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Lined Basket For A Farmhouse Organized Kitchen

I have always wanted to try making a lined basket.  I see them in stores and they look so nice.  I have even bought some lined baskets to use for organization in my home but I have never actually sewn the lining for one. Until now!  



Before and After pictures of the lined basket - www.michellejdesigns.comDIY Lined Basket

Materials Needed:

basket – mine was from a thrift store or a garage sale.

fabric for lining

ruler/tape measure


Valspar Flay White Spray Paint

sewing machine and matching thread




Getting Started

The first thing I did was to clean and then use the white spray paint to cover the entire basket.  Including the bottom.  




DIY Lined Basket - Original basket turned upside down ready for white paint. -



I used the same spray paint that I used on the bells for my Christmas Swag.  It took a few coats because of the wicker weave.



Christmas Swag -



The Liner

After it was painted and while it was drying I worked on the lining.

I measured the sides of the basket and added for 1/2 inch seam allowances.  The basket has a slight slant from the top to the bottom so the top of the fabric needed to be 28 inches while the bottom needed to be 23 inches.  


Cutting one piece allowed me to just make one seam in the back or on the side.


Because I wanted the lining to fold over the top and hang down about 2 inches, I added an extra 2 1/4 inches to the height.


The piece for the bottom of the liner was created by measuring the bottom (inside) and adding and extra inch for a 1/2 inch seam allowance all of the way around.


This is how my fabric looked after I got it measured and cut.



DIY Lined Baskets - Pieces of fabric cut and ready for sewing.


Since the top edge would fold over the top of the basket it needed a nice finished edge.  First I used the zig-zag stitch along the edge to avoid fraying.  Then I ironed the edge down about 1/4 inch and stitched it.  



DIY Lined Baskets - An ironed edge for the top of the liner.






DIY Lined Baskets - Stitching the top edge with the sewing machine.


With right sides together, I stitched up the one seam.  It ended up in the back.  

Adding The Bottom Piece

When the side piece was ready, it was time to add the bottom.  With right sides together I pinned the edges of the bottom piece to the bottom edge of the side piece.  There were some gaps but it thought it would be okay.  And it was!


DIY Lined Baskets - Pinning the top piece to the side piece of the liner.





DIY Lined Baskets - Bottom view of the side and bottom pinned together.


I slowly stitched around the edge being careful to square off each corner.   Stitching very slowly, I was able to come out with just a couple of little puckers in the fabric. 

I removed the pins and fit it into the basket.  It worked!!


DIY Lined Baskets - The liner inside the basket. It fits!



The sides are a little loose but I don’t mind it.


DIY Lined Baskets - Side view of the nice white basket with the liner folded over the top of the basket.



I needed a lined basket to hide the medicine that we keep out on our counter.  I was getting sick of seeing it there but if I put it away I don’t seem to remember to take them.  I think I have some sort of problem.  But anyway….



DIY Lined Baskets - The kitchen counter before the lined basket. There is a mess of medications that need to be organized.



Now it is much prettier and I am always happier with less clutter.


DIY Lined Baskets - The kitchen counter with the addition of the lined basket. It looks so organized and pretty!




DIY Lined Baskets - Another picture of the clean, organized kitchen counter with the pretty lined basket



Doesn’t that look much better?  I am very happy with my finished lined basket.  



Before and After pictures of the lined basket -


You can see how I transformed diaper boxes into organizational boxes that I love!

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Thanks for stopping by!






Friday 16th of January 2015

This is such a great idea and great instructions! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! Pinned :) Jess


Friday 16th of January 2015

Thank you Jessica. I am a bit of a lazy seamstress but it gets the job done. Lol!


Tuesday 6th of January 2015

This is a project I've thought about trying. I think you did a great job! I'm stopping by from the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party! I'm co-hosting this week with Jessica. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up this week!


Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Thanks Christie! I am glad you stopped by. I love these boxes they are functional and pretty!