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{diy or buy} textile baskets

March 7, 2013

As an avid DIY-er, I often find myself looking at something in a store or at a market and passing on it as I think to myself, “I could totally make that.” Sure, that’s probably true, but do I? 9 times out of 10, no way, Jose! That’s why I’m starting this new series: DIY or BUY, giving you options for making your own or buying new, so you can decide for yourself if you’ll actually make it or just go ahead and buy it. Enjoy!

diy textile baskets


This first edition of DIY or buy was inspired by Vanja Bazdulj’s fantastic felted pots. While I wouldn’t attempt recreating her wonderful artistic sculptures, there are some great tutorials out there for making a more simplified version of a textile bucket:

//1. I love the minimal quality to Between the Lines’ Folded Leather Basket

//2. Masha from Ornamelle made these beautiful fabric buckets. I love the leather handles! Pippijoe Diary has a great tutorial for making fabric buckets similar to this.

//3. These rope baskets are so great.  The photo above is from Childerhouse, but Esther from Wholly Kao has a great tutorial for making these. Love it but don’t want to make it? Snag one of these beauties handmade by my super-talented friend Char from C-M-Y-S Design

textile felt fabric baskets

Not crafty? Want some stylin’ storage without bothering to make it? Here’s some options for you:

//1. Simple felt buckets from Filzkraft on Etsy are modern and functional.

//2. Needed a felt basket for your kindling? Archiproducts has just the thing!

//3. Leave it to West Elm to come up with a fantastic felt storage solution. These Woven Felt Baskets come in 5 different sizes for all your storage needs.

//4. I love the clean and airy feel of these linen Eskayel Baskets from Alder & Co.

There you have it. 7 great storage solutions that you can either make or buy.

So what will it be? DIY or buy?



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  • Reply Charmaine Sutton March 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the shout-out Steph! I too love those eskayel baskets, they were what first inspired me to make baskets.

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