So yesterday I was super lame and posted a selfie of myself in my bathroom with my new shelves… because I love them! But lame… because it’s a selfie in a bathroom, really I know better! Since we completed ‘Phase 1’ of our bathroom renovation, I’ve been wanting to add shelves over our toilet. When we do phase 2, we’ll be replacing the toilet with a slimmer one, and replacing flooring with tile so at the same time we’ll build in cabinets and shelving behind/above the toilet. But waiting is haaard you guys. So this solution cost us only a few dollars and makes me so happy in the meantime.
Today I’m going to share the DIY for these dip dyed cloth baskets, but first can we talk about the shelves? We used wood that we’d originally bought and stained for our kitchen open shelving, but decided it was too thin. So that was sitting in our basement waiting to be used up. Then, we sprayed Ikea brakets (Only $2.50 a piece!) an oiled bronze colour (and yes, we know they’re all chippy and we’re okay with that ;). The cloth baskets were made using one of my favourite materials to work with- drop cloth! That I had leftover from previous projects, and the dye was left from my last dip dye project. So really… all this cost me a bit of time and $15 in brackets. Not bad, eh?
Alright, so to make your own dip dyed cloth baskets, you’ll need:
- Drop Cloth
- Circle for tracing and Scissors for cutting
- Sewing machine with white thread
- Dye in your choice of colour (I used navy dye from the dollar store!)
So I totally followed this awesome tutorial from The Lovely Drawer to sew the baskets, so if you’d like more detailed instructions- you can hop over there. but I changed it up and used drop cloth, because well, I’m in love with them. And I dipped them because I just can’t help myself.
Start by deciding how big you would like your baskets to be. I wanted mine to be less than 12″ which is how deep my shelves are. I cut a 12″ diameter circle and the seam allowance brought them down to about 10 and a half. Then, cut out rectangles, as tall as you would like your baskets, plus some for rolling and seam allowance and as long as you need to wrap around the base of your basket. Then, sew the long edge of the rectangle to the circle. That’s seriously it… then turn it right side and roll down the top to avoid hemming the edge. Now you have a basket!
Next is dying… mix up your dye in a container wide enough to dip your baskets in. Dip them in and if you choose, squish them down a bit to get an uneven transition/edge. Remember that the dye lightens a bit as it dries, and even more if you wash them with detergent before using. Let them dry on a protected surface before using them.
There you have it! An afternoon project that will make you feel a million times happier about your bathroom storage, I tell ya! All those bottles and containers never looked so tidy. And I’m thrilled that it only took one basket to fit all my nail polish supplies in. I’m a bit of a polish collector considering I hardly ever do my nails!
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