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Friday, July 8, 2011

Easy & Chic Wastebasket Makeover

I can claim no credit for today's post- it comes courtesy of my creative friend and neighbor who whipped up the most darling decorative wastebasket with nothing more than leftover fabric and a little bit of trim. And did I mention it's no-sew? I can't think of a better way to use up leftover fabric...I might be trying this this weekend! Without further ado, here's the rundown she provided...

1.  I purchased a basic waste-basket at the Container Store.  However, since I always like to use a bag to line them, I also purchased a smaller one to go inside and the larger one has a nice cover (see last photo).

2.   I used the same fabric that I used to make a small window treatment for my bathroom (below).  I measured my fabric and ironed it.  I then used a glue gun to fold the top part under to create a nice rounded edge. 
3.  I glued the fabric all the way around the top and down one side.
4.  I then worked my way around the bottom of the basket  - tucking and glueing as I went around.
5.  As I was near the end, I folded the side under to glue over the first side to create a fairly neat edge.  
6.  Lastly, I glued the trim around the top and bottom, making sure that the seams of the trim matched with the side seam so that there is definitely a back side to the basket.  This works fine because I placed the waste-basket in a corner in my bathroom.

And there you have it! One little thing she wanted me to point out- while she was making the basket she kept it at eye level. But since you'll typically be looking at it from a higher angle when it sits on the floor, she'd suggest making sure that the top trim is a touch about the top of the basket for a neater look from a standing position (rather than just even with the top)!

So here's her adorable wastebasket- I love the creative solution of getting one with an insert so as to hide the liner. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Laura Casey Interiors said...


Holly said...

AH! That rope trim really completes the classy look. Nice!

kayce hughes said...

Love it! Is the insert from the container store too?

madras 'n pearls said...

That is beautiful!

Jan Jessup said...

Great use of leftover fabric from a decorating project! And by the way, that fabric is a cotton print called SHALINI in color Ivory/Raspberry by designer Annie Selke, retailed at Calico Corners -Calico Home stores or sold online at

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