DIY Reversible Wire Bin Liner {Dirty Little Secret Friday}

Posted by on February 7, 2014 in DIY and Crafts, House Projects, Organization, Sewing Tutorials | 52 comments

This week my ‘Dirty Little Secret Friday’ is a bit different.  I’m still counting it as an ‘organizing’ project (in order to continue my resolution), but it’s more a tutorial than my usual awful before and organized after pics.

This week, I’m sharing how to make custom REVERSIBLE wire bin liners:

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WIRE BIN LINERS … THAT ARE REVERSIBLE!

Let me back up just a bit.  I’m determined to build our family a ‘command center’ to get a handle on all our ‘stuff’.  Our mail (incoming and outgoing), school paperwork and forms, keys, sunglasses, pocket change, catalogs, etc.  Right now, it seems to end up everywhere … all over the counters, kitchen table, random bins …  Time to get our ‘entryway’ organized!

I say ‘entryway’ because it’s our garage entryway (read:  the only one we use).  It’s our ‘mud room’ minus the room (and it happens to be quite muddy right now).  I have never seen a key to our front door.  In fact, I’m pretty sure we don’t posses one.  We use our garage entry ONLY.  Problem is, our shoes, coats, hats, scarves, etc are all stored by the front door.  Other problem:  our mud room enters right into the middle of our kitchen.  Therefore, this area needs to be {relatively} clean, organized, and ideally … pretty to look at.  Right now, it’s far from this.  FAR.

Eventually, I’ll share our ‘command center reveal’  (as exciting as that sounds), when I’m done with this area (could be next week or next year … ).  For today, I’ll stick to one component of our command center … these wire bins I bought from Walmart awhile back:

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WIRE BINS

They were on sale.  I had a gift card.  I knew I wanted some wall storage.  Thus, these beauties ended up in our house.  I hung them on the wall earlier this week …. and didn’t love them.

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WIRE BINS … SANS LINERS.

 

See ‘em over there in the corner.  I tried putting sunglasses in one of the bins.  I worked, but it wasn’t cute.  Keys on the other hand … fell right through.  Not functional.  Not attractive.  Hmmm …

Our dining room table faces this wall.  I stared at them as I ate my eggs for breakfast … I pondered the situation as I had my salad at lunch … And halfway through my chicken at dinner … it came to me!  Liners!  Reversible BIN liners!

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I’ll show you how I made these (it really is pretty easy), but don’t the bins look so much better now that they’re dressed?  And they’re so much more functional!

 

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NAKED BINS ARE NOW DRESSED!

 

Do you have any wire bins in need of some liners?   Yes???  Well, you’re in luck, here’s how you make them:

 

STEP 1:  CUT FABRIC TO SIZE (get out your calculators and math skills!)

 

For each bin, you’ll need two pieces of fabric (inside and outside colors), cut to exactly the same size.

You’ll cut rectangles the following dimensions depending on your bin size:

  • Length of your fabric rectangle:  2 * the height of your bin + depth of your bin + 2″
  • Width of your rectangle:  2 * the height of your bin + length of your bin + 2″

(note:  in the pictures above, ‘height’ refers to the vertical distance think floor to ceiling, ‘depth’ refers to distance it sticks out from wall, ‘length’ refers to distance from left to right (side to side)).

The measurements of my bin are:  13″ (length) x 5.5″ (deep) x 5.5″ (tall / height).

Therefore, my rectangles were:  18.5″ x 26″

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CUT FABRIC PIECES TO SIZE (picture above is fabric for two bins)

 

STEP 2:  CUT CORNERS OUT OF EACH PIECE OF FABRIC (last step requiring math … I promise)

 

You want to end up with each piece looking like this:

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CORNERS CUT OUT

To do this, fold your rectangle into quarters.  On the corner that has all the corners (see picture … I realize that didn’t make a whole lot of sense), cut your square.  This will allow you to cut all four squares at the same time.

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FOLD RECTANGLE INTO QUARTERS, CUT SQUARE OUT OF CORNER

Now … dimensions of your square should be the height of your bin + 2″.  (The height of my bins was 5.5″, therefore I by squares were 7.5″ x 7.5″.

