Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simple Basket Liners

In my last post I shared with you my son's new bookshelf. Well if you noticed the bottom shelf, I made some baskets to help organize the toys and lined the baskets with some simple basket liners.
Simple Basket Liners
My son’s toys have been in desperate need of storage, so these were just the ticket!
The genius behind the baskets part comes from Amy of Positively Splendid with her canvas-covered diaper boxes tutorial.

So I started out with a couple of empty diaper boxes.
Then following Amy’s tutorial, I lined them with canvas fabric. If you are worried about the box showing through, you can either use a darker canvas or cover the box with paper first. My fabric is going to cover the top part, so I wasn’t concerned.
Then we have to measure our box. The long sides on mine were 13” x 9”. The short sides were 9” x 9”. The bottom side was 13” x 9”.

Here’s how I cut per basket:
* For the 13” x 9” side: (2 pieces) 13 1/2” x 13 1/2”. I added 1/2” for seam allowances, then 4 1/2” for the hem, fabric overhang, and seam allowances.
* For the 9” x 9” side: (2 pieces) 9 1/2” x 13 1/2”. Again 1/2” for seam allowances, then 4 1/2” for the hem, fabric overhang, and seam allowances.
* For the 13” x 9” bottom piece: 13 1/2” x 9 1/2”. 1/2” for seam allowances.
Once my pieces were all cut, I decided to hem the tops of all the sides before assembling. Fold the top edge of each side piece down 1/2” and press. Repeat. Then stitch in place.
So now here are all my hemmed side pieces and also the bottom piece.
Starting with one of the longer side pieces, pin the two shorter side pieces and bottom piece to it RST (right sides together).
Just for visual purposes: If you were to open up all the pinned pieces right now, it should look like this:
Using a 1/4” seam, start sewing at the top right-hand corner and continue until you get to the top left-hand corner.
Now pin the shorter side pieces and bottom piece to the other longer side piece and repeat the sewing.
Sew the side and bottom seams closed at the bottom of the liner.

That’s it! It’s now done and you can put it in the box as a liner.
Pretty slick, right?
Simple and effective!


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  2. Let me know how it wears... I have a table that I really want to do, but the top is veneer!


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