Project Design Team Wednesday~Classic Gingham Ruffled Basket Liner
Posted by administrator on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Hello Gingham Lovers!
It is a classic- gingham and straw hamper baskets.
What's not to love?
A covered basket, is ideal for your laundry, fruit, cats....
or looks fine in your powder room for your towels...
As this has been my year of anything and everything GINGHAM...
I thought you would like my take on the covered basket....
Ohhh my model here is called Sumatra, like my favourite coffee
brew. She pours herself into anything I am doing as long as I have a camera.
As noted, she has already claimed this as her new cat bed....
If you are like me, you may have one or two straw baskets in your home.
I have a couple of these that I picked up at Michaels and just this weekend
noted they were on sale for $11.99 in Canada...possibly less where you are!
So here is what you will need to create this
classic gingham using RBD's Laminates!
I love designing custom anything and today is no exception,
~ I made this very simple so that anyone who is wishing
to cover any basket can follow these simple steps....
very little piecing, a good elastic, some ruffles
result= CLASSIC Gingham Cover!
Classic Gingham Cover
24" Length x 17 " wide hamper basket
Total 2 yds of fabric or laminate fabric ( used in this pattern) can use any fabric choice
as well, but you would have to hem ruffles...only thing different!
For your cover, 22 " wide, 68 " in length
( can snip with scissors and just rip, it rips perfectly straight)
For ruffles , total 204" in length ( for fullness)
You will need to cut (3 - 5 inch strips) cut from leftover fabric~length of fabric
For top of ruffle - total 170" approx.
2 - 2 1/2 inch strips for top of ruffle. ( length of fabric)
10 " of 1/2 inch elastic. ( any size will do actually you will see why soon)
Working with Laminates especially RBDs is as easy as following
these simple things....Teflon foot, polyester thread, or painters tape underneath your sewing foot!
I use a size 14 needle works best...YOU need polyester thread as cotton
thread breaks to easily as laminates does not have the give as fabric does...
First let's cut all the fabric....
what I love about laminates is they are wiz to cut,
snip and rip...it rips perfectly!
No need to cut selvages off this is what you will gather and knot.
This is for your inside cover...
These are your ruffles... 3 strips
I clipped and ripped these too!
Strips for the top of ruffles ( sash) ..
what you will stitch on top of your ruffles..
Before you sew up end seams, place in your basket
to be sure you have fullness all around your basket.
Stitch end seams, I stitched it twice for reinforcement!
Optional of course...
Now gather your selvage end and put elastic on the end...This will provide
a really nice gathered look to the inside of your basket...
The weight of knot will keep your cover in the basket..
See how it gathers nicely..now we are ready for the ruffles!
( or you could make a casing and just add an elastic...)
I prefer the look of ruffles...
Now sew all your ruffle strips together and
make your ruffles. I like to sew my ruffles by hand..
I gather 2 gingham squares...sew a pleat, sew 2 stitches
and keep going..takes maybe 10 minutes to do the whole thing
and it looks fuller..
You can also make pleats using your machine and stitch
every 3 gingham square! It will make a nice ruffle too!
Sew up all your topper ( sash) seams..you will only need 2 1/2 pieces depending
how tight your made your ruffle.
See by adding this, you hide all your hand or machine
Now you are ready to sew on the ruffle to cover.
Fold under one gingham width or 1/2 " seam,
and pin your ruffle all the way around your cover...
You will have more than enough to match..
any excess just cut off ..
Stitch close to edge....using your gingham as a guideline.
This is optional...but I choose to stitch along the seam
again to hide the seam underneath....
You can see how I stitched in the centre...I just followed
the gingham pattern...
One of the best things I love with working in Laminates...is you do not
need to worry about the raw edges...no need to stitch, hem or worry about any
Or fill it with apples...this was before I added the topper ( sash) to the ruffles.
See how it looked a bit messy...adding the extra topper finishes
it off beautifully!
This basket cover is ideal with any fabric, but I chose RBD laminate
because it would be easier to wipe down, for laundry to hang outside..
transporting bushels of apples for our harvest...or a cat bed...
Did I share you you how much I love GINGHAM
especially Riley Blakes Gingham and Laminates?
Category: Project Design Team Wednesday