I made some basket liners for my friend Kathy last weekend. She had this rolling market cart that folds flat and she had a large circular rolling basket that she wanted to use for laundry. Unfortunately I forgot to take final photos so I only have a few of work in progress.
Here you can see the print on the fabric and the awesome green color on the wheel and spokes. Kathy and I found a queen or king size Ralph Lauren sheet at Goodwill and that's what I used for one side on these liners. The other side in unbleached muslin.
The liners are super easy to make. You just measure all four sides of your basket and then add in an inch or so for a seam allowance. You lay it out like a huge rectangle. Then with right sides together you sew it like your making a pillow case and leaving an opening to turn it right sides out. You do the same for the bottom piece and then you attach the sides to the bottom. You can see above how I try to make the seam run down the center back.
I use sets of ties at the top to hold the liner secure to the top bar of the basket. On this one I top stitched the ties to the sides of the fabric. You can either have them pinned in and sewn in the seam or you can top stitch them on after you've turned it right side out. Either way its cute and it works!
This is the large circular basket that Kathy will use for laundry. She had originally just wanted it all muslin but I forgot and made one side with the RL sheet. Here is where you won't see a photo of it complete but you get the idea. You can see the bottom piece here. Once I had the super long rectangle of fabric for the side complete I simply pinned it to the bottom circle and sewed it all together. On this one I did pin in the sets of ties to the seam, sandwiched between the right sides, so when it was turned right side out, the ties were dangling from the top, every 6 inches or so, all the way around. Easy pie!
Here is a view of the circular basket from the top. What's nice is that these liners are reversible. You can have either side showing, inside or outside. They are also completely washable, durable and preshrunk so you can get a lot of use out of them.
I have several more market baskets I will be making liners for and selling at M&M. I made a liner for one last spring and it sold the day I brought it in. A lot of us use the market baskets at antique shows and flea markets to carry all our loot in and help keep our hands free for browsing. They would also be handy at a park, the zoo, the beach, and at concerts or festivals.
I will let y'all know when I have some for sale. I am not listing them in my Etsy shop since the pacakaging and shipping is not something I can take on at this time. I really do have at least 10 more market baskets in the basement so do let me know if you want one. I will take custom orders. Thanks!