Do this to each piece of fabric …

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CUT OUT THE CORNERS ON EACH PIECE OF FABRIC

 

STEP 3:  SEW YOUR CORNER SEAMS

 

At each of the corners, sew a seam.  Right sides should be facing, sew with approximately 1/4″ seam allowance:

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SEW SEAM IN EACH CORNER

 

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CORNER SEAM

 

Do this to all four corners on each piece of fabric …

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INSIDES AND OUTSIDES TAKE SHAPE!

 

STEP 4:  SEW INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PIECES TOGETHER

 

Flip one fabric right side out and place inside the second liner piece that is wrong side out.  Pin at each corner:

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PIN FABRIC PIECES TOGETHER

Do this to each liner:

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DOUBLE CHECK THAT RIGHT SIDES ARE FACING!!

 

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SEW RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER LEAVING A GAP TO FLIP THE LINER RIGHT SIDE OUT

 

STEP 5:  FLIP SO THAT THE LINERS ARE RIGHT SIDE OUT

 

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FLIP!

 

STEP 6:  IRON THE SEAM WHERE THE FABRICS MEET SO THAT IT’S NICE AND CRISP

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CRISP EDGES HERE, PEOPLE!

 

STEP 7:  CLOSE GAP

 

I used liquid stitch here.  You could also hand sew (or just sew with your machine if you don’t care about visible stitching)!

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LIQUID STITCH

 

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APPLY LIQUID STITCH TO INSIDE OF GAP

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IRON GAP (FOR 45-60 SECONDS) TO ‘SEAL’ THE LIQUID STITCH

 

That’s it!  Liners complete!

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COMPLETE

 

Now … let’s envision this command center once it’s finished …

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A bench, a big ‘hello’, a new rug (not pictured), lots of labels, some ribbon to ‘hang’ mirror, and a hook or two, and we’ll call it finished!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for a peek at my first contribution to My Crafty Spot … ‘You Complete Me’ LOVE MUGS.

*** UPDATE:  Stop over here to see the fun DIY Mason Jar Labels we created for these bins! ***

52 Comments

  1. Love this tutorial. I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, going on now! http://acowboylife.blogspot.com/2014/02/friday-favorites-link-party.html

  2. FABULOUS idea and tutorial, Katie! I may have to incorporate some of these into our pantry overhaul. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  3. Love this project too. I need a organized flow area like this. I’ve been holding off as we need to paint and update kitchen. Pinning for later when I get to my work station area! Great diy / tutorial. Theresa
    Theresa @DearCreatives recently posted…Inspiration Spotlight #Crafts Party #Linkup 79 #recipes #diy #decor & MoreMy Profile

    • Hi Theresa … Yes, I’ve been wanting an area like this for quite awhile now. Glad I’ve finally started, but it has a ways to go. Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the notes! Hope your weekend is off to a good start!
      ~Katie
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  4. AWESOME IDEA! I need these in my office! Thanks for the tutorial! Just pinned and added to my need to make list :)
    Angela (Life in Velvet) recently posted…Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. #6My Profile

  5. These are so awesome! I’ve been slowly teaching myself to sew with my own little Noob Sewing Series and this project is definitely being added to the list! :D
    Megan @ Two Live Colorfully recently posted…make this | freezer paper stencil pillowsMy Profile

    • Hi Megan! I have been learning to sew the past couple years, too. I’m definitely not an expert, but it’s fun to find tutorials that teach you how to make new things! I have made crib sheets and changing pad covers that use this same idea as these baskets. Good luck, and I’ll be stopping over to see what projects you come up with!

  6. These are so cute and simple! I absolutely love the finished project, it makes your bins look high end without forking over the $$. Go you! Thanks for linking up to our Weekend Wind-Down Party! =)
    Nicole recently posted…Weekend Wind-Down Party #5My Profile

    • Hi Nicole! Thanks for the fun party and for stopping by tonight! Hope your weekend is off to a good start!

  7. First of all, that command center is great! I am trying to figure out where I could put something like that in my house. I love the look of the baskets, but the liners add so much. Thanks for the ideas, and the tutorial! :)
    Meredith@A TIPical Day recently posted…Mommom’s Measurement WallMy Profile

    • Thanks, Meredith. The command center is off to a start …. It’s just nice to have a place to set everything when we walk in! Thanks for stopping by and for the note! Have a great weekend!

