21 March 2014

DIY Nautical Basket Liner #craftmonthlove


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It's no secret that I love the beach - which is why I love that "nautical" is one of this spring's crafting trends. I've incorporated that theme into an easy-to-make basket liner - and I'm going to show you how to make it!

Supplies I used from Jo-Ann:
  • wire basket
  • 1/2 yd. navy/gold star fabric
  • 1/2 yd. red/white polka dot fabric
  • 1/2 yd. gold metallic burlap
  • wooden anchor cut-out
  • nautical charms
  • Misc: scissors, measuring tape, thread, red paint, gold glitter paint, paintbrush

How to create the pattern:

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  1. Bottom of liner - set the basket on wrong side of fabric, trace around bottom of basket, and add 1/2" seam allowance.
  2. Sides of liner - measure height of basket and add 1" seam allowances; measure circumference of basket and add 1/2" seam allowance, then divide in half (to be cut on fold). If you want a band in the same color to fold over the basket edge, increase the height measurement by the number of inches you want the band to be, plus 3/4" seam allowance.
  3. If you want a contrasting band to fold over the basket edge, you will need another pattern piece where the length is the circumference of the basket plus 1/2" seam allowance, and the height is the number of inches you want the band to fold over plus 3/4" seam allowance.

How many pieces to cut:

Bottom - cut 2
Sides - cut 2 on fold
Band (optional) - cut 1

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How to put it all together:
1) With right sides together, sew ends of sides together. Trim seams and press open. Repeat for lining.

2) With right sides together, sew bottom to sides. Trim seams and press towards center. Repeat for lining.

3) My basket has handles, so I needed to make openings in the band so that it would lie flat around those. I placed the basket liner lining inside the basket, then marked the handles' positions with a pin.

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4) I then measured down 1" from the top of the lining and marked a 1" horizontal line, using the pin as the center. I repeated this for the other three handles.

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5) With right sides together, sew band to top edge of basket liner lining between the lines. (There will be four 1" areas that are not sewn.

6) Working with the four unstitched areas on the band ONLY: mark the center of the 1" opening, then cut the band from top to bottom. Fold cut edge back along stitching and iron in place. Repeat for remaining three openings.

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7) Keeping the unstitched edge band free, and with right sides and upper edges together, sew basket liner to lining, leaving an opening to turn right-side out. Make sure the the band seams that you just clipped and pressed remain folded and smooth.

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8) Turn right-side out, and press upper edge of liner so that liner and lining lie flat at upper edge.

9) Hem band. (I used Stitch Witchery)

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10) Add any embellishments. I used a wooden anchor, and painted it red, then topped it with a gold glitter paint. I then attached white rope cord.

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How cute is that? The best part is that you can customize these instructions to work for any basket! Plus this particular liner could easily be changed to a patriotic basket by removing the anchor!

So hurry to your local Jo-Ann or shop joann.com for your spring crafting needs - and don't forget to use the coupon!

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