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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Basket Case

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 15, 2014 2:56:00 PM
baskets 137It’s going to be a long, cold winter. I like to have some new home projects to work on when we’re snowed in or when it’s just too cold to go out.

I decided to add a burst of color to my living room by covering some wicker baskets I bought at Goodwill for less than $2.00 each.

baskets113Choose sturdy baskets in a variety of sizes and shapes. Round and oval are easier to cover. As are baskets without handles. (I removed the handle from the two-tone basket.) 

baskets109Then I shopped for knit shirts and sweaters in coordinating colors and patterns. Start with a large print then find a small pattern and finally something geometric like the stripe.

baskets120 116.fwCut off the bottom half of the shirt right under the sleeves. Then fit each “cover” on a basket with the finished hem edge folded inside at the top of the basket. Cut off any excess fabric from the bottom.

basket trioGlue the bottom first using a hot glue gun. Then do the same at the top. I used large clips to hold the sweater in place. If you have enough fabric to cover the entire basket, cut a circle to fit the inside bottom and glue down before gluing the sides.

baskets134For less than $12, I ended up with a trio of baskets perfect for continuing my mission to get organized this winter. They’re perfect for magazines or newspapers, knitting or craft projects, an afghan or extra pillows, even wood for the fireplace. The possibilities are endless.

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