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!
Pinned it! I bought navy blue fabric dye at the beginning of the summer and still haven’t figured out what to dye with it. Now I have. And with inexpensive drop cloth. Its the perfect stiffness. And I love that you can make them any size you want.
Thanks so much Marci! They’re SO customizable and I really love the way the navy dye gives a fake indigo look :)
I LOVE these baskets! Such a great way to store all those products, I need to make some for our washroom.
Yes! They’re prefect to corral all those bottles :) Thanks for the feature Emily.
Thanks for sharing the diy dip dye cloth baskets bathroom organization. It’s really helpful. I really enjoy this idea and apply to my stuff.
Oh my! I love these so much! Too bad I can’t sew : (
They look so gorgeous on your DIY shelves…just love this so much! Had to pin!
I’m so glad we were taught to sew growing up! I’m sure you could find a prefab cloth basket to dip dye! Thanks for the sweet comment Deb :)
Mary-In the boondocks
Hi I really like ths colors of the baskets. And just the way you putthe shelves together. Visiting from Funday Monday.
Thanks so much Mary! I am loving all the open shelving we’re putting together lately :)
The DIY Homegirl
Very cool! I love all the texture you have featured on your shelves as well. Thanks for sharing!
That’s so sweet! I’ve been putting more effort into styling my shelves and not just using them for function, so you’re making my day!
Kristina & Millie
i love tie dye and these baskets are totally fab! such a great idea to use drop cloth! I think I need a half dozen for the grandsons room! the great thing about these drop cloth baskets – dye in any color AND the stiffness allows them to stand up on their own AND you can put just about anything in there!! nice :)
You can totally put anything in them! Now you have me thinking about how useful they’d be in my kids room!
amanda @ on the corner of brodhead.com
waiting for renovations to be done is sooOoO hard, like one of the hardest things in the world! but you’re doin’ good girl! and the baskets are great!!
SOOO hard, right!! Thanks so much Amanda :)
These is so cute! I love them, I’m going to give it a go this weekend. I so glad I saw your post when I linked up with Whimsy Wednesdays 181
Thanks so much Nancy! I’d love to see how it turns out if you do give it a go :)
Falon at A Disney Mom Blog
These came out so well! I love how they look and it seems like they were pretty easy to make.
They were so much easier to make than I expected! Thanks so much for stopping by Falon :)
Love this idea, Colleen! They are so simple but looks so pretty. A gorgeous way to store bits and bobs in style :) The shelves are lovely too ;)
Thanks so much Hannah! They were definitely simple to make, my favourite kind of DIY!
Maria @ Pastels & Macarons
I’m totally copying this! It’s such a great idea and looks so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration! I just purchased your “never run out of ideas again” PDF and videos. Look forward to seeing how effective it is. My problem is I have too many ideas and need to slow down and just take it step by step! Half done jobs everywhere!
Thanks so much Maria! I hope you do (and that you send me photos!). I’m guilty of half done ideas. This one was so quick I was able to start and finish in one day which is what I need to stay on top of things! If you have any questions on the course feel free to shoot me an email :)
Very interesting idea. Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday linkup party. Please join again. Pinned to the group board.
Thanks so much Gail, I appreciate you stopping by :)
Meredith @ The Palette Muse
These are so simple and pretty! I’m working on a drop cloth upholstery project right now, so I know what I’ll be doing with the leftover fabric!
Hi Colleen, Your dip dyed baskets came out great. I’d love to try to make some. I could use a few. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Hope to see you again soon.
Thanks so much Theresa! I know I could use some more… I’m thinking of trying rectangle ones next time :)
These are adorable. I love that you can make whatever color you want. Also can I say that I ALWAYS have a drop cloth at the house to use for projects like this. They are my favorite!!
I just ran out of my drop cloth! I need to go grab another one to have on hand, they’re a fave here too!
LOVE this idea- I can totally see them in orange, yellow and adore the blue denim look!! I bet for those of us who do not sew fabric glue might work??
Those bright colors would look amazing! I am not sure with the round base if fabric glue would hold (especially if you pile them full like I did), but I’m sure there’s variations that would work with no sew!
How cute would these be as baby toy baskets and laundry hampers? Possible? I am not sure of dimensions of drop cloth. Love the concept though! Know what I love the most? The wood shelves and brackets- now I want to make a table like that!! The baskets are the perfect addition- and I especially love that you dyed the rim on one of them!!
You can absolutely get drop cloths big enough to make that happen! For anything bigger, I’d recommend making them twice as thick though :)
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this, Colleen! Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration2. You’re being featured this week. Woo hoo! xo
Thank you so much Kelly! I really appreciate the feature :)
what a fun idea!! pinned!!
Thanks so much! I appreciate it :)
Thanks so much! I’m pretty head over heels with them, I’m dreaming up other places I could use them.
Your talent makes me sin! Covet, covet, covet!!!! But I will try to be happy for you. Happy that God has gifted you so! Your place really is beautiful. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
Haha ahh thank you for the morning smile :)