I’ve been in the mood to organize lately and this past weekend I took my mood out on my linen closet, or more specifically, my girl’s linen closet. We needed a little hamper for towels but I didn’t have any room to put a normal pop-up style hamper because of the shelving we installed. I jokingly told my husband that I have a good mind to hang a pillow case on a hook and call it a day. After I said that, my brain started twirling with ideas on how to create something easy but colorful and not have to go to the store and purchase any supplies.
I had a quilting hoop that was bright pink and it matched my fabric perfectly so I decided to make a go of it and see if I could make a quick and easy hamper with a quilting hoop and fabric.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own:
The pink fabric was my main fabric, then the mint dot was my trim piece for the top along with another piece of the mint dot for the hanger. Then, you’ll need a 10″ quilting hoop and small hook (I used a clear removable hook and so far it’s holding steady).
My main fabric is 28″X32″, the coordinating piece for the top is 8″x32″, and the hanger fabric is 3″X7″
We’ll start with the small hanger loop. Fold 1″ on each side into the center of your fabric and iron. Fold in half and iron again. You should have a 1″X7″ strip of fabric.
Stitch down the strip of fabric to sew the open side closed. No need to worry about the raw edges on the short sides.
Now, grab your 8″X32″ piece of fabric and fold in half, wrong sides together, and iron. Lay your main fabric piece down and lay your coordinating fabric so that the raw edges touch.
Pin the two fabrics together and sew a straight stitch, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you have a serger, then I would recommend serging the edge so that the fabric doesn’t fray. If not, simply stitch a zig zag stitch on the edge of your fabric and that should be good.
Next, you’ll want to grab the hanger piece and fold it in half.
Fold your fabric in half, right sides together. Fold back the top of your fabric so you can pin in your hanger loop. I went 1″ below the mint dot fabric and placed it. Fold your fabric back down and make sure to pin your raw edges together, making sure to pin your hanger loop in the correct place.
Simply, sew the raw edges together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip it right side out and it should look something like this:
Grab your quilting hoop and loosen the screw so you can separate the hoops.
Take the hoop without the screw and stuff it inside the hamper just to where the main fabric meets the other fabric.
Then slip the hoop with the screw onto the outside of the hamper. It will take a little tweaking to get the fabric in the right place with the hoop.
Tighten down the screw so that it sandwiches the fabric inside the two hoops. Then, pull your fabric where there’s a tiny bit of your top fabric below the hoop.
Simply fold the top fabric over the hoop and you’re done! It’s ready to hang.
Now it’s ready to be stuffed full of all that dirty laundry you love to do. 😉 I think you’ll be surprised at how much can actually fit inside. I know I was!
Hope you enjoy!