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How to make storage baskets and bowls from fabric scraps!

How to make beautiful storage bowls and baskets from your fabric scraps and worn out old clothing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Remember a few months ago when i showed you how I used my fabric scraps to make a rug for my little Birdie’s bedroom? Well today I’m going to show you my absolute favourite way to use up fabric scraps: braided storage bowls & baskets!

I started making storage bowls and baskets a few years ago when Birdie was a baby. Not only is it a great project to use up scraps and worn out old clothing, but I found it a really fun task to do whilst hanging out with a baby. I have so SO many good memories of sitting on the floor next to Birdie, having a little chat and braiding my scraps while she played. I really like that something I created while she was playing, now holds the toys she plays with!

How to make beautiful storage bowls and baskets from your fabric scraps and worn out old clothing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary How to make beautiful storage bowls and baskets from your fabric scraps and worn out old clothing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I have to admit, i actually like this project more than a rug as I only have the desire to make one fabric scrap rug – but I never get tired of making these baskets and bowls, and my kids are always asking me to make them more to organise all their stuff. Win win!

You can watch the video below, or if you’d like to see it larger and subscribe to my channel so you get future videos, click through to Youtube!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it! Let me know if you make your own storage bowls and baskets, I would love to see what you create!

Do you want me to share more ways that I use up all my scraps? Let me know! xo

How to make beautiful storage bowls and baskets from your fabric scraps and worn out old clothing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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bowandmaro
bowandmaro
3 years ago

These are too genius!

Jill Schaumloeffel
Jill Schaumloeffel
3 years ago

Love the way you join the strips while braiding. So much easier than other methods I’vs seen. Now I know what to do with all my old blue jeans. Thanks!

Clare
Clare
3 years ago

Fantastic idea! Now I know what I’m going to do with the bag of scraps that I have. I would love to hear about the other ways you use up your scraps. Thank you for sharing :-)

beth
beth
3 years ago

How long of a scrap do you need to make a medium size basket like the one with the missing leather handle?

czarina lobo
czarina lobo
3 years ago

Wonderful to see how scraps are used. You make them look gorgeous.

Amy
Amy
2 years ago

Fantastic tutorial thank you!

Jo B
Jo B
1 year ago

I just love these – what a great way to recycle fabric scraps and old clothes! I’ve made 3 but I’m struggling to get the sides vertical – all I seem to be able to make is bowl shapes – any tips? TIA.

Dee casto
Dee casto
1 year ago

Love love love

Leah
Leah
1 year ago

These are so much fun! Wonder, though, if you can give me a tip on keeping the sides from flaring as I go? I keep ending up with a smaller base and a flared top, as it gets wider as I go. I like the look of some that you did with the straighter sides. Not all against the flare, but would like to do both! Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I also loved the one for rugs.