DIY Stenciled Rolling Laundry Basket

Today I'm repurposing an old project that was no longer serving our needs. I was looking around for a large basket to create a laundry bin for our basement laundry makeover and I came across a wire basket I had used for another DIY project.  

washer, dryer and stenciled laundry basket

The wire basket I'm using for today's project was once a DIY storage end table in our living room

wire basket with stenciled tray top

It held blankets and had a stenciled tray table top. 

The tray table top has since moved to my ottoman and the basket was in storage. 

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Today I'm going to create a rolling laundry basket.

For the base of the basket I grabbed a piece of scrap wood that was the right size and stained the top of it. 

board with castors

Next, I drilled holes and added small castors I had. 

Castors are inexpensive and can be purchased on Amazon, this kind screw right on with no drilling required.  

If you'd rather add an inexpensive rolling plant stand to the bottom of the basket you can do that like I did with another basket at one time too. 

I wired the wooden base I made to my basket using rebar wire. 

Now I was ready to create the laundry bag for the inside. 

For this project I am using a piece of drop cloth fabric for the liner. 

I measured approximately how long and wide it needed to be by fitting the fabric into the basket first. 

I added enough fabric to fold it over the basket and to create a draw string hem at the bottom. 

The width of the fabric should be at least 1 1/2 times the circumference of the basket you are using. 

I stitched a rough hem around the bottom of the basket with a pocket large enough to create a draw string. 

sewing drop cloth fabric

Next I sewed down the side of the fabric to create the tube. 

You can use hot glue for fabric if you don't have a sewing machine, the glue is washable. 

I made a similar basket liner on this vintage egg basket. 

Next, I opened up my fabric and on the outside of the bag I stenciled a Laundry sign using a stencil I've used before from Old Sign Stencils

Laundry stencil

Old Sign Stencils are sturdy and can be used over and over again. 

old sign stencil logo

Be sure to put something between the layers of your fabric so there is no transfer to the other side of the bag. 

stenciled laundry sign

Next I used a repurposed piece of fabric string and pulled it through the pocket on the bottom creating a drawstring. 

I tied off the bottom and knotted it. 

drawstring laundry bag

Next I dropped the laundry bag into my basket and folded over the top. 

stenciled bag inside basket

At this point you can add a simple tie on each side to tighten the top.

laundry basket with ties

I added the ties after the fact by just hand sewing a piece of recycled fabric string along about 3" on each side and tying it in a bow, this tightened the liner.  

stenciled bag inside basket

This was an easy project using things I had at home and it is a great addition to my basement laundry room makeover! 

washer, drying rack and rolling laundry basket

This unique drying rack was an old tobacco drying rack I purchased at the Country Living Fair one year. 

washer dryer and laundry basket

This basement laundry room got a recent updating with painted floors and inexpensive organization.

The hand loomed rug on the floor was a gift and the shower curtains I hung to section off the under stair storage came from Target. 

I love the way they have a similar pattern! 

rolling laundry basket with stencil

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rolling cart with overlay

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rolling laundry cart with Laundry stencil


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .