Friday, March 27, 2009

Milk Crate Storage

Anyone with a child or a hobby will know that one can never have enough storage. As we prepare to add two new children to our home in the next few weeks, my handy-man uncle built us a mega shelving-unit / storage system that is just phenomenal. I've been looking at all those cute little baskets, storage bins and canvas buckets to put toys in, but at an average of $10 a piece, it can get expensive when you need, ohhhhhh, about 87 of them.

We have a bunch of these old milk crates in our basement. They've been great for storing books and CDs and what-have-you over the years, but don't quite do the job for toys - the small ones tend to fall through the holes - so I decided to cover some of ours.

For this project, you'll be making 2 simple bags for your crate. One for the inside, one for the outside. No tutorial here because it's pretty easy to do. Measure each side your crate, as well as the bottom. Cut the pieces out and sew. Slide the outside on first. Pull the edges over and tack them down so that the bag doesn't fall off.

Then slide the liner in. Here I have hemmed the top, then let it roll out and over the sides. It would be nice to tie a pretty coordinating ribbon around the top. I didn't seem to have a matching piece that was long enough, so I've used some yarn here instead.

Voila - an easy-peasy solution to your storage problems!


  1. That's great! I want to see a photo of your storage unit.

  2. What a clever way to make those pretty and practical!

  3. i had so many milk crates back in college and post college days. they really are useful.

  4. I love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!


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