Monday, May 7, 2012

Basket Make Over

Hello Everyone!

I'm pretty excited today to reveal the Basket Make Over I posted about finding at the thrift store. Originally the basket was pink and cream on the outside and blue gingham check on the inside. The lining was pretty stained and beat up but the price was good so I figured it could be revamped with a new lining and be put to use as storage in the studio.  So without further ado, here is the newly re-made basket! 

And with a little new fabric from Swell by Urban Chicks for Moda, we have a new look!  I sewed the lining and added a pleated ruffle and used red binding tape to finish the edges. There was a slight error on my measurements so I just came back in with some more dotted fabric above the red binding. Everything was hot glued into place.  

This is the lid area where I used red craft felt and a piece of snap tape to finish off the edges. The corners are faux mitered due to the challenges of using a HOT glue gun in a tight space. To faux miter the corners I laid down strips of tape on each short side corner to corner, on the long sides I folded the corners to make a mock miter. 

I rather liked the outside of the basket in its cream and pink and so I chose to just enhance the pink a bit with a my dressmakers chalk. I found it by accident in my sewing drawer when I was looking for something to mark the felt. Who knew it was almost a match for the pink already on the basket! I rub it on the ridges and then sprayed a light coat of clear spray over it to keep the chalk from rubbing off.  

Keep your eyes peeled for old baskets at thrift stores and garage sales, they are easily transformed into great storage pieces!  

Happy Crafting! 

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Catherine said...

This looks great - I love the dot fabric you;ve used. I have an old vanity case I'm hoping to re-line but I'm a bit nervous about starting so it's just sitting in my sewing room looking at me. Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzy said...

Thank you so much! Catherine, I would encourage you to just go for it on the vanity case. Have fun!

Anne Payne said...

That is too cute! ♥ the fun fabric ♥ You are so talented, sweet sister :) The chalking is so creative! about that quilt I need ;)

Suzy said...

Thank you Anne for your sweet comments. The chalking was a "happy accident" that helps perk up the pink. A girl can't have too much pink, can she?

About that quilt...well, you never can tell when you might get one. ;-)

Leslie said...

too, too, cute! What will you fill it with?

Suzy said...

Thank you Leslie! I'm thinking maybe sewing & quilt patterns will fill this basket. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment, hope you'll come back again soon.

Aiesha Morris said...

Hi. I love baskets. Your remake has inspired me to swap out the fabric that I have in a few of my baskets.

Suzy said...

Aiesha, I'm so happy you stopped by to visit and that you were inspired to do a re-make of your own baskets! Be sure to let me know when you post photos of your baskets, I would love to see what you make! Please stop by again soon!

Jill Elaine said...

That is a lovely makeover! Very bright and cheery - well done!