  8. GREAT job!! You make it looks so easy and I love how clear your pictures are on the sewing steps. Your command center is beautiful, I want one. Ive never thought to use iron invisistitch for that last little hole, I’m doing that next time
    sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living recently posted…My Crafty Spot {Contributor Post}My Profile

  9. This is a very pretty project! Great tutorial!
    Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} recently posted…Dry Skin Problems?My Profile

  10. OH my i looove this! Going to be searching out some bins for myself, thanks for the idea!

  11. Awesome idea and a great tutorial!! :)

  12. How awesome are these, I think they would look great in my laundry room. Now i just need to learn to sew. Your going to have to Facebook chat me classes!!
    Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney recently posted…DIY Dollar Tree Makeover: Turn Clipboards Into Decorative FramesMy Profile

    • Just have Clyde get you a sewing machine for your next birthday, and google some sewing tutorials. Or go to JoAnn and take a class!! It’s totally worth it … even if you’re not an expert (I am far from an expert!!),
      Katie recently posted…Yarn Wrapped Glass Bottles & Valentine’s MantelMy Profile

  13. These look great Katie, love the colors you chose. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Sarah recently posted…Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut FileMy Profile

  14. I love the look of those liners and they don’t look very difficult to make!
    karen recently posted…Quick and Easy Hearts Banner for Valentines!My Profile

    • HI Karen,
      They were actually easy to make!! Using the two fabrics, I didn’t have to worry about finishing any edges (since they were all covered up in the end)! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a good week!
      Katie recently posted…Yarn Wrapped Glass Bottles & Valentine’s MantelMy Profile

  15. Another fabulous idea, Katie! Thanks so much for sharing (pinning!). hugs, Mary Beth
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  16. Fabulous! Pinned!
    Diana Rambles recently posted…Pin Me Linky Party 71My Profile

  17. Love this!! Great tutorial and pictures!! I need these by my back door (the catch all LOL). I’m pinning this one to our DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board! Thanks for sharing with us!!
    Shelly recently posted…DIY Sunday Showcase & FeaturesMy Profile

    • Hi Shelly! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!! I need these in numerous other places, too! Hope your week is going well, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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  18. I love this idea. Thanks for all the pictures, I’m a visual girl ;) I’d love it, if you get a chance, to post this on my link up: http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-favorite-things-saturdays-28.html
    Steph recently posted…Cupid’s Arrows Valentine with Free PrintableMy Profile

  19. Love this! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-reversible-wire-bin-liners/2014/02/12/
    –Anne
    Anne recently posted…Tutorial: Reversible Wire Bin LinersMy Profile

    • Hi Anne! Awesome … I just checked out the post! Thank you so much for the feature … how exciting!! What a great site … how did I not know about it before. I’m now hooked! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s Day!
      Katie recently posted…Practicing our letters with brotherly LOVEMy Profile

  20. Thanks. I have to use a walker and I’m sick of phones, etc. falling out of the basket. Duh, nev
    er thought of this idea!

  21. Thank you, this is really timely for me. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  22. This a great idea and tutorial! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  23. Soooooo how long ago did you happen to buy these baskets ? :) I love the idea!

    • Hi Raquel … which baskets? The new wicker shoe baskets? My mom just got those at Target on clearance a week or two ago. The wire baskets? About a month ago at Walmart.com. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s day!!

      • well I like them both but the wire ones are what I was talking about ;) I think they’d be perfect in my boys room-each having one to keep their “valuable” stuff in :) Thanks!!

  24. SO gorgeous! I love your command center and the colors you used! I’m so happy you linked up with us at the Create Link Inspire party! Your post was featured today! http://www.marvelousmommy.com/2014/02/7-pintastic-diy-projects-createlinkinspire/
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  25. I live how you made the liners reversible!! Just brilliant! :)

  26. I am so in love with this tutorial. I never knew how to make these and I want those baskets off to check walmart now!
    chrissy@thePEARLblog recently posted…you are the bomb valentineMy Profile

    • Thanks, Chrissy!! They are much more functional (not to mention,pretty) now!! Thanks for the comment, and hope you’re having a great week!

  27. So simple! So cute! Love it!

    Emily@ elizabethjoandesigns.com

    • Thanks, Emily! Have a great week!

  28. I love this so much that I featured it this morning at Work it Wednesday – hop over to grab your button if you have the chance. Thanks for sharing it with us!!
    ~Krista
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  29. You are awesome !

    • Ha! Well, thanks!

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