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29 August, 2013

Fun and Easy No-Sew Basket Liners

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket LinersI’m excited to be joining a group of very talented bloggers for the very first No-Sew Decorating Showcase! Today we have all put away our sewing machines to show you that you can create some fabulous projects for your home without even sewing a stitch!
Everyone loves baskets, right?...especially those pretty baskets with liners! But they can be so expensive! So I am going to show you how to take the baskets you already have and add liners…the no-sew way!

Baby Kitty Baby Kitty says we have to ‘fess up that we sort of pinched this idea from Martha Stewart and ran with it…except that she didn’t give any instructions whatsoever and she used oil cloth. What’s up with that, Martha? Sooo…we made up our own…and we think ours are prettier! Here it goes…

Supplies Here’s what you will need:
  • a square or rectangular basket
  • fabric of your choice (I used natural duck because I liked the little flecks of brown in it. How much you will need will depend on the size of your basket.)
  • iron-on hem tape
  • jute twine
  • measuring tape
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

Measure basket1Basically, you are going to line the basket using two long strips crisscrossed and hanging a few inches over the edge of the basket, with one strip lying diagonally on top of the other, and secure them by tying the corners together.
  1. First, measure your basket using a flexible measuring tape. Start on the outside and measure to allow for the length of the outer edge of the liner (I wanted mine to be three inches).
  2. Continue down into the inside…
  3. across the bottom...
  4. and up the inside of the other side...
  5. and then end with the outer length on the other side. Take this measurement and add one inch to allow for finishing.
  6. Then measure the width of that side and add one inch to that measurement.
You now have the measurement for the first strip. Mine was 26 inches long and 7 inches wide, including the extra inch added to each side. My baskets are relatively small. If your basket is square, you are through measuring. Just cut two strips of the same size.
If you have a basket with different length sides, you will need to repeat the process on the opposite side. That was the case with mine. My second strip was 23 inches by 10 inches. Obviously, your measurements will depend on the size of your basket.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners Tutorial CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners Tutorial 2 Now you are ready to give a finished edge to your liners. Here’s what you will do:
  1. Press in one-half inch on all four sides of each strip, overlapping at the corners.
  2. Cut away a little diagonal piece at each corner so that the hem tape will be able to adhere to all sides.
  3. Cut a piece of the iron-on hem tape and slide it under the fold of the fabric. Follow the directions on the package and press the tape into place. The tape will fuse the fold in place.
  4. I found that I had to go back after I had finished and give the corners a little diagonal cut to make them look neater.
  5. You now have two strips with finished edges.
  6. Measure one half the length of the outer edge of the liner and place a little mark on the inside of the strip with a pencil. The outer edge of my liner is 3 inches, so I marked each side at 1 1/2 inches.
  7. Place a dot of hot glue at each mark and add a length of jute twine which will serve as the tie. (Ten inches worked well for me). Use a bamboo skewer or toothpick to press the twine into place so that you don’t get burned. Ouch!
  8. Finally, place one strip in the basket with the finished edge down and then layer the other strip across it diagonally. Tie the edges and then smooth the strips into place inside the basket.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners And there you have it…a stylish basket liner that was created without sewing a stitch! Love it! And it was practically free since I already had most of what I needed...except for the hem tape....$1.50 at Walmart! Woo hoo!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket LinersI am going to use mine to store my growing collection of mismatched vintage silverplate flatware, so I would also like to add some graphics…a vintage knife, fork and spoon from Karen at the Graphics Fairy that I found here. Before doing step 8, I first applied an iron-on transfer to one of the strips. I printed the graphic on the transfer paper, cut the utensils apart and then cut closely around each one. Then I followed the directions on the package to apply the transfers.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners And here they are…my vintage flatware baskets with no-sew liners! Yaaay! I love the way they look! In fact, I think I really like the corner ties better than a totally finished fabric edge. I can use them for storage or even use them if I have company over for a buffet! And…I never even sewed a stitch to create them!

019And if the graphic looks familiar, it may be because I used it to create my no-sew vintage French tea towels. You will find a complete tutorial for making them, including this graphic from the Graphics Fairy that I tweaked, by clicking here.

025 And I have to share my favorite no-sew project…my vintage French “monogrammed” tea towels! I love the look of those vintage French linens, but the real ones are expensive and I can’t embroider at all. Sooo…I found a no-sew way to create them…using those 79 cent dish towels from Ikea! Woo hoo! See how I did it and get your own monogram, courtesy of the Graphics Fairy, by clicking here. 

 So that's it for my part of the No-Sew Decorating Showcase!

 Please be sure to visit these wonderful blogs for some more fabulous NO-SEW PROJECTS!
No-Sew Monogrammed Throw ~ Yvonne at Stone Gable
No-Sew Changeable Pillow Covers ~ Suzy at Worthing Court
No-Sew Burlap Lavender Sachet ~ Ann at On Sutton Place
No-Sew Chevron Roman Shade ~ Barb at The Everyday Home

 Remember to pin it!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed having a little peek at my no-sew basket liners! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza, The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. Debbie- i love these! you always amaze me.

