Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Because, why not?

As you may have seen in my previous post, I am hosting a workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos this fall where we will be making mini Shaker utility basket. Many of the baskets the Shaker used in their communities were lined with fabric or even leather. The Shakers were fixated on cleanliness so a liner in a wood chip basket for example would keep the mess from small kindling contained and off the floor.

So, being the crazy person I am I decided that the little baskets we will be making needed to have little liners to match. The first challenge was to find fabric with a pattern the correct scale. I have lined some of my full-sized baskets with pillow/mattress ticking, so wanted to find something that would look like that. After wondering around the fabric store for a while and getting some confused looks from the sales clerks when I tried to describe what it was that I was looking for, I found some striped denim that looked promising.

Thank goodness for Project Runway as I have watched how the designers drape and fit their clothes to the mannequin. Really, I used what I learned from a reality TV show to help me with my crafts! After cutting and sewing and prototype, and fitting to the basket, I was able to make a pattern so I could make more.

My goal is to make these to offer as an option for the participants in the workshop. I am sending a couple samples to JoAnn to make sure they fit the baskets and if that goes well then I will start sewing away.

Wish me luck.


  1. Nice job! The basket with liner looks wonderful.

  2. Beautiful work and lovely post. I also wanted to say I learned to sew on a sewing machine just like the one you have. It was an excellent machine.

  3. nice idea. I would love to know how this worked out for you

  4. nice idea. I would love to know how this worked out for you

    1. Pam,
      They turned out great. Out of the 20 or so that I made only two were too big. I need to either toss those two or adjust two of the seams. Believe me, I am a perfectionist, so was so worried how they would work of those in class. The only catch to sewing them in was that you had to make sure the corners were in the corners. If you had them set in twisted they were never going to lay smoothly against the inside of the basket.