Finished size : customizable
Who doesn’t love a good basket? Wire, wicker, or wooden; vintage or brand new—they keep life neat and tidy. So why not spruce them up! Make them pretty—and practical!
Materials and Supplies
- Laminated cotton for exterior and interior
- Double-fold bias tape
This is another project that you could use almost any type of fabrics for, from quilting cotton to oilcloth. I’ve chosen to use laminated cotton because it’s easy to clean; closets and pantries can get dusty over time. Every once in a while I wipe down the laminated liners with a damp cloth, and I’m done.
cutting it out
1). This pattern will lead you through how to make a lining for a basket that is wider at the top than at the bottom. When sizing the basket for the lining, measure the inside of the basket to get the right fit. Using a flexible measuring tape, find the length (A) and width (B) along the top and then along the bottom (D and E) of the basket. Then measure the depth (C) of the basket.
2). Use the measurements taken in Step 1 to create your own pattern. Refer to pattern paper (in Tips and Tricks) for suitable pattern paper. On a large piece of paper, using a wide, clear ruler and a pencil, draw a rectangle (or square) according to the bottom length (D) and width (E) measurements. Mark the center of all 4 sides. Cut out the rectangle on the drawn lines.
The bottom of my smallest basket is 6″ × 8″; I drew a rectangle the same size.
3). Along the bottom of another piece of paper, draw a line the length of the basket bottom (D) and mark the center. From the center point of D, draw a perpendicular line straight up that is the same length as the basket’s depth (C).
My basket is 8″ in length and 7″ tall, so I drew a line 7″ high, centered on the D line.
4). At the top of C, and centered on it, draw a perpendicular line the length of the top of the basket (A).
My basket is 10½″ along the top, so I drew a 10½″ line (5¼″ to either side of C) that was parallel to the bottom length.
5). Now connect the ends of the 2 parallel lines to create 2 diagonal lines that will be the side seams for the basket liner pattern.
6). To create the fold-over for the basket liner, draw a third parallel line, 2½″ to 4½″ above the A line, and as long as A. The bigger the basket, the deeper the fold-over should be.
For my small basket I chose to go with a 2½″ fold-over, and for the larger basket shown I went with a 4½″ fold-over.
7). If you’re working off a paper roll, cut your drawing paper away from the roll. Leave a good 2″ on either side of your drawing for future steps. Cut the excess paper away above the fold-over line drawn in Step 6.
8). Fold the paper, blank sides together, along line A. With the drawn side of the pattern up, use a tracing wheel (in Tools) to transfer the angle of the side seams onto the fold-over. Unfold the pattern and trace the perforated line with a pencil on the right side. These 2 lines are the fold-over side seams.
TIP : If you don’t have a tracing wheel, simply fold the portion of the fold-over pattern that shows back over the angled side seams to mark their placement.
9). Using the clear ruler, add ¾″ to each diagonal line as shown (¼″ for seam allowance and ½″ to add some ease to the pattern).
10). Fold the pattern in half along the C line to check that it is symmetrical. If it’s off in any way, remeasure and make any adjustments. When the pattern is trued up, cut it out, trace it, and cut out a second copy.
11). Repeat Steps 3–10 for the basket’s smaller side, using the widths (B and E) and the depth (C).
12). Tape the base and the 4 side pieces together as shown to create the finished basket liner pattern, matching the bottom lengths (D) and widths (E) and the center marks. The seam allowances will overlap at the D/E intersections, but that’s okay.
13). To determine the amount of fabric needed, measure the pattern from top to bottom and side to side. Rotate the pattern to find the most efficient way to cut it out. Buy the same amount of 2 coordinating laminated cotton prints for a two-toned effect, or double the amount if you want to use the same print for the interior and exterior of the liner.
14). Cut out 2 basket liners using your pattern, 1 for the interior and 1 for the exterior.
sewing it up
1). On the interior basket liner piece, pin 2 adjacent angled sides, right sides together, at the top corners. It’s normal if the angles from the small and the large sidewalls vary slightly; just bring the corners together at the top and align the sides to create the right shape for your basket. Sew them together using a ¼″ seam allowance, pivoting at the fold-over point and backstitching at the top. Repeat to sew all 4 side seams to create a boxlike shape.
2). Refer to ironing laminated cotton (in Tips and Tricks) to press the seams to the side, using a pressing cloth to protect your material from the heat of the iron.
3). Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the exterior of the basket liner.
4). Slide the interior of the liner inside the exterior, wrong sides together. Match up the side seams and pin the 2 pieces together along the top raw edge. Baste around the raw edge if desired.
5). Refer to Bias Tape to sandwich the double-fold bias tape around the raw edge of the basket liner, edgestitching it in place and finishing the ends as desired.
6). Slide the finished basket liner into the basket. Slowly and carefully turn the fold-over down over the top of the basket. This will be a snug fit; to avoid ripping the stitches, pull about ½″ of the liner over each corner to start with and then slowly pull the rest down.
For my small basket I made sure that I had an even 2″ folded over.
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