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Picnic Basket Liner Tutorial

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Picnic Basket Liner Tutorial

My Aunt gave me a big picnic basket recently and I wanted to dress it up a little for memorial day. I had this Beautiful dessert fabric that worked out great.

I did make a mistake when I positioned the casing that folds over the sides and holds the ties. Just another time when I’m reminded we all make mistakes. And all mistakes can be fixed.

Materials:

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Materials

Fabric:

1 yard print for sides, 1/2 yard for the bottom and casing

Ribbon for ties (I was going to use this rope ribbon and instead went with red shoe laces)

Basing sewing supplies – Pins, scissors, etc.

Step 1

Find your measurements. My basket was thick so I did not have to add a seam allowance because the thickness did that for me. If you are not sure add an inch to the number. If the basket has a lid tape the lid up and out of the way.

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Tape basket lid up
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Ready to measure

54″ around top (Measure the outside top circumference of the basket)

50″ around bottom (Measure the outside bottom circumference of the basket)

10″ height add an inch or 2 for seam allowance.

Step 2 Cut Fabric

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Line up bottom fabric
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Top view position basket

Position the basket over the bottom fabric.

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Trace bottom of basket

Trace the bottom of the basket. You will have to add a seam allowance if the basket does not have a lip like mine. Tip for seam allowance: rubber band two pencils together (or two pens, a pen and a pencil what ever combination you choose) trace the line and you have your seam allowance.

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Cut out the oval

I washed and ironed the fabric when I bought it, a few weeks ago, and did not Iron the fabric again before I cut it out. I would recommend ironing first to have a smoother and more accurate measurement.

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My Helper

Strudel decided to watch my progress from inside the basket.

Step 3

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Measure liner sides 27″ top 25″ bottom 11″ height

Cut the fabric in two  27″ x 11″ rectangles. Best way to do this is to fold the fabric in half. Right sides together. I photographed it right side out because It showed up better. To get this measurement I took the 54″ top and divided by 2 = 27″ and the bottom 50″ divided by 2 = 25″.

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Cut the angle 1.” in on the bottom angle up.

To find your angle subtract top and bottom 27-25=2 divide the answer by 2 = 1″.

Measure 1″ (or your number) over on each side of the bottom and mark.

Line up that mark and the top corner and either draw a line and cut or cut with a rotary cutter.

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Angles cut

I ended up cutting a little extra (1.5″ instead of 1″)so that you can see the angle better.

Step 4 Casing

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Iron casing in half along the length.

Cut your 2 casing strips the length of the top if the lining. Cut the height to at least 4″. My height is a little shorter because I used scraps for the casing.

Fold it in half and iron.

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Fold under the ends by 1/4″ to 1/2″ (The amount turned under determines the gap for the handles to fit through) and Iron. The folds will be on the outside while stitching so that they will tuck under when you turn the tube out.

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Stitch casing right sides together and turn out. Iron flat

If your are using a patterned fabric be sure to sew the tubes right sides together. I used a chop stick to help turn out the strips after stitching along the length.  Iron the strips flat.

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Iron to make a smooth opening

As you can see the folds are securely tucked under when turned out.

Step 5 Assembly

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Iron oval in 4’s
Strips for casing 4″ to 6″ Ironed in half
Sides positioned right sides together

A. Lining sides

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Pin sides

Pin the liner sides right sides together.

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stitch the side seams

I fake serged (straight stitch then zig zag edge) the seams to make clean edges.

B. Attach bottom to lining

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Find the center point of the lining by folding it in half

Fold in half and iron a crease down the center. The crease then marks the center of the top and bottom.

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Match center points

Line up the center points of the bottom and sides. I lay it out like this first to make sure I am pinning the right sides together (Long sides together). then pin with the right sides of the fabric together.

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Pin bottom to sides right sides together
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Stitch remember to back-stitch. I fake surged.

Take your time sewing the curves and remember to back-stitch.

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Fake serge

C. Casing

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Pin the casing in place. Lining up the center points. Remember the opening will line up with the handles.

Here is where I went wrong. Normally I would position the lining in the basket to test out placement. I did not do it here and lined up with the wrong center points.

You will double check that the openings line up with the handles.

Pin the correct center point to the center point of the casing right sides together.

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Pin all the way around lining up the edges. You will notice there is a gap between one casing and the other. The handles fit in this gap. and the ribbon will tie around the handle.

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Stitch in place. You can do a straight stitch but I almost always zigzag or serge the seams.

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Turn out
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Iron casing flat

Iron the casing flat and turn under the raw edge of the opening.

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Opening for handles
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Top stitch casing down. Stitch opening.

You can use a straight stitch but I chose a decorative stitch for my top stitching.

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Top stitch
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Lining back of top stitch. Neat edging

The top stitching leaves a beautiful seam on the inside of the liner as well as the outside.

D. Ties

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Shoe String Tie

I used two red shoe strings for the ties. One for each casing.

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Thread casing
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insert lining and tie in place

Insert the lining and position the ties around the handles. Tie in a beautiful bow.

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Liner in place
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oops

To fix the mistake I trimmed away part of the center of the casing and re threaded the shoe string over the handle. I could have ripped out the seams and realigned the whole thing but I decided not to worry to much. I think I will go pick up some more ribbon and cut it in 4 pieces to tie a bow at each gap to cover the raw edges. I may get some frey check to clean up the raw edges (But if the bow covers it I will not worry to much.) If I were giving it as a gift I would realign the whole thing.

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Fix

Ready to go on a picnic!

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Ready to go

 

Wishing you Luck and Love,

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