This isn’t a step by step How-To with pattern pieces. I will show you how to measure your basket to get some approximate measurements so you can make a basket liner for your baskets at home.
I have a large wicker basket that I dearly love. It holds my yarn quite nicely. It holds a bunch of yarn and then fits under my coffee table, but it snags my yarn. I received my Michael’s sales flier by e-mail today and noticed the lovely things for organizing your home. It is January and I do have the organizing bug. So, making use of what I have and improving something I already own is a huge money saver.I have some beautiful fabric that my Mom gave me. In fact I recovered my ironing board with it. I love it. It is bright and cheerful without being in your face.
I cut this pattern from a left over piece of wrapping paper. I put the basket down and drew around it. This is the bottom.
Then I placed the base of the basket liner in the bottom of the basket and did some trimming to make it fit a little better.
Here you can see that it fits better but seems to not be the same shape. So I folded the bottom in half and trimmed the extra off.
Here you can see that I am getting ready to cut out the base piece out of fabric. I left 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around the base.
I laid the basket on its side and rolled it from one side to the other as I drew the pattern of the side.
Then I placed it up against the inside of the basket. I left extra at either end but trimmed the side a little bit.
I cut the fold over cuff. I didn’t measure and I didn’t have a pattern piece for this part. I did lay one piece on top of the other and cut the three of them all the same size. I know that I probably won’t need that much extra but you never know.
I sewed one side seam of the basket sides and then matched up the sides to the bottom part of the liner. I sewed them right sides together.
I placed the liner in the basket to see if it fit. It does
There is a pleat at one of the ends of the basket liner and I left one side seam unsewn. I then folded the cuff in two and sewed two of the pieces together. I then matched up the edges and sewed the sides of the basket and the cuff together. It wasn’t too difficult and yes, I did not use pins!
When I was finished one side seam of the basket liner wasn’t completed. I placed the liner in the basket to see if it would fit. It didn’t quite fit. It needs another two to three inches. So, I added a Gusset!
Here is the definition of a gusset from the free online dictionary.
1. A triangular insert, as in the seam of a garment, for added strength or expansion.
2. A triangular metal bracket used to strengthen a joist.
3. A piece of mail or plate armor protecting the joints in a suit of armor.
[Middle English, from Old French gousset, perhaps diminutive of gousse, pod, husk.]
I could see that I would need to add a triangular piece of fabric into the side or gusset and that it needed to have the cuff on the top as well.
I added the gusset in and the basket liner fits pretty good.
The photo directly above shows you the gusset. I like it and it works great! I saved money and used what I had on hand to improve my organization in my house. Actually, to make it easier to crochet or knit. The basket holds about 20 balls of yarn and fits under my coffee table which makes it easier for people to walk around when I am not using the yarn (which is hardly ever)!