Hello dear friends and welcome back! I am still cruising through my current haul with the end in sight!! Today, I’m using one of the two baskets I have left to show how easy it is to make a NO SEW fabric basket liner!
This basket was a steal at $2.95:
I had never seen one like this before and I just loved the shape of it.
I actually found two in a very similar style:
I painted them as a set. I’ll share the first one today, and then I’ll be back on Thursday with the other.
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The only cleaning I do to baskets before painting them is give them a good vacuum with the brush attachment on my shop vac.
Then they are ready enough for paint!
For this basket, I decided it would be so cute if I gave it feet, so I dug through my supplies and found four unfinished wooden knobs that would be perfect for the job:
To attach them to my basket, I predrilled holes in all four corners:
Then I screwed them right on in from the inside:
It was hard to get my drill in the corner, so I just used a screw driver and it worked great.
I start most of my basket makeovers with a good spray of Rustoleum spray primer just to get a quick first coat on them, and I did that here too:
I sprayed it upside down first, and then I flipped it upright and sprayed it right side up as well as the inside. I’m using my small spray shelter here to contain the spray, which is great for the smalls! I also like to use a lazy Susan as I can keep rotating my project piece to get all sides.
Now I could have just followed up with spray paint, but I really prefer the texture that chalk paint adds.
I love the large flat head for painting baskets. You’ll want to clean the natural bristles as soon as you’re done just to make it easier to clean.
YOU CAN ALSO USE A SMALL WIRE BRUSH TO CLEAN ANY STUBBORN PAINT OUT OF THE BRISTLES.
I do this with most of my brushes because I have a tendency not to wash them right away.
The large head was a bit harder to reach the insides, so I enlisted the help of my Belle Brush for that:
While the Best Dang Brush is great for larger areas, this one is great for smaller spaces.
Only one coat of paint over the primer did the trick!
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge. (That makes it so much easier to hold onto.)
If you choose to seal your basket, it is easiest with a spray sealer, which is what I used here.
Here is how this thrift store basket looks now:
The feet make it so much cuter, don’t you think?
And how about that little sign?
I just made this out of scrap wood I had on hand.
I used small number stencils I purchased from a shop on Etsy, but they are no longer in business. This number stencil set on Amazon is very similar.
I added the dots with a stylus and then sanded it to smooth it all out once it was dry.
You can see how I attach my little signs to my baskets with wire in more detail in this post.
I shared two more basket makeovers you might like in that post!
See that pretty fabric liner??
Of course, I had to do something with inside of this one too, and a fabric liner was the best option!
You don’t even need sewing skills for this liner!
How to Make a No Sew Fabric Basket Liner
To make a no sew fabric basket liner, you’ll need fabric, something to cut your fabric, something to measure, an iron, and hot glue.
- First, I measured the circumference of the inside of the basket.
- Next, measured the how deep the basket is. I added about a half an inch to both measurements.
- I then used my rotary cutter and cutting mat set to cut my fabric for the sides of the interior:
I was able to cut one long band to go all the way around, but you can always hot glue the ends of multiple pieces together if need-be.
- I then measured the dimensions of the bottom, and again, added about a half an inch to both the length and width.
You can see my boss there making sure I do things right!
- I ironed both pieces, turning both the top and bottom edges of the side band over about 1/4″:
- Then, I attached the bottom piece first with hot glue:
You can see that it comes up about a 1/4 ” or so up the sides.
- Lastly, I attached the side piece that had been ironed, with hot glue also, starting in the front left corner. I just put hot glue on the top and bottom edges that were folded over.
Tipping it up on the side like this was the easiest way to tackle this step:
- I added the glue, and then rotated the basket clockwise and pressed the side piece in place.
And that is pretty much it!
As you can see above, where the light was coming through the bottom, there were large gaps in the weave, and small things would have fallen right through.
Not only is the fabric pretty to look at when you open the basket but functional too!
There was a lip on this basket, which made this pretty easy, but if you don’t have that, you would just bring the folded fabric flush with the top edge.
If you do sew, you can see how I line a basket that way also HERE.
It’s always nice to have a NO SEW option though!
If you enjoyed this makeover, you’ll enjoy this one too!
See the after of this ugly duckling HERE!
I’ll be back with the second basket of this set on Thursday:
UPDATE: No need to wait, check out how this basket turned out HERE now!
I hope you have a fantastic week, friends!
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