Old wire baskets are such fun flea market finds - line them to make them useful once again!

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You will need:

wire basket


muslin or fabric of your choice

sewing machine

fabric paint

cotton balls

  1. Measure the diameter of the top of your basket.
  2. Divide the number by 2 to get the radius of the basket.
  3. Tie a piece of string to a pencil and then cut the string to measure the length of the radius.
  4. Using the string and pencil, draw a circle on muslin by holding the end of the string on the fabric and drawing the circle with the string taught.
  5. Cut out the circle.
  6. Using some algebra, find the circumference of the basket by multiplying the diameter by 3.14.
  7. Measure the height of the basket.
  8. Cut a rectangle of fabric that is the length of the circumference plus 2 inches, and the height of the basket plus 4 inches.
  9. Pin the length of the rectangle to the circle and sew around the circle.
  10. Remove pins and fit the liner into your basket. Pin the open ends of the side of the liner in a way that it fits best.
  11. Sew a simple seam to close the liner’s gap.
  12. Find number stencils on Google Images. (I printed mine on a piece of sticky label paper, but you could use regular paper.)
  13. Cut out the number shapes and affix the stencil to your liner in the location of your choice.
  14. Dab on fabric paint and allow to dry thoroughly.
  15. Fit your liner into your basket and fold down the top of the liner over the basket’s edge. If your basket has handles as ours does, you can cut slits in the liner’s top to allow the handles to go through.


Photography by Dana Gallagher

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