Hello friends, today I have DIY Easter basket liner ideas (with a pattern) 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 doing this project.
Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.– Janine di Giovanni
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.
Customize your Basket
This 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 a matching or contrasting fabrics for the drawstring ties. After that, add any other personal touches you want.
Add some personality to your basket! Use this basket liner tutorial as a base, then sew or glue on additional adornments.
Names & Initials
Ideas for Toddler Easter Basket
Below are embellishing ideas to customize your basket further. It is especially fun to do this for the littles!
Add a monogram, bunny ears, or ruffles for special children in your life.
All baskets below are from Pottery Barn Kids.
Embroidered Name and Appliquéd Bunny Ears
Embroidered Names, Ruffles and Appliqués
Appliquéd Bunny Ears
Easter Basket Ideas for Tweens
Consider brighter colors and simpler, more mature fabric patterns for tweens’ easter baskets.
Below are ideas for simplifying the design and basket-filling ideas.
Easter Baskets Ideas for Teens
Consider a rectangular basket design as another option.
The masculine shape may fit a tween, teenager, or adult better.
Check out the rectangular basket tutorial HERE.
Easter Basket Fillers
Fill with goodies such as fun activities, for instance, games, puzzles, and stickers.
Try bath and body products, for example, gels, lotions, and bath bombs.
Or put in room decor, small plants, succulents, candles, dream catchers,
How about fun socks, jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, or watches for the fashion-forward tween?
On the other hand, try books or music for readers and music lovers.
Lastly, fill the basket with paints, markers, age-appropriate coloring books, sticky notes, special pens, stationery, and notebooks for the creative recipients.
How to Make a Round Basket Liner
Okay, let’s get started. Find out below how easy it is to make a liner.
First, gather your supplies.
All supplies are not in the photo below, so be sure to read the list below.
Sewing Scissors HERE or
Rotary Cutter HERE
Cutting Mat HERE
Basket HERE & HERE & HERE
Iron HERE optional
Measure your Basket
First, we’ll measure your basket to get the right fit.
Measure the depth and the circumference, but read step one below in the basket liner instructions to do it properly.
It is very similar to a rectangular basket liner, with just a few more steps.
To make a liner for a rectangular basket, click HERE.
Where To Buy Fabric
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.
Below are some of my favorite places to find fun fabrics for sewing.
Online and Storefront
Michael’s Craft Stores
Basket Liner Instructions
How to Measure to Create the Pattern
1 Measure your basket, then make your pattern.
For a round-shaped basket liner, you should have five fabric pieces total, two side panels, a bottom piece, and two drawstring ties. (Unless you are piecing the drawstring from multiple fabric pieces.)
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 around the basket rim’s widest part.
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 two panels so that you can tie them 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 two 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 circle’s diameter 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 Out the Fabric Pieces
If your fabric has a strong print direction, remember to note 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 drawstring’s side flaps and casing.
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 three 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 gather the fabric gently.
Gather until the gathered length approximately measures the circumference of the bottom of your basket fabric piece.
Connecting the Sides to the Round Bottom
With the 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 four 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 two ties.
This way, the four tie ends hang 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 the 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 both lengthwise raw edges towards the center without 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 and 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!
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