If you've ever visited this site, you understand how quickly things can get out of hand. And, while it's not a very good basket, I'd rather spend money playing Santa right now than buying a new toy box.
So, instead, I decided to line the basket with some cotton material I had lying around in an attempt to prolong the poor thing's life. The liner covers all the edges, making it much harder for those chubby little fingers to tear it apart further....or so I'm telling myself.
Here's what I did:
First, I cut off all the raged edges and sealed them with hot glue.
Next, I took a yard a material and cut a generous oval shape out (because the basket is oval).
|fold over once|
|fold a second time to|
make the pocket for the
You could easily use a piece of elastic here as well but I wanted to be able to pull the fabric together to form a bag when the basket eventually falls apart.
|Use a big safety pin to help|
you get the string/elastic
through the pocket
When you sew the pocket for the string, leave 3-4 inches open so you can work the string or elastic through. This is easily done if you attach a large safety pin to the end and push it through (be careful to hold on the other end of the string/elastic or you'll have to start again).
|button holes for the|
Placing the material, right side up, in the basket, I simply pulled the string to tighten it around the basket, covering all damaged edges and tied a bow.
|we'll call this plan A|
|...and this plan B|
*** UPDATE: after nearly giving myself brain damage trying to think of the right word, my dear friend Amy helped me out-it's a casing, not a pocket. I about blew a brain valve there, Babe, Thank you! (and now my mother can stop laughing at me, professional seamstress that she is).