Basket Liners [Tutorial]

Lined Baskets Tutorial -

I wasn’t planning on making a tutorial for these basket liners. I’m tired, they aren’t particularly fancy or interesting, and I am distracted by baby-ness. BUT….My little sister requested one, and since she was sweet enough to thrift for baskets for me, I couldn’t say no to her. So here is the basic gist of it for you….

You will need:

  • a basket
  • fabric (I used muslin, and doubled up the lining to make it more opaque.)
  • 1/2″ elastic
  • the usual – thread, pins, etc….

It starts with a basket – handles removed.

thrift store basket -

Measure from the center of the basket bottom, up the side and over to where you want the liner to end. Add a seam allowance and 1″ for the elastic casing.  This measurement is height of your liner. (Multiply the height by two if you are doubling up the lining like I did. )

Measure the height of the liner from the bottom center of the basket -

Measure around the outside of the basket. Add to this measurement a little “ease” (1/2 to 1 inch) and two seam allowances. This is the width of your liner.

measure the outside of the basket opening -

Cut out a piece of fabric according to the width and height measurements. Fold it in half width-wise right sides together and sew the “height” sides together making a tube.

lining as tube -

If you are doubling the lining, fold the tube down within itself wrong sides facing. The folded edge of the tube will be the top of the lining. (Although, the top edge is shown at the bottom in this photo. My apologies.)

tube doubled up -

Fold over the (folded) top edge of the lining 1 inch to the outside of the tube.

fold over 1 inch to the outside of the tube -

Sew a 3/4 inch casing along the folded edge for elastic. Leave an opening for inserting the elastic later.

sew an elastic casing -

Sew the bottom edges of the tube together.

sew the bottom edge of the tube together -

Measure the shortest width of the basket bottom.

measure the bottom of the basket -

Then, sew a “dart” across the bottom corners the length just measured. This seam is perpendicular to the bottom seam.

Dart the bottom corners -

Now, the lining has a bottom to it that is roughly the same size as the bottom of the basket.
view from bottom:

darted and boxed out lining -

view from top:

lining from top -

Insert elastic into the casing, and adjust it fit the basket.

elastic into casing - sewfear;ess/cp,

And that’s it!

finished basket -

I hope you enjoyed it, Rachel (and everyone else)!
Let me know if you have any questions.

(More details on the lined basket project in this post.)

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  1. says

    You’re a genius! I have long mused over this very topic, but never had tried. I’m sure I could have figured it out, but I would done it a much more complicated way. So simple! Wow. Now I need to go find some more baskets :)

  2. Carolyn says

    Great tutorial! I have got up to the bit where you sew darts though & it might be a stupid question but what do I do with the triangular leftover bit of fabric now?

  3. Holly S. says

    Jodi. Can I just say thank you? Thank you! Thank you thank you! Thank you thank you thank you! I have been trying to make liners for some baskets my daughter got (some half a year or so ago now) and the five-piece method left me in tears (it was all that math, I just know it). You method is direct and too the point. Whiz-bang-boom and girlie has lined baskets for her art supplies and other miscellaneous crap. You are a God-send!

  4. Sharon Chapko says

    I was wondering how you would put the handle back on after making the liner? Also, I have one of those oval wicker baskets, that have the built in holes for carrying it with (that I want to use for a baby gift); how would I work around the holes? Do you have any samples of those types of baskets?


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