Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rusty Labels and Basket Liners

I found these wire hanging baskets at our local "feed" store and thought they would make great storage containers- for something! 




So, I pulled out my trusty burlap and canvas and created these liners for the baskets.   They were very simple to sew and if you're interested, here's how I made them...



First, you need to make a pattern using brown craft paper, newspaper, or anything you have to draw out a pattern.  The idea is basically the same as if you were making a lamp shade cover...tape one edge of the paper to the basket, roll and make an outline with a pencil. 



Then cut out your pattern.  Place it onto your canvas (or any desired fabric) adding about 3" to the bottom (you'll see why in a minute) and approximately 2" to the top so you can make a finished edge. 



I know, this is burlap and not canvas...the rest of the pics are using canvas.
Once the fabric patter is cut out, sew the edges together.





Gather to bottom approximately 1/2" to 3/4" from the edge and pull tight; secure by sewing. 




Place the liner in your basket with the right side facing in an decide how much fabric you want to drape over the basket edge.  Sew a hem to finish the edge.




I made some burlap cording and sew to the finished edge.






Clear as mud?!?  Now, repeat this process with your burlap and make the cording using canvas.

Now, onto the numbers! 




I used canning jar lids and lightly sanded the surface with 220 grit sandpaper.  I then painted them with Lamp Black (DecoArt).



Once dry, I lightly sanded them again to remove a bit of the paint.  I then applied my "Rusting Paste" (recipe to follow) used a sea sponge.  Once dry, I sponged on a bit more Burnt Sienna and then sanded some more to expose the edge.





Apply the numbers using a stencil and some Light Buttermilk paint (I made the stencils).  Rough them up a bit more by pounding the edges with a hammer.  Use an awl to make a hole at the top of each tin label and attach to the baskets with wire.





Rusting Paste Recipe:
6 parts dry concrete powder
3 parts Raw Umber paint
2 parts Burnt Sienna paint
1 part Bittersweet Chocolate paint
Mix together...you can add a bit of water to make the mixing a bit easier.  Use a sea sponge to apply to the surface, as it gives it a more authentic rust look.



That is it.  I hope you like them. 





Thank you for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Lesa

14 comments:

  1. You have a lot of creative bones in your body! I didn't even know there was such a thing as rusting paste, and I used to teach art...lol...

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

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  2. Fun! What a smart idea to use hanging baskets for indoor storage. They look great and you'd never know they were "supposed" to be for something else.

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  3. I have a sewing machine but can't sew a lick. lol. I LOVE what you did!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lids...what a great idea!!

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  4. Clever and creative and ingenious. LOVE your rusting paste recipe, I've gotta try it. Excellent job on the burlap piping, too! Kudos!

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  5. Great idea, no one would ever know the baskets came from a feed store, they look great.

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  6. Clever, creative, and really cute! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

    xoxo laurie

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  7. I love this project. I'm not very good at sewing but I think I could do this. I love the rusty number lids. I'm your newest follower and found you at Chic on a Shoestring.

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  8. Adorable! I'm going to have to try out that rust paint recipe. Very creative!

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  9. Love your blog - so many cute projects - I especially love the burlap bulletin board and that whole room. Stopping by from DIY Showoff. :)

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  10. Hi Lesa, The baskets turned out adorable. I love the liners you have made and the tin top labels are too cute! They look fantastic. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I hope you don't mind that I have included this in today's features. Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  11. I love how the baskets turned out! Great idea and job!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  12. Howdy Lesa, I wanted to let you know that I honor you with The Versatile Blogger award. Please check out this link http://www.deannario.com/2011/05/what-honor.html : ) You're AMAZING !!! Thank you for inspiring me.
    ~ Deanna

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