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Attempting Aloha: Pleated Basket Liner - Tutorial

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pleated Basket Liner - Tutorial

Yep, I'm about two weeks late getting this tutorial up! I realized that I didn't take any pics when I made the originals (since I was just winging it), so I had to find time to make more. And our visitors had taken over my sewing room! :)

If you're visiting my blog for the first time, HERE is a link for the tutorial on making the wire baskets. :)

On with the tutorial!

We'll start with the pleats since I'm sure that's the real reason you're here. I have to forewarn you that I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, self-taught kind of seamstress. I actually do much better when I just look at something and figure it out on my own than when I attempt to use a pattern. So if you're a pattern, by-the-numbers type, you might be better off doing another quick search for "basket liner tutorial" and then adding pleats to that one...'cause mine is mostly just made up. ;)

Step 1) You need to measure around your basket where the pleats will be. Like this:

My little baskets were 30.5" all the way around. If you're making one to fit just like my Magazine Basket (Ballard Wire Wall Basket), they are 33".  Add three inches to this measurement for "just in case". This will be the length of the strip of fabric above the pleat. Multiply that number by 3 to get the length of your pleat strip.

Step 2) Decide how tall you want your pleats and the extra line of fabric to be. The Magazine Basket has 2" tall pleats and a 1.5" tall  strip above that.

Step 3) Cut out the fabric strip and the pleats. I cheated on my pleats by taking advantage of the finished edges already on the drop cloth. Nothing like saving yourself a step! If you're using a finished edge like this, just add 1/2" to your pleat measurement for seam allowance. If you're not using a finished edge (poor you), add extra fabric, and you'll need to old it over twice and finish the edge.

Remember to add 3" to the length of your first strip and multiply that number by 3 for the pleated strip. So for the Magazine Baskets, cut a strip at the finished edge of 108" long and 2.5" wide. The first strip will need 1/2" allowances on both sides, so cut it 2.5" x 36".  Don't stress if you don't have 108" continuous finished edge. It's easy to blend in a new piece along the pleats.

Step 4) Decide how WIDE you want each of the individual pleats to be (from the beginning of one pleat to the beginning of the next pleat). My small baskets are about 1" each.

The Magazine Baskets are about 1.5-2" wide.

 Step 5) Place the finished side face-down on top of the other strip of fabric:

Step 6) Fold your first couple pleats and start sewing!

Just stop sewing and fold your next pleat and take it one or two at a time. Don't stress about the widths! As you can see from my Magazine Basket, the widths can vary and still look nice and crisp.

Here's what it will look like when you've finished one strip:

Yay! You finished your pleats!

Now moving on to the liner:

Step 1) Turn your basket so the front of it is facing you. Measure from the top to the bottom of that front, then measure down across the bottom and up around the back to the top. And then measure the width of the front (should be the same width as bottom and the back). We'll call this piece the "wrap around" piece. Using the Magazine Basket as an example, it is 10" tall and 4" deep, so it would be 10" for the front + 4" across bottom + 10" tall up the back = 24" long. And they are 12" wide. Adding a 1/2" seam allowance on each side, this piece will be cut at 25"x13".

And cut out two pieces for the sides. Again, 10" tall x 4" deep, so with seam allowance, you will be cutting TWO pieces 11"x5".

Step 2)  PIN!  I'm not usually a pinner. But for this I make an exception! Sorry my pics are of the smaller baskets. You might actually have to use your brain imagination for these next couple steps. ;)

Lay your "wrap around" piece flat on the floor. Place one side piece on top of it. So for the Magazine Basket, you'll lay out the 25x13 piece, then place one of the side pieces with an 11" side lined up with one of the 25" sides of the long piece.

(again...this pic is of my small basket)

Leave some room at the bottom (don't pin it all the way along the edge).

Step 3) Pick it up, and fold the "wrap around" piece down, so the edge now matches with the bottom of your side piece (getting confusing??).



 Make sense?

Then pin up the last side, so it should look like this on one side:

And this on the other:

Step 4) Sew the two pieces together. The corners will be rounded, and it's easiest to sew if that rounded piece is on top (the "wrap around" piece on top). And don't stress about a little bit of bunching! ;)

Here's what they'll look like once sewn:

Side A:

Side B:

And here's what it will look like once you trim the excess and turn it right-side out:

Step 5) To attach the pleat to the liner, turn the liner inside out and place the pleats on it with the WRONG side facing out (right side of pleat should be touching wrong side of the liner):

Now just turn it right-side out, and you're done!

Congratulations! You survived another Aloha tutorial. ;)



At February 19, 2011 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

So, so cute! I love these so much, I linked them to my lineup of favorite projects of the week! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/02/saturday-seven.html

At February 19, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Katrina said...

great project!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:29 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

just great, i love sewing tutorials. i'm just learning, and this is very helpful. I would love it if you shared this at my party on wednesday.


At February 20, 2011 at 2:28 AM , Blogger Tiff said...

What a fantastic tutorial! I love these baskets and I am definitely going to give these a go! Thanks for some great inspiration! X

At February 20, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Blogger AntiqueChase said...

Newest follower... here from Tatertots... Love this!! I don't sew, and I'm quite sure my ruffles or pleats would never look that good, but a girl can dream right...
Serious ruffle envy!

At February 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM , Blogger casserole said...

These are so pretty! I love the little pleats!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


At February 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Blogger evelania said...

And you are amazing. Seriously, making your own baskets and liner! Looks great!

At February 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Maggie said...

oh my gosh i luv the step by step instructions for the pleats.

Don't forget to add this project in our linking party where every Wednesday we showcase projects for our readers to discover.
Thank you,

At February 28, 2011 at 8:37 PM , Blogger Sarah Marie Kathleen said...

Wow, these really dress up the baskets, thanks for the tutorial, I'm bookmarking this!

At October 24, 2011 at 2:17 AM , Blogger Jilly said...

I absolutely impress to watch your blog. Your crafts, recipes, humor and Oscar updates keep me coming back for more! Your shared hint is best for this Christmas. Can 't wait to make one for myself.
Solvency II

At January 8, 2012 at 7:16 AM , Blogger Kara said...

I simply adore these basket liners! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I'm pinning them so I don't forget to make them this year. :)


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