I started making these waste baskets several years ago. It’s a great way to use scrap fabrics and leftover trims that are too small for a pillow. People seem to like getting these for a gift, although, I’ve been told the recipients are afraid to use them sometimes for trash in fear of “messing them up”. The inside is painted, so it’s easily wiped out. I have one at my house (now two after this project), and I use it! I believe in using the pretty stuff and not worrying about messing it up.
My half bath was in need of something prettier. On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I bought a $6 raw wood waste basket, primed and lightly sanded the inside, then painted it. No need for outside paint, because it’ll be covered with fabric. I love fabric! When I visit a fabric store, I have to touch each piece of interest. It’s like I see with my hands, y’all. Sounds ridiculous, I know.
I scooped up several scraps from the “craft cave” and headed to the half bath. It’s the only room in my home with wallpaper. I know wallpaper’s been “out” for many years, but when we walked through this house the first time and I saw this wallpaper, I knew it had to stay. I love it! Very Southern, with magnolias and pheasant. HH is a pheasant hunter, and proof sits on top of the gun cabinet – stuffed!
So many choices of fabrics that matched, but in the end, it came down to trim. I have many fringe scraps but most are very small. This takes about a yard for the top portion. The only one-yard tassel fringe scrap in my stash that matched the wallpaper looked best with this brown tone-on-tone diamond fabric.
There’s not much brown in the wallpaper but enough for it to work. The other small trim you need is some sort of small gimp that coordinates. Years ago, I visited a fabric store closing and loaded up on all types of trims and sewing accessories for pennies on the dollar. If you ever get a chance to do that, DO it! Can’t tell you how much I saved, and I’ve used almost all of it. This little spool is one of two I have remaining in the craft cave, and it’s a neutral – very versatile.
Here’s how you cover your waste basket. First thing, plug in your glue gun to get it ready. Lay your fabric on a flat surface, down or up – doesn’t matter, and trace around waste basket side with a marker.
Cut out your traced piece, and then use that piece as a pattern to cut out all the others (3, of course).
When all pieces are cut, turn the first piece face down and spray with craft adhesive. (I used a piece of cardboard as a work space, ’cause that adhesive will make the areas around your fabric sticky.) Lift the sprayed fabric piece onto one waste basket side and carefully position it evenly. It’s easy to lift and reposition if necessary, but not too many times.
Repeat for each side until finished. Trim off any portions sticking out from an edge. No worry about little uncovered areas around edges, because you’ll cover it with trim.
Begin “trimming” by hot gluing the small gimp along the side edges. Next step is to glue gimp around the bottom. This time I glued mine up about 1/2″ from the bottom. Just for something different this time. See? Just have fun with it – try new things – that’s what crafting is all about, right?
Glue the trim around the top ledge of the waste basket, but not on the outer side of the box. Gives it a more finished look, to cover than little rim, y’all.
Final step is to hot glue your fancy trim around the top edge all the way around, letting the top of the trim lay beside your gimp around that edge. See?
To finish the fringe end, glue about 1/4″ under, then glue over your starting point to cover that up. No strings hanging, hot glue is king!
I snapped a quick picture of my waste basket I covered about ten years ago. I love toile – so timeless, y’all. It’s held up pretty well!
When you make one of these, it’ll lift your spirits every time you use it. It’s whimsical and fun. So, don’t be afraid of messing it up! Like I’ve told those who’ve received these as gifts from me in the past, “Using it is enjoying it, and I love for my gifts to be enjoyed.” It’s a compliment to the creator and giver, y’all!
Just like with God. He blesses us with His best gifts, whether they be simply for pleasure or for using, such as a talent he’s given us. We thank Him for all His awesome gifts, of course. And the real compliment to Him is to use them for His glory. He amazes me every day! How about you?