Curbly Video Podcast: How to Sew Basket Liners...Without a Pattern!

By: Diy maven Oct 03, 2008

created on: 10/02/08

If you ask me, a basket without a basket liner looks kinda naked. But sewing them can be a bit tricky, especially when you factor in those four tricky corners on the bottom. I decided there had to be an easier, fool proof way to make them. So, after some experimentation, I came up with a method that involves a little math but no pattern and–better yet–no corner sewing!

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What you’ll need:

  • a sewing tape measure
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • fabric (you’ll see how to calculate the size in the video)
  • 1/4" elastic (you’ll see how to calculate its length in the video, as well)
  • a small to medium sized safety pin
  • straight pins
  • an iron and ironing board
  • a sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.
  • and, of course, a basket

What you’ll do:

Watch the video below!

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LOVE this tutorial!!!  I don't have baskets, but I have several boxes of the same size.  I first covered the box with drop cloth.  Kind like a present.  Then I used your tutorial to make the lining!  Amazing for organizing!  Thank's!

Sharon

 

 

 

I too am stuck like beckientim. Can you explain that part again?

Like beckientim says "The way the video looks to me is that when it says "then using a ruler we measure up from the point just to where the ruler measures 6 inches which is the width of our basket."  What I was doing was measuring 6 inches from the point to the middle of the triangle." 

I am still stuck on this part. Can you please explain it again? Maybe a different way...

Thanks! Other than that I haven't had a problem with the video. I however don't want to make 4 liners just to get this part right. :)

Thank you for the video back! =:)

What happened to the video? It was a great help, I made to basket liners using the video instructions. Please may we have it back?

Great!  This video enabled me to learn how to create a basket liner for a basket my daughter had that she  wanted to spruce up.

Great tutorial. Fast and easy. Made a  baby basket for my granddaughter's stuff. I keep her while her mom works.

Sorry for the double-post - forgot to put my username.

"Thanks for the feedback! I made one for an Easter basket that I recycled (my grandsons - I couldn't see throwing it away so I took the handle off and made a liner), but I think it would have come out much better if I had had your tutorial! I also have a small oval basket, like the breadbackets they bring you in a restaurant, into which my keys and sunglasses live when I'm not using them. Take care!"

Thanks for the feedback! I made one for an Easter basket that I recycled (my grandsons - I couldn't see throwing it away so I took the handle off and made a liner), but I think it would have come out much better if I had had your tutorial! I also have a small oval basket, like the breadbackets they bring you in a restaurant, into which my keys and sunglasses live when I'm not using them. Take care!

Tigre--That's GREAT! If you don't care if the bottom of your liner is round, you could just treat the basket as if it were square. 

Your tutorial worked perfectly on my rectangular basket! I'm trying to figure out how to do a round or oval one now. Do you think the technique would work for a round basket?

Ahhhh, yes...that would do it. This works best for baskets with straight or straight-ish sides. I think I say that in the video--at least I HOPE I did! :) I just made a basket liner for a tray-type basket a couple of weeks ago with VERY sloped sides. I decided to wing it with no real plan, except eyeball the size of my cut pieces and baste everything together before took it to the machine. I was SHOCKED at how good it turned out. Fit like a glove. Usually, I don't have the good of luck when I wing things. Heh. 

I figured it out... the basket is tall...so the slope looked very slight...but really the difference is... surprise surprise...4 inches around the top of the basket vs. around the bottom of the basket.  Hmm...

megan--hmmm, sounds like it could be a couple of things. First, your original 'tube' could be too large. That's the measurement of the circumference of your basket + 2". Or it could be that you measured up from the points incorrectly. That measurement is determined by the width of your basket. The video demonstrates that better than I can explain it! Hope this helps!

My width between the two triangles is way too long - 4 inches longer than the inside of the basket!! I can't figure out what I am doing wrong... any suggestions? What am I measuring incorrectly?

Anonymous: I've made them for baskets with slight slopes and it worked fine. Significant slopes probably wouldn't work so hot. Glad you liked the tute!

Great tutorial!  I don't sew much, but you make this look easy.  Will this work on sloped sided baskets?

Beckientim--I'm glad it finally worked for you. Measuring up the sides from the point instead of from the point up will make your bottom wider, based upon the properties of an isosceles triangle and that whole Pythagorean theorem deal.

Ok maybe I am not as smart as everyone trying this tutorial but I finally got it right on my 4th liner.  The way the video looks to me is that when it says "then using a ruler we measure up from the point just to where the ruler measures 6 inches which is the width of our basket."  What I was doing was measuring 6 inches from the point to the middle of the triangle.  What you need to do is measure up the sides of triangle 6 inches and make a mark, and then the other side measure up 6 inches and then make a mark and connect your points.  Does that make sense?  Then it is a perfect tutorial.  I really loved it though I just wish she would have shown exactly how she measured that confusing part.  THANKS!

Thanks for the tutorial, Maven! Simple and lovely.

Once I can afford to have the sweet old machine I got for $10 in it's Midcentury table, I will have to give this a go! Just a bit too hard to envision doing entirely by hand.

*glances longingly at old Singer cabinet*

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