Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Fabric Covered Bins



So my favorite Berenstain Bears book as a child was Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room.  Remember that one...  the room starts off as a disaster area, and they get all new containers with labels, and all of their toys are neatly organized and sparkling and you could see everything?  Well you would think as a child that would have encouraged me to keep a clean room, that wasn’t really the case at all actually.  But as an adult with a place of my own that I take pride in, I am always reminded of that book, which I believe has lead me to a mild fixation with containers.  I freaking love The Container Store. Thank God there is not one within a two hour driving distance, or else I might have a problem.  I’d buy up that entire store if I could.  But that’s neither here nor there.  

I’ve been trying to create a nice little laundry area in our basement ( which is still not finished.)  We have some nice upper cabinets for storage, and I recently added a bar for hanging clothes straight out of the dryer and and a shelf above it which would be perfect for some little bins.(*He-yay!!!*)  So, of course I’ve been on the quest for some cool bins that I feel are affordably priced.  I’ve been all over, and for what they are made of, I just can’t seem to justify what they are asking for these bins!  

I decided I’m going to try making my own for a much better price.   So I set off to the dollar store to see what I could find.  Basically, all they had were some little plastic bins, but they were the perfect size for what I was looking for.  I snatched up three of them for a total of $3.  Being the fabric hoarder that I am, I thought I’d use up some of the fabric that I already have.  I love to find fabric at the thrift store for next to nothing, and so much of it is pretty vintage prints.  

I busted out my best friend of the crafting world, spray adhesive, my scissors, and got to it! 


1.  Measure enough fabric as if you were gift wrapping a present to cover the whole bin. 
2.  Spray the bottom of the bin generously with spray adhesive and place it in the middle of the fabric.
3.  Cut diagonally into each corner from the edge of the fabric, stopping about half an inch or so before reaching the corner of the bin.

4.  On two parallel sides, ( I chose the longest side of my bin), cut away the excess fabric on each side and fold, so as to create a nice straight line.  Spray each fold with spray adhesive.


5.  Spray adhesive on the smaller ends of the bin covering completely.  Fold and smooth the angled pieces of fabric up along the sides of the bin, and even overlap onto the longer sides a bit. You may need to pull it off a couple of times until you get it nice and smooth.  Repeat on the opposite short side of the bin.


6.  Spray the longer side of the bin and the inside with spray adhesive.  Fold and smooth the pre-folded sides up along the side of the bin and into the center of the bin.  This should overlap the fabric that you previously secured.  Repeat on both sides.

7. Depending on how much fabric you cut, you may need to fill in some areas on the inside.  I cut a couple squares to fit over the ends of the insides of my bin, pre-folded and secured them with spray adhesive to give it a more polished look.  I then sprayed it and placed over the exposed area. 



 A good trick for fitting the fabric into the rounded areas is to cut a small diagonal cut along the bottom or top to help you overlap the fabric a little better and keep it flush. Also, if you want to get REALLY professional, you could line up the patterns perfectly, but I was too giddy about my project that my patience went out the window on that step.  But it would look really nice if you took the time to do that. 



I am sooooo excited about how they turned out!!!  I saw some chevron bins like this at Target, wouldn’t these be cool in a print like that, or even a solid color with some ribbon or burlap detail?!  My mind is about to explode thinking about all of the extra rubbermaid tubs and plastic drawer dividers sitting unused up in my attic, because they weren’t “pretty enough” to put out.  Just wait till I get my hands on them now , Ha! Ha! Ha!  *Evil laugh.  What kind of of things would you turn into fabric bins?  I would love to hear your ideas!!!

Lindsay


70 comments:

  1. Love it! Now, I will not be able to go into Ikea with out thinking about this... and I have one 20 minutes away.....

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    1. That is awesome!! I wish I did! We have to drive 3 hours to get to Ikea, and I'd say we probably went about 5 times last year because we love it so much!! I'd say Ikea is like the mecca for this project, for sure!!

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  3. Lindsay!!!! You have the BEST ideas... I have so many not-so-pretty baskets and boxes that I hide... I could make them all pretty instead! Thanks for sharing your crafty genius :)

    Louise

    (ps... are you on twitter or anything?)

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    1. Louise, you are too kind!! I'm not on twitter (YET)...I've been thinking about joining, I am on facebook as Lindsay Austin Storm, and The Bee's Knees (my etsy shop) and I'm on instagram at thebeesknees13. How about you?

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    2. I just found you on good ole facebook ;) I just joined twitter kinda recently, but I dont think I have discovered it's full potential yet! ...

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  4. Great transformation! You know, I've been using tacky glue since the beginning of time, but I don't think I ever knew that it came as a spray! I need to find this. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  5. So cute! What a great idea! Found you via Making The World Cuter!

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    1. Thank you so much Kathie!! So glad you stopped by!

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  6. I want so badly to read this page, because the project looks like fun. But the ridiculously squiggly font gives me a headache, and I have to squint to read it. That, combined with all the grammar mistakes, was just too much for me. It's a shame. You really shouldn't make your blog so challenging for people to read. :(

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    1. Maeve,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you nothing but the best in your quest for the perfect blog! Unfortunately that's something you won't find here. This blog is about sharing fun ideas in a casual atmosphere! Best wishes!

