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.
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.
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.
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
Position the basket over the bottom fabric.
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.
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.
Strudel decided to watch my progress from inside the basket.
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″.
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.
I ended up cutting a little extra (1.5″ instead of 1″)so that you can see the angle better.
Step 4 Casing
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.
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.
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.
As you can see the folds are securely tucked under when turned out.
Step 5 Assembly
A. Lining sides
Pin the liner sides right sides together.
I fake serged (straight stitch then zig zag edge) the seams to make clean edges.
B. Attach bottom to lining
Fold in half and iron a crease down the center. The crease then marks the center of the top and bottom.
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.
Take your time sewing the curves and remember to back-stitch.
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.
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.
Stitch in place. You can do a straight stitch but I almost always zigzag or serge the seams.
Iron the casing flat and turn under the raw edge of the opening.
You can use a straight stitch but I chose a decorative stitch for my top stitching.
The top stitching leaves a beautiful seam on the inside of the liner as well as the outside.
I used two red shoe strings for the ties. One for each casing.
Insert the lining and position the ties around the handles. Tie in a beautiful bow.
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.
Ready to go on a picnic!
Wishing you Luck and Love,