We finally got around to lining our vintage rolling laundry baskets. We were lucky enough to get a couple directly through Moda, but they are available in various places around the internet, from places like Antique Kitchen. As cool as these bins are, the metal will sometimes snag our quilts and samples, so we made this protective and decorative liner using fabric from Windham’s Petite Fleur line. This tutorial can be modified to fit any circular basket, whether it’s metal, wicker, plastic, etc.
To make your own circular laundry basket liner, you’ll need:
Using your tape measure, you’ll need to find the diameter measurement of the bottom, the circumference of the top, and the height of the basket. To each of these measurements, add one inch for seam allowance.Cut one circle from the outer fabric and one circle from the lining fabric. Cut a square the size you need, fold it in fourths, and cut the curve from there. Measure from the center point to make sure it’s even all the way around.
For the sides, cut two rectangles 71″ long and 17″ wide. This measurement includes 3″ of fold-over at the top.
Cut the tie strip apart every 12″ on a 45 degree angle. This will keep the fabric from raveling, and you won’t have to do any more finishing, since it won’t get heavy use (We’d never do this for clothing!).
Once the lining is marked, sew the short side seams together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 6″ opening in the center of the lining piece for turning later. At this point, you can also sew the short sides of the outer fabric together without leaving an opening. Press seams open.
Using the 6″ opening left in the lining side seam, turn everything right side out.
No more snags or tiny things falling through the bottom! This one’s been on the list for a while, but it didn’t really take all that long in the end. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out. What’s the next project on your list?