I needed a basket for the top of my dresser as a catch-all for my beauty supplies, so they’re not just cluttering up my space. To be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood to go to the store and who wants to spend money when you don’t have to? Little purchases add up quickly, so I made one myself!
This DIY fabric covered basket cost me just $.98. How? I had a plastic container I got from Walmart for $.98 and I used fabric I had already that a friend gave me. It’s a cute design. Isn’t it? Use fabric that matches your decor and you have cheap and beautiful storage!
This is a super easy, no-sew, thrown-together craft. You don’t really have to be exact with anything. I just estimated how much fabric I needed by putting the container on top and pulling over the edges.
Plastic “shoe box” container (or any size you have on hand, you will just have to adjust your fabric size)
Fabric: 1 piece approximately 30″ x 24″ wrapping and another piece the size of the inside bottom
hot glue gun
hot glue stick
If you are in the market for a new glue gun, I really like the one I have. I got mine from Walmart. They also have the same glue gun on Amazon.
First, place the fabric face-side down. Next, center the container in the center of the fabric. Test out that all ends will reach over the inside edges (not including the bottom). Starting with a longer side, apply hot glue to inside edge of the container and press the fabric onto it. (Be careful..it’s hot glue!) Then apply hot glue to the outside of the same long side you just adhered fabric to. Turn it around and do the same thing to the other side, but gluing the fabric to the outside then the inside. Be sure to pull taut as you go so there’s no wrinkles.
If the fabric is longer than the edges that’s okay. You will be covering the bottom with a piece of fabric at the end. However, if any extra fabric is too long, you can trim it.
Now it’s time to do the shorter sides. Fold over the fabric so it’s even with the edges. Apply glue to any fabric that is near the inside of the container that won’t be covered when you fold the fabric over.
Apply glue and fold the fabric over. Once again, paying attention that you are pulling it taut to avoid bumps and wrinkles. Do the same thing to the other short side. Use the glue gun to glue any pieces that need to be tucked in or flattened.
If you have too much fabric you can trim it, but be careful that you don’t trim it too much. You don’t want to have the plastic container or back of the fabric visible. I trimmed a little, but wasn’t really intricate about it. As I said, it will be covered once you add the bottom piece of fabric.
Finally, apply glue to the inside bottom and apply your bottom piece of fabric. If your fabric is really stringy, you can cut your bottom piece a little longer and fold the edges under for a cleaner look.
And there you have it! The finished product. A DIY fabric covered basket for under $1!
There are so many uses for this! You can use it in your bathroom, bedroom, or laundry room. What would you use it for? Leave a comment below and let me know!