Recover plain Wal-Mart storage bin

Since I've been working on finishing my daughters' rooms with as many DIY and re-purposing projects as possible I wanted to get this one out as soon as it was done so hopefully someone else to can use this idea.
My kids rooms have quite a few bins that we use to store all sorts of items.  In the baby's room we use them for diapers, small and large blankets, toiletries, and pretty much anything else that fits!  I like using this type of storage since it's easy to access with one hand on a squirming child, and can be changed out at any time. 
This isn't much of a tutorial, more if an idea suggestion:
Don't pass up on a sturdy storage bin because the fabric is bad!
I bought quite of few of these metal framed storage bins...
...from Wal-Mart before my oldest daughter was born and have used them in her room ever since.  But now that we are settled in our new house and I'm actually decorating the kids rooms, the plain primary color canvas material had to go! 
Here's a speedy tutorial to show you how quick this project is
First, take off the old covers and rip out the Velcro strips
(see how good and sturdy that wire frame is!)
Seam rip the four side seams, but keep the bottom attached.  Fold the fabric in half and trace a pattern onto craft paper
Cut out a new cover in pretty fabric
(make sure that fabric is folded in half)
Sew all four side seams together
Put the new cover onto the metal frame and mark and resew in the Velcro that came with the original bin
And just like that I re-purposed some ugly storage bins into beautiful "Baby Girl" bins.  So easy, and so much prettier!
Keep this in mind the next time you see a storage bin that has a sturdy frame...and just ask yourself "Can I tear that apart and recover it?"

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5 Response to Recover plain Wal-Mart storage bin

October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

This is a great tutorial. I'm pinning it for future reference. I'm also going to tweet it and post of facebook. I'm visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Have a great week!

October 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

How super cute they turned out!
Great thinking!

hugs, Crystelle

October 26, 2012 at 4:59 AM

This is such a great idea! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog!


October 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I never would have thought to do this but if you have the fabric on hand or a specific pattern or color you want to bring to a room, this totally makes sense. Thanks for the inspiration.

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