Liberty and Lloyd Loom loveliness

I have an original Lloyd Loom laundry basket that used to be my grandmothers and some beautiful Liberty of London ‘Poppy and Daisy’ fabric (I really can’t get enough, I think it’s becoming an addiction).  My grandmother covered the lid of the basket in beautiful Sanderson ‘Chelsea’ fabric, probably about fifty years ago.  Needless to say it began to look more shabby than chic. So I decided to rejuvenate it so that it can also be used as a seat. The beauty of this tutorial is that there are so many possibilities as you can tailor it to your exact needs: Change the colour of the basket using paint, use any fabric of your choice, use a different piece of furniture like a toy chest.

You will need:

1. Lloyd Loom basket, ottoman or similar piece of furniture that needs new upholstery (if you search for Lloyd Loom on ebay you will see you can pick up a bargain for around £25)

2. Fabric (strong enough to withstand being pulled and stapled – cotton will do but if you want to make a toy chest/seat for a child’s nursery you may want upholstery fabric to withstand the wear and tear)

3. Foam cut to size (I bought it from efoam, which is really simple as they will cut it to size for you – just tap in the dimensions you need on their website and they will give you an online quote)

4. Dacron (widely available on the internet, very cheap and it can also be used as wadding for quilts)

5. Scissors

6. Tape measure and pencil

7. Staple gun

You will need: Staple gun, foam, dacron.

Lloyd loom laundry basket and Liberty Tana lawn fabric

You will need: Lloyd Loom basket and fabric.

I’m using Liberty Tana Lawn Poppy and Daisy cotton.


Lloyd Loom basket and foam top

1. Place the foam on top of the basket.

Lloyd loom basket with foam and dacron cover

2. Place the dacron over it. Make sure you have enough so that it can be pulled over the underside of the lid and stapled.

Using a staple gun

3. If there is someone to help you for this stage the better. If one of you pulls the dacron over the sponge (as taut as possible) and the other staples the dacron to the lid of the basket.

Lloyd Loom laundry basket

4. Once you have stapled the dacron all the way round the lid cut away as much excess as possible.

Reupholstering of Lloyd loom laundry basket

5. Now you are ready to cover the seat in fabric.

6. Measure the fabric so that there is enough excess to be pulled and stapled onto the underside of the lid.

7. Just as you stapled the dacron complete that step with the fabric (and with help if you have it). Start at the sides and then do the front of the lid. At the corners make neat folds in the fabric, like hospital corners on a bed.

8. Leave the material at the back of the basket hanging down.

9. With the lid closed draw a V-shape on the fabric below each hinge: the top of the V should be as wide as the hinge and the point of it should meet the edge of the fabric. Pull the remainder of the fabric through and staple as before leaving the Vs hanging down the back of the basket.

10. Cut along each V and pull the resulting triangles around either side of the hinge. They can then be stapled along with the rest of the fabric.

Ta da! This can be used as an occasional table, laundry basket, storage or seat.

Next time I am definitely going to do a toy chest, which will double as a low seat for children.




  1. Jane
    21st February 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Well done. You make it look so simple.

  2. kd
    22nd February 2013 / 10:18 am

    Recycling all the way!!

  3. kasha skwarcan
    22nd February 2013 / 9:21 pm

    that seems simple enough and the result is so beautiful.

  4. Han
    25th February 2013 / 9:55 pm

    I want to do this. Such a lovely storage idea.

  5. Evelyn
    27th February 2013 / 8:09 pm

    My Weekend project! I have an old ottoman that am going to turn into a storage/ window seat for the kids to sit on. Figures crossed it will not be a disaster!

    • katy
      28th February 2013 / 7:23 am

      I want to see the end result!

  6. Lisa
    8th March 2016 / 11:04 am

    I have 2 Lloyd loom linen baskets for up cycling – Can I ask what do you suggest for painting/spraying as they need some tlc first?

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