Vintage Baskets

A Lillie Maeís Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt


Vintage Baskets


Read through all directions before beginning.

For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at


If you have a specific cabinet or spot for your baskets, make sure you measure the width, length and depth of the spot and take that tape measure with you to the craft store or where ever you will be purchasing your baskets.  Measure, measure and measure those baskets to make sure that they will fit where you want them to go.


As it happens I did not take the tape measure with me but decided I could "eye ball" the size of the baskets.  Of course the baskets were to tall so I had to bend the tops down somewhat so that they would fit the stand I wanted them for.  Since I did turn down the tops, this created the "bulk" that I wanted so I did not use my Warm 'n' Natural batting.


When it comes to creating something to your liking don't forget to be brave.  The "vintage" material you see both at the top of this page and at the bottom is actually the "wrong" side of the material.  After staining I realized that the colors were to vibrant to go along with the "vintage" feel of the room that I so desired.  However, when I turned it over I fell in love with the "wrong" side so that's what I used.



Loose weave basket (make sure it is flexible and if it has handles that they are separate from the basket and can be cut off without unraveling or doing harm to the basket itself)

Vintage material


Thread to match material

Long needle

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Cheese cloth

Warm 'n' Natural batting

Stain:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil, sponge brush or spray bottle.  Optional:  Old cookie sheet, rags, glass jar with lid.



1.  Cut off handles.

2.  If the basket is to tall you will need to turn down the top edges slowly and carefully.  If not, then skip this step and the next step.

3.  If the weave begins to unravel, glue back together with your hot glue gun.



1.  Measure completely around basket and add 1-1/2 inches; tear your single layer material 3 inches in width and the length you just measured.

2.  Measure the same for your muslin at 2 inches long.

3.  Measure the same for your cheesecloth and Warm 'n' Natural batting at about 1 inch length.  Youíre going to scrunch up your cheesecloth so itís not as important to keep the length uniform at 1 inch.

3.  Stain your muslin, vintage material, cheesecloth and Warm 'n' Natural batting (is using it).

Staining:  Combine ľ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 1/4 cup Vanilla extract and ľ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay what youíre staining here.  With a sponge brush or spray bottle thoroughly coat.  Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven. 

4.  Layer on the edges of the baskets in the following order, Warm 'n' Natural, muslin, vintage material on top.  Keeping the material taunt, hand sew all layers onto your basket going through the weave with your needle.  Try to keep the row of stitching straight.  Do this all the way around, cut off extra.

5.  Scrunch up your cheesecloth and hot glue this right along your line of stitching both inside the basket and outside, to camouflage these lines,


You're done with Vintage Baskets.  I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed designing it.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please donít hesitate to email me.


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