Margo had an old hamper (circa 1958) and she hated it. I have to admit, it is bordering on ugly. So here's what we did.
We used pink flowered fabric and using the basic ironing-board covering technique I learned about 35 years ago, we covered the top and padded it with batting. Then we made a skirt out of the coordinating stripe. My daughter learned how to thread elastic through a casing, how to measure and draft patterns, wind a bobbin, press a hem up, and sew a casing. Not a bad day's work!