Friday, 6 September 2013

... and a Knitting Basket Makeover!

I found a great basket during one of my many occasional charity shop visits and have been using it to store my knitting supplies! Although it's very functional, it's not that pretty... so time for a makeover!


The inside of the basket is a bit 'scratchy' so to make a lining I cut two rectangles each of 50 x 40cm from my fabric (taken from old pyjamas!). As it will be the inside of the basket on view, I made a sort of inside out drawstring bag, by folding over and sewing the top to make a large hem (3 cm).
I then sewed the two pieces (right sides together) along the bottom and up either side. The top is designed to fold over the top of the basket, so I stopped sewing at the bottom of the hem. [My Pincushion Boat is being put to good use too!]
Next I threaded some green and yellow wool through the hem and tied by each of the basket handles.
To add a bit more decoration, I wove the same wool around the centre and on the top of the handle.
So I still have a handy knitting basket... but now it is a little bit more colourful!!
Also as an added bonus, you can take the lining out of the basket, turn it inside out it becomes a drawstring bag for on the move!
I've also realised that considering that I don't knit that often I've got plenty of wool.... so it's a good job I've got by Denim Knitting Bag as well!! What do you use to store your knitting supplies?


18 comments:

  1. I love that it turns into a drawstring bag. That's really smart and I LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks Allison! Having it as a bag as well def comes in handy for when you're out & about! x

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  2. This knitting basket turned out great! And it's so versatile. Very well done!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Pat! x

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  3. Great idea! I keep my yarn in tote bags and baskets! Love your blog I'm visiting from Handmade Tuesdays Ladybug Blessing Link-up!

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    1. Thanks & welcome Ann! Glad that you enjoyed our blog :) x

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  4. LOVE the basket and that you can take the lining out to use for a drawstring bag.
    Thanks for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a wonderful day!

    Katie

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    1. Thanks Katie, glad you liked it :) Have a wonderful day too! x

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  5. I love using baskets for my yarn but have out grown two of them, I now use a square canvas storage basket. It doesn't look as cute as a wicker basket but its working great! Thanks for sharing this cute basket updo!! Come visit me sometime. www.lifeawayfromtheofficechair.blogspot.com. Oh and when I saw the title of your blog, I thought we may be kin. LOL. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Baskets are great for storing yarn aren't they... I'm sure your canvas one is just as cute!! x

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  6. What a clever idea having the inner bag separate, looks good and it's doubly useful!

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    1. Thanks Heather, it saves me having to make another bag too!! x

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  7. YOu have done a great job here. The basket makeover came out very nice and I love your tutorial.
    frances shea

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    I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/09/clever-chicks-blog-hop-51-with-egg.html



    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial! x

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