tv tray cart turned laundry cart / basket

January 18th, 2010 in member junk     
TroyRash TroyRash, member
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remember those rolling carts with the metal tube framework that held the family tv trays back in the 60s and 70s? my mom got hers with her s&h green stamps.. i had one and decided to make a laundry basket out of it .. i used some vintage fabrics that i had and put a snap in the middle on the flap to help hold it in place .. i made my own pattern by lying the cart on its side on newpaper and drawing around the edges to create the V pattern sides ... then i measured around the V and how wide i needed the fabric and sewed it up .. i had to make some adjustments by handwork .. but i am very pleased with the way it turned out ..i have a bunch of tv trays without wheels which i may make some of these for .. sorry i forgot to take before pictures .. i would take some now, but my camera is at home and i am at the warehouse working ..


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Comments (16)

Stile writes: Awww - really, why didn't I think of this as a repurpose for those old tv trays. Thank you for sharing! Posted: 12:25 pm on October 29th
SantaClaus writes: Love this! Posted: 7:42 am on November 12th
galynn writes: Great idea, it would be very useful. Posted: 7:37 pm on January 24th
capawajunker writes: Oh how I remember the TV trays of the 70's. This is a real great idea. I have two really old ones that I think I may do that with to hold my knitting and crochet projects. Just have to figure out how to make the lid stay in place without snapping it on. Will send pics if I ever find time to actually do it. Posted: 2:03 pm on January 14th
PastBlessings writes: Fabulous idea! Looks great! Posted: 11:42 am on January 27th
TinTinJunkFan writes: I am soimpressed with your sewing skills...this turned out terrific! Posted: 6:22 pm on January 22nd
janetleecarl writes: This is so adorable!! Great idea. Posted: 4:23 pm on January 19th
Junkyard_Ballerina writes: Oh this is too cool. Very useful re-purpose, and very pretty too. Thanks for sharing this good idea. Hmm...just the right size "yarn tote" for my mega-knitter neighbor... Posted: 12:19 pm on January 19th
alicemom writes: Troy,
That is so darn clever! I see it going on down to Canton!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:55 am on January 19th
shabbychick writes: I remember the tv trays too! Ha ha - this is an ingenious repurpose!

Kathy Posted: 11:26 am on January 19th
suewhitney writes: Superb, clever, and very well done my friend. Ahhh...the thought of S&H Green Stamps....brings back memories.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:06 am on January 19th
fellowjunker writes: Unbelievably gorgeous Troy....you know what I think about your sewing skills!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 11:57 pm on January 18th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Great idea! Love the vintage fabric. I too remember those S & H Green stamps...my mom may still have some stashed away. Ooh...this could be another project post!

(Jim...I thought you were just thinking of June Cleaver from "Leave it to Beaver"-works for me)

~judi ;) Posted: 11:46 pm on January 18th
JunkArchitect writes: Clever repurpose…not cleaver. Your project got me all worked up.

Jim Posted: 9:38 pm on January 18th
JunkArchitect writes: Jeez, I remember we had a bunch of those TV trays, I loved them. They all had the same 1950’s pattern…roosters and cast-iron frying pans. What was it with the 50’s infatuation with roosters…and cast-iron frying pans?! There was lots of wallpaper with that same pattern too. I wish they still had Green Stamps. I’m starting to ramble…sorry.
Anyway, that’s a cleaver repurpose of the old base.

Jim Posted: 9:31 pm on January 18th
oldnews writes: I so remember! We had them and I used to be the one who put the S & H Green stamps in the books to get the stuff! Too funny! I love what you did with yours, what a great idea! Thanks for the little blast from the past! Marie Posted: 8:42 pm on January 18th
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