Sew a Basket Liner for a Rectangle Basket

  • 01 of 07

    Materials and Pattern

    Create a basket liner pattern
    Create a basket liner pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Sew a basket Liner for a Round Basket


    • Fabric
    • 1/4" wide elastic -- cut to the length around the top of the basket.
    • Thread
    Create the pattern

    The Base

    • Measure the interior base of the basket.
    • Add one inch to the length and the width for a 1/2" seam allowance
    • Cut a rectangle base to the measurements.

    The Sides
    • Measure the height of the sides by running a tape measure from the base and up over the edge to where you want to basket liner to stop.(Note: Do not be concerned about handles stopping the lining from going over the edge. The gathering allows for ample fabric to go over the edge.)
    • Add 1 1/2" to the height measurement. This will be Measurement A.
    • Measure the distance around the sides of of the basket. Multiply this distance by 1.5 and add 1" more for the seam allowance.-- This is Measurement B.
    • Cut the sides out creating a rectangle that is measurement A by Measurement B.
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  • 02 of 07


    Mark the side piece of a fabric basket liner
    Marking the Side Piece. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Measure the base.
    • Multiply the width of the base by 1.5
    • Multiply the length of the base by 1.5
    • On the bottom of the side piece, starting 1/2" in from the end, mark a length measurement, a width measurement, a length measurement and a final width measurement.
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  • 03 of 07

    Side Seam

    Side seam of a fabric basket liner
    Side Seam. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the right sides of the side piece together, matching the height ends.
    • Sew a seam to join the side piece using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seam to one side.
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  • 04 of 07

    Gather and Join the Side to the Bottom

    Gather and Join the Side to the Bottom
    Gather and Join the Side to the Bottom. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • On the bottom of the side, sew two rows of basting stitches in the 1/2" seam allowance, leaving tails of thread to pull for gathering.
    • Starting with the seam at a corner of the base and right sides together, match the seam to a corner so the length measurement will run on the length side of the base.
    • Match the marks to the corners, pinning them in place.
    • Gently pull the basting thread tails to gather the fabric and make it fit the edges of the bottom, distributing the gathers as evenly as possible.
    • Sew the side piece to the bottom bottom piece, using a 1/2" seam allowance, pivoting at the corners.
    • Trim the corners.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seam towards the bottom.
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  • 05 of 07

    The Elastic Casing

    The Elastic Casing
    The Elastic Casing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Sew a row of basting stitches 3/8" from the top edge.
    • Fold the top inward along the row of stitching, matching the wrong sides of the fabric.
    • Turn under again.
    • Press well!
    • Pin in place
    • Sew along the inner folded edge leaving an opening to guide the elastic through the casing.
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  • 06 of 07

    The Elastic

    The Elastic
    The Elastic. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Guide the elastic into the casing using a safety pin or bodkin. Pinning the opposite end of the elastic to the body of the liner helps prevent it from going all the way into the casing, losing the end.
    • Pin the ends of the elastic together allowing them to overlap.
    • Test the fit on the basket. Depending on the type of edge on the basket, you may want to trim away some elastic to help the liner stay in place.
    • When you are happy with the way the elastic fits as well as, goes on and off the basket, securely sew the overlapped ends of the elastic together.
    • Pull the elastic the rest of the way into the casing by stretching the elastic and liner.
    • Finish sewing the casing closed by sewing over a few stitches on each side of the opening.
    • Place the liner on the basket and enjoy.
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  • 07 of 07

    Optional Trim Addition

    Optional addition of trim to a square basket liner
    Optional Trim Addition. ebbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    The basket shown throughout these directions was originally from a toiletry gift set. Once I made the liner I was not happy with the basket so I removed the handles and sewed a wide trim just above the elastic casing. Now the basket sits on a bedroom dresser filled with all those little essentials that never seem to have a home.