Repurposing a Hamper Rack – A Tutorial

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I have a hamper rack on which the hamper portion wore out very quickly.  I wanted to recycle the rack as well as use up a lot of fabric scraps, so I drafted a very simple pattern and used a Log Cabin variation to make the front and back.  The lining is from some old home dec curtains.

The only repair I did on the rack was to replace two side straps.  I cut two pieces 7 x ½ inch of scrap leather (could be from an old purse) and cut a small hole ½ inch from the ends on each piece.  I removed the screws on the broken straps and screwed them through the holes on each end to affix the replacement straps.

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The rack measures about 16 inches wide x 25 inches high with ½ inch diameter legs – similar to the hamper racks sold by Ikea.

I used pieced blocks for my hamper, but, of course, any kind of fabric could be used.  Here is what you will need.

SUPPLIES

  • Hamper rack approx. 16 inches wide x 25 inches tall.
  • 2 pieces of fabric 28-1/4 inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for hamper bag
  • 2 pieces of fabric 28-¼ inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for bag lining
  • 10 pieces of fabric 4 inches wide x 6 inches long for tabs
  • 10 pieces of Velcro ¾ inch wide for tabs

HAMPER BAG

  • Place hamper bag fabric right sides together and sew with ¼ inch seams along two sides and bottom.
  • Keeping right sides together, at each side seam on the bottom edge, mark and cut out a 2-½ inch square.

2.5 final

  • Fold the cutout portion of the bag together, placing the seam in the center …..

bott-final…and sew a ¼ inch seam.

cutout-sew

  • Repeat for the other corner. Turn and press.

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  • Use the same procedure to sew the lining.
  • Make a mark at the top center front of bag.  Then mark 3-3/4 inches two places on either side of the center.  Repeat with back of bag.
  • Pin a square of each set of Velcro pieces centered over each mark with the top of the Velcro patch ¾ inch from top raw edge.  Stitch in place.  Repeat for back of bag.

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TABS

  • Along 4 inch edge of the tab fabric, press edge ¼ inch to wrong side of fabric.

strap-fold 2.5 top

  • Fold piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.

strp-fold-side

  • Open fabric and fold each side to meet at the center fold.  Press.

strp-fold-center

  • Fold in half lengthwise and press.  Top stitch around sides and bottom of piece.  Repeat with remaining 4×6 pieces of fabric.

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  • On the finished edge of each strap, sew a ¾ x ¾ inch piece of Velcro.

strp-velcro

  • On the wrong side of each tab, mark 1-½ inches from the raw edge.  Place tab inside bag at top edge, wrong sides together, matching 1-½ inch mark with top pressed edge and aligning with the matching piece of Velcro below.  Pin.  Repeat with remaining tabs.

pintabs

  • Place lining inside the bag, wrong sides together, matching corners.
  • Pin every two inches along the top edge.
  • Top- stitch 1/8 inch from top edge, being sure to catch the 1/4 inch of fabric turned under on the bag and lining.

topstitch

  • Place on rack, looping tabs over the rack and securing with the Velcro patches.

finished

The hamper can be folded for storage.

folded

This makes a nice storage unit for lightweight toys (think stuffed animals), sewing, clothing, towels, etc.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

10 thoughts on “Repurposing a Hamper Rack – A Tutorial”

  1. That is such a good idea! It looks so cute with the patchwork, and the velcro is good because you can take it off and wash it. You are so inventive!

  2. As someone who edited how-to sewing books, I’m impressed with how clearly you’ve explained everything and provided all the measurements. I might not have left my job if all my authors had been as careful as you.

  3. Lillian, that is so clever! I can’t believe you, slicing up leather, replacing straps, whipping out a new bag. You are a genius, and it’s wonderfully decorative. Great job, great tutorial!

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