Thursday, August 4, 2011

I love you, a bushel and a peck!

I hear my Mom singing that song whenever I look at a bushel basket.  It was a household item back in the day...before the plastic age.  I remember seeing clothes rolled and sprinkled, ready for ironing in a bushel basket just like this. 
My dear SIL Elizabeth asked if I wanted this basket, I said yes and I had in mind a project.
Finding myself with an unexpected day off from baby wrangling, I got a little crafty.

 I had this pillowcase from one of my rummage sales. I thought I might try my hand at lining the basket. The pillowcase wasn't wide enough to go around the basket, so I cut off the embroidered part and added a piece off the bottom of the case to give me the width I needed.

 Since that bottom edge was not embroidered, I used a stitch on my sewing machine to try and match the scallop.
A pretty good match...

 I added a piece of my favorite linen substitute, the lenda curtain fabric from Ikea.  I learned this trick from Urban Farmgirl.  The fabric is beautiful, 100% cotton and reasonably priced. A pair of curtains is about twenty dollars for about 6 yards of 54 in wide fabric.  A bargain!!

 I decided not to fuss with the handles, and just removed them. 

I cut out a circle of fabric for the bottom of the liner and pinned it to the sides.  If I were to do another, I would gather the sides for a smoother look.  For this my first attempt, I think it looks fine.  Besides, it just for me...I would be a lot neater for someone else.

Next time I will use something with a smaller design, so you could see that it is in fact a bushel basket.  I just had to keep the butterfly in the design. This will be great for crochet projects that would otherwise get snagged on a basket.   I like it...What do you think?  Have a great day. 


Aunt Barb said...

Penny, it turned out really nice. Very pretty embroidery work. You've got such talent!

cityfarmer said...

and a hug around the neck ...


cityfarmer said...

Penny, it's gorgeous ...

been thinking of Annie a lot as of late

tikascm said...

Wonderful use of your finds. You never let anything go for just its initial use - what an imagination!
Hugs Pal

Anonymous said...

simply stopping by to say hi