DIY Spa-Themed Gift Basket {Maternity Leave Guest Post}

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Congratulations Sara on your new bundle of joy! I hope you are finding a few minutes to yourself each day, although I realize that can be challenging with young boys plus a newborn. With that in mind, I thought I’d show all the Mom Endeavors readers how to create a unique and inexpensive lined gift basket using a painted thrift store bucket (tutorial here) and a pair of Goodwill pants (tutorial below). And hopefully they’ll fill it with a few relaxing spa themed goodies for the a new Mom in their lives. 😉

Before we begin, I think introductions are in order:

Hi, everyone, my name is Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl).

Yup that’s me, and that’s my drill which might as well be a prosthetic arm because I always have it with me. I write a blog filled with DIY tutorials for building things (like my son’s closet turned into a reading nook,)

or sewing things (like a piped bench cushion using a shower curtain,)

or fixing things (like replacing an old almond colored outlet,)

or crafting things like a book page medallion wreath.

Anything I improve, fix, design or create I’ll show you how I did it. I believe that you are all handy people, but sometimes need a little step-by-step tutorial to give you the confidence to complete your own DIY project.

Won’t you join me in learning how to put together a quick gift lined gift basket using Goodwill pants?

So, I started this post and wrote “How to Make a Pants Liner” in the title field until I realized that pants liner is only one letter away from panty liner. {snicker, giggle} Not good.

The liner started out in a previous life as a pair of pants:

Not my pants, I found them at Goodwill. I liked the print and had plans to use the fabric for a sweater embellishment, but then I saw how nicely the purple color looked next to my newly painted bucket and inspiration hit.

Start by turning the pants inside out.

Set the foot of the pants inside your bucket. And roll the waist outside the bucket. Move the pants up and down on the bucket until you have a snug fit.
Mark the outside edge of the pants with a disappearing fabric marker or an old sliver of soap. Make sure you allow an extra inch to roll under when you sew it.
Remove the pants from the pail, take a big breath and cut the pants. Yes, I cringe at cutting up pieces of clothing. One day I hope to overcome my phobia.

Fold over the cut edge twice and sew it.

Set the pant leg into the bucket again and roll the finished edge over the bucket until you are happy with how much cuff shows. Then use a pin to mark where the bottom of the bucket is.

Remove your pants liner {snicker, snicker, giggle. I almost said panty liner again.} And use some more pins to mark a straight line across the leg.

Take another breath and cut just below the pins on the leg. Remember to allow at least 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn the pants inside out (right sides together) and stitch the bottom closed.
Slip the liner back onto your bucket…

…and smooth out the bottom of the liner into your bucket.

That’s it. You are done. Now fill up your bucket with a few spa themed gifts for Sara (err, I mean your gift recipient.)

The possibilities for this project are endless. How cute would a pair of old jeans look as a liner? Or some funky striped pants. So get thee to Goodwill ASAP and scour those pant racks. Size large or bigger works the best.

Thanks again for letting me share this tutorial with your readers Sara. I hope they’ll pay me a visit over at

Now, get some rest gal!

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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