Sunday, 27 May 2012

Silly old basket!

Well, maybe not silly, in fact really rather useful... and now a bit prettier

I have had this pair of baskets kicking around for a long time now and I use them to store my buttons and beads and odd fabrics. I decided on a whim, that they would be nicer lined, so I had a quick rootle through my stash and found some nice strong fabric that I was thinking of making cushions with, but as I have more than enough cushions, basket liners it was!

They are surprisingly easy to make; 
  1. cut a strip long enough and deep enough to go round the basket
  2. bung the basket on the remaining fabric, grab a felt pen and draw round about a 1/2 and inch outside the basket
  3. cut the oval out
  4. sew a hem on one edge of the long strip
  5. sew the unhemmed edge of the strip to the oval
  6. sew up the seam
  7. stick it in the basket
  8. stand back and feel smug!
  9. realise that using a pattern with leaves looks better when it is full as you can't see where the leaves go upside down on the inside
I did think about putting some pockets along the inside, but since these are big baskets, filled with either jars of beads/buttons or rolled/folded bits of fabric I figured I'd either never use them, or I'd put little things in them and forget they were there!


  1. What a lovely idea! Clever you! Love Katie xxx

  2. Thats a very clever idea. Good, pleasing result.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  3. Ah,I see baskets from time to time that would benefit from this sweet treatment!
    Ooo,received the fascinator,darling! thank you so much!I might wear it for cocktails this coming Saturday! XXX

  4. Those baskets look so pretty with their liners, great stuff.

    I'm hosting a giveaway over at my blog and would love for you to stop by and participate.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

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  6. They look great - I love that thistle fabric!