Monday, February 7, 2011

Making a Basket Liner

I took off work today, using up some of my leftover vacation. I seem way more productive on off days than on weekends, not sure why that is. Anyway, my mom gave me one of her Longaberger baskets this Christmas and she said I ought to get a liner for it, so I decided to make one. I cut a rectangle from muslin to fit the bottom, then 2 lengths to do the insides with several inches folding over the top edge. I pinned the insides to fit. My mom made me this huge pincushion, which is really handy to have. One thing I learned, when you are loading up a pincushion, don't just grab a few pins and jab them in. One or two may be facing up and your fingers will become the pincushion when the ball hits the felt. Yes, blonde is my natural color, why do you ask? :)

The outside will be fairly snug if it's a good fit.

Needs a iron, but you get the idea:

Then is the fun part, figuring out how you want the outside to look. I have been experimenting with fabric flowers and so I decided to use some of those. This one is a long stip with a center ruffle that you just roll up into a flower shape. I love that something so simple can be so pretty.

I also wanted to put some ruffles on it, so I made a zillion miles of them.

I put on 3 rows of ruffles all sewn closely together for a full fluffy look. I wasn't sure which flower style I preferred, the roll up ruffle rose above, or the folded over rosette below:

So I did both sides differently, that way I can turn it around from time to time for a new look.

I am pretty happy with how this turned out. I'm not really one to do the same thing twice, but I have a lot more baskets. We'll see if I can think of something a little different next time. This one is all ready to hold our throw blankets in my living room.

**EDITED to add - It just occurred to me that this basket is Katie's Rose Cottage inspired! Never even hit me til I went back to her blog and this is her style all over - thanks for the inspiration Lori!**
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a good week!

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Mel said...

wow wow wow. I wish I could fit in that basket cause it would totally dress me up! LOL

It's so pretty. Fantastic Tracy.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Tracy ~
That is sooo cute !!!
I adore it !

Nicole ~ said...

Tracy, this is so very cute!

Have a great week, Nicole

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! You did a fantabulous job on your basket liner! I love it and those pretty flowers! It's gorgeous!
Thanks for popping in to see me and
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tracy said...

Tracy, that is too are so creative!
Have a great weekend!

Terry said...

Just a great post and this liner is absolutely beautiful. I find that when I make something a lot of times I will run across something that I think is pretty and realize that I did about the same thing. Inspiration is the fuel for art.

C'est Magnifique said...

Your basket liner is so pretty! I'm getting ready to make one for my wicker laundry basket... thank you (and Lori) for the inspiration!


The Loops said...

so pretty. I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to come visit.

Roseanna said...

Hi, the basket is gorgeous. I love the shabby roses, can't get enough.
Please come and enter my vintage-y, handmade giveaway!

Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

that's so pretty. thanks for sharing.

Thinking Out Loud

The Cains said...

Hi Tracy!
My goodness! I LOVE your creativity! What talent you have! Will be visiting you often! Have a beautifully blessed week!

tales from the pole said...

your blog is beautiful! i wish i had your talents and gifts. what a refreshing, random discovery here in bloggerland.

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