Thursday, November 4, 2010

Laundry Bin Liner – The Reveal

Welcome back!

Today I will show you my new liner for the old factory bin.

Now I warn you, sewing is not my forte.  I believe we discussed that a while back when I re-covered the cushions for my outdoor furniture.


I rarely take the old blue monster of a sewing machine out of the closet under the stairs.


Someday I’ll tell you the story behind that monster, but not today.  Let’s just say we have a hate/hate relationship and leave it at that.

This is all about making a liner for my bin so I can use it for sorting laundry.

I told you all about this bin yesterday.


The inside was not exactly laundry friendly.


A couple months back Home Depot had a bonus buy on drop cloths.  2 cloths packed together for 9.99, or something like that. 


Gail had mentioned it to me so I went to check it out and bought not one pack, but 4! 

Just because, well, you never know when you might want to make a slipcover or something. 

And they were on sale.

(Mike likes to say I would buy salted bat wings as long as they were on sale. )

In Gail’s post about slip covering a bedroom chair, she mentioned  some tips from Miss Mustard Seed’s great tutorial on how to prep your drop cloths for use.  (lots of bleach and lots of washing)

So I went ahead and prepped 2 of the packages as soon as I got them home,  folded them up and promptly forgot all about them.

Last week, while I was clearing out the laundry room- lo and behold I unearthed a big stack of ready-to-use drop cloths.


I knew exactly what to use for lining my bin.

I won’t go into all the particulars right now, let’s just say I muddled through this project and somehow got it done.  Someday if anyone is interested in knowing the details I may just tell you about it.  004-2

But only if you ask!

Just remember, I don’t really sew, but I fake it now and then when necessary.  

If I were to do a tutorial, it would be titled ‘What NOT to do with a sewing machine’.

Before I go any further, I must show you my secret weapon for this project, it’s called the Quick Pleater. 001-4 This little tool is so easy to use, even a non sewer like myself can get great results with it! I found out about it from following

this link 

from Gail’s blog and ordered a set right away from Angie at  

Good thing I did, cause she’s out of stock right now.  But not to worry, she’s got more coming!009

Are you ready?




Of course I had to immediately fill it up with laundry, just to try it out.




I’m happy to report it works perfectly!

Now I have to go back and make one for this cart….

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Strangely enough, I’m not dreading it!



I’m so excited that I get to link up to Jami’s

‘Air your Laundry Friday‘ party over at Freckled Laundry. 

freckled laundry

Be sure to get over there to check out the party!  It’s all about textiles.  This is one party I won’t get many opportunities to join.

and of course to My Repurposed Life-Gail’s  Catch-as-Catch-Can fun party with no rules attached.  Wouldn’t miss this one for the world.

Catch As Catch Can

Also linking to these great parties: 

(Note: Please excuse my excessive linking this week, I’m breaking all my own rules here.  I’m just so stinking happy with how this one came out I want to share it with the whole world!) 

Strut your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple


Everything but the Kitchen sink at A Little Knick Knack

A Little Knick Knack

Mustard Seed Creations Furniture Feature Friday

Furniture Feature Fridays

Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special #55

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


  1. Rose, if you can make a fitted liner, add a divider and a pleated can definitely sew girl!! It looks great! I love the pleated ruffle. Bravo!

  2. It looks great! I love your creativity!

  3. Boy I would love to see what you could make "if you could sew", LOL. That looks fabulous and I think you did an excellent job, not sure I could have made it look that good and I know my way around a sewing machine.

  4. So who are you trying to kid that you don't "sew". I would say that you did a pretty amazing job for a non-sewer... pleats are not the easiest thing to do and a divider yet... that is perfect and it looks very professional to me... great job. I bet it is going to look awesome in your new laundry room.

    Hope you are having a great day.

    Hugs, Deb

  5. Wow is all I can say. For a non sewer that is a great liner. I have never used drop cloths but what a great idea.

  6. Oops, I saw these first comments and realized I had neglected to share my secret weapon with you. I had edited so much from my first draft because it was too long that I didn't notice it wasn't included until I saw I was getting way too much credit for those pleats!
    Sorry if I mislead any of you...
    Currently the quick-pleater is out of stock, but it looks like she'll have it available again soon.

  7. Good morning!
    Rose, I just love it...I am not sure what I love more the price you paid or the pleated cover lol...have a great day!


  8. Remarkable Rose, looks like sewing was done and ruffles! It is fabulous. ♥O

  9. Not sew?? Yeah right! That is a great liner. Love the pleats all around. And look how big it is. You can wait a long time before it fills up and you have to do laundry!

