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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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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Cute clothespin bag

Being such a busy person, I am always looking for waysclothespin_bag to make daily household chores easier. Hanging my laundry is definitely on this list. I used to carry my clothespins around in a basket (quite unpractical…) but then I discovered an enormous variety of clothespin bag tutorials on Pinterest. Of course, I had to make my own!

I am not going to write an entire tutorial on this, because there are already so many good ones available on the internet – see which one works best for you. But I think it is nice to use different patterns on the inside and outside, and use a contrasting border for an extra splash of colour. I chose Melrose summer cool on the outside and Lollipop sunshine on the inside, combined with a bright orange border.

Oilcloth is such a thankful material for this kind of project. Since it’s water resistant, you can keep your bag outside with your clothes line at all times. Although I am already drying most of my laundry inside, Belgian weather… 😉

Have fun!

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Smart storage

I certainly mentioned it already on this blog: I am not newspaper_rackthe most organized person. I have so much stuff lying around all the time, that it is sometimes hard to find something when I need it. Especially old newspapers and magazines (which to me are like inspiration) tend to pile up until the mess gets so out of control that I have to throw everything out.

To prevent this from happening in the future, I decided to make a new rack that’s big enough for everything I am working on at the moment. And the best thing: it is made out of oilcloth AND adhesive foil!

What you need

  • oilcloth, of course (I used Small Big Flower aloe vera for the outside, and Small Big Flower jamaica for the inner lining)
  • cotton border in a corresponding colour
  • piece of cardboard
  • scraps of timber
  • Cabane Playa adhesive foil
  • sewing machine
  • handsaw
  • hammer & nails

What to donewpaper_rack2

  • Sew a rectangular “bag” out of the oilcloth. To make sure it will be firm enough to hold the weight of the dozens of magazines you are going to put in, I advise you to sew a double layer – plus, having the ability to use 2 different designs is always more fun :-). I also sewed a piece of thick cardboard in the bottom, to make sure the bag will hold its shape.
  • Your bag should have two openings at the top, wide enough for your timber (as seen in the picture to the right).
  • Saw 6 pieces of timber. 2 should be a bit longer than the width of the bag part you just made, the other 4 have to be just over the height of it. Not the clearest explanation, but the photos speak for themselves.
  • Cover the pieces of timber in adhesive foil. This gives you the look of old, worn wood, without it being actually old and almost falling apart!
  • Dig up your best carpenting skills and assemble the rack.
  • Be proud of the fact that you have just proven that you are not only good at sewing, but also at using saw and hammer ;-).

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Pretty & Perfect Toilet Paper

pretty_perfect_toilet_paper_lolaToilet paper is easy to stash away in that little room we visit every once in a while. What I love to do there too is read the magazines I have lying around everywhere. And that’s when a little problem occurred: there was no way I could fit ánd the toiletpaper ánd the magazines perfectly in a functional organizer. If you suffer from the same problem , don’t panic! I’ll show you step by step how to solve it yourself.

What you need for your toilet paper storage:

  • 0.5 m of lola tablecloth (example: lola boogy stone LAL01319)
  • 4 m of cotton border in a corresponding color
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Pattern:

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What to do:

  • Cut out of your lola tablecloth two rectangles (15 cm x 65 cm + 15 cm x 125 cm).
  • Fold your cotton border in half, slide it over the sides of your tablecloth and sew over it.
  • Put the two pieces on top of each other with the largest piece on top of the smallest one, the two prints facing upwards.
  • Cut out a piece of cardboard (4 cm x 14 cm) and slide it in between the two layers at the upper part.
  • Sew along the cardboard so it gets stuck, this is to make sure your storage hangs straight against the wall.
  • Sew horizontally over your tablecloth after every 15 cm for the small piece and 30 cm for the bigger piece (see pattern).
  • Make a string out of your cotton border (24 cm) and attach the ends to the upper corners of your storage.
  • Now fill it up with your softest toilet paper and your best magazines, you will not want to leave your toilet anymore!!! 😀

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Cheap & chic storage

Last week I showed you how to make an original organizer out of your favorite tablecloth.
Today, I want to give you another cool storage idea, to stack even more stuff. And what’s best… you don’t need a sewing machine for this one! 🙂

What you need:

  • Some wooden boxes boxes-cardboardboxes-cardboard2
    (I just asked my local supermarket for some empty wine boxes… Cheap solution!)
  • Cardboard
  • lola tablecloth (maybe you can use the leftovers from your previous projects? 😉 ) or adhesive foil
  • Glue or stapler
  • Utility knife and/or scissors

What to do:

  • Cut the cardboard into rectangular pieces that fit into the boxes.
  • Do the same with your favorite tablecloth(s) and/or creative foil.
  • Glue the pieces of tablecloth onto the cardboard, or attach them with a stapler.
  • Shove the cardboard/tablecloth panels into the boxes.
  • Arrange the boxes to your own taste, put them against an empty wall and start stacking!

I am a big fan of this storage solution, because it allows you to change the designs along with your mood, the seasons, etc.

For the pictures in this blog post, I used some designs from the lola limited winter collection. Just perfect to beat the cold and rainy days we will be facing over the next few months!

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