      Lindsay

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    2. Lindsay, I don't know you, but am totally IN LOVE with you for how you responded to Little Miss Cranky Pants.

      Oh, and your fabric box project ROCKS!

      Not that we're keeping score, bit you get s bazillion bonus points in my book!

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    3. I learned something from watching Bambi as a child. Thumper said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." He gave good advice, despite the bad grammar.

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    4. Going to have to agree here!! Found you through Pinterest & I can't believe someone would bother wasting time to comment negatively. Love your response & love your blog!

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  7. This will work perfectly for organizing my daughters toy room! I didn't want to spend a fortune getting bins and now I won't have too, plus I can match them to their curtains!

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    1. Brandy, that will be so cute!! And then if you wanted to change the decor later you could do the same with the bins! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I always look at the dollar store bins and think of how practical they are... but they're hideous! Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad other people could benefit from this!! The options are endless! So nice to hear from you!

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  9. This is awesome! I'm always lamenting over how expensive the store bought fabric bins are, but I love how they look. I may do some if these for my kids rooms in character fabric.

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  10. You go Lindsay....I LOVE your reply to "Maeve" above. Haters gonna hate. I give you total props for keeping it classy! As for myself, I am all about your project. Awesome idea, thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a brilliant idea! Would it be okay to post this on my "Clever DIY" board on Pinterest? I want as many people as possible to see what a fantastic idea this is!

    (Heading out the door to find fabric in my stash for the kids rooms)

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    1. Absolutely, that would be fantastic!! Thanks so much, Andrea!!

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  12. Just made a ton(9) of these for a plain white shelf I'm remodeling. I am not a crafty person at all but this is so easy and adorable! I'm adding a ribbon trim with a bow around the tops!! Awesome idea!!

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  13. what a great idea! i love buying the dollar store bins to store my sons cars and little trinket toys, but they aren't always the greatest of colors. this is a way to make them personal and adorable! labels could even be added to them..ohh the possibilities! :)

    P.S. we have the same name with same spelling ;)

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  14. So great!! I agree, "fancy" store-bought bins are SO overpriced!! I may have to tackle this and make bins for our new baby's room! Such a great, inexpensive solution!!

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  15. Adorable! Why pay $15 or $20 when you could make them for $3 right?!? They look so cute in your laundry room!

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  16. I really love this project! Who doesnt need cute (affordable ) bins? I wish I had known this before i spent bookoo bucks at target when I bought fabric bins to organise my craft room last Fall. Now, I find myself thinking up more ways to use bins! Thanx!

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  17. Great idea! I covered sturdy carboard boxes in fabric but like your idea of using baskets.

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  18. I have a ton of diaper boxes that I've kept because the size is perfect. Do you think they would be sturdy enough to do this to?

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    1. Kelly, I think the diaper boxes would definitely be sturdy enough. I'm guessing the expensive bins that you could buy are just a cardboard box base. Have fun, I'm sure they will turn out great!

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  19. Whoa! What an awesome idea this is! Can't wait to try this out this weekend! I have extra fabric too from the Goodwill to use...Thanks!

    You are awesome the way you handled Miss Cranky , wish we lived in a world that responds with your grace!

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  20. I LOVED that book as a kid and blame my love of organizational baskets/organization on it too!! This is a great idea and I'm hoping to implement it today!

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  21. Well... I tried this project!! Lol I loved the idea, but my results were not exactly the same!!! I think my glue got out of control because it got everywhere!!! Lol and I had a hard time getting it off my fingers!!! Need to a section on the inside of my bin..but otherwise with a bit more practice and a little less glue it will turn out great!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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    1. Sarah,
      Thanks for sharing, I should have mentioned less is more when using the spray adhesive! But once you get the hang of it, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do. I use a little bit of baby oil to help get it off of my fingers, because it is super sticky, which is why it works so well!! Good luck in your next project, hope that helps!!
      Lindsay

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  22. I am very very addicted to bins , it seem like everytime I go to the dollar store I buy more , *I mean for a dollar , how can you not ? lol* but they do have such a limited choice in colors and such , I am totally going to try this very "crafty " huhuh get it , idea. :)

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  23. I have Dollar Tree bins and empty shelves just waiting for me to make these. Do you know about how much fabric you used for each one? Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  24. Love love love this! I have 2 ugly grey rubbermaid bins that fit perfectly in a built in shelf in my room and my bedroom decor is damask so now I can make the ugly bins look pretty =D I'm so excited.

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  25. I can't wait to try this!!! How much fabric does each bin require?

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  26. You had me at Berenstain Bears! The messy room was my favorite I always wanted my room to look like theirs :-) Thanks for the great idea, its going to add so much life to my million organizing containers!

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  27. Thanks for the nice tutorial and pictures. I found your post via Pinterst.

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  28. This will work perfect for our sons changing table!! How much fabric did you use for each bin? Approximate size?

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  29. Oh if only I saw this before I spent more money on bins than I did on the self they go on....sigh. Great idea!

