How to line a basket with handles

Do you have a log basket? Fed up with bits of dust and wood falling through onto your floor? Let me show you how to line a basket with handles.

My parents have recently moved home and are in the joyous process of making their new home their home if you know what I mean. We’ve been altering their old curtains to fit, building a desk, there are always more bits and pieces to sort than anticipated. My father picked up this log basket with handles but with a brand new carpet he is keen to protect it.

How to line a basket with handles


Previously I have shared how to line a picnic basket and how to update your basket with chalk spray paint. Baskets have so many uses around the home ansd are so versatile, what’s not to love?!

Do you love baskets? It is super easy to line a basket with handles, grab some fabric and lets get started.


How to line a basket with fabric

The first step is to measure the basket internally. I started with the side panels, measuring up to the side handles.


How to line a basket with handles

Followed by measuring the width and depth of the basket.

How to line a basket with handles

Here are my measurements:

Depth 6” + 1/2” 
Width 12 1/2” + 1/2” + 1/2”
Length 20” + 1/2”

I hope this diagram explains the fabric pieces and calculating the seam allowance.

Once you have your measurements it’s time to add seam allowance of 1/2” for each edge.

Height 6” + 1/2” for the base piece. For the sides 6″ + 1/2″ + 1/2″
Width 12 1/2” + 1/2″ + 1/2″
Length 20” for the base piece. For the side piece 20 + 1/2 + 1/2″

Cut out one long rectangle which covers the base and two for the two long sides.



Cut two thin long rectangles for the long sides.

Before we proceed any further finish all the raw edges with a zigzag stitch. 


Place the long rectangles right sides facing, centrally. Stitch, starting and stopping 1/2″ from the edge. 

So now you have your lining, place inside the log basket, pinning the raw edges in at the corner edges and along the top. Due to the weave of this particular basket, I could place dressmaking pins through the fabric and into the weave to hold it in place.

How to line a basket with handles

Hand stitch through the fabric and basket weaving small stitches all around your pinned edges, securing the lining in place. I have used a long regular needle, you may find an upholstery needle and thread helpful, dependant upon the weave of your log basket.

Super simple and easy to do this lining takes the log basket up to the next level.

I was planning on using a cream/ light colored fabric but I think my Dad is right, dark is best. It is not going to show any stains and marks from the logs.


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