My father-in-law came over with a Reminisce Magazine that was talking about “making do.” An article mentioned how people used to use cardboard to patch holes in the soles of their shoes. Thankfully, our economy isn’t that desperate; we can take our favorite shoes to a cobbler. But what about the little things that give out on us? The stuff that can quickly get mashed into our garbage totes?
Last week, I’d had enough of the lid to my laundry hamper. It’s a woven lid that kept unraveling. The bottom part was sturdy and the top was kaput.
This left me with two choices: 1) Get a new hamper or 2) figure something out for the lid. Obviously, I went with choice 2.
I wanted something sturdy, but it’s difficult to work with hard materials – like I can’t just cut a circle out of a piece of old paneling – I’m not equipped for that. I had to work with what I had, the unraveling basket top. So here’s my brilliant (tongue in cheek) solution: wool felt…wait, you probably alrady guessed from the title.
Yes, I’ll admit, I love wool felt. Why? Because it doesn’t need to be hemmed. It is thick, which can mask imperfections. And, above all, it has a vintage look to it that helps you get away with the fact that it’s, well, just plain ‘o felt.
So here you have it. I cut two felt circles with pinking shears, put the exiting lid between them, and ran the sewing machine around the edge.
Oh, and I added a cute little handle out of a fabric scrap that just happened to match the fabric of the basket liner.