Welcome back to our 12 Days of Project series! To view all 12 of our holiday projects, from DIY decor to giftable projects, click here.
Today we’re sharing a tutorial to line a simple basket with fabric, using just a glue gun! This fabric requires no sewing, and is perfect for when you’re in a crunch for time but still want to create a really special gift.
You might have a basket lying around at home that could use a little make over as well! So, check to see if you have one at home hiding in a closet or tucked away in the garage. If no basket is to be found at home there are a lot of places you can buy them used for a few dollars.
Let’s get started!
- Fabric of your choice for basket lining (we used an assortment of Riley Blake Pixie Noel fabrics)
- Batting (we used Warm & Natural batting, but polyester batting is good too)
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
- Glue gun and extra glue sticks
- Cardboard or paper
- Optional: pinking shears and ribbon
Here is the basket before adding the liner. We used a set of baskets in two different sizes. You can use any shape or size, and it’s super easy to customize the fabric liner!
Measure the basket circumference. Multiply the circumference by 1.5. That is the length of fabric you will need to line the side of the basket because we will be ruching the fabric as we’re gluing it on. If you want more ruching, double the circumference and cut the fabric to that length (i.e. 20” circumference x1.5= 30” long strip of fabric).
Next, measure the height of the basket inside. Add 3” to the basket height (i.e. 4” high basket side + 3”= 7”).
Cut the fabric strip according to the width and height totals figured out in steps 1 and 2.
Trace the basket bottom onto the cardboard. It doesn't have to be an exact trace, just make sure to get general shape of the basket.
Cut it out. Since we traced the outside of the basket, the cardboard will not fit inside the basket bottom. Trim the cardboard down little by little to fit inside the basket.
Take two layers of batting and cut to fit the cardboard for the basket bottom.
Take your glue gun and glue on the batting to the cardboard.
Cut one layer of batting strip to fit the basket circumference. Glue the inside of the basket, about an inch below the edge.
Attach the batting strip and go around the whole basket.
Just work on a few inches at a time since the glue hardens fast and you need to attach the batting while the glue is still hot.
Now that the batting is glued on to the inside of the basket side, it’s time for the fabric strip to be glued on!
Start by applying some glue above the batting and attach the fabric strip.
Once the strip is on, you will do the ruching by squishing it over the the side. Glue, attach and do the ruching as you go around the whole basket. If you find that you need to use more than one strip of fabric, just overlap the fabric pieces where they meet and continue to work your way around.
Now take your basket bottom that you glued the batting onto and place it on top of a piece of fabric . Place the fabric wrong side up, and the basket bottom with the batting side down.
Cut the fabric and leave enough to glue onto the cardboard bottom.
Apply glue to the edge of the cardboard and attach the fabric.
Flip the bottom piece right side up and place it inside the basket.
Now that your basket is done, fill it up with goodies! We made a gift basket full of embroidery supplies for an aspiring embroiderer. Embroidery hoops, floss, and pattern tracing materials.
Here are both of the baskets, and now we have just have to fill the smaller one to gift!
The jar covers are super easy to make as well, just trace a circle using a jar or small plate and cut out with pinking shears. Then tie them up with a ribbon!
Happy holiday sewing!