Don't Throw Away Your Old T-shirts : Cutest Laundry Basket Ever!

Clök Concept
by Clök Concept
6 Materials
8 Hours
I am trying to educate our 5 years old to take some responsabilities. This week, he had nothing to wear (wich wasn't true by the way) and I told him that prior to have clean clothes, they needed to be in the laundry room for me to wash them... He candidly replied that it was impossible for him to bring his clothes downstairs because he doesn't have a laundry basket.

What?! icon Poor thing...!

When I got challenged to DIY something with old t-shirts, I knew what I had to do! A tiny laundry basket for our little one!
I drilled holes into my squared pieces of wood, in order to insert the dowels. My first attemp with the 1/2" spade bit, the wood splitted. So I used 3 different bits from 1/16" to 3/8" to form smaller to bigger holes to prepare de wood for the spade bit. Maybe there's a another way, but it worked perfectly for me that way!
I sanded every pieces. I glued the edges of the dowels for them to be instered in the holes.
I usually would have spray paint it but it is cold and windy outside, so I tried aluminium tape... but it was a big fail!

I was wondering how to correct it (the tape was impossible to remove!) when a saw orange yarn in a basket at my feet. Wool! Why not?
After I covered up all my frame, I decided to add pompom!
I cut the t-shirts in 4" x 4" squares that I sewn together, with a band of woven fabric between each of them. I did 3 rows that I attached to orange woven fabric to make the laundry bag.
The bag is hanged to the frame with 4 loops at each corner.
I used a foam board to solidify the bottom of the bag. I attached the crossing point of the frame with yarn and add a pompom.
Voilà !

A cute laundry basket made with old t-shirts and leftover fabric. Really hope it will motivate our five years old to bring down his laundry! ;)
Suggested materials:
  • Acrylic yarn   (Walmart)
  • 1x1   (Home Depot)
  • 1/2" round dowels   (Home Depot)
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  • Eric Pearson Eric Pearson on Dec 29, 2017

    I think you're very creative and talented. But I have to ask. Why didn't you just get the little booger a $2 laundry basket from The Family Dollar Store?

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  • Vivian Vivian on Dec 29, 2017

    Amazing! Who would have thought of a Bohemian laundry basket?! It's so cute there's no reason to hide it in a closet. Definitely an art piece!

  • I actually have the frame already! It wad a luggage rack in a previous life. Now I know what I'm going to do with it!

    • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin Sidney Rippy McLaughlin on Oct 01, 2018

      I knew that the warden part looked like something you might find already put together. A TV tray stand would work, too, though maybe s little tall for a child.

      Clok Concept, it looks like a lot of work, but it’s the cutest laundry basket I’ve ever seen. Something similar would be great to hold all kind of things!