- Tatertots and Jello , Flamingo Toes, The Well Crafted Home, The Grant LifeOne Artsy Mama 
Katie

2 comments:

  1. Very nice! These are so pretty! Thank you so much for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

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  2. Great minds think alike Katie. I've been thinking of doing the same because our bathroom is smaller now so I searched Pinterest and found your post. Will give you a mention when I write my blog post. Well done.

    Anne @ domesblissity

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