Easy to do, and pretty to look at, keep your knitting or craft materials altogether in your fabric-lined basket


If you fancy giving an old basket a new lease of life then this is the project for you! With just a small piece of your favourite fabric, some sewing basics and a contrasting ribbon you can make a basket look as pretty as a picture with this simple basket liner guide.

Don’t feel confined to its use either, once you’ve covered your basket you can use it for all sorts of things. What about using it as a bread basket, a bathroom tidy or even a neat place to store your jewellery?

Although the base is optional, if you have the time it’s really worth doing to give your project a smooth and professional finish.


  • Basket
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Elastic
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cardboard (if making a base), optional


1. Stand a basket on the wrong side of a piece of fabric and measure out from the base, allowing for the depth of the basket plus 10cm all the way round. Mark using tailor’s chalk.

2. Cut out and fold over 3cm twice around the edge, to create the casing for the elastic. Pin in place, then machine-stitch all round over the gathers, leaving a 3cm opening.

3. Cut the elastic to the circumference of the basket and feed through the casing. Overlap the ends of the elastic by 3cm and knot.

4. Hand-stitch the opening to close it. Stitch on a bow. Place the fabric inside the basket, folding over the elasticated edges.

5. Make a base (optional) by covering a piece of cardboard, cut to size, with your fabric and place it in the bottom of your basket. This will make sure little bits and bobs don’t get stuck in the creases of fabric at the bottom of the basket.