My son and I keep our sunglasses on a shelf in the garage for easy access on the way out the door. This seemed like a reasonable plan until occasionally we’d put our glasses on the wooden shelf with the lenses facing down. Before you cringe, I’ll divulge that the glasses were free from my husband’s work. They’re not Ray Bans or anything, but still.
So for the last month we’ve kept our sunglasses on the pink vinyl picnic benches I recovered earlier this year. Not exactly proper organization.
This led me to whip – and I mean whip – up a soft basket to keep our sunglasses from getting scratched.
DIY Felt and Cardboard Soft Basket
Print fabric (cotton)
First, cut your felt and cotton fabric in a matching rectangle. Mine was about 13″ x 12″.
Next cut a small square from each corner. The size of your square cut out will be equal the the height of the sides of your soft basket. 3″ is what I used.
Now, raid your recycling bin for some cardboard to reuse. The cardboard will give stiffness to your basket so it’s not floppy.
Cut the cardboard into a rectangle slightly smaller than the center of your basket bottom. Cut 4 rectangles slightly smaller than the sides. This way you can insert the cardboard between the two pieces of fabric and sew around them.
Once you’ve sewn around all 5 cardboard pieces, pinch the sides together, two at a time and sew closed.
Soft baskets can be used for all sorts of storage solutions and organizing!
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