Yep, I’m about two weeks late getting this tutorial up! I realized that I didn’t take any pics when I made the originals (since I was just winging it), so I had to find time to make more. And our visitors had taken over my sewing room! 🙂
If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, HERE is a link for the tutorial on making the wire baskets. 🙂
On with the tutorial!
We’ll start with the pleats since I’m sure that’s the real reason you’re here. I have to forewarn you that I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, self-taught kind of seamstress. I actually do much better when I just look at something and figure it out on my own than when I attempt to use a pattern. So if you’re a pattern, by-the-numbers type, you might be better off doing another quick search for “basket liner tutorial” and then adding pleats to that one…’cause mine is mostly just made up. 😉
Step 1) You need to measure around your basket where the pleats will be. Like this:
My little baskets were 30.5″ all the way around. If you’re making one to fit just like my Magazine Basket (Ballard Wire Wall Basket), they are 33″. Add three inches to this measurement for “just in case”. This will be the length of the strip of fabric above the pleat. Multiply that number by 3 to get the length of your pleat strip.
Step 2) Decide how tall you want your pleats and the extra line of fabric to be. The Magazine Basket has 2″ tall pleats and a 1.5″ tall strip above that.
Step 3) Cut out the fabric strip and the pleats. I cheated on my pleats by taking advantage of the finished edges already on the drop cloth. Nothing like saving yourself a step! If you’re using a finished edge like this, just add 1/2″ to your pleat measurement for seam allowance. If you’re not using a finished edge (poor you), add extra fabric, and you’ll need to old it over twice and finish the edge.
Step 5) Place the finished side face-down on top of the other strip of fabric:
Step 6) Fold your first couple pleats and start sewing!
Just stop sewing and fold your next pleat and take it one or two at a time. Don’t stress about the widths! As you can see from my Magazine Basket, the widths can vary and still look nice and crisp.
Here’s what it will look like when you’ve finished one strip:
Yay! You finished your pleats!
Now moving on to the liner:
Step 1) Turn your basket so the front of it is facing you. Measure from the top to the bottom of that front, then measure down across the bottom and up around the back to the top. And then measure the width of the front (should be the same width as bottom and the back). We’ll call this piece the “wrap around” piece. Using the Magazine Basket as an example, it is 10″ tall and 4″ deep, so it would be 10″ for the front + 4″ across bottom + 10″ tall up the back = 24″ long. And they are 12″ wide. Adding a 1/2″ seam allowance on each side, this piece will be cut at 25″x13″.
And cut out two pieces for the sides. Again, 10″ tall x 4″ deep, so with seam allowance, you will be cutting TWO pieces 11″x5″.
Step 2) PIN! I’m not usually a pinner. But for this I make an exception! Sorry my pics are of the smaller baskets. You might actually have to use your
brain imagination for these next couple steps. 😉
Lay your “wrap around” piece flat on the floor. Place one side piece on top of it. So for the Magazine Basket, you’ll lay out the 25×13 piece, then place one of the side pieces with an 11″ side lined up with one of the 25″ sides of the long piece.
(again…this pic is of my small basket)
Leave some room at the bottom (don’t pin it all the way along the edge).
Step 3) Pick it up, and fold the “wrap around” piece down, so the edge now matches with the bottom of your side piece (getting confusing??).
Then pin up the last side, so it should look like this on one side:
And this on the other:
Step 4) Sew the two pieces together. The corners will be rounded, and it’s easiest to sew if that rounded piece is on top (the “wrap around” piece on top). And don’t stress about a little bit of bunching! 😉
Here’s what they’ll look like once sewn:
And here’s what it will look like once you trim the excess and turn it right-side out:
Step 5) To attach the pleat to the liner, turn the liner inside out and place the pleats on it with the WRONG side facing out (right side of pleat should be touching wrong side of the liner):
Now just turn it right-side out, and you’re done!
Congratulations! You survived another Aloha tutorial. 😉