Knock-Off William Sonoma Gardening Basket
I'm not sure how many of y'all are ready for spring but I'm BEYOND ready for it! I feel like every time I hear a bird chirp, I'm going to look outside and it's going to be summer and 75 degress. Unfortunately, I live in NY so when I currently look outside, all I see is snow. It can't keep me from hoping and wishing though! I was browsing online for kitchen items (for when our reno is finished) and came across a super cute gardening basket from William Sonoma. So I decided to try and create a version for myself without paying top dollar. Once springtime arrives, I will be armed and ready for gardening. Even though I'm not a sewer, I was pretty happy with how this little project came out.
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-Ashland wicker basket (Don't trip out! I promise I didn't pay $20 for this basket--it was on sale for 40% off at Michaels but I think the cashier actually took 60% off because it was only about $8 at checkout.)
-Everbilt 6'x9' canvas dropcloth (I purchased the cheapest/smallest one I could find at Home Depot because I knew I wasn't going to need a lot of it.)
-Hi-Temp mini hot glue gun
-hot glue sticks
-Heavy Duty Stitch Witchery
-Celebrate It Aria 2-1/2"x3 yd. Vintage Blush Rose Antique wired ribbon
-fabric measuring tape
Check out all the different types of pretty ribbon at Michaels.
STEP 1: Measure basket
First, I used my fabric measuring tape to measure the circumference of my wicker basket. I made sure to add 1/2-1" to my measurement to ensure I would have enough drop cloth to cover the entire basket. Make sure to measure the height of the basket itself as well.
STEP 2: Measure drop cloth
Next, I used the measurements from my basket to measure out how much drop cloth I would need and cut the cloth.
STEP 3: Create hems
I know technically a hem is created by sewing an edge but I'm going to use the term for what I did as well. I cut my drop cloth so that the top hem would already be present, however, the bottom of the area I cut was a rough edge so I created a hem by folding over the rough edge...
...then I ironed the edge down so that it would stay still. After that, I inserted a piece of Stitch Witchery in the fold and ironed it again so that the fold adhered to itself.
STEP 4: Create two sides and pockets
Because my basket was tapered, the drop cloth piece (I'll call it the "basket cover") wanted to pucker at the bottom so I decided to fold the entire piece in half and cut it to create two separate pieces.
Then, I created two pockets for each side using the same technique as STEP 3.
To adhere the pockets to the basket cover, I used Stitch Witchery and ironed the pocket to the cover. To reinforce any areas that didn't want to hold well (such as the thick corners of the top hem), I used a little hot glue. *Note: if you're like me and are not a sewer, you can bypass Stitch Witchery altogether and solely use hot glue.
STEP 5: Add ribbon
This step was a last minute add in for me. I was trying to come up with a unique way to add the pretty ribbon I purchased so I decided to try and use a hole punch and surprisingly, I think it worked! I punched two holes on either end of my basket covers (remember, I split it in half).
Then, I cut two strips of ribbon and cut those two strips in half to create smaller pieces of ribbon. I fed the ribbon through the holes, connecting the two pieces of basket cover together and tying all four ribbons in knots.
You can check out all the different types of pretty ribbon at Michaels.
I really love how this gardening basket came out. It's definitely not perfect,k but it serves a purpose while looking cute! If I could re-do anything, I would not have gotten a tapered basket but rather a straight one like the Williams Sonoma one where I got my inspiration from. Either way though, this little gem makes me excited for spring!
In case you were wondering where I got my inspiration from, here is the Williams Sonoma version of the Agrarian Tool Basket. It'll run you about $40 on their site.
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