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Woven Hamper

To tailor your whole laundry experience, customize store-bought baskets.

woven laundry hampers

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2020

Introduction

The amount of material you need will depend on the height and circumference of your basket and the pattern you desire, but the measurements should be of a width equal to or less than the width of your basket's openings. 

 

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materials

  • Wire or metal laundry basket with wide openings (Yamazaki Tosca Round Laundry Hamper, $50, containerstore.com; Yamazaki Tosca Rectangular Laundry Basket, $55, burkedecor.com)

  • Sturdy, colorfast material, such as Shaker tape, cotton tape, or felt (Pacific Trimming Cotton Twill Tape, 1 1/2", in 70, $2.50 a yd., pacifictrimming.com; Leatherstripper Pig-Suede Binding, in Pink, $18 for 4 yd., leatherstripper.etsy.com; Leatherstripper Cowhide Leather Binding, in Taupe Climax, $16 for 5 yd., leatherstripper.etsy.com)

  • Fast-drying glue (Beacon Magna-Tac, $14.39, amazon.com)

  • Sewing supplies (optional)

steps

  1. Working horizontally, weave the material between the openings of the basket, working it in and out over the wire frame. If desired, repeat vertically.

  2. Secure the ends of the material to each other with glue or a few stitches. If working vertically, secure the ends to themselves at the inside of the basket with glue or a few stitches.

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