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Silver-Coated Lined Basket Centerpiece

Dress up plain woven bread baskets by painting them a single, glistening shade and fitting colorful fabric inside. For a lush centerpiece, insert a plastic liner, and fill with a mix of neutral, silvery-leafed plants along with flowers in deep purples and soft magentas. Here, we used mums, dusty miller, viburnum, globe thistle, and kale leaves -- all inexpensive and readily available in fall.

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Most baskets are slightly wider at the top than at the bottom, so the liners should follow suit. With four darts in the side-wall fabric where it meets the base fabric, you can create a snug fit.

materials

  • Basket

  • Metallic spray paint

  • Fabric, such as linen

  • Tape measure

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine

  • Needle and thread

steps

  1. Coat basket lightly with spray paint; let dry.

  2. Cut out a fabric circle with a diameter 1/2 inch larger than that of the bottom of basket. Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias: The length should be 1 inch longer than the circumference of the top of basket; the width should be 1 1/2 inches longer than basket's height.

  3. Fold rectangle, right side up, so short sides meet; pin together to make a loop.

  4. Stitch loop with 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  5. To attach loop to fabric circle, first gather excess fabric at the bottom of loop in 4 even darts, so the circumference of the base of loop is the same as that of the fabric circle; pin darts to secure.

  6. Pin base of loop to fabric circle, right side up, so the edges of both pieces meet around the entire perimeter.

  7. Stitch perimeter with 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  8. Turn liner right side out, and place in basket.

  9. Fold excess fabric over the rim. Turn edges under 1/2 inch, and pin around the perimeter.

  10. With doubled thread and slip stitches, sew, pulling thread through basket every couple of stitches to secure.

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