Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Sweater Basket

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Happy New Year and oh, happy day, Thrifty Thursdays are back! Once a week (most weeks) I will share a project made with easy to find thrift store items.

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds
This week's project started with a couple sweaters, a wire waste basket, and a leather belt (not pictured).
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
An hour, and these simple thrift store items, plus a few supplies, and I have a cozy sweater basket or container, perfect for winter decor.


Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Start by tracing the bottom of your wastebasket ( or ice cream tub, or basket, or metal container) on a piece of stiff cardboard and cut it out a little smaller.
cut a thrift store sweater to cover a wastebasket
Lay your container on a sweater of your choice and cut a piece that is large enough to fit around the container, and that is an inch loner on both the top and bottom of the container. I used the finished bottom sweater edges which made this much easier.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
I did cut a bit of an angle on the sides of the sweater piece since my wastebasket was wider at the top.
use a hot glue gun to make a cozy sweater basket
Turn the sweater piece wrong side out and put it inside the basket and hot glue the finished edge to the inside upper edge of the wastebasket.
hot glue a finished edge
When finished, flip the sweater out side of the basket and to the right side. Hot glue under a "finished edge" on one side of the vertical sweater edges. 
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Glue the unfinished, vertical edge to the basket. Then cover that edge with the glued under finished edge. The pattern on the sweater made it easy to match up as I stretched the sweater some.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Glue the bottom edge to the bottom of the basket in four spots. 
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Cut slits around the circle and glue down the rest of the bottom edge. Again, the pattern helped me to glue evenly. I trimmed off the excess and then cut a circle from the sweater and glued it over the rough edges.
leather punch
Cut two approximately five inch pieces from a leather belt. using a leather punch, or hole punch, or drill, add holes on either end of each belt piece.
add leather belt handles to the basket
Use brads to attach the handles to the basket. These attached easily to my mesh, metal wastebasket. if you are using a plastic wastebasket, you may need to drill small holes in the basket to put the brads through.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
For the lining, I cut a sweater piece the same size at the outside sweater covering. I decided I might want to wear the blue one 😂 so I found another sweater I had from the thrift store, a warm yellowy/gold one. Put it in the basket, right side up and hot glue the finished edge to the inside edge of the basket.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
When the top edge is glue, flip the sweater out and glue a finished edge. I suppose you could do this ahead of time as well, I just didn't.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Glue the vertical edges like you did for the outside sweater covering. It is a bit challenging to glue the inside, just do it in small sections, pressing the sweater into the hot glue. Glue the bottom edges down in a few spots.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Trace the cardboard circle on the inside sweater fabric and cut a circle that is about an inch bigger than the cardboard circle. Cut small snips on the outside edge of the circle. Hot glue it to the cardboard.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Working quickly, put hot glue all over the bottom side of the fabric covered circle and place in the bottom of your basket.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Remove all of the hot glue spider webs (a hair dryer works great for this) and voila, a cozy basket perfect for magazines. books, toys, towels, mittens and hats, or anything else that needs a cute container to hold it.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
There are so many ways to vary this project. I originally was looking for a cream colored, cable knit sweater, but decide this little accessory was a great way to add a touch of pattern to my winter decor. You could use flannel shirts, fleece blankets, etc.
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
Different side and shaped containers would be cute too! Once you make one, you might be hooked--I know I am. So keep your eyes open for great containers at the thrift store to cozy up this winter.

10 comments:

  1. This looks so nice and very custom. Pinned!

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  2. I really love this idea, and may actually attempt to make one. Thank you for the idea and the clear instructions!!

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    1. You are welcome. I am keeping my eyes open for other fun containers to cozy up.

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  3. I'm glad you went with the patterned fabric, it looks terrific! Great tutorial.

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    1. Thanks, I am too. The pattern really helped to line everything up.

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  4. This is just beautiful, Becky! Great project!

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    1. Thank you Linda, it was fun to put together and I do plan on making more!

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