Easy DIY: Lined Wicker Tote

05.07.13

Hello! How are you? I am, at this very moment, embarking on a little adventure to the south of France with my little family, to photograph a spectacular 17th century renovated farmhouse for an upcoming feature. We are making a little holiday out of it and staying until early next week, so to leave you with something lovely to ponder on while I am frolicking lavender fields and indulging in baguette, fromage and vin blanc, I thought I’d share a quick little DIY project I recently did for one of my favourite decorating blogs, Decor8.

A few months ago, one lovely friend gave me a book called Home Made Vintage by Christina Strutt, the lady behind Cabbages & Roses. The book teaches its readers how to create a cosy home with homemade cushion covers, lamp shades and much more. As I flipped through the book after excitedly tearing the wrapping open, I spotted this project that I just couldn’t wait to try. I hit the shops to find myself an inexpensive woven tote {loved this one for the leather handles}, dug up some fabric I had lying around and got cracking! I typically enjoy doing low investment do-it-yourselfers that don’t suck up too much time, brain power or money, so this one fit the bill perfectly. It was a lot of fun to make, and I have literally used my lined wicker tote every day since , so why don’t you give this one-day DIY project a try too?

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You will need:

Cotton fabric
Wicker tote; I chose this one
Paper for making patterns
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and thread
Tape measure
Pins

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How To:

Measure the depth and circumference of your basket and make a paper pattern, adding 5/8 in. (1.5cm) all around for seams and hems. Make an oval shaped paper pattern for the base of the basket in the same way. Lay your patterns on the fabric and cut out the correct number of pieces. You may need to join several pieces to get a piece large enough to fit around the circumference; if so, remember to allow for extra seams. I divided the circumference of the basket opening by four to end up with four pattern pieces.

Join the fabric pieces, right sides together, for the sides of the basket into a ring, taking in 5/8 in. (1.5cm) seams. Press seams open. With right sides facing, pin the base piece to the lower edge of the ring, snipping into the seam turnings on the lower edge of the ring to help fit around the curved edge. Stitch the pieces together, taking a 5/8 in. (1.5cm) seam.

Fold over and press a 1 in. (2.5cm) hem to the wrong side along the top raw edge of your lining.

Insert the lining into the basket and pin the top edge in place. Hand stitch the lining to the basket along the top pressed edge using a running stitch. Bear in mind that the color thread you choose to use will show through on the outside of the basket, so go for something neutral.

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Hope the instructions made sense and you are inspired you to get to work on your own lined tote! I use mine for grocery shopping, carrying my camera equipment, picnic supplies and kids stuff. I love the graphic print peeking through, and the earthy combination of leather, wicker and fabric. I can see this tote with either a pretty floral fabric or a natural linen lining, too.

But what I love the most about this DIY is the practicality the lining offers – when the bag starts to wear out, I won’t run the risk of losing things that might disappear through the tiny holes at the bottom of the bag. Also, when the bag eventually does wear out, it’s simple to remove the lining and place it into a new tote!

I hope you give this a go, and of you do, let me know how you went in the comments section below! I love hearing from you.

Back soon after our road trip to Provence with lots of beautiful eye candy from our trip for you! In the meantime, happy reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

Holly

* Photography: Holly Marder for Decor8

3 Responses to “Easy DIY: Lined Wicker Tote”

  1. Excited to see your photos from Provence, I’ve never been there but thinking about a trip there next summer.

  2. geraldine says:

    great DIY end result. Have fun on your holidays x

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