Rainbow Stitched Desk Storage

How to weave a rainbow onto a plastic container.

When I see plastic storage bins with holes my natural instinct is to stitch.  The idea of a cross stitch pattern, memories of plastic canvas crafts and kids lacing cards all come rushing back.  Does this happen to anyone else?  With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching and my series on Treetopia (sponsored link) about rainbow crafts in full swing I have Roy G. Biv tunnel vision and these white bins from the dollar store called my name.

Colorful DIY desk accessories.

Some might call my desk chaotic, I call it colorful and inspiring.  I’m one of those people that needs to be surrounded by color, my desk is no exception.  Stitched rainbow storage crates were a natural addition. 


  • Baskets with holes
  • Large eyed sewing needle
  • Colorful yarn
  • Scissors

A selection of rainbow yarn.

First things first, decide on a pattern.  Are you going to go for rainbows like I did?  Are you feeling like one giant starburst in the center is more your thing?  Don’t be afraid to make it a solid color.  Experiment with stitches and create something that speaks to you.  Each of my three baskets has a different stitch and pattern, they just all happen to be rainbow colored.

How to stitch colorful DIY desk storage.

Wanna put a pompom on it?  Ya you do.  Not sure how to make a pompom?  I’ve got you covered.  Check out my post with 8 DIY Videos to Teach You How to Make a Pompom.  Glue or tie the pompom into the corners.

Colorful rainbow stitched desk storage.

You’re suddenly looking around your house for plastic storage containers aren’t you?  I know I did the same thing.  Don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand there is plenty to be found at the dollar store.  Grab a chunky needle, some colorful yarn and put on your favorite show – it’s time to get stitching.

Want more ideas about switchable storage?  Read on…

Stylish Stitched Storage – These baskets were part of a series on DIY Network.  Get creative with your patterns and don’t feel like you have to stitch every single hole.

How to stitch a metal pencil holder.

Simple and Stylish Embroidered Desk Accessories – The larger the holes, the faster this stitched storage project will go.  Try something more intricate on mesh metal desk accessories with more holes.

How to embroider a basket.

One Dollar Spot Basket Three Different Ways – Even if your basket or bin does not have holes in it, there is nothing that says you can’t stitch it (or weave it).  Trust me, I know. 

***Please note I am the brand ambassador for Treetopia which I am paid and compensated for.  However, all opinions are my own.***


4 Responses to “Rainbow Stitched Desk Storage”

  1. Stephanie

    What a clever idea. I never thought about that. I love the rainbow desk storage set. Thank you for sharing. I have pinned to share. 🙂

  2. Carol ("Mimi")

    What a great idea! I have several of these cheap, plastic bins for storing office supplies. It never occurred to me to treat the surface like a cross-stitch canvas. Your creations are beautiful!


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