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  30. I saw it on pinterest and I'm going to pin it myself. Thanks.

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  31. OMGoodness, this is a *fab* idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to have to do this. I too love baskets but can't afford the expensive pretty kinds. Also, I adore the 'Stain Bears (as my kids call them) and Messy Room was my favorite too. I aspired to have such a cute room but mine never looked as nice as theirs does. Probably because my Papa isn't a carpenter and I didn't have a gazillion bins for all my stuff. Haha.

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  32. I saw your idea on Pinterest and had to come here to check out the tutorial. I have a lot of ideas and bins but they don't match. I looked into buying some bags from a home-based business but I cannot afford to get what I need. I was just thinking the other day that I wish I could create my own liners in a fabric I love and now I can! Thank you! My craft room is just about finished and I can hardly wait to decorate my shelves with containers in the same fabric! :) Thank you so much for sharing this idea!!

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  33. Super cute idea!! Just dropping in to check out your tutorial:) Just pinned! I am now following via GFC and Linky:)
    Would love to invite you to drop by any time, Fridays are awesome, I have a blog hop (no rules and goes live on Thursdays at 7pm mst)

    Hope your week is awesome and now I am off to check out some of your other projects:)

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  34. My mind is blown by this!! Literally, I may combust with all the things I could do with this idea…my husband is going to be so sad. (but really he'll just laugh and roll his eyes :))

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  35. This is a great idea, I love to recycle our 3 litre milk containers and this would be perfect to use, simply "cut" the jug and "paste" the fabric, I can even make a lid by cutting a bit extra and folding it over the "basket". I can glue or sew on a hoop and button to close it with. THANK YOU!!! what a great "gift box" too :)

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  36. Great idea! Thanks for saving me tons of $$! I have so many plastic bins and have been needing something cuter for the family room. 1st items to be covered-- the Lego bin and the train bin. Both of these are large, but are so unsightly! Thanks for the tip!
    Karen

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  37. Love this! Saw this today and went to buy 3 bins from dollar store and I had tons of fabric from black friday! I am a birth doula so I made them for my clients to put a few baby gifts in. They turned out ok-definitely need practice :-) next time have to remember to wear gloves because my hands were covered in tacky glue. lol Thanks for sharing!!

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  38. Dollar tree hear I come!! :-) thank you for this great idea!!

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  39. I can't wait to try this!! I was just at the dollar store the other day and said those baskets are ugly!! But now I can buy some and customize them!! I'm so excited! Thanks Lindsay!!

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  40. do you think this would work if i glued a piece of fabric on the inside first to completly cover it. im trying to make this for a babyshower gift with lots of babystuff on the inside?

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  41. use hand lotion or baby oil to remove most of the glue from your hands. I have been saving baby diaper boxes to do this for bigger bins. I have even done a bit of sewing to get them to fit tightly, but the spray adhesive is a fast way to "get 'er done!" thanks for all your ideas!

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  42. I bought these exact dollar store bins for use in my guest bath. We have no storage there. These fit (tighty) in the book shelf with 9 cubbies. I'm going to do this on all the 9 bins to make them look prettier. Thank you for sharing. I have pinned this on my organization board.

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  43. HA HA HA So I read this article...and I love it, got me some stuff to do, but I gotta say, it's been a while since I laughed out loud at a blog post. I do that evil laugh all the time and when you wrote that, it cracked me up! So cute....MUAHAHAHAH -runs off with her evil cape to overthrow all ugly bins- I could so be your sidekick, just sayin

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  44. Could I use hot glue instead of the spray? I'm afraid to go back to the craft store because our budget is tight! lol

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    1. I would not expect the hot glue to hold permanently. My experience with the hot glue on slick plastic surfaces is that it is more likely to peel off. You will also see the ridge where the glue is placed through the fabric as it sets up. The spray adhesive allows the fabric to be flush with the bin so there are no ridges and if you use the permanent spray adhesive it will not move. I bought mine at Walmart and they even have small cans of it for a couple dollars. Hope this helps!

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  46. Wow!! What a great writing, really I appreciate such kind of topics. It will be very helpful for us

    Bin Boxes

    Thanks

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  47. You could even do this to an old diaper box laying around :-)

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  48. These are awesome! So cute & there are countless ways to use them. I'm going to make some for organization of my pantry & at home work area.
    Kelly

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  49. Love it!!! I am a teacher with HUNDREDS of those plastic baskets! I am redecorating my classroom in black and white polka dots and I bought some black sheets from walmart...cheaper than fabric...and now I know how to use them!!!!!! Can't wait!!!

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  50. Hi, Lindsay! I'd like to link to this post in a roundup next week. May I use one of your images?

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  51. I love this idea! Thanks. I found it through Pintrest , and pass it to a few people. I'll let you know how mine turn out.

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  52. Hey! This is an incredible idea!! I'm moving into my first apartment very soon and I've been looking for ways to stay organized without being boring. Not to mention the budget. I'd just like to know where you found that adhesive spray and the fabric? I'm so excited to try this.
    Love the blog and thank you for the post! It'll help me so much!

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