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!
DIY Lined Basket
basket – mine was from a thrift store or a garage sale.
fabric for lining
Valspar Flay White Spray Paint
sewing machine and matching thread
The first thing I did was to clean and then use the white spray paint to cover the entire basket. Including the bottom.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
The sides are a little loose but I don’t mind it.
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….
Now it is much prettier and I am always happier with less clutter.
Doesn’t that look much better? I am very happy with my finished lined basket.
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