Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rusty Labels and Basket Liners

I found these wire hanging baskets at our local "feed" store and thought they would make great storage containers- for something! 

So, I pulled out my trusty burlap and canvas and created these liners for the baskets.   They were very simple to sew and if you're interested, here's how I made them...

First, you need to make a pattern using brown craft paper, newspaper, or anything you have to draw out a pattern.  The idea is basically the same as if you were making a lamp shade cover...tape one edge of the paper to the basket, roll and make an outline with a pencil. 

Then cut out your pattern.  Place it onto your canvas (or any desired fabric) adding about 3" to the bottom (you'll see why in a minute) and approximately 2" to the top so you can make a finished edge. 

I know, this is burlap and not canvas...the rest of the pics are using canvas.
Once the fabric patter is cut out, sew the edges together.

Gather to bottom approximately 1/2" to 3/4" from the edge and pull tight; secure by sewing. 

Place the liner in your basket with the right side facing in an decide how much fabric you want to drape over the basket edge.  Sew a hem to finish the edge.

I made some burlap cording and sew to the finished edge.

Clear as mud?!?  Now, repeat this process with your burlap and make the cording using canvas.

Now, onto the numbers! 

I used canning jar lids and lightly sanded the surface with 220 grit sandpaper.  I then painted them with Lamp Black (DecoArt).

Once dry, I lightly sanded them again to remove a bit of the paint.  I then applied my "Rusting Paste" (recipe to follow) used a sea sponge.  Once dry, I sponged on a bit more Burnt Sienna and then sanded some more to expose the edge.

Apply the numbers using a stencil and some Light Buttermilk paint (I made the stencils).  Rough them up a bit more by pounding the edges with a hammer.  Use an awl to make a hole at the top of each tin label and attach to the baskets with wire.

Rusting Paste Recipe:
6 parts dry concrete powder
3 parts Raw Umber paint
2 parts Burnt Sienna paint
1 part Bittersweet Chocolate paint
Mix can add a bit of water to make the mixing a bit easier.  Use a sea sponge to apply to the surface, as it gives it a more authentic rust look.

That is it.  I hope you like them. 

Thank you for stopping by...have a great weekend!



  1. You have a lot of creative bones in your body! I didn't even know there was such a thing as rusting paste, and I used to teach

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  2. Fun! What a smart idea to use hanging baskets for indoor storage. They look great and you'd never know they were "supposed" to be for something else.

  3. I have a sewing machine but can't sew a lick. lol. I LOVE what you did!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lids...what a great idea!!

  4. Clever and creative and ingenious. LOVE your rusting paste recipe, I've gotta try it. Excellent job on the burlap piping, too! Kudos!

  5. Great idea, no one would ever know the baskets came from a feed store, they look great.

  6. Clever, creative, and really cute! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

    xoxo laurie

  7. I love this project. I'm not very good at sewing but I think I could do this. I love the rusty number lids. I'm your newest follower and found you at Chic on a Shoestring.

  8. Adorable! I'm going to have to try out that rust paint recipe. Very creative!

  9. Love your blog - so many cute projects - I especially love the burlap bulletin board and that whole room. Stopping by from DIY Showoff. :)

  10. Hi Lesa, The baskets turned out adorable. I love the liners you have made and the tin top labels are too cute! They look fantastic. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I hope you don't mind that I have included this in today's features. Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

  11. I love how the baskets turned out! Great idea and job!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

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