Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Upcycled Linen Bins

A couple years ago, Target had those linen bins in their dollar section. When they are normally priced at $4.00 a pop, that is a fabulous deal. I picked up a bunch and quickly put them to use around the house. A few years later, this is what they looked like:

First, they are this light tan color and they have numerous stains on them which I have no clue what they were made from. I needed to update them and fast. I need bins in the boy's room to hold Mr I's newly made cloth diapers. Not wanting to buy new ones, I set out to JoAnn's to get some fabric.

I originally was going to sew covers for the bins but after cutting the fabric too small (agh, measure twice cut once) and not wanting to make this project too expensive I dug out my trusty

Mod Podge!

I took off the handles with my seam ripper:

Cut the fabric so it was about 1/2 an inch longer then the sides of the bins and mod podged the fabric on. The beauty about fabric is if you put on just a light layer of mod podge then it won't seep through the fabric and you get a nice clean fabric look. I did opposite sides first and then the front and back. I folded the fabric under only on the sides of the front and back so that there was a clean line. Mod podge is a natural fray check so the I don't have to worry about the fabric fraying. Yay!

Final product:

Nice clean lines and nice new looking bins! The beauty of the project is that it only took like an hour.

Here is the before and after:

Much better looking then the before!

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  1. What a great idea! The bins look fantastic : )

  2. I LOVE this idea! Just a great way to keep those bins out of the trash and give them a fun face lift. (And thanks for stopping by THRIVE)!

  3. Nice work, they look brand new! And I didn't know about Mod Podge being a fray check, now I don't have to buy a separate product, woo hoo!

  4. ooo, i have bins that could use some sprucing up. i always prefer glue to sewing! thanks for the idea!

  5. This is a cute idea, Amy! Love the fabric choice, too.

  6. Excellent idea and very cleverly done! And inexpensive, too, if not downright cheap. Win win!

  7. also, what a great way to match some mismatched bins to fit one space. ill keep this one in mind!

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