How to Make a Basket Liner
I bought some metal baskets at Home Goods a while back that I really like for storage but they really could use some liners as some of the small things slip through the holes. I really like the metal look but didn’t really realize how impractical these baskets are so I decided to make some liners for them. Making these liners was a fairly simple process. It may look complicated but really it is not. You want to make sure that you measure twice and cut once for this project to get the perfect fit. Fabric is the only thing you need to get the perfect look.
I, of course, used a remnant for my liner that I purchased from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to fabric.com or onlinefabricstore.net to get exactly the fabric for your needs. If you don’t have a stash of fabrics head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to find the perfect fabric for your liners. I decided to keep mine simple. I used a quilting cotton that I had on hand but muslin would be perfect. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
What you will Need:
- Fabric – the amount depends on the size of the basket
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: How to Make a Basket Liner
Measure the height and width of all four sides and the bottom of your basket and add 1/2″ to all of the measurements to accommodate for the 1/4″ seam allowance. Once you have that measurement add another 1″ to the height of the measurement of all four sides so that the fabric will drape over the top.
Step 2: How to Make a Basket Liner
Cut out your fabrics using a rotary cutter and mat. Using the rotary cutter is much easier than using scissors for this project as you get a much straighter and cleaner cut. If you don’t have a rotary cutter and mat you can purchase them using the link but if you do I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Step 3: How to Make a BaskET LINER
Determine which piece will be the back of your basket. Lay it flat on your work surface. With right sides together place one of the side pieces on top of the back piece and sew the left seam using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stop stitching 1/4″ from the end.
Step 4: How to Make a Basket Liner
Lay the other side right sides together on the back piece and stitch it to the right side. Stop stitching 1/4″ from the end. You should have two sides sewn to a back piece.
Step 5: How to Make a Basket Liner
Take the piece that you have designated as the front of the basket and place it right sides together with the second side that you just sewed and stitch it using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stop stitching 1/4″ from the end. You should now have a long piece of fabric with both front and back pieces and the sides sewn together.
Step 6: How to Make a Basket Liner
Hem the top of the long fabric piece by folding down the top and folding it again to encase the raw edges. Stitch the hem.
Step 7: How to Make a Basket Liner
Fold the piece in half widthwise so that the short raw edges are facing. Stitch this final side also stopping 1/4″ from the end. You will now have a box shape without a bottom.
Step 8: How to Make a Basket Liner
With right sides together, pin the bottom to the sides and stitch stopping at each corner and pivoting where you have stopped at the 1/4″ mark to make the bottom flush with the sides. Back stitch at the corners for extra strength. Turn the liner right sides out and place it in the basket. You have now finished your liner.
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