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How to Make a DIY Soft Basket

DIY soft basket tutorial

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)



Sewing Machine

soft basket for storage

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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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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6 Responses to How to Make a DIY Soft Basket

  1. Lucy Schmidt July 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    That was quick! I’m sure lots of us have scraps of material lying around that are just big enough not to get rid of. I need one of these for all my reading glasses I have lying around but can never find.

    • Eve July 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Great idea for reading glasses – and giftable! It would be fun to find fabric that matched some of those colorful reading glasses.

      • Lucy Schmidt July 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

        I’m sure I have some — ha!

  2. Zandria July 11, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Cristin — Hello! I just discovered your blog and I’m having fun clicking around and reading your old articles. I have great interest in minimalism and frugal living. And you’re a local Buffalo blogger…those are always my favorite new discoveries!
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    • Eve July 11, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Zandria! Nice to meet you. I just checked out you site – nice! Buffalo rocks!

  3. Mia January 28, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Great basket, clever cardboard use.
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