Flea Market Swap: Fabric Covered Basket

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Hi friends and welcome to day #3 of March Madness, 31 thrifty makeovers in 31 days!

I have a special treat today! I am so excited to be participating in a Flea Market Swap AKA Swap it Like it’s Hot!  This is a challenge where a bunch of crazy bloggers came together to swap thrift store crap, and then we each have to work our magic on what we got!  How fitting is this for my own March Madness challenge? You could send pretty much anything and my thought was, the cheesier the better!

Well my good friend Shanna from Restoration Redoux (follow that link to see what she made over) had me and I have to say, she went pretty darn easy on me.

Here is what I received from her:

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Not too bad, right? My first thought was to use the basket as a new lamp shade for the lamp, and the proportions were perfect. However the max wattage for bulbs for this thing is 15, and the basket was just too opaque to make a good shade.

Today I am going to share how I transformed the basket. I also transformed the lamp, but I’ll be back tomorrow to share that one. There really wasn’t any way to repurpose this little basket into something else and cutting it was out of the question, so I gave it a makeover instead:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

This fabric came from Walmart. Mine just started carrying fabric and while I was stocking up on food before we were expecting a big winter storm, I hit up the fabric section so I could work on this while we were snowed in. 🙂

I love it!

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

In case you have a round woven Japanese basket that someone sends you in the mail to transform, here’s how I did it…

I spray primed and painted the rims:

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Then I lined the inside first, using hot glue to secure the fabric all around the inside top edge.  I secured it to the bottom inside edge with hot glue also:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

For the bottom of the inside, I cut a piece of cardboard and two pieces of batting and placed them on the backside of the fabric:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

Then I hot glued the fabric to the back:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

I tufted the bottom piece with a few buttons:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

Then I hot glued it to the inside bottom.

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

Then I attached fabric to the outside using hot glue also.

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

For the top, I did the same as I did for the inside bottom, only I added piping for a nice clean edge. I hot glued the piping to the outer edge:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

You can find my super simple SEW and NO SEW tutorial for piping here. I added one button to the center on the top, then hot glued the padded top to the top of the basket.

You can find my SEW and NO SEW tutorial for piping here.

For now I’m using it to hold my ribbon:

You can find my SEW and NO SEW tutorial for piping here.

 

You can find my SEW and NO SEW tutorial for piping here.

I never would have purchased this if I saw it myself, but now I have so many ideas for it. It would make a great sewing box, or it could be used to hold nail polishes, or how about on a desk to hide supplies?

From this:

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To this:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

Want to learn how to coaver a round basket? This would work on a cheesebox too!

I told you Shanna took it easy on me! Poor sweet Emily from Two Purple Couches wasn’t so lucky! Here’s what I sent her to work with:

Swap-it-Project

Visit Emily here to see what she possibly could have come up with for these items!

You can follow along all week if you like. There are over 30 bloggers participating!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share how I transformed the lamp. I can tell you two things: it’s no longer gold, and it’s not a lamp. 🙂

Shazam! See the lamp here now!

See all 31 March Madness Makeovers here:

31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!

March Madness {31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers}

XO,

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P.S. You can see Day#1’s thrifty makeover here, and Day#2 here.

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Comments

  1. Wow Christy! You wouldn’t even know it was the same basket, this looks amazing….love how your mind works!

  2. Christy you always inspire me to get off my but and do something. I would never have thought to tuft the bottom. Beautiful! Hugs, Jo

  3. I love the basket re-do. Now I just want to go find a basket with a lid to do this too!
    Of course I am not as crafty as you so it probably won’t turn out as beautiful as yours but I would love to try it anyway.

    • Aww thanks, Pam! I saw another one very similar at one of my thrift stores, but I didn’t get it because I hadn’t come up with an idea for mine yet. Now I wish I would have bought it!

  4. It’s fabulous!!

  5. Woman, how do you do this?! My goodness that basket looks incredible now! I want one! Christy, you are definitely one talented DIY lady. 😀 Looking forward to seeing what you did with that lamp.

  6. Oh my gosh I love this series! Only you could turn an ordinary woven basket into something extraordinary. How pretty is this! Looking forward to seeing what you did with the pineapple lamp.

    • Thanks, Marie! I saw another one at a thrift store almost just like it and passed on it because I hadn’t yet figured out what to do with this one. Now I wish I would have gotten it! Can’t wait to share the lamp. 🙂 🙂

  7. This basket makeover is genius, Christy! Such an impressive “after” 🙂 Thanks for being my Swap buddy this round! I like a good challenge 😉

  8. I STILL can’t believe you thought to do that with the basket. I avoid piping at ALL costs and you whipped some up for this killer makeover!!! Thanks for joining in the fun!! xx

  9. It looks amazing! great work!

  10. Wow! You would never know that was a DIY! You did a great job. Can’t wait to see the lamp! 🙂

  11. Wow Christy, you really did a nice job on the basket. The fabric you chose is perfect. You really put a lot of effort into it. Awesome work!

  12. You are so clever! Covering your basket in fabric was a great idea. It’s so elegant now.

  13. Of course you did something amazing! It went from totally boring to beautiful!

  14. Oh wow! That basket turned out absolutely AMAZING! Wonderful job!

  15. You always see such good potential, Christy! I love what you did with it… And such a fun challenge! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the lamp! Have a great week, friend!

  16. Stop it. I have passed up so many of those dang baskets because I had no idea what to do with them. You even tufted the bottom?! Crazy! It turned out perfect!

  17. That looks awesome! I never would have guessed it was all with no sewing. Great job!

  18. I LOVE your fabric basket!! You’re truly talented!

  19. Way to take that basket from meh to fabulous!!

  20. Wow! That is a fancy basket! You did an awesome job on that Christy! xo
    Nancy

  21. Charlene in SC says:

    Bravo!

  22. You have way more patience than me!!! I would have stopped at the spray paint. This looks so great!!!!

  23. That basket transformation isfabulous! You work all kinds of magic with fabric, my friend!!!

  24. Kristy, that basket is so professionally done, it looks great! I thought for sure you sewed it all on or something. I actually have a basket with a lid like that myself, now I think I’ll have to make it over!

  25. Okay, I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to comment on everything, but hey…I really love this basket! And that fabric is awesome…I’m in love with that pattern right now. And the tufting and the piping? Holy cow. But you with that watermelon? That’s just downright mean. 🙂

    -andi

    • I thought I couldn’t possibly answer every comment ha ha. The watermelon could have been cut or painted right? I did feel a bit bad, but we were supposed to send crap and my swap partner was a great sport lol.

  26. i found your blog searching for ideas to upcycle my wicker storage baskets
    (they have seen better days) and your idea is the best one i found!
    I would not have thought of spray painting them first, gr8 idea, Thanks

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