Tutorial ~ Hanging Fabric Baskets Or Pockets

by Destri on March 16, 2010

Hanging fabric baskets or pockets tutorial

I know I say this every time, but I am so excited about this project! The possibilities are endless! And they are so easy – I am going to have baskets hanging all around my house in a weeks time.  I am using these above my sewing desk to hold all my notions and patterns.  First I will show you how to make them, then I will tell you all the ways I think you could use them…then you can tell me all the ways I never thought of!
Hanging Fabric Basket Tutorial
Here is the tutorial for making larger baskets with plexiglass in the bottom for great wall storage.  See told you, any size!

Hanging Baskets Or Pockets

Supplies:

  • Fabric – how much you need depends on how big and how many you make, we’ll go over this
  • Heavy weight interface lining – you want it stiff enough to hold its shape
  • All your sewing stuff
  • Curtain rod or wooden dowel with brackets to hang it on

Cutting out fabric:

To make one basket you need two pieces identical in size.  Example: if you want to end up with around a 4 inch cube like basket, your fabric piece would need to be 13 inches long to account for the for the front, bottom, and back with a fold on top; the width would need to be 8 ½ inches to account for the sides, front and seam.  After you make one it will be really easy to determine your cuts but I will give you my measurements that I used for mine as a guide:

  • Large pocket: 12 inches wide and 20 inches long.
  • Smaller basket: 8 inches wide and 14 inches long, one only 12 inches long.
  • Smallest basket: 7 inches wide and 12 inches long.
  • Scrap pieces for the part you will use to hang them from, we’ll talk about these later

So you have two pieces of fabric the same size right?  Now you need to cut the interfacing the same size for both pieces and iron those on according to the instructions.

What I did to make it easy on myself was iron all my pieces onto one big piece of pellon and then cut it out.

Now you should have two pieces the same size with interfacing ironed on.

Fold in half right sides together, and sew up the sides with a ¼ inch seam like shown.

Now stand that piece up and fold down the corner like shown and mark where you will sew.  How far you go in depends on how wide you want the bottom of your basket to be.  I wanted mine all uniform so I measured in 1½ inches on all four of mine.  Hint: line up your seam with the bottom fold on the inside to make sure you have it square.

Now sew the corners shut like shown.  Do not cut off, they will stiffen up the bottom for you.  Make sure to back-stitch!  Repeat these steps on the other piece of fabric.

Now turn the piece that you intend on having on the outside right side out (you can press the seams if you want), and leave the other right side in.  Place the inside piece into the outer shell, line up the seams and fold those corners under so they sit on the bottom.  Then fold the top of the outer piece in about a ½ inch, and fold the inside piece out about ¾ of an inch just so the folds overlap at least a ¼ inch.

It should look like this.  Oh it’s already looking cute!  And your almost done.  So easy huh?

Now we will make our little hanging piece.  You can eyeball this part, just keep in mind you want it about the same length as the bottom of the basket and three inches long, this will make the top square up.  I did iron on some interfacing, but you wouldn’t have to.  Sew the sides like shown to make a clean edge.

Then fold in half and put in between your inner and outer pieces.

Make sure about an inch is left out as shown and then pin in place.

Now sew all three together!  Just sew right along the top of the outer piece making sure to catch the hanging piece.

Your done!  Isn’t it cute, and easy?!  Now just hang them!

A few notes on the rod you use:  I tried to use a fancier rod like this but the brackets for it were a little too far from the wall…

So I went with one that hung closer like this.  You could easily buy these brackets (they have them for separate purchase buy the curtain rods) and a small wooden dowel to use for just hanging one basket rather then multiple ones.

Now, all the ways you could use these:

  1. You could make a bunch of smaller ones and hang above a changing table in a baby’s room for a pop of color, and storage.
  2. You could make a few of pockets like my big one and hang them individually one above the other for kids’ books in the play room, just use the wooden dowels like I talked about.
  3. You could make one pocket and hang by a chair for your magazines
  4. You could make some to hang by the door for “mail in” and “mail out” or with your kids names on them for paper work.

Seriously, the possibilities are endless…anywhere you are looking for a softer look rather than a wooden shelf.  Perfect for adding color and texture to a room don’t you think?

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments, and don’t be afraid to do these!  I made all of these in two hours, and most of that was ironing.

Where would you use these?

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Roxie November 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I would use them in the bathroom for handtowels etc. They could also hold a blow dryer and curling iron. The uses are endless!!!

