Farmhouse Sewing Basket ~ DIY Decor

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Today’s the last of my Operation 80’s makeover that started a week ago. Can I get a high five?! Three different thrifted projects all a blast from the past. I’m a bit giddy to wrap up the fun I’ve been having because this last one was a hoot. Check out this totally vintage country find that I’m going to turn into a farmhouse sewing basket. Genius, right? Hang with me now…

Vintage Sewing Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

However, Let me back up for a minute for those just joining us. A few weeks ago I brought home a haul of 1980’s goodness that included what you see below.

1980's Thrift Store Finds for Makeover Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Those country blue benches got a facelift seen HERE, and the goosey nail barrel got its own new look in this post. You’ve gotta take a minute to see!

Last, but not least is this sewing basket that I had been staring at for far too long. On the plus side, it’s got function, cute look, and even a ticking stripe. However, the little hearts in the ticking as well as those chunky hearts on top just had to go.

I love to sew and have made many sewing baskets for myself and my kids, so this was going to be fun. These kinds of skills are falling to the wayside in our society and are something we should continue to teach. If you’d like, you can see my sewing furniture creations in these posts too.

First up to create my farmhouse sewing basket was to dismantle it all. That was therapy in and of itself. haha!

Sewing Basket Parts Dismantled | prodigalpieces.com

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I saved the fabric pieces to use a templates for my new fabric. Much more easier that way than reinventing the wheel, if you will.

Since I don’t like to waste a thing, I made use of what I had. My handy Kreg Jig (pocket hole jig) came out and helped me permanently reattach those hearts into their frames.

Kreg Jig Assembly of Farmhouse Sewing Basket | prodigalpieces.com

Once they were attached, I used wood filler to cover the heart seams and used wood filler to make it smooth. Buh-bye hearts!

Repaired Vintage Sewing Basket Lid by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After that, I removed the heart handle to the center piece as well and gave it all a fresh new coat of Early American stain. It’s one of my favorite classic colors I’ve used in my home and on my projects seen HERE.

Since I removed the handle I had to make a new one. What’s better than a stash of vintage wooden spools to help a girl out? That’s my kinda candy right there. Hoarder? nah… I use them for all sorts of projects and crafts.

Collection of Vintage Wooden Thread Spools by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While I’m waiting on my stain to cure, I set about creating a reinforced bottom to my farmhouse sewing basket so that I can add casters. yessss…casters are always fun and make life easier. Don’t you agree?

So, if you look in a bushel basket, you’ll see it has a domed center.

Interior of a Bushel Basket | prodigalpieces.com

How does one go about creating a bottom for a dome? Well, it’s all in the cut. I set my jigsaw blade at a 30° angle to cut a circle from some scrap wood.

Ryobi Jigsaw Set at 30 Degree Angle for Basket Cut | prodigalpieces.com

What you see is my exterior cut to a ring I’m creating to rest in the bottom of the basket. For the interior cut, I reverse the 30 ° angle to allow it to go around the domed center. Here it is in place.

Reinforced Bushel Basket Bottom | prodigalpieces.com

It may not be pretty, but no one will see it when I’m done. To attach the casters, I simply use screws and drill through the basket into the ring. However, I did have to add a small shim to keep the casters level since the basket is not flat on the bottom. Now it’s ready to roll…literally!

My interior is prepped and it’s time to reassemble. I sewed a new liner and made a base using the batting and cardboard I had pulled out. My cordless hot glue gun makes this a fast project. I love that thing!

Gluing Upholstery with Ryobi Cordless Hot Glue Gun | prodigalpieces.com

After a bit of assembly and a few new pieces, my farmhouse sewing basket it ready to go. Check it out…

Farmhouse Style Sewing Basket with Vintage Spool Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Style Farmhouse Sewing Basket with Vintage Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This ain’t your grandma’s sewing basket. wahoo!! The new handle was attached with eye hooks, a piece of cut wire hanger, and my vintage wooden spools. I replaced the leather straps with remnants from my leather bench and painted the tacks black. Of course, I added some vintage typography because I LOVE typography. The basket lid reminded me of the end of a thread spool, so why not? woot!

