Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday - Easy basket liners!

These were so fun, fast, & easy to make! In addition to just beautifying & protecting your basket, wool is insulated, so these would make fabulous bread baskets!

To make your patterns trace the bottom of your basket (make it a 1/2" smaller on either side if you won't have a seam, serging) for your bottom piece. For the sides, measure the side of your basket's width, and add how ever many inches you want it overlapping at the top. Cut your pieces. You will need one bottom and 4 sides. For a more finished look, you can use the hem of the sweater as the edge of the liner.

Now sew your 4 sides together, right sides in.

Sew the bottom to your sides, and you are done! Just slide it into your basket & fold down the edge. Wasn't that easy?

I forgot to tamp it down with my finger in the corners before taking the picture, but it looks much better that this.

FYI, the plaid sweater I used for the liner in the first picture is 65% merino wool/ 35% acrylic, and felted beautifully!


Unknown said...

Ok, I've been following and lurking for several months now and just have to say I LOVE your blog! I wish we were friends IRL so I could bask in the cozy goodness of all that wool. :)

I've got some major sewing machine envy as well! My DH unfortunately doesn't understand the combination of beauty and functionality that is embodied by those antique singers.

Resweater said...

Thanks! :)

Lora said...

If you use thick wool you can make a basket without the basket. Just follow the directions in Resweater's blog post. I've found smaller is better. I use four inch squares for bottom and sides. I sew the overlapping side down on the inside of the basket. It makes a kind of roundish-square catch-all, about 4 inches across and 2 1/2 inches tall.
I've done one that used 6 inch squares. I've not tried anything bigger than that.

Resweater said...

Ooh, thanks Lora... i'll have to try that! I am in love with the round baskets you have in your shop, especially the orange one.

LazyCrazyMama said...

How cute and fun!!! :)
I have piles of sweaters now from yard sales! I just can't pass them up (unless they are over a couple of bucks!). Once I get more soakers made I'm sure I will be looking for cute ideas like this!

...Sharon said...

...and a great liner for the baskets that my cats curl up in.

I happened upon your blog last month and immediately fell for your creative ways. Thanks for sharing!

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mamaTAVE said...

Wow! I think I will have to do that for some baskets that live in cubbies in my coffee table. I love the breadholder idea... I think I might try Lora's "basket without a basket" idea for that one!

yoga clothing said...

Oh my god you are so intelligent and really you are making the best things from some of waste. I have seen some creative ideas that you have done from old sweaters and they are just amazing.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you made that look really easy! Thanks!