  10. How pretty for dirty laundry but, it makes the chore not so bad when you are surrounded by pretty things. I need the quick pleat tools.

  11. Rose! It turned out great! I think it looks very professionally done.

    Good work!

  12. Well, first of all, sewing is most definitely your forte! Wow, what fabulos projects. You have taken drop cloths to a whole new level. And that bin is just amazing. Well done girl!

  13. Fantastic, for a non sewer, you did well!!
    It looks professional, and speaking as a sewer myself, Im not sure I would have tackled it!

  14. rose! it's fabulous! I love the bin, the liner, the pleats! Everything is perfect! It is just so darn cute.
    You did such a great job. You are not only a whiz with the saws, but you DO know your way around a sewing machine too!

  15. Are you kidding me? You could sell those for a small fortune. This bin and liner is one of my new favorite things. If only I could find one (oh yeah, and for $5. Hope you link this up to some parties. Awesomeness.

  16. Rose, I love it! pleats! Lezlee

  17. You don't sew. Really now.

    Great post btw! You make me laugh!!!

    OK, not only can you fill this thing for weeks but it looks really pretty even with all the dirty clothes sitting in it!!

    It's wonderful. Everyone wants one now! Including me!

    I just wing the ruffles and pleats...didn't know there was a gadget for them!


  18. Rose, you laundry bin cover is just beautiful! I'm so glad you are enjoying your pleater and find it easy to use. I do have more on order and they should be available in about two weeks.

  19. That's awesome!!!!! I am in desperate need of a new laundry hamper and that would be perfect!!! Now to find a bin.........LOL

  20. I would say that you're fantastic at fake sewing :) I love the way this turned out! Great tips on the Quick Pleater. ... off to buy some canvas drop cloths :)

    Have fun with the laundry... at least it's pretty to look at, now.


  21. Oh my gosh. I laughed all the way through this post, Rose. You're a funny gal. What do you mean you don't sew? Pah-lease. You did a beautiful job...even added that little divider AND PLEATS! I have to check out those Quick Pleaters. Bins, carts, {bag}'ll have the most organized laundry room on the East coast. Happy to see you at my Air Your Laundry Friday party!

    Salted bat wings? On sale? Where?


    P.S. I'm off to Candor in the morning (about an hour drive) to an antiques auction. keep your fingers crossed that I walk out with a white, chippy mantel and some antique linen. ;)

  22. ~*~LOVE your new look of your laundry hamper!! Wish I could buy it!! ;)!LOVE your blog~Im your newest follower! Hugs~ Rachel~*~*

  23. Wow, that is one gorgeous laundry bin - well done

  24. Hi Rose:) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am so glad you did!! I LOVE your laundry bin liner...I see we share a fondness for drop cloths:) Your frills on your liner are so perfect, WOW!! I am so excited to have found your blog and am your newest follower:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Tina

  25. Hi Rose,
    This is such a great idea! I would say...You CAN sew! I bought 4 packs too!! The same twin packs of dropcloths from Home Depot. Stock Up!

    I'm so glad the pleater worked for you. Isn't is amazing! You make me want to go find a bin to cover. Or at least I could find a big rectangle basket at TJ Maxx or Ross and try this "too cute idea"!

  26. I love it, Rose. Your dirty laundry is so much more swanky than mine! And I must get some of those pleat things. I must!

  27. This is fabulous! I can't believe that you were able to make that! I love it!

  28. The pleaty tool sounds like a must have. What a great idea.

    But pleaty tool or no pleaty tool, you look like you can so from over here!!


  29. Oooh, I forgot to say, thank you for your kind comment...I'm your new follower!


  30. Oh My Gosh... I am in love with that new laundry bin! You've done an excellent job! I've got to go now and check out that pleater tool thingy!


  31. Ahhh... there's the follow up! VERY NICE!!! Maybe I should upright that machine of mine...


  32. I too am not a sewer, and you certainly fooled me, looks great!

  33. Hi. This is awesome! I love it!
    ~ Julie

  34. And I thought it couldn't get better! This is fabulous!

  35. Oh my gosh, that came out great and the pleats are just a style plus, so wonderful! Love it love it love it!

  36. WOW! I wish I had a laundry room big enough and worthy enough for that bin! I don't think any of us would consider you a non-sewer, it's amazing! Theresa xoxo

  37. What a great find and what you did was wonderful, love it!! New to the scene of blogging but enjoying seeing everyone's creative styles!! We love it also giving new life to an old subject.


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