Last Sunday we had a trip to Preston to join in with the Guild celebrations. On Saturday and Sunday they had a Vintage weekend in Avenham Park. There was lots to see and lots of stall oh I wish I had some pennies. It was mad busy and really hot but we had a really good day with my sisters and their families and my parents.
Little L had chance to show off her cute new shoes!
And on the way out I spotted a basket for sale and after a bit of haggling it was mine. I wanted an old traditional basket to put my knitting in to stop it getting tangled up and to be able to quickly put it out of reach from little fingers.
I decided to line it as it was too snaggy for knitting as it was. So I chose this material mainly because I had lots of it.
I cut a template for the bottom of the basket and then a rectangle for the sides. I measured around the top of the basket and added an inch for hems and roughly measured the depth of the basket and added a couple of inches to turn over at the top. I stitched the short ends of the rectangle, to give a tube of fabric. Then I pinned it to the base oval of fabric. I pinned it first on the four flat sides of the oval and then gathered and pinned folds into the corners or curvy edges. It sounds complicated but it wasn't. I was doing it at fifty miles an hour with one eye on little L and I managed it.
Then I cut a slit down either side for the handles and hemmed it (sorry forgot to take photos). Then I stitched a channel around the top. I threaded some thin elastic through the channel and around the handles to hold the lining in place.
Done, not bad for a couple of hours and it will do the job. I had to put a little band of material on the handle because there is a crack in the handle which I just had to put some gaffer tape around.
Hope you have all had good weekends.
Bye for now x