I have problems with getting rid of things that seem to still have a useful life, especially containers or boxes that could be used for organizing or storage. For years I have had a couple Christmas popcorn tins that I have used for storing my knitting supplies in. The problem with these are except for the one month of the year when they go along with the rest of the holiday decorations, they have to be hidden behind things or in closets. I wanted to give these a face-lift so that I could use them year round and in plain sight.
I wanted to give them the feel of a basket, and I love baskets with fabric lining so this was my inspiration for this project. I think they turned out adorable, and will definitely be a cute addition to my home decor.
I have already seen a ton of these Christmas popcorn tins in stores recently with yummy popcorn flavors, but I also always see them at thrift stores.
Here are the two I decided to give a makeover.
Things you will need:
- Christmas tin(s)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Rope – My large basket used 2 – 50′ rolls of rope and my small basket used just under 1 – 50′ roll
- Fabric of choice – I had scrap fabric, but 1 yard would be plenty for the larger size
- Sewing Machine
- Twine or ribbon of your choice for the drawstring
- Iron and Ironing board
- Safety Pin
First, with your glue gun, glue the rope to the tin in a circular pattern. I found after I did the first one that it is better to start at the bottom since that will be showing, and if there is a little bit of a gap at the top it will be covered by the fabric liner.
Continue around until your tins are completely covered. If you run out of one roll of rope in the middle just glue the end and start the next end right next to it. It was easy to create a pretty seamless connection, and I couldn’t tell after I did it.
Once the rope portion is complete, you will begin the fabric liner.
You will need to get your measurements of your tins for cutting out your fabric. I first measured the circumference of my tins and added 1″ to this measurement for hemming the sides. My circumference measurement for the smaller basket (since this is the one I will show below for sewing) was 24″, so I cut my fabric 25″ wide.
Next, I measured the height of each of my tins and added 2.5″ for the drawstring and overlap on the top. My measurement for the smaller basket was 9″, so I cut my fabric to 11.5″.
Above is a breakdown of the fabric measurements. Since the round part will be hidden in the bottom of the tin and does not need to be perfect, I just set my tins on the fabric and traced a circle for the bottom. It turned out pretty uneven with the rope, but I just corrected as I cut to make it a more perfect circle.
Next, iron and sew a 1/4″ hem on the short sides of the rectangle (side) lining fabric. These are the two sides that are the height of your tin plus 2.5″.
After you hem the two sides, then you will want to iron and sew a 1/2″ overlap for the drawstring at the top of your basket.
Fold your side lining piece in half with the two hemmed edges meeting each other and the pretty side of your fabric facing in. Sew up the side of the hemmed pieces to create a cylinder piece of fabric. NOTE: BE SURE TO ONLY SEW TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DRAWSTRING OVERLAP AT THE TOP OF YOUR SIDE LINING. IF YOU SEW COMPLETELY TO THE TOP YOU WILL CLOSE THE GAPS FOR STRINGING THE DRAWSTRING.
Next, pin and sew the bottom circle to the bottom of the side lining piece. Remember leave the pretty sides on the inside all facing each other. I highly dislike sewing circles! However, this was a great project for me in that it does not need to be perfect because this portion is going to be in the bottom of the tin. Also, you are leaving it inside out so no worries about bulkiness or kinks when flipping it inside out. I have some bad history with sewing bucket hats!
This is what you end up with for your inside lining.
After the lining is sewn, attach a safety pin to the end of your drawstring material. I am in a twine faze so I used twine, but ribbon or fabric would be great as well. I had to tie a knot in my twine for the safety pin to hold to. Then slowly work your drawstring with the safety pin first through the top overlap of your lining.
Last, put your lining in your basket and tie your drawstring in a cute bow or knot. And your upcycled popcorn tin is now an adorable basket.
I can’t wait to use these around my house for handy yet stylish storage containers. I am planning on using the large one in my Christmas mantle display which will be showcased next week.
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Thanks so much!