How to Make a Lining and Decorate a Straw Market Basket

This lucky thrift store find easily became my favorite market tote!

straw basket with image

I found a like-new, straw market tote for $2.99 at the thrift store!

thrift store basket

