Pink & blue basket liner from a blog post on Easter basket ideas.

Easter Basket Ideas

Hello friends, today I have custom Easter basket ideas and a tutorial to inspire you to create something special this holiday.

I love Easter time. The special preparations, family gatherings, favorite church hymns, and the beautiful spring colors. All of it reminds me of my sweet Mom and it brings a smile to my heart. 💛

How do you celebrate the season? If you like the decorating part, you will enjoy making this project.

Quick and Easy Sewing Project

An Easter basket liner is a wonderful beginner sewing project. It’s small, so it is easy to handle. It requires very little fabric so it is also inexpensive. Basket sizes vary, but most require under a 1/2 yard of fabric.

A custom Easter basket makes a charming gift and keepsake. Whether you have kids at home or not, baskets are also a wonderful way to decorate.

A pink basket liner in a white basket from a blog post on Easter basket ideas.

Custom DIY Easter Basket Liner

This basket tutorial is a great opportunity for you to take the simple Easter basket of your past, to the next level.

You choose the liner fabric, colors, and prints. Choose matching or contrasting fabrics for the drawstring ties. After that, add any other personal touches you want.

Ideas for Easter Basket Liners

Add some personality to your basket! Use this basket liner tutorial as a base, then sew or glue on additional adornments.

Appliqués 
Embroidery 
Lace
Names & Initials
Ribbon Trim

Ruffles
Scallops

Here are embellishment ideas to customize your basket further. All baskets below are from Pottery Barn Kids.

 
Embroidered Name and Appliquéd Bunny Ears

Appliquéd Bunny Ears

Embroidered Names, Ruffles and Appliqués

 

How do you make a round basket liner for an Easter basket?

I will explain below, how easy it is to measure your basket to get the right fit.

It is very similar to a rectangular basket liner, just a few more steps. To make a liner for a rectangular basket, click HERE.

Supply List

All supplies are not in the photo below, so be sure to read the list below.

Fabric
Ruler
Pins
Thread
Sewing Scissors HERE or
Rotary Cutter HERE
Cutting Mat HERE
Basket HERE & HERE & HERE 
Iron
HERE 
optional

Where To Buy Fabric and Sewing Supplies

With all of your measurements in tow, you are ready to shop for fabric. If you are confused about how much to purchase, ask an employee at a fabric store for help. They are usually very knowledgeable and happy to assist with this type of question.

A pink basket liner from a blog post on Easter basket ideas.

Best fabric stores for small sewing projects

Below are some of my favorite places to find fun fabrics for sewing.

Online

Amazon
Spoonflower
Fabric Depot

Online and Storefront

JoAnn Fabrics
Hobby Lobby
Michael’s Craft Stores

How to Make a DIY Easter Basket Liner

How to Measure for a Basket Liner Pattern

1 Measure your basket then make your pattern. For a round-shaped basket liner, you should have 5 fabric pieces total, 2 side panels, a bottom piece, and 2 drawstring ties. (Unless you are piecing the drawstring from multiple fabric pieces.)

Basket Depth

First, with a ruler, measure the inside depth of the basket.

Circumference of the Basket

Then measure the outside circumference at the widest part of the top rim. This is the most important measurement because you want the liner to be able to fit over the edge of the basket. The other measurements are more forgiving.

I recommend wrapping a tape measure or the fabric itself around the widest part of the basket rim.

Mark that size, then add a 1/2-inch to 1 inch to allow for movement. Divide in HALF. This will give you the width of the 2 panels, so you can tie around your handles.

Lastly, add a seam allowance. The total number is the width of your side panel.

Circumference + 1/2-1 inch + Seam Allowance on both ends = Total Width of Side Panel
(Divide this number in half because there are 2 side panels to fit around the handles.)

Length of Drawstring Ties

The circumference will also tell you the approximate length of your ties. See farther down about the drawstring ties.

Size of Bottom

The next measurement is the diameter of the circle at the bottom of your basket. For this, it’s easiest to turn the basket upside down and measure the widest dimension.

IMPORTANT Remember to add a seam allowance to each fabric piece.

What is a seam allowance?

This is the area between the raw fabric edge and the stitching line on the pieces of material being sewn together.

A seam allowance typically ranges from 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) wide to as much as several inches. It’s up to you how wide you’d like to make yours. 

Preparing Your Fabric and Pattern

Once you have purchased your materials, pre-wash your fabric. Use the drying technique you plan to use in the future, for instance, air-dry or machine-dry.

You want the fabric to shrink before you cut it out. This will prevent unwanted shrinking in the future. However, if you do not intend to wash the basket lining, feel free to skip this step.

Cut your fabric pieces out.

If your fabric has a strong print direction, remember to make note of which direction you want the print to run or if there are patterns on the fabric you want to show up on the front., etc.

2 Next we will create the side flaps and the casing for the drawstring.

We will be working with both side panels.

First, fold 1/8 inch towards the wrong side of the fabric on one end of any side panel. Press, and then fold another 1/8 inch and press again. With your iron, taper the crease at the bottom of the roll. Now do this to the other 3 ends.

Next fold over the top edge on both side panels toward the wrong side of the fabric 1/8 inch. Press. Fold over another 1/8 inch and press again.

To create the drawstring casing, fold one more time 3/4 inch. Press.

3 Next topstitch the double fold vertical hems on both sides. Topstitch the bottom of the casing on each side panel from end to end, catching the double folded hem. But, remember to leave both ends of the casings open so you can feed the drawstring through.

4 With the right side together, sew the side panels together at each end, starting at the bottom of the rolled hems.

5 Sew a longer length, gathering stitch around the entire bottom of the side panels, 1/4 inch from the raw edge.

Pull the bottom bobbin threads to gently gather the fabric. Gather until the gathered length approximately measures the circumference of the bottom of your basket fabric piece.

With right sides together pin the round bottom fabric piece onto the side panels, easing and adjusting the gathers as you go.

Press the seam into the center of the basket to give the lining a nice finished look.

Making the Drawstring Ties

6 The circumference of the basket will tell you the approximate length of your drawstring.

If you want to tie a bow on each side of the basket, each of the 4 tie ENDS that hang out of the casing should be approximately 8.5 to 11 inches long.

Multiply that by two and add to the total length of both ties.

In other words, you will add 17-22 inches total of extra length to each of the 2 ties. This way the 4 tie ends hangs out on both sides of the basket.

If your basket is really large, you may want to make the ties even longer, so the bow is larger. Play around first to decide on the right size for your basket. You could also do just a knotted tie which may be more masculine.

Lengthen or shorten as you like.

Cut a 2-inch wide strip of fabric the length of your drawstring ties. With wrong sides together fold the tie in half lengthwise and press with an iron. Open up the fabric strip.

Now, fold each raw END inward about 1/8 -3/8 inch and press. Next, fold in both of the lengthwise raw edges towards the center but not touching each other. Press again, tucking each of the ends under as you iron.

After that, fold in half again so the folded edges meet and line up. Press. With a sewing machine, close up the tie by topstitching along both edges of the tie and also across each end.

For more details on making a fabric tie, check out this Fabric Tie Tutorial Click HERE

I hope you make a liner for your Easter baskets! If you want to make a liner for a rectangular basket, see this tutorial for directions, click HERE.

Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed Easter!

xo,
Cindy

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