Instructions for making liners for wicker baskets

Updated February 21, 2017

Wicker baskets have a classic, clean look that lend themselves to many types of decor You can enhance and update the look of wicker baskets by sewing a tailored liner. Making liners adds colour and texture to your basket and provides a coordinated look with the rest of your room. Liners prevent small items from slipping through the cracks in the wicker basket and are easily washable.

Measure the length and width of the interior bottom and interior sides of your basket. Write each measurement down and add 1 inch to each measurement of the bottom piece for your seam allowances. For your side pieces, add 1 inch to the width and 4 inches to the height measurement.

Wash your fabric in hot water and dry it on high. Iron it so it lays flat and cut off any hanging threads from the edges.

Cut out one piece of fabric for each of the measurements you wrote down. You should have four side pieces and one bottom piece.

Fold down the top of each side piece ¼ inch toward the wrong side of the fabric and iron into place. Fold down an additional ½ inch and iron. Sew each folded edge using a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Lay the bottom piece right side up on a flat surface. Lay one of the side pieces right-side-down on top of the bottom piece. The raw edge of the side piece should lay directly on top of the top raw edge of the bottom piece. Pin into place and sew down the raw edge with a ½-inch seam allowance.

Lay the opposite side piece of the side piece you just sewn right-side-down on the opposite raw edge of the bottom piece. Pin into place and sew with a ½-inch seam allowance.

Remove the pins and iron both of the seams open.

Place the bottom and side pieces you sewn together right-side-up on a flat surface. Place the right side piece right-side-down so the raw edges match up with the raw edge on the right side of the bottom piece. Pin into place and sew the raw edges with a ½-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the left side. Remove the pins.

Pin the top edge of the right side piece to the right side of the top side piece with the right sides together. Continue with the remaining raw edges until you have pinned all the sides. Sew each pinned side with a ½-inch seam allowance. Remove your pins and trim excess threads.

Place your liner inside of the wicker basket with the wrong side of the fabric laying against the basket. Press the liner into the basket and fold the top edge of the liner over the outside of the basket.


This tutorial works best for square and rectangle baskets.

Things You'll Need

  • 100 per cent cotton fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
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