  2. These are fabulous, Debbie! Your tutorial is so well written!


  3. These are great, Debbie! As someone who used to have buffets quite a bit when entertaining, these would have been so much nicer than sticking the utensils in plastic cups {even if they were plastic utensils}. I could even see someone who doesn't have a lot of kitchen storage {like in an apartment or dorm} using these to hold their cutlery.

  4. Debbie these turned out really well. I love the graphics you added. I too think the twine ties are a really cute touch! I always love your projects! Off to visit others.

  5. I love it this is so cute. You always amaze me with your talent. Hugs, marty

  6. I love love love this project, Debbie! It looks just like something I would have at StoneGable. You betcha I'm going to be making these! I was so excited to see all the details!!! You really are so so creative!

  7. So lovely! This is such a neat idea, I definitely want to try it. :)

  8. Oh my gosh. These are amazing and so pretty! I think your transfers are perfect too. Now I want some basket liners, new napkins AND those monogrammed towels! Incredible inspiration and beautiful post. I have loved being a part of the No Sew Showcase with you. ~ Ann

  9. Wow!! My second stop on the 'now sew' tour. I am really luving it. The basket liner is wonderful. I so want some now. Simple yet elegant. Right up my alley.
    Thanks for the how to.
    Hugs, Gee

  10. Deb this is my very favorite transfer, I just love this project, you always choose just the right DIY that will work perfectly in your sweet home, Kudos to you my dear friend,
    xo Kathysue

    PS I think you need to open an etsy shop and start selling some of these wonderful items!

  11. Hi Debbie I am so EXCITED about this and the other no sew projects. I can't wait to do this and other projects that may appeal to me. It is GREAT to have no sew options for us girls who can't sew a thing. Thank you for this so much.


  12. So beautiful, and you totally trump Martha. Delighted to be included in this talented group.

  13. Debbie - These are just wonderful. I've always wanted to make myself some basket liners, and even though I sew, I've just never tackled them. Your version looks so much easier and one that I sure do want to try. I love the graphic that you used too. Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed partying with you!

  14. How pretty! Such a wonderful idea...Christine

  15. I know you love your sewing machine, but you pulled off this no-sew project with style and gusto. I did not expect anything less. :)
    I adore these basket liners, and can see having them for different occasions and holidays. <3 Thanks for taking part in our No-Sew Day.
    See you next month for the No-Sew Fall Extravaganza next month. :) xxoo

  16. So clever of you, Debbie, and these are both useful and cute. Have a great weekend.......sarah

  17. This is amazing, Debbie! I'm totally adding this to my idea file since I'm a no sew kinda gal. Love your projects.

  18. I love this idea! I have a few baskets that need liners and your directions will certainly help me.

  19. Totally outstanding!!! I love these baskets, the graphics are beautiful, and what a great tutortial! Thank you for so many wonderful ideas and future inspirations!

  20. Oh, goodness! These are so darling. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. I love them! What a great idea, the graphics are adorable too.

  22. These are fantastic! I will have to give this a try.

  23. I found these on Link Party Palooza, but I was just about to search for something like this. I need to make some for the nursery. I love how these look!

  24. Debbie,
    Hm~m~m have you or Baby Kitty been down to my creative space, Studio One lately???
    Are you sure you haven't seen that little vintage basket
    with the vintage pillowcase draped inside???
    I believe you!!!
    BUT. . .I want to tell you that I'm so~o~o glad I hadn't CUT into that fabric
    just yet to make a basket liner. I'm thinkin' I won't need my sewing machine
    after watching this tutorial No Sew Basket Liner!!!
    You always have the most clever ideas, dear friend!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration...again, and again, and again!!!

  25. Pretty basket liner! And I love the graphics! I've posted a link to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

  26. I love a "no sew" project! These are beautiful!

  27. This is so beautiful and I love that it's no sew! It looks lovely with the fork image! Beautiful! :)

  28. Excellent directions for this project. Love the way they turned out especially since my sewing machine can continue to hide in the closet!

  29. What cute basket liners! Love how easy they look.

  30. This was really ingenious! I recognized The Graphics Fairy image right away. I LOVE how you used it! I like to sew but I love how quick this project was! I also love how you have the baskets marked for a buffet with one basket for each (and real silverware, thank you!)

  31. So cute! I'm hosting a candle giveaway that you should enter!

  32. Love love this idea!! So cute! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with us

  33. I saw this on Graphics Fairy's site! What a great and simple project. I definitely need a set of these. They are sooooo classy!

  34. Great project! These would be so nice to contain homemade gifts on holidays, decorated for the day. Thanks.

  35. Love the graphic! Beautiful basket liner! This is a wonderful tutorial - clever use of hem tape and hot glue, too. ;-) I found this post at HomeTalk. Don't you love HomeTalk?
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  36. The Graphics Fairy is one of my favorite sites! What a great project! I would like to feature it in my Shout out Friday if that is O.K. with you! I will include plenty of link backs!

  37. Great idea for storing and displaying utensils...thanks for the tutorial!

  38. Such a cute idea. I love the graphics. It is a great tutorial.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie