Turn a Bleach Bottle Into a Storage Basket

4 Materials
2 Hours

An easy idea to create a recycled storage basket! You will need a plastic container (I used a bleach bottle but anything you have around should work), felt and embroidery thread.

Cut the felt into strips and wave at the size of the bottom of the container, fix with pins and sew. It may also work if you glue the strips together, let me know if you try!

Put the fabric over the bottom of the container, fix the strip with a pin and start weaving sides. Sew or glue strips together.

Cut extra strips and fold them inside, fix with pin and sew/glue along the edge. Let's finish the edge! Fold a felt strip around the edge an sew it with embroidery thread! Done. So you can use it that way to store small items!

Or you can make it stronger keeping the container inside! In this case, you just cut the bottle at the right size. It will make a perfect fruits basket, as example. The good thing is that you can easily take the felt cover off to clean it! I finally used this basket as a planter, so you can have a look on the blog for more pictures. Hope you enjoyed these easy way to recycle and embellish your home! You can also have a look at this other tutorial to recycle your old denims into a weaving basket

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic container
  • Felt
  • Glue or sewing machine
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  • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Jul 29, 2016
    I love this project! How wide did you cut your pieces of felt? What about the length?

  • Jud19601905 Jud19601905 on Feb 13, 2017
    How did you finish off the top of the container?

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  • Ramona Robnett Sprecco Ramona Robnett Sprecco on Feb 13, 2017
    I love this. Always looking for new ideas for storage that I can custom fit.

  • Shelley Wilson Shelley Wilson on Jul 14, 2017
    I was thinking, especially if you have a large jug, why not cut strips out of the plastic itself? I thought how the strips could be attached. I just googled this and this is what I found: there are glues that are made to work with plastic like JB plastic weld or a 2 part epoxy that I've bought in a dual syringe type applier to make less work and mess. However, using these glues can be irritating. So, I thought perhaps stapling would work and make them a part of the design.

    I'd spray paint the plastic strips with paint made for hard plastic, Krylon is one. You could also spray paint in a contrasting colour the staples with a car spray paint before you load your stapler. Staple in a pattern or randomly. I thought of how I'd finish the top edge - maybe a quick warming with a lighter which would make the plastic pliable so you could bend it back or into itself.

    A caveat here, . . . I've never actually done this; my brain starts spinning and I had to let it out; I was reading the article and thought of it. But even simpler is spray painting the solid sides; use stencils or tape off a design for interest.