After receiving a used changing table, I knew the next step would be to buy baskets.
After seeing how expensive baskets are, I just couldn’t do it! I would have spent three times as much on baskets, as I did on the changing table!
I have seen some people taking boxes and turning them into pretty baskets
and knew that was for me.
This is my version of taking a used diaper box and
turning it into something useful and looks good too!
Find a box. Diaper boxes are great, but you can use any type of box.
Cut off the top flaps.
If you want to use the handles, cut off those flaps as well.
(If you don’t want handles, leave the flaps and tape them down.)
Because I used a light colored fabric, Muslin, I covered my box with paper first.
I used regular printer paper and tape.
If you are using handles, be sure to cut out the paper where the handles are.
The next step is to cut out the fabric.
The dimensions you will need to cut out depend entirely on the box.
You will cut 4 pieces.
Measure the length and height of the front and the side of the box.
Then add 1 1/2″-2″ to both your measurements.
For this example, I had two pieces at 19″ x 13″, and two pieces at 14″ x 13″.
You will start with the side pieces, they are probably the longer pieces.
Put your fabric on the box and make sure you have enough to glue on all four sides.
Using hot glue, glue one side onto the box.
You can start with the top or the bottom.
Make sure to start gluing in the middle and glue on either side going outwards.
Then do the opposite side, gluing in the middle and going outwards.
Keep an eye on the fabric, making sure it is being tightened evenly.
Next you will glue the sides.
Glue the same way by gluing in the middle and working your way out.
You can fold and glue the edges under the box and inside the top like shown above.
You will do these steps for both the sides.
Now you are ready to do the front and back.
Take your fabric piece and put it up to your box. Fold the edges in, leaving about 1/4″ of the box showing on the sides. Pin and press your edges.
Sew the edges down using a 1/4″ seam.
If there is a lot of fabric sewn under, you can trim it down.
Put your sewn piece up to your box and make sure everything looks okay.
Then you will do the same gluing process as you did on the sides, gluing the top and bottom.
At this point, you can leave it as is, or you can glue the sides down.
Also cut out the hole if you are leaving the handles in.
You will want the hole to be cut out as close to the size of the hole for the handle.
Repeat this process for back.
(On my other baskets, I didn’t do a handle for the back.)
Now we are ready to add the ribbon!
There are so many different ways to embellish the basket.
If I was having a little girl, I would definitely have done bows where the handles are. I decided to keep it simple and line the top, bottom, and handle with Lemongrass/White Moonstitch Grosgrain Ribbon in 7/8″.
To do all my baskets, I got 20 yards of ribbon, but I think 15 yards would have been plenty.
If you want to embellish your basket like I did, follow the instructions below.
I started by ribbon on the side towards the back.
Make sure to seal the ends.
I put the ribbon on and eyed how much of it I wanted showing on the outside.
I hot glued the inside edge of the ribbon and attached it to the basket.
Once I did that first initial step, I put the hot glue on the box and glued the ribbon down until I got to the end of the side.
Then I came back to the beginning and put hot glue on the basket and folded the ribbon down to attach it to the basket. You can put the glue on the ribbon or on the basket.
Putting it on the basket was easier for me.
Continue towards the end of the side.
When you get to the end of the side, you can fold the ribbon as shown above and glue it down.
Continue along the top of the basket until you get to the end.
Cut your ribbon, seal the end, and glue down.
For the bottom, start the ribbon on the side toward the back.
Put hot glue on the top and bottom of the ribbon.
Continue gluing and attaching the ribbon, a little bit at a time, until you get to the end.
Cut the ribbon, seal the end, and glue down.
Next, glue the ribbon around the opening for the handle.
I glued the front first and then glued the back, cutting where needed.
Gluing the ribbon in the handle was a bit hard to do. It might have been easier if I had ruffled the ribbon first. But you can easily glue and ruffle it at the same time.
You can do this technique with any kind of box.
I needed another basket to hold all the little baby things like a brush, nail clippers, etc.,
and I have tons of these boxes laying around!
I followed all the steps and I love how it turned out!
Many people will also sew a liner for the basket.
This would be really cute!
At 37 weeks along, I just did what was absolutely necessary. 🙂
I love that I got to make these baskets exactly the way I wanted them.
Also the cost for all the baskets was cheaper than what one basket would have cost me.
And I think they turned out pretty cute! 🙂
If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know!
There are so many wonderful ways to do things, so I love hearing suggestions.