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Colleen November 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

These are just too cute and just what I have been looking for, for my sewing room. I can hardly wait until my Christmas sewing is done so I can sew some up for me!! Thank you so much for the ideas and tutitoral!

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Destri January 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

You’re welcome!

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carla November 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

i plan to make some of these for my daughter’s locker at school. i’ll use a mini tension rod inside the door or along the back so that she can store pencils, gum, etc. what a fantastic tutorial! i can’t wait to make them.

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Destri January 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

Carla, I would love to know how these turned out! Could you send me pictures of them in use? I am intrigued with your idea!

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Sarah December 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thank you! Sometimes I go shopping for small items with my daughter in her stroller. I HATE putting the things I’m shopping for in the basket under the stroller, b/c it looks like I’m trying to steal them. I’m going to make this, with a bit of a variation (velcro on the handle so it velcros over the bar) and use it as a stroller shopping bag! I had the idea but had no idea where to start, and then I saw this! Thanks again! :)

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Destri December 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

Sarah, you are a genius! I have the same problem. We just moved to a place where the grocery store is within walking distance and I too take the stroller to put things in. I swear they think I am stealing stuff! You’re idea is the perfect solution! Take some pics and I will get pics of mine so I can post it :)

Thanks again!

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Sarah December 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Glad I could help! As soon as I get it made, I’ll take some pics and share them with you! :)

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Karen December 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

How cute! I am a Kindergarten teacher and plan to make several to use in the classroom. These will be great for learning center supplies.

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Patti December 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

What a great idea. So easy to make. Thank you for posting.

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Donna December 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

Adorable!! Going to make these. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Lesley December 31, 2011 at 4:22 am

These are fab.
We’ve turned one full wall in the boys new bedroom into a blackboard and these will be perfect to put the chalk/ duster etc in. I’m going to experiment with them and hang them vertically from hooks on a piece of timber up the side of the wall. (it’s not easy to translate the pictures in my head into words :-)
Thank you for the tutorial

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doro K. January 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

they look fantastic. it’s a really great idea and tutorial!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.

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Destri January 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Thanks you so much!

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coleen February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’m thinking in my laundry room for the “things” that collect on my dryer. Plus this is where we sort mail when we come in so one pocket for that would be nice too. Might even be good to hang on the wall under the coat hooks to put the kids hats and gloves. I’m even thinking mini ones and glue a heavy duty magnet to the back for the fridge to save my BTFE. Or one for the bathroom too.

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Destri February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

All great ideas – you’ll send me pictures right?!

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devonlynne March 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Exactly what I was looking for! I want to figure out a way to hang one from the side of my sewing desk for scrap fabric and thread, instead of reaching for the garbage can.

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Destri March 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

Oh that’s a great idea! Just use those little cafe rod brackets and then a little wooden dowel, that should work. I would love to see pictures!

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Holly March 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’m planning on making them to hang on the wall next to my daughter’s top bunk of her bunk bed. That way her things (books, games, etc) will be easy to get to from up high.

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Susan March 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hi: I made three of these bins tonight. Thanks for the easy, fun project. They look great! I found you on Pinterest.

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Destri March 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

Great! Thanks so much for letting me know, makes my day!

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Cindy March 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Just finished the hanging baskets, they were a little hard to get interfacing on right I used a heavy Duck cloth is use for purses, looks great, I love them think they would be super for a nursery above changing table, also made fat quater dress, turned out real cute, about to make one with tie but on the side . Thanks your stuff is really good
Cindy

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Destri April 11, 2012 at 7:07 am

Thanks Cindy! And yes, I think they would be perfect above a changing table.

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Julie Johnston April 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi! My aunt sent me the link to your site last night and I am o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with it! I want to make all of your sewing and DIY projects! I’ve passed your link on to all of my friends! I am about to make several of these baskets to hang in our kiddos bathroom. We adopted boy/girl twins last year, and I have been trying to fingure out where to keep the stash of AA hair supplies I am trying out on them:) These baskets will be perfect! I homeschool our 5 kiddos, and i think I will also make a few to tie on the backs of their chairs to keep their school supplies in. Thanks so much!

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Destri April 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

OH that is a great idea! I would love to see pictures if you get a chance to make them!

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Emily April 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

These are so cute! I might make this a summer project for my apartment on campus next year! Do you think it would work if I made hooks to hang them on Command Strips?

