Sweater-Wearing Laundry Basket Storage

We have a lot of laundry baskets. This is because after moving into our house in November 2010 we still aren't fully unpacked. Every new life change creates the need for us to switch our rooms around again and with room swaps come piles. What do I do when piles pile up? I buy laundry baskets at Big Lots and put the piles in them. Then I move them to another room. It's a vicious cycle. I also use laundry baskets to store toys in. They're cheap, easily moved, and easily cleaned. I spent some time recently pretty-ing up one for toy storage in our living room.

Yes, the dolls are naked. For some reason my daughter refuses to allow her dolls to wear clothes. You can dress them and she will sense that they are clothed, goes over and disrobes them. 

 I think it came out cute. Kind of looks like it's wearing a sweater.

You will need-
A laundry basket (Mine was $3 at Big Lots)
A straw
Yarn- it works best if it has texture and is a little fluffy to fill the space (I had an old skein laying around.)

Take the laundry basket and empty all the crap out of it.

I unwound my yarn. I found it was easiest to cut off about 7 feet at a time and wind a small ball up to feed through the slats. Basically you are going to "weave" the yarn in and out of the slats. Tie a knot in around one of the corners to secure the beginning piece. It will get covered up as you go.

As you run out of yarn, cut a new long strand and tie it onto the end where you ran out. It is tempting to use a longer piece but trust me it just takes longer. And gets tangled, and leads to swearing. 

I did the top half first then went on to the bottom half. Once you are done you have a choice. Stop there and just have the woven yarn be the whole design. I decided to add some "embellishments". When I was in first grade my dad, who apparently has some very strange talents, "knitted" an Indian chief headress using yarn and drinking straws. This next part is inspired directly by that early crafting memory. Take the drinking straw and fold it in half at one end. Make a small cut with your scissors to create a "needle". 

Thread the yarn through the straw and choose the design you want to do. I did x's at each of the spots that the slats came together. Tie the knots for the ends on the inside where they don't show. Repeat at each "intersection". 

This is what my finished basket looked like. It's not the fanciest project I've ever completed but it cost me $3, matches my living room, took very little time, and if I decide I want to use the yarn for a different craft I'll just take it off the basket. I ended up using most of a standard size skein of yarn with a bit left over. Happy Crafting!

1 comment:

  1. Many people had storage issues in their bathroom, whether they have a small or large bathroom.