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Do you ever feel that laundry is your life? Since baby #2 arrived, I can definitely relate to this sentiment. The laundry piles can be dizzying. Suddenly, they are everywhere. Nobody wants to go to sleep under a giant pile of laundry, or sit next to a tower of laundry while watching TV or on top of it while eating dinner. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s laundry on our roof. My little guy’s laundry was starting to take over! I realized that as long as laundry is going to be an (almost) full-time job, I might as well have somewhere cute to put it and add a sense of fun to a necessary task. I decided to take control and make a cute baby clothes hamper for my baby boy’s room.
Here is how you make a hamper, a cute laundry bag in a basket, for the little one in your life!
- You can create your pattern for the laundry bag using freezer paper and a flexible tape measure.
- Purchase a basket — a round one will work best. We chose a tapered basket. Measure from top circumference rather than the base, so when laundry bag is finished it will be stuffed inside. A straight-sided basket will work fine as well.
- Measure the circumference on the outside of the basket. Our basket measured 47 & 1/2 inches around the top and 15 & 1/2 inches across the top (diameter).
- Add 1/2 inch on side for seam, we need our pattern circle (for the laundry bag bottom) to measure 16 & 1/2 inches.
- Tie a thread or string around a pencil to make a compass to create the circle pattern–about an inch from sharpened part of pencil is where to tie our thread. A ruler is helpful for this part.
- Make a circle pattern by marking a line 16 ½ inches long. (Draw a perpendicular line 8 ¼ inches each way from a center point.) Measure along the line to the half-way point, 8 ¼ inches.
- Using the compass: hold the pencil with the thread tied on the outer side, while you hold the other end of the thread securely on the center point. Draw an arc exactly 8 ¼ inches from the center using the drawn lines as a length guide. Repeat drawing arcs until the circle is complete. Cut out the circle.
- After you cut out the paper circle pattern, pin it to a corner of the fabric. Cut out the fabric. Remove the pins. You’ve got your circle for the base! You’ll pin this to the fabric strip that will comprise the top portion of the bag.
- Next, to create the top portion of the bag, measure from bottom interior of basket to how long you want the bag to hang over the edge of the basket. Ours measured 18 & 1/2 inches from interior. We want our fabric to measure 19 & 1/2 inches.
- Cut a large fabric strip that is 19 & 1/2 by 48 & 1/2 inches (taking into consideration the circumference of the top of the basket).
- Fold over the fabric rectangle, right sides together–you’re going to make a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sewing the end of the strip together.
- Next, lay the fabric circle right side up and begin pinning the right side of one edge of the strip for top portion, matching edges. Continue all around the circle.
- Sew pinned bottom circle and top portion 1/2 inch from edge. You can sew a reinforcement second seam around bottom (optional).
- Around top edge of bag, create a slip case for the cord. Fold over 1 & 1/2 inches, then fold under 1/4 inch on the edge. Pressing the folds will make sewing easier or pin through that quarter inch so we don’t lose it.
- Sew the slip case, leaving a 1-inch opening. Put a safety pin in one end of cord and slide the cord through. Knot the other end of the cord to prevent fraying.
A big shout out to my beautiful mom for collaborating on this baby clothes hamper tutorial!
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