~ROMANTIC LACE BASKETS~
Earlier this summer I picked up two wicker style baskets from ROSS for $3.99 each! I loved the oval style of the two identical baskets and it was a huge plus they both sported pre-made heavy duty liners on the inside. I immediately had plans for the baskets and decided to bring you along as I transformed them for my romantic cottage style home! Below is a simple (but fun!) mini tutorial on how to change a nice (but a bit drab) basket into something worthy of gift giving!
Here we go!
1. Start with a basket of your choice! Either make a liner or cheat like me and buy a basket with one already made. Can't beat $3.99 for a basket with the fabric liner already made! Look at ROSS, TJ MAXX, MARSHALL'S, TUESDAY MORNING, ETC!
2. Choose a vintage doily (or crochet lace edging) that roughly matches the size of the liner's sewn edge when folded in half.
3. Cut center fabric from doily creating a "circle" leaving at least a 1/2" seam allowance. See photo above as an example! Do not cut crochet lace if you can help it!
4. Starting at the tie-end (or back of the basket if there isn't one!) begin sewing the lace all the way around the edge of the liner making sure you "smoosh" (or slightly ruche) lace if necessary. Smoosh too much and you won't have enough to go all the way around the liner. Keep in mind you might even have to "stretch" your lace a bit to fit.
5. In this photo I worked on basket #2. Crochet edging (not a circle doily) was used for this one. The "ends" were simply smooshed up so raw edges wouldn't show!
6. Snip off loose treads after securing lace in place. I went back and top-stitched the lace trim on a second time. If you're picky (I wasn't on these) you may opt to serge the raw edges for a neat/clean look! Gently replace the liner(s) onto your basket(s).
7. Retie ends if necessary and adjust to fit!
8. Use for tons of things! Great for a bath or fabulous for holding your favorite dinner rolls this Thanksgiving!
9. Here they are again!
I'd love to see what you do! I even thought about using different lace pieces and old doilies in different sizes! In the end I opted to do something simple. The possibilities are endless! No doubt a basket like this would be at LEAST $39.00 at a boutique! Maybe even more!
Hope your Tuesday is awesome!
Love to you...