Bathroom baskets

My bathroom storage is above the toilet, every time I need something out of it, I am afraid something will fall. Right. Into. The. Toilet. So far, it didn’t happen (bless me!) but to prevent this, I made a few baskets from Lola oilcloth.

Before

Lola basket

After

One year ago I already posted how to make storage bins. Nonetheless, I will repeat the different steps for you.

  • Determine what size you want your basket to be. Add 0,50 cm on each side for the seam. Draw a square on your oilcloth in the required dimensions. This will be the bottom.
  • Next, you need to draw four extra squares to the sides of the bottom square, like in this template. You end up with a cross-like shape that you have to cut out.
  • Sew the sides of the outer squares together, printed sides facing, so that your bin begins to take its shape. This will be the inner layer of the basket.
  • Repeat these steps to create a second layer. Here too, you sew printed sides facing. When stiched, turn the right side out. This will be the outer layer of the bin.
  • Put the inner layer into the outer layer. You can add a square piece of cardboard to the bottom for extra firmness.
  • Sew the two layers together with a matching piece of cotton border or ribbon.
  • As extra you can fold over the edge so that the design on the inside also shows on the outside.
  • Ready!

 

 

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Bread Basket in Lola oilcloth

lola oilcloth bread basket

I like hosting dinner parties, and I have one at least every week. What I love to do on those evenings, is to make homemade meals ans present them in an original way. That’s why I have a bunch of big plates and wooden boards to put everything on. In addition, I made this cute bread basket in oilcloth. It’s double sided with the Baltic Sea Cruise limited collection from Lola. Easily made into different shapes and so easy to just wipe and clean. Since you can fold it, it takes up less space in your cabinets, so more stuff to have! WIN-WIN 🙂

lola oilcloth bread basket

DIY storage bins

These storage bins appear to be trending in sewing land latelyimage1b, so it was only a matter of time until I would make my own out of oilcloth. Here they are!

What to do

  • Determine what size you want your bins to be and draw a square on your oilcloth in the required dimensions.
  • Next, you will want to attach an extra square to the sides of your first square, like in this template. You end up with a cross-like shape that you have to cut out.
  • Sew the sides of the outer squares together, so that your bin begins to take its shape.
  • Repeat these steps to create a second bin, but be aware of the fact that you have to sew one with the printed side facing inwards, and the other with the printed side outwards. This way, you are creating the outer and inner layer of the bin.
  • Put the inner layer into the outer layer. You can add a square piece of cardboard to the bottom for extra firmness, if you want.
  • Sew the two layers together with a matching piece of cotton border or ribbon.
  • Fold over the edge so that the design on the inside also shows on the outside.
  • You’re ready!

One of my friends, mom of two littles ones with a looooooot of toys, clothes etc., was happy to adopt these bins for extra storage. Is this something you would try at home? 🙂

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lola bike basket

lola oilcloth bike basket

take me for a ride

“Yes, thank you, more please!” That’s exactly the feeling I have since spring started. No more excuses for not going on a run in the evening, for not taking the bike to work, or not taking a stroll through my local farmer’s market. I decided to make my bike a little bit more user-friendly and found an old basket in the garage. Ofcourse I had to pimp it with some oilcloth.

 

 

What you need:

  • some lola oilcloth that matches your bike (I used small big flower aloë vera)
  • some cotton border
  • a sewing wachine
  • a fun basket that fits your handlebar

lola oilcloth bike basket

What to do:

  • Take the inner measures from your basket (or some more if you want it to show on the outside too, like mine) and  cut it out of the oilcloth.
  • Sew the bottom to the sides and place it inside of your basket.
  • Make some notes on the back of the oilcloth where you need to leave some space for the handles.
  • Finish everything with cotton border.

 

You now have created the most funky bike basket entirely out of oilcloth. The other bikers will be jealous, you can count on it! If you can’t decide which design would be best for your bike, visit my website for some more inspiration.

see you next week!

see you next week!

Organised desk chaos

I admit: every once in a while, my desk looks like a war zone. The “clean desk principle” is not really my cup of tea… To organise my stuff a bit, I came up with this easy tablecloth basket that will make the messiest desk look pretty 😉

What you needbasket_1

  •   1 m² of lola tablecloth (example: New Wave gum – LAL…295)
  •   1/2 m² of cardboard
  •   3 m of cotton border (1.5 cm wide)
  •   sewing machine

Pattern

What to do

  • Cut 2 rounded squares (37 x 37 cm) out of your lola tablecloth.
  • Cut 1 square (20 x 20 cm) and 4 rectangles (8.5 x 20 cm) out of the piece of cardboard.
  • Put the two pieces of tablecloth back to back and sew the upper and left line across the tablecloth (see pattern).
  • Insert the square piece of cardboard in the middle and sew along the other two sides of the square. That way, the piece of cardboard is stuck in the middle.
  • Take the other 4 pieces of cardboard and put them in between the two layers of tablecloth, according to the pattern.basket_2
  • Cut 8 pieces (25 cm) from your roll of cotton border. Fold your border in half over the length. Sew over the sides of your fold so you get 8 strings. Keep them ready for the next step.
  • Take the rest of your cotton border, fold it in half and slide it over the sides of the basket. Start making the border by sewing over it. Keep in mind to attach the 8 strings as shown in the pattern. The prettiest way to do this is to slide them under the border before sewing over the edge.
  • Enjoy your new basket and clutter up!

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