Monday, August 18, 2014

How To Make A Liner For A Basket

In between doing projects for the Mountain Cottage, I've also been trying to keep up with projects that need to be done at home. 
Painting the Laundry Room has been on our project list for a lonnnnngggg time.  The paint was purchased last March, hangs head in shame.  
Well, about a month ago,  Mr. DIY came home from work one day and was surprised that I had already started. One morning I just couldn't take it anymore and decided to open the can of paint. There was no going back once I cut in the corners! 
I still have one more project to do before the new Laundry Room is revealed. 

If you remember, the Laundry Room looked like this...

The new paint color is lighter and brighter and the old baskets that I keep Laundry Room essentials in didn't look good with the new paint. 

So, just like the wall art I painted (you can click HERE if you missed it), I used a couple of cans of Rust-Oleum Paint and Primer to paint the baskets white. 

Here's how I made the liners:
The old basket liners were taken out of the baskets and I started to measure them, but found it so much easier to measure one of the baskets. 

I measured height, width and the bottom, then made a pattern  for each side and added 1/2" for seam allowance all the way around. I also added 3" for the fold over on the top. The 3" also included 1" for a seam allowance. 

Since the pattern was very large and wanted the pattern in a specific place, I placed the pattern paper over the fabric until it looked good, then I cut out the fabric.

You can either sew the top finished edge first like this- fold under 1" and fold 1/2" of that under and sew or... can sew the all the sides together first, then fold the top finished edge over the side seams and sew the top edge last. 
I always have to remind myself...right sides together!
I had to rip out one seem on this project because I wasn't paying attention! This is why when I sew, the seam ripper is my best friend. 

On the first basket liner, I sewed the top edge first. 

On the 2nd and 3rd basket, I sewed the side seams first then sewed the top last. 
I think I like the top seam sewn last. 

Once you sew the sides together and the top seam, then sew the bottom to the top.

Place the liner in the basket to see how it fits.

Here's a look at the baskets all finished. 

This could also be done as a no sew project if you don't know how to sew, just follow the same steps above. 

In the last photo, you see the wall paint(although it's more minty than gray) and you see a peek of the final project on my list for the Laundry Room.

Looking forward to showing you the finished Laundry Room...hopefully in a couple of weeks.
I'm off to SoCal for a week again, (by myself this time) to help my dad with cleaning and organizing his home.
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Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite sewing project (or no sew project) is!



  1. My favorite sewing project is one that is finished! Ok, serioulsy I've been sewing complicated custom window treatments for years and still one of my favorite projects is a dog bed I made for my best 4 legged friend.

  2. I don't sew so I can't answer that question. I do love your baskets though. What a great idea Pam! Have a nice weekend.


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