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Destri April 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

Yes! I have had a lot of readers take tat route. Just make the sleeve smaller for hanging, you could even use cord or ribbon!

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Calgary Lawn Care April 20, 2012 at 11:15 am

This’ll be great for a summer’s day project! Thank you!

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Amy Mitchell May 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

These are what I’ve been looking for to use on my son’s loft bed railing. I will just have to change the loop so it’s fastened with velcro or buttons so I can mount it on the railing. Thanks! :)

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Shaylin Etters June 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’ve been so excited to try this project for toy storage in my son’s room and bathroom storage above my bathroom sink! I’m having a little trouble though. When I try to sew with the interface lining on, it gets all bunched up around my needle and the interfacing doesn’t glide nicely across my machine. Do you have any suggestions?

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Destri June 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hi Shaylin,

Let’s see…have you ironed on the interfacing? I have never had that problem before, but maybe drop the feed dog? Can you tell me what brand of interfacing you have?

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Shaylin June 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!! I used heatnbond ultra hold. I bought it at WalMart, but I believe this is the same thing from Amazon. Do you think I bought the wrong product?

http://www.amazon.com/Thermoweb-17-Inch-5-Yard-Iron-On-Adhesive/dp/B000XAMYXI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340400373&sr=8-2&keywords=heatnbond+ultra+hold

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Destri June 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I think you might be trying to use a product that is for applique – it should say interfacing on the cover like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Thermoweb-Medium-Iron-On-Fusible-Interfacing-White/dp/B001C205PA/ref=pd_sim_ac_4
So it only has adhesive on one side, does it seem like it has adhesive on both sides? If so, you can just iron scrap fabric to the other side and then use the fusible interfacing on the lining. That way you don’t lose the fabric. Does that make sense? Let me know!
They even have it on the bolt at Walmart and it is a little cheaper that way.

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Jenny July 9, 2012 at 6:26 am

These are great, I have some fabric that matches my son’s bedroom but didn’t know what to make, these would be perfect!

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Christinat_26 July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’ve been looking for a summer sewing project to use up the various material I have laying around. THIS is going to be it!!! I’m so excited! I plan to make hang them in my classroom for various supplies!!! I know all the other teachers in my hall will be so jealous!!

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Destri August 13, 2012 at 5:09 am

Would love to know how it went!

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mary castillo July 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Hola:
¡me encanta esta idea, está genial!, hace unos momentos me acabo de inscribir, y lo que he estado observando, me ha gustado, gracias por compartir, que Dios te siga bendiciendo y te dé más ideas, bendiciones, un fuerte abrazo.

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Saree August 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Do you think it would be possible to make them in such a way that the basket opening is facing out rather than up? So it is kind of like a cubby instead of a basket? I hope that makes sense!

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admin August 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

You could, but you would have to make sure the bar that hangs from the wall stands out far enough from the wall to allow for the cubby. I don’t think you could go too big before you lost support on the sides that become the bottom too. If you give it a go let me know how it goes!

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Kesha C. August 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Ahh! Great tutorial! I love crafty people :)
Doing this in my kid’s room – Stat!

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Fanya September 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Love this! I have been looking at tutorials for fabric baskets, but I definitely like yours the best of what I have seen, and your instructions are excellent! Thanks!

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lisa September 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Thank-you for sharing your work and excellent tutorial. I know someone who needs to see this. I’m going to look for you on Pintrest now.

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Ryan September 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

These are a great idea! Any thoughts on how I could mount on these to the side of a basic changing table? I would love an attractive solution for keeping wipes, lotion, powder close by during changes. Thanks!

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surewill March 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

If you used a couple of those “s” shaped hooks for over a door to hang clothes on you could use a dowel cut to length you need and slip it through the rod pocket. Slide a wooden bead onto each end of the rod to finish the look!

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Kristen October 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for the fast and easy tutorial. I made a wide, shallow basket and cut a hole in one end. Inside the basket is a 3 outlet surge protector (the cord and plug go out the hole) and cell phone chargers are plugged in; and it’s a gathering spot for camera charger, headphones, misc. cable, etc. Goodbye electronics clutter! thank you!

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Destri August 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Oh Kristen, you’re a genius!

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Carrie October 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I love the pattern and will use it to make as containers for Christmas gifts and then the loved one can repurpose them in their home. All you need to do is put some tissue or crinkled brown paper inside to hide the gift. I read where a woman was cutting up and using political signs in the bottom of the bags for support. A great way to recycle. I also will make some for closet items like belts, lint brush, scarves and all the small things that clutter the closet. Instead of the rod make a material strap from webbing or chain and that can hang off of a hook. :)

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Kathryn December 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

Great idea, I think I will put grommets in the part for hanging and use the command strip hooks to hang them from.

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Destri January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

That is a great idea Kathryn! Let me know how they turn out :)

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Kathrine December 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I was wondering why you used to pieces of fabric. Does it make it stiffer? or just for the pop of color?

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Destri December 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi Katherine,

I used two for those reasons you listed, and so that you have a place to tuck the sleeve and sew for hanging. That, and it gives the baskets an overall nicer look with no exposed seams. I have made bags with just the craft bond, and one layer of fabric and then adding the handle for trick or treat bags. Really it just comes down to what you are using them for!

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Nicole January 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I am going to be making some of these to go in our tiny entryway to hold and organize hats, mittens, etc. One for each person. If I make them 4 inches wide they will fit perfectly beind the door. Thanks!

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Tonya February 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

I’ve been saving this tutorial for a long time and finally have a reason to use it…
Our kitchen counter is a cluttered mess of cell phones, chargers, handheld game systems, baby binkies…basically the catch-all area. I think this will be the perfect way to de-clutter the mess and free up my counter again! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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Joyce March 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

“sewinspiredbybonnie” Bonnie Welsh provided the link to your site. These hanging fabric baskets on a narrow curtain rod are just the thing to help me organize hubby! When ever he leaves the house, I need to go through a list of “Do You Have’s” – keys, glasses, coupons, wallet, coffee, cell phone, etc ! I can not convince him to use a “male bag” to keep all his traveling items in. I plan to make several of these bags using the fabric from his favorite NFL team (RAVEN’S) and label each one with a tag from Bonnie’s site for the approprite item in the fabric basket. Then when he leaves the house I won’t have the responsibility of his not taking everything – he can just load up his jacket pockets right from his NFL fabric pockets ! Oh, just can’t wait to create this great hubby organizer ! thank’s so much for the great project. js

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marjean July 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

I wonder if I can make this in one long pocket, the length of the rod, then sew sections for each individual pocket. I am also thinking of slots on the front for baby wipes and tissues to exit. Do you think I need to stabilize with some sort of wall attachment on the bottom in order to pull out these tissues etc?

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Destri August 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I think that sounds great! And yes, I think you would want to secure it on the back to the wall.

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Bailey July 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

Hi! I featured you on my hanging baskets/bags tutorials post, and used your tutorial to make my own! Truly great.

http://baileymarieandme.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/hanging-fabric-basketbags-tutorials-pt-1/

Craft love, keep it up!
Bailey

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Destri August 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

Thank you so much Bailey!

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Osheta Moore July 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

This is such a great storage solution. But, I don’t know how to sew at all and therefore don’t own a sewing machine…could a fusiable bonding web, like stitch witchery?

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Destri August 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Oh Osheta, you’re a girl after my heart – that is how I started to “sew”! I actually made curtains and bedding with stitch witchery :).

I would say yes, but it will take some time and patience I am sure. The only area that I see you having trouble with are the corners, and the tops seem- but if you alter and get creative it could definitely be done.

Let me know how it goes!

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Tammy August 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

This is one of the best ideas ever! I am making some for my children’s rooms. Who can’t always use some orginization helpers. This will be great for gifts also. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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Comet August 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks!!!!—I have been looking for some design that would work on the front “bar” of my walker but not look so—um—geriatric! I can see using some grommets and also making either a flap to close them with some velcro or a zipper or a magnet—that way I could take them on and off as needed,.

Also for the KITCHEN!!!! The uses are ENDLESS!

I also saw a pre-made and VERY expensive leather version of these that use a metal piece bent over the back part to hang them from motorcycle saddle bags for your small items—I could not visualize how to do them and at several HUNDRED bucks for a set–not happening in my world–til NOW!

Love love love!!!!

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jean September 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Uses for baskets: makeup, grooming aids, wash cloths, first aid items, line properly for curling iron, reusable plastic bags, snack items, extra oral hygiene products, socks, diapers, baby products, magazines, homework items, foil and plastic wrap or bags, unlimited uses

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Lydia November 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thanks for the tutorial ! Can’t wait to try one of them (for laundry bags !)

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