How to Sew a Square or Round Basket Liner

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    Sewing a Square or Round Basket Liner

    Couple carrying picnic basket
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    Baskets can be an inexpensive home decorating item, and they can be made of safe materials. Keep the contents of your baskets safe and clean by sewing liners for them.


    • Fabric. The amount needed will depend on the size of your basket.
    • Gift-wrapping tissue, optional.
    • 1/4-inch wide elastic, cut to the distance around the top of the basket.
    • Ruler
    • Fabric marker
    • Scissors
    • Needle and thread. The thread should match the fabric.
    • Safety pin or bodkin
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    Create the Base Pattern Piece

    Measure the basket
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    Measure the base of the basket and add a 1/2-inch seam allowance to each side of the base piece, or use a gift-wrapping tissue to fold to the base size. Sharply crease the folds, pressing the tissue into the edges of the bottom. Remove the tissue and add 1/2 inch to the edge of the folds for a seam allowance before cutting the tissue to size for the base pattern piece.

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    Make the Liner Sides

    Fabric basket liner sides
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    Measure the distance around the top and the bottom of the sides. Using the larger measurement, multiply by 1.5 for measurement A.

    Measure the height of the sides from the base and over the top edge to the spot where you want the liner to end. Be sure to allow enough for the liner to go over the top edge. Add 1 1/2 inches for a seam allowance and the elastic casing.

    Create a rectangle piece that is Measurement A by Measurement B. If the measurement is larger than the width of your fabric, divide the measurement in half and add 1 inch to each half. Cut two and seam them into one piece.

    Seam the ends of the rectangle you created for the sides of the basket liner. Apply a seam finish and press. Fold the side in quarters and gently press or mark the folds at the basted edge.

    Sew two rows of basting stitches in the 1/2-inch seam allowance at the bottom of the side piece. Match the fold marks on the side and bottom.

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    Gather the Side

    Gathering the side of the basket liner
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    Pull the basting threads on the bottom of the side piece to gather the edge, evenly distributing the gathers so the side piece fits the base. Sew the side to the bottom using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Trim the threads and the seam allowance if necessary. Apply a seam finish, and press the seam toward the base piece.

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    Create Elastic Casing

    Sewing the elastic casing
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    Sew a line of stitching 3/8-inch from the top edge of the side piece. Press under the top edge on the stitching line, then press under again to enclose the raw edge. Stitch along the inner folded edge, leaving an opening to thread the elastic through.

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    Complete the Liner

    Finished fabric basket liner
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    Measure the elastic so it fits the top edge of the basket, leaving an additional 1/2-inch for the elastic to overlap. Thread the elastic through the sewn casing by attaching a safety pin or bodkin to one end of the elastic. Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew the ends securely. Pull the elastic to the inside of the casing, then finish sewing the casing closed.