I have finally gotten a tutorial on the fabric liner together! I am posting almost a billion pictures (because I’d rather use a tutorial that “shows” me how to do it, rather than just read it all). Hope you don’t mind!
If you haven’t sewn much before, may I suggest trying this out with a small basket first? If things go wrong, you will have used MUCH less fabric. Not to mention, trying with less fabric will be a lot easier.
What you’ll need:
Fabric of your choosing (my diaper box only required ½ yard)
Scissors (or rotary cutter and mat – I used these)
Box or basket of your choosing
In this tutorial I will refer to the “right side” and “wrong side” of the fabric.
Measure your box:
Start from the outside at the point in which you want your liner to go to. I wanted 3 inches of my liner to show on the outside of the box, so I started with 3 inches, then I took my measuring tape down the inside, across the bottom, back up the other side, and down 3 inches on the outside again.
Do this for the length and width of your box. Cut your fabric in those measurements. Your fabric will be a big rectangle at this point.
This next part is my least favorite, because I hate trying to think through measurements. My husband helped me with this part, since he’s so smart! I hope I can explain it so you understand! If not, just comment with your questions and I’ll get my answers posted for you!
Lay fabric out with the right side up and find the center point of the long side. So, if your fabric is 30”, your center point is going to be at 15”. Mark it with a pin. Now, measure the long side of the box. Add 1/2” to that measurement for seam allowance. Go ahead and divide that number by 2.
Example: Box = 10 long, add ½, making it 10 ½ total. 10 ½ divided by 2 = 5 ¼
Remember where that pin is? Now, measure your divided number (in the example it was 5 ¼) from that pin to the left and make a slit at the end of the fabric. Also do this from the pin to the right. You should end up with the box length plus a half inch in between your slits.
Repeat this same procedure on the other long side.
For the short sides, you will do the same procedure with your SHORT side of the box measurements (plus the ½” for seam allowance).
The next step will be cutting out squares in the four corners of your fabric, making a cross. Start with one corner, cut each slit on either side of the corner until the lines intersect, giving you a leftover square.
I used a ruler to ensure a straight line and to know how far to cut that first slit. Repeat this on all four corners and VOILA, you have a cross.
If you want to ensure your measurements are right, measure each section and it should equal the box length plus ½”.
Now for the fun part! Sewing!
With your fabric laying right side up, fold side 1 onto side 2, lining up the sides evenly. Pin and sew.
Don't forget, we only left room for a 1/4" seam.
When it is laid back down it will look like this:
Now you will sew side A to side B, just like you did with 1 and 2.
Here’s how I folded it up to sew (I told you there would be a million pictures!).
A & B are sewn and here's the fabric laid out.
I’m sure you’ve got it figured out, but I took the pictures so I’ll add them anyways. You do the same to sides C and D, then one more time to E and F.
Almost done! Hemming it up: I folded my fabric like this so that I could fold all the sides over so that they were equal, since my cutting wasn't perfect.
Then I ironed the folded tops.
Then go ahead and hem it all the way around.
Congrats! You’ve done it! You now have a fabulous liner made with the fabric you love!
Questions? Here's your answers!
Is it possible to do this without sewing? I don't think the liner would stay together without sewing it, but if you wanted to continue the canvas from the diaper box into the inside, spray adhesive would work for that.
Edit! "No-Sew Hem Tape" might work.
I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby! I love that store!