Hi, I’m Anna from Thimbleanna.com and I’m here to show you how to make a liner for the cute Collapsible Laundry Basket from Moda Home.
It’s that time of the year when we spend a lot of time indoors trying to get organized. When I first saw Moda Home’s laundry basket, I knew I had to have one. And to spruce it up a bit, I thought I’d add an easy liner with a few of my favorite details — Sunkissed fabric by Sweetwater and grommets!
1 – Sunkissed Jelly Roll
2 – 24″ x 24″ coordinating pieces of fabric (ideally, these would also be Sunkissed, but I made my liner before Sunkissed yardage was available)
1 – 24″ x 24″ piece of quilt batting
1 – 74″ x 20″ piece of quilt batting
18 – 7/16″ grommets
1 1/3 yards of 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon
3 yards of decorative roping
1- Moda Home Collapsible Laundry Basket**
Constructing the Liner Sides
Begin by choosing 36 strips of fabric from your jelly roll (reserve two strips that you really like for the binding that goes around the outside of the basket — in my sample, the binding is the green plaid fabric). Arrange the fabrics in an order that is pleasing to you. Or stick them all in a bag and pull them out randomly — do you feel lucky?
Make a quilt sandwich: Place one piece of the pieced fabric right side down on the table. Place the 74″ x 20″ piece of batting on top of the pieced fabric. Then place the second piece of the pieced fabric right side up on top of the batting. Be sure to coordinate the strips of fabric on the top and bottom pieces of fabric. In other words, if there is a strip of pink fabric on the top, the same strip of pink fabric should be directly underneath it, on the underside of the batting.
Quilt the quilt sandwich as desired. I originally wanted to do 1/4″ quilting along the seams of each strip of fabric, but then I realized that the top and bottom of the fabric would have to be perfectly aligned, so I abandoned that idea. DO NOT quilt the two end strips of fabrics, e.g., if you numbered each strip of fabric from 1 to 36, you would not quilt strip 1 or strip 36.
Using a ruler, trim along one edge of the quilted fabric.
Fold the quilted fabric in half widthwise. You should now have strips 1 and 36 lying next to each other, right sides together. Peel back the outside layers of fabric and batting and pin strips 1 and 36 together.
With the newly pressed seam still on the ironing board, lay the two batting pieces down over the seam, overlapping the edges. Take your scissors and cut through the batting, running the scissors along the top of the newly pressed seam.
Fold the strip of fabric that is closest to you (we’ll call this strip 36) back down, so that it lies flat on top of the batting. Then, fold strip 1 back down, so that it is lying on top of strip 36. Pin along the edges.
Preparing the Liner Bottom
Cut two large circles from the 24″ x 24″ pieces of coordinating fabric. You can do that one of two ways:
1) Make a pattern by tracing around a jumbo planter or lawn tractor tire or something that measures 22 1/2″ in diameter, or
2) Place the two 24″ x 24″ squares on top of each other. Fold the fabric in half and then fold in half again. You will now have a 12″ x 12″ square. Using a ruler, place the “0” mark of the ruler at the folded corner and pivot from one folded edge to the other, marking an arc that is 11 1/4″ long as you rotate the ruler.
Using one fabric circle as a pattern, cut a 22 1/2″ diameter circle out of the 24″ x 24″ piece of batting.
One fabric circle needs to be divided into 1/4ths. Fold the circle in half and place a pin at each edge of the fold. Unfold and fold in half again in the other direction, placing the two previously placed pins on top of each other. You should now have four evenly spaced pins along the outside edge of your circle.
Pin the trimmed edge of the liner side all around the edge of the liner bottom that contains the ribbon pieces.
When you are done stitching, reach your hand into the opening and pull everything right side out. It’s just like birthing a baby!
Stand the liner up so it’s like a big bucket. This picture shows the liner inside out. You should fold it so the ribbons are on the outside of the bucket.
Slide one side of the liner up under your sewing machine foot, so that the bottom of the liner is under the sewing machine needle. Quilt the bottom of the liner as desired. I chose to do a little freemotion flower in the very center and then do a big spiral out to the edge.
Trim the top edge of the liner sides so that the height of the liner side measures 18″. Using the two jelly roll strips that you reserved for the binding, and your favorite binding method (if you don’t have one, Moda Bake Shop has one HERE), bind the edge of the liner sides.
Now it’s time to place the grommets. Using the instructions on the grommet package, place one grommet in every other fabric strip. I created a little template to mark where each grommet should be placed. I chose to place the lower edge of the grommet one inch above the inside edge of the binding. When placing your grommets, REMEMBER: the right side of the grommet should be placed on the inside edge of the liner. This is because when the liner is placed in the laundry basket, the inside edge will be folded over the top edge of the laundry basket. It will then become the outside edge of the laundry liner.
Tah-Dah! You’re ALL done sewing. Place your liner in the laundry basket, tie the ribbons to the bottom, and weave the cord through the grommets. I chose to keep the cord knot on the outside, but it would be just as cute to hide the cord edges under the liner sides.
1 collapsible laundry basket liner.
Now, sit back and enjoy!
We look forward to baking with you all!
1 Max & Whiskers Layer Cake by BasicGrey
1 yard of a coordinating pattern from the collection
Step 1: Purchase or recycle a standard bed pillow. I chose a simple poly-filled pillow that’s on the firmer side. The firmness will allow the pillow to hold it’s shape better than if it’s too soft.
Step 2: Measure the pillow’s length and height. Mine measured 24 1/2” x 18 1/2”. Given the dimensions, I decided on a 6” x 6” block. The keen observer will note that the total is short by a 1/2” on all sides. In this project, coming up short will work to the benefit of the end product. When the pillow is inserted, it’s always better to be a bit snug. The form of the pillow will remain firm instead of losing its shape after a few naps by your little pup.
Step 3: Each block will be constructed in the same manner. However, each will utilize a variety of patterns from the collection. See the patterns photographed below. I grouped them in 3’s to show what I used for each block. There will be a total of 12 blocks in all. 4 blocks across by 3 blocks down.
Note that the directions below are for the first block. The remaining 11 blocks are constructed in the same fashion. Use the fabrics illustrated in Step 3 to create the balance of the blocks.
Step 4: Block Construction
1/2″ square triangles:
Cut a 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” square of the solid white pattern
Cut a 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” square of the animal pattern
With right sides together, draw a diagonal line down the center from point to point. On each side of the diagonal, draw a line a 1/4” from the center. These 2 outer lines will be the lines you sew.
Sew the left and right lines.
Using your rotary cutter, cut the two pieces apart using the center line as your guide. Open the triangle and press it towards the darker fabric.
Trim the tiny tails at each end.
This exercise will give you the two squares you need for the block.
4 Patch Block
Cut a 2” x 4” of the medallion fabric
Cut a 2” x 4” of the white fabric.
Right sides together, sew the 2 pieces along the longer side. Open it up and press toward the darker fabric. Turn the newly sewn piece horizontally and cut it into 2” block segments. Reposition the 2 segments to form the 4 patch and sew them together. Repeat the same process for the remaining set of 2” x 4” fabrics.
The 4 segments of the block
Sew the top and bottom sections in a pair.
Sew the pairs into a block.
This will yield a finished block of 6 1/2”.
Repeat the above procedure for the remaining 11 blocks.
Step 5: Sew the blocks together to form the top of your Poochie Pillow.
Start by sewing the blocks together horizontally and then sew the rows together to finish your top.
Step 6: Measure your completed top to determine the size you need to cut for the bottom. It should measure 18 1/2” x 24 1/2”. The extra 1/2” will be taken up as the seam allowance when the two pieces are sewn together. Cut a 18 1/2” x 24 1/2” back from the 1 yard cut you choose from the collection. I used the medallion fabric.
Step 7: Sew the top and bottom together with right sides facing each other.
Option: I added a zipper to the top of my pillow. Even though my little doggie is perfect in ever way, he sometimes sits down with dirty feet. The zipper will allow you to take the pillow insert out and wash the bed. I wouldn’t, however, put it in the dryer. You’ll note that I said the zipper is at the top. The top will actually be the back of the bed. It’s a bit of a mind bender but it will make sense by taking note of the picture below. You’ll see the zipper is behind the bumper rail at the top of the pillow.
Step 8: Now it’s time to make the bumper railing. We know that the size of our pillow is 18” x 24”. Since the bumper is only on 3 sides, we’ll need approximately 60”. In order to allow for corners, we’re going to cut and sew a tube with a total length of 64”.
We’ll be using the remaining fabric from the 1 yard cut to make the railing.
Fold the piece in half lengthwise. The width should measure approximately 22” by 36” (the length of the 1 yard cut). Cut 2 10” pieces from the folded piece.
Cut the 2 pieces to 32”. This represents half of the total of the tube.
Right sides together, sew the 2 pieces together using a 1/4” straight seam. Press the seam to one side.
Fold the newly created 64” piece in half with right sides together. Press.
*The picture below is actually the back of the fabric. The shot appears as if it’s being pressed on the face.
Sew down the length of the entire piece to form the tube.
Sew one end closed.
Reach all the way down and pull the closed sewn end out to form an open-ended tube with the right side now public.
Step 9: Using a poly filling, begin to stuff the tube to form the railing. Don’t overstuff it! Just use enough so it will stand on its own. I used a yard stick to get the filling down to the bottom of the tube. You can also use your hand as if you’re putting on a long glove with a wad of stuffing in your hand.
At approximately 19”, sew a single line down the tube. The 19” represents one side of the pillow.
The extra inch will enable the tube to be turned when it’s attached to the pillow. Additionally, this will make for a creased edge.
Continue to stuff and stop at 25” (the back horizontal portion of the pillow) sew another line down the center of tube.
Continue stuffing until you finish filling the tubing. Whip stitch the end closed. It’s actually 1” longer than needed. Once you begin to sew it to the pillow, you’ll see that the extra 1” will come in handy to be able to form the tube around the pillow without stretching it.
Step 10: Sew the tube around the 3 sides using a simple whip stitch.
Step 11: Insert your pillow if you choose to use a zipper.
Step 12: Find your furry friend and introduce him to his new Poochie Pillow.
1 dog pillow.