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diy project: sunset-dyed basket liner + pouch

by Kate Pruitt

This is the second project in Brittany’s summer DIY series! You can see the first project from last week, a copper tubing side table, by clicking here. — Kate

Picnics and bicycles are an absolute must in Denmark. I’ve been wanting to combine the two, so I decided to maximize the space in my bike basket by creating a liner that could also act as a drawstring bag for the inevitable waste that comes at the picnic’s end. I came up with a liner with pockets for cutlery and additional holders for napkins and whatever else your heart desires. I ran a ribbon through it so it would be a cinch to pack up at the end. The best part of the project was creating the sunset effect, which I’ll show you here. Since all baskets are not created equal, I will explain how I did it to my basket and then you can customize it to yours. — Brittany Watson Jepsen

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Read the full how-to after the jump . . .


  • white fabric (1 yard was enough for my basket)
  • 2 yards of contrasting ribbon
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • fabric paint
  • spray bottle
  • pencil
  • safety pin



1. Trace the bottom of your basket with a pencil, leaving an extra 1/2″ and cut out. I’ll call this A.

2. Hold the basket against the fabric on its side, and roll it over and trace the shape of the roll on the fabric. This will be the main piece. Cut it in half so you have two pieces. I’ll call this B and C.

3. Cut the same shape but make the height lower so that if a fork was sticking out, only the head would show. Again, cut the shape in half so you have two. I’ll call this D and E.

4. With B and C, sew 1/4″ in to leave a nice edge on one side. You can even tuck it under so you don’t see any raw edges. Do the same with pieces D and E.

5. Place D onto B and pin in place.

6. Pin A onto the bottom edge of D and B, and sew around D and B around the circle of A.

7. Repeat with E and C.

8. Sew the new merged pieces together on either side so that the raw edges are facing in. You should now see the bag starting to take shape.

9. Sew single lines at intervals where you’d like your utensils to go, making sure you make a few larger ones for larger items, too.

10. Fold the top edge down and sew 1/2″ down. There should be enough room to slide two ribbons through. Make sure you leave a hole on either side for the ribbon outlets.

11. Put a safety pin onto the edge of one ribbon, slide it through one hole and go all the way around until it meets back where you started.

12. With the second ribbon, start on the opposite hole and do the same. You should now have your simple drawstring bag liner!

13. To paint your bag, fill your sprayer with a few drops of paint. Add about 1″ of water and test it out on a scrap piece of fabric.

14. With another sprayer, add a different color and repeat the process. I used four colors total (red, pink, yellow, orange).

15. Move on to your final drawstring bag and spray at random. Spray on top of other colors to create a nice layered effect. Leave some parts white, too.

16. For a stronger color, let it dry and then try it out again.

17. Fit your lining onto your basket, and voila!

It’s been so nice using it for easy clean up at the end of our picnics. Enjoy!

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