Pretty Storage // Soft Knit Woven Plastic Storage Bins

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Little by little I’ve been working on organizing and beautifying my craft and sewing space. Sometimes the little-by-little nature of decorating in general really bums me out–I want it NOW, Daddy!, but sometimes here and there projects are just the ticket to scratch the itch to create, and satisfy the need to check something off the list, you know?

In the first few months that we moved in I mounted some pegboard on my craft closet and have been picking up a few pieces of hardware every time I stop by Home Depot, and thinking of other ways to mount various notions and supplies.  The one thing I wasn’t really finding were pretty bins to mount, there are some blah baskets out there, but nothing I was jonesing after, I can tell you. Then I remembered these cheapo plastic bins that my mom had given me, and I decided to use them until I found something cuter. But once they were up there, it occurred to me they might have some real potential.

I can’t be the first one to think of this, but a quick google search didn’t surface anything so I thought I’d share my (sorta) quicky solution here.  I cut up some strips of knit fabric (like 3/4’s wide), and hand tacked one to one strip around one of the rungs (for lack of a better word).

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And from there I just weaved it in and out through the slats of the bins, hand tacking another strip to the end whenever I ran out. mad mim_weaving fabric through plastic bins_01

I found that in order to keep the rows weaving alternating (like it goes over the slat on one row, and under on the next), I had to skip a slat on one end every time, but the opposite end I could weave normally. When I reached the top when I really couldn’t stuff in another row, I would just tack it around a slat again on the inside of the bin.

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One day in the not-too-distant-future I’ll show you the whole closet, which, although it’s nothing Martha Stewart would get worked up about, it sure gets my heart pumping. Where do you craft? Do you have a table or corner or studio? Do you care as much as I do about making it pretty?



  1. Posted April 2, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I love it! The colors also looked great together. Great Idea!!!
    Your space looks so organized. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Posted April 2, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    This just made my plain plastic bins look soooo ugly! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

  3. Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Ah, spring cleaning and organization. Isn’t it a great thing? Love this tutorial!

  4. Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    How clever and cute is that! I’m going to borrow that idea for sure. I’m tired of gloves and mittens always getting lost on the inside of our coat closet. I’ve been planning to tack up a little basket on the inside closet wall to throw gloves into, and this idea is perfect to decorate that (plastic) basket. Hope all is well with you and your family. Hey! Our neighborhood garden is up to THREE lots this year! Can’t wait to start harvesting the goodness. Hugsxxx

    • Posted April 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      Cathy that’s so awesome, I’m jealous!! In our new house we only have 5 square foot box gardens, but I’ve got big plans for them! My family is great, I hope you and yours are well too! xo

  5. Posted April 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I hear you about wanting the instantaneous room decorating. It’s like everyone has watched too many makeover shows and thinks that is how homes ought to be decorated, instead, the best way is to do it slowly over time. That way every piece is carefully chosen and tells the story of the people that use the room, at least that is what I am telling myself, because we have lived in this house for a years nd a half, and it looks like heck, 😉

    • Posted April 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Yes! It’s so hard for me! It makes it harder that I have a vision in my head of everything I want/want to do, and it’s just…unrealistic. I keep telling myself to enjoy the process, but it’s still so hard. I for one, will not judge an empty house a year post-buying, because that’s probably where I’ll be too!

  6. Posted April 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh My Gosh! You just gave me the perfect solution to the bird seed that gets thrown out of the bird cage. I have tried plastic liners from the store, but they are ugly and expensive. I’ve also tried sewing a cloth liner to go around the bottom half of the cage, but it doesn’t stay in place. This will work perfectly. Thank you so much!

    • Posted April 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

      Wow, so glad I could be of service! I hope it solves your problem, it would be such a pretty solution I’ll bet!

  7. Jeannie
    Posted April 10, 2014 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I love this peek of your craft area. When will you share the rest? :) Do you have other inspiration to share? I have a large closet where I keep my sewing and crafting stuff, but it needs organization.
    Thank you!

    • Posted May 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes! I am definitely planning on sharing all my craft room organization sometime soon! Just as soon as I finish putting it together!

  8. Stephanie Sorensen
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Well, my plastic baskets have never seemed so shoddy…but never have they had so much potential either! I’m definitely going to do this with the basket I keep by my sink that holds my misc. scrubbies. Plus, I’ve been wanting to mount some baskets for my kids’ stuffed animals and this could be a fun approach. Do you think it would take a million years to weave a large hamper-sized basket?

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