Tuesday, September 13, 2011

~~~~~SHABBY COTTAGE BASKET TUTORIAL~~~~~ From Simple To Fabulous


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...


Sherry said...

Great idea as always. Cutting the edging from the doilie and adding it to the basket is a great way to use the lace, especially if the rest of the piece is worn.

GwendolynKay said...

I love what you have done with the baskets! I honestly would never have thought of doing that. You have such a good eye and great design style. Love it!
Blessings always~

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Rebecca,
What a sweet basket. I love the idea of using a doilie for the trim. Now, if I only had a sewing machine...Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

What a wonderful idea! I may just have to give this a try :) When you get a chance, stop on over, as I've posted a new picture of Seth :) Yup, it has finally sunk in that I am officially a grandma, and I love it!!

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Becky said...

Oh thats a great idea Rebecca.So pretty with the doily.Im a new follower again Ive returned to blogging.Nice to see you again.~~Becky

Cheryl said...

Ahh Rebecca what a good idea, but then everything you do is really classy and beautiful!

Kim B said...

What a wonderful basket. I have a couple of blah baskets like those, marvelous idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I would like to request a tutorial on how to make ruffles from strips of fabric. Have a fantastic day. Big hugs! Kim B

Unknown said...

You are so sweet. Thank you for stopping by & for your comment. Love the basket makeover!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how totally adorable, Rebecca!! I LOVE this treasure!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Now that is brillant! I have to go to Michaels this week ANYWAYS!!

Unknown said...

Dear Miss Creative, as usual these are so pretty, so sweet and dainty. I love them. I hope everythings good in Rebecca land.

Thanks for coming by and entering my giveaway. And for noticing the cupcake stand. I just found the candle holder at the thrift store Friday and the perfect size plates and did it Sunday.

OX's....Tracy :)

Heaven's Walk said...

THAT is one beautiful basket, Rebecca! What a wonderful seamstress you are, girl! Luv it!

xoxo laurie

NanaDiana said...

That is beautiful, Rebecca-and what a wonderful tutorial! Love you, girl- xo Diana

Marilyn said...

Your technical directions are as good as mine when Wally would be working on projects in the house. I'd tell him to "smear" some of that stuff over the holes to fix the drywall. He was NEVER impressed with my vocabulary!

I have several baskets to beautify and some lace to do it with. Do you have a bottle of ambition, as I need a dose after school.♥♫

Barb said...

Rebecca, the baskets are lovely...so feminine and just the right touch.

I may have to try this as part of our home is going in the feminine direction...again. Ron just rolls his eyes but he smiles when he does it. ;-)

Thank you for your visit and sweet comment. I am trying to let go of some of the color. I am so drawn to paler things at present.

Life is so completely full of possibilities...yes!

Blessings and hugs,

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca
Even though I don't sew, I did enjoy your tutorial and the baskets look so much nicer enhanced with the lace.
Perfect for the bedroom or bath.

Unknown said...

Hey sweet friend!
So wish we had Ross in this area..just Marshalls and Home Good..both of which you have to dig for good prices. Love what you did to sweeten those baskets!

You are such a kindred spirit..thanks so much for taking time out of you busy day to leave me such encouraging words! It meant more to me than you can ever know!
Be blessed,

Deanna said...

Hi Becky Sue.
The whites and creamy tones turn my crank. Like the lace and the coziness of items in a decorative basket.
God bless,

Linda Carole Bloom said...

What an incredibly great idea! (Why haven't I ever thought of this??) And containers for Christmas gifts too! Thanks, Love, Linda

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