Saturday, April 9, 2011

Scrap It Saturdays: Finished Easter Basket Liners

This project could not be more easy - or more fun. Don't allow yourself to be weirded out about not having an actual pattern. I will try to be detailed enough in my description to put you at ease. And by the way, my liners are by no means perfect. So here we go...
What you will need:
1/4th yard of fabric
trim (rik rak, piping,ribbon)
measuring tape
sewing machine
bucket or basket (one that is not really wide at the mouth)

Your first step is to measure the circumference of the bottom of your bucket or basket. Just draw a circle around the bottom of the basket onto your fabric. Once done, cut it out about 1/4 inch away from your markings.

Second, measure the length of your circle (mine was seven inches) and multiply that by two (14 for me). You will use this length to measure out the "side" pieces of fabric. To insure that your fabric is tall enough to fold over the top, just set it inside your bucket/basket and see if it will fold over. Remember you will have to leave a little at the top and bottom for seam allowance and a hem on the top.

Third, placing right sides together sew your long pieces together at both ends (the shorter ends, not the longer ends) and iron down like the picture above.

You are almost done with your "pattern." Now you will take that circle you created and cut one more piece. Place your cut circle on another piece of fabric and draw a box around it - with the lines bumping up to your cut circle. Cut this out and discard your circle - your new square will become the bottom of the liner.

Now you will want to add trim to one side of your long pieces that you have sewn together. I find that it is much easier to add the trim now, rather than waiting until the end when the "liner" is already assmebled. First, you will want to do a zigzag stitch over the edge you are adding the trim to. Once completed fold the good side to the bad and sew your trim on like the picture shown.

Once that is completed take your sides that are sewn together and your square bottom and pin right sides together. This is the trickiest part. You will use your unfinished edges and miter the corners like the picture. This looks intimidating, but just fold the fabric in and make sure your edges always line up. You will be forced to fold if you are going to do this. Then sew together following the edge of your box. Once you have rounded all corners you will have an inside out bag.

You can stop here if you like and just make it work. I happened to use buckets where the plastic handles could be removed. The "botton" that was holding the handle in place is about the size of a small button, so I marked both places and made button holes. If you don't have this option on your machine (or just don't want to fool with it) you can always cut small slits into the fabric and accomplish the same task. They may eventually fray or rip, but it will work for this season. Once your button holes/slits are completed place the liner back in the bucket, button the fabric in place and add your handles back on. And your project is complete.

If you are worried about time - and this is for a sewer who is a bit more experienced (but not much) - it only took about two hours for me to do two (Yes, not bad if you ask me and I also engaged my kids. They LOVED it!)

If something is confusing or you need more explanation please comment below. I will be happy to try to answer your questions.



Amy said...

Those are super cute!! Love the finished product!!!

Joanne Owen said...

Cute, cute, cute! You are so sweet to tell us how.