Handle Made from Vintage Wooden Spools by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My new gray ticking lining is minus the ruffle and bit more clean looking. Notice the 3 holes I’ve added to the lid? I’ll show you what those are for in a minute.

Gray Ticking Stripe Lined Sewing Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Originally, those hearts on top were supposed to be pin cushions, but whoever made it didn’t add near enough cushion to make them functional. Since I’m all about function over form, I added in a few design upgrade to make as if I would for my own liking.

Farmhouse Sewing Basket with Interior Notions Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve added a built-in pin cushion with steel wool filling to sharpen the pins, storage for some essentials, and we’re good to go. However, you could change it up to suit your needs too. Those are some of my staples.

DIY Sewing Notions Storage in Farmhouse Sewing Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you turn the basket around, you can see that I’ve added a leather strap and snap closure to hold those two flaps together.

Leather Strap Snap Closure on Handmade Sewing Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile, the other holes I drilled were for yarn…one of my favorite textiles. Just plug in your skeins and crochet or knit your heart out! It keeps them from tangling and helps you enjoy your crafting.

Crochet and Knitting Basket with Yarn Holder Feature by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Handmade Yarn Holder Crochet and Knitting Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This farmhouse sewing basket DIY was absolutely fun and hope you enjoyed my zany Operation 80’s adventure. You can find this basket along with all of my other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods in my online shop. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter below for your freebie and discount!

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Rustic Handmade Sewing Basket with Built-In Notion Storage and Yarn Holders by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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What a redo! This totally 80's sewing basket got the makeover of a lifetime with a farmhouse flair. See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #sewing #farmhouse #homedecor #home #crafts

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, and these thrifted beauties are going to get an entire new purpose. Head HERE to see.

Thrifted Picture Frames Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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18 Comments

  • Tracey

    Love this Larissa! One of my favourite parts was the handle made from spools!!!!

    September 6, 2018 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! It was super fun to do. Thanks!

      September 6, 2018 at 7:35 am Reply
  • Laura Overholt

    Fantastic as always!! ❤️

    September 6, 2018 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Laura!

      September 6, 2018 at 7:34 am Reply
  • Elaine

    I was so curious about how you were going to get rid of those hearts, as I’ve passed up more than one piece just because I couldn’t deal with the 80’s hearts. It’s an amazing makeover. And I love the new handle! So creative!

    September 6, 2018 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know…I used to do it often. Now I cut them off or hide them. Haha!

      September 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Christy James

    That turned out so cute, Larissa! Love it! XO

    September 6, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Christy! You know how fun it is to deal with 80’s goodies. 😀

      September 6, 2018 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Marie B.

    Very clever repurpose, Larissa! Love the Farmhouse goodness from the typography to the ticking stripes. I especially love the clever wooden spool handle and yarn holes.

    September 6, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Marie. It was a challenge at first to have the vision, but when it hit, I was like GAME ON! 😀

      September 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    I’m so amazed at the way you got rid of the hearts! Love the makeover and especially those spool handles. You are so talented Larissa! Another great makeover!!

    September 6, 2018 at 10:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So glad it worked out. Woot! Thank you, Debra. I had fun!

      September 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    This is absolutely not your grandmother’s sewing basket. Although, grandmother’s would like this better too.

    You outdid yourself with this piece. I love it, now if I knew how to sew.

    Enjoy the rest of your day

    Cindy

    September 6, 2018 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you made me LOL!! Maybe time to start, eh? 😉 Thanks so much, Cindy.

      September 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Maria Howard

    Love it!!!

    September 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Maria. I’m so happy to hear it.

      September 7, 2018 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Deb Townley

    Very clever!!

    September 7, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Deb. I love to upgrade things when I can.

      September 7, 2018 at 9:11 pm Reply

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