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
- sewing machine
- straight pins
- fabric paint
- spray bottle
- 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.
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.
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).