Basket Liner Tutorial

Ok, so here’s my first crack at a craft tutorial! My blog deals with a lot of emotional stuff, but I love to do a wide variety of crafts.

I guess it’s my own brand of therapy!

So, occasionally, I will be sharing some of my craft therapy creations here.

I don’t know about y’all, but when I move, I look forward to new ways to decorate. The last time we moved, we had to buy a shower curtain, because we went from having glass doors, to a standard stall/tub shower. Immediately, I got excited and started scouring websites for bathroom ideas. I even started a board on Pinterest, where I gathered my “pinspirations.” Check it out here, to see my color schemes, and projects I wanted to tackle. I really love the new trends of coral and mint/turquoise! I’m so glad it continued into this year from last year. I don’t have much wall space available for any of the art projects I saw, so I was trying to figure out how to bring more color into the room.

Check out my Bathroom Ideas Pinterest board for other turquoise and coral decorating possibilities!

One day, I was browsing through the fabric department at Hobby Lobby (my favorite part of the store!), and I came across a collection of fabrics that just encompassed the color scheme I love, and arrows (which has also become a favorite of mine recently).

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I didn’t buy any fabric that day. I know! Crazy, right? I think I’m the only sewist who doesn’t buy fabric just to buy it. I didn’t know what I would do with it; therefore, didn’t know how much I should get.

One day, the inspiration hit me. I have this little wicker basket on the toilet for toilet paper.

Hello! New Basket liner!

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This tutorial is a basket liner makeover for my handy toilet paper holder. I don’t know where the basket came from, I just kind of acquired it from my mother-in-law, while she lived with us. Thanks, Nana!

So, I started browsing…you guessed it…Pinterest. There are numerous tutorials about basket liners, with patterns, etc. This one over at So Much Sew, is really helpful, but I basically just measured my existing liner, since it fits, and did my own thing! My mom would be so proud of me. I’m usually a stickler for needing a pattern for everything.

Turn the liner inside out. You can see the basic construction of the pieces. Plus, it gives you an idea of the seam allowances, and how the edges are folded over.

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My liner has a rectangle bottom, two longer sides, and smaller squarish end pieces. The side pieces are more of a trapezoid than a rectangle. Overall, basic pieces.

I used my rotary mat to measure the pieces.

  • The bottom piece is 11″ x 5 1/2″
  • Sides are 11″ x 8″ x 13″
  • Ends are 6 1/2″ x 8 ” x 7″
  • *Make sure you add the amount that is folded  over at the top seams*

I can also  see that a 1/2 inch seam allowance was used for the liner.

Here are all the cut pieces:

*I decided to make a smaller basket liner with the arrow fabric, so only the triangle fabric is seen here.

Whether or not you press them after you cut, is just a matter of preference. I pressed mine because they had creases, from being folded up, sitting in my craft closet for a few weeks.

On to Construction!

You have to remember that a basket liner is kind of backwards to how you would normally construct fabric pieces. When you sew the pieces together, the right sides of the fabric will be on the inside of the rectangle you create.

I’ve seen other tutorials that sewed the sides to the bottom first, and then sewed the edges. Either way works. I did it this way because I’ve done similar projects that were done like this.

First, I sewed the side pieces together; matching one long, and one short piece, sewing right sides together. Make sure that all your shorter edges are on the same side. Then, I sewed those two pieces together; matching up a long to a short. Then, join the ends together, forming a loop.  Press all seems from the right side. Using the narrow end of my ironing board, I slipped the loop over the end (right sides facing out), and pressed it that way. Voila!

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Now, to add the bottom piece to the sides. A little bit tricky, but I’ll walk you through it.

With right sides together, match up the long end of the bottom piece to the long piece of the loop. Center the piece between the two seams of the long piece of the loop. Sew together, still using the 1/2 in seam allowance. No need to backstitch. It worked out nicely that my triangles were 1/2in, so I followed the line! In order to sew the other side, right sides together, you will need to flip your loop inside out. When the two edges of the bottom are done it will look like this:

 

Now you can scooch your seems together, lining up your fabric the same way as the other side. Once that is done, time for the ends.

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I used pins this time, so my fabric doesn’t shift. At the machine, make sure you backstitch the beginning and end seams to reinforce your corners.

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All that’s left now, is to fold over the edges for your top seam. I’m always quite particular about my hem stitches. I use a sewing gauge to measure as I go along, folding, pressing, and pinning. Fold over and press 1/4 to 1/2 in, to the wrong side. Fold that over, and pin. I like to spot check with my gauge to make sure my hem is the same size all the way around, before I stitch. Sew close to the edge of your fold.

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Tada! You now have a completed basket liner! You can also see the other liner I made with the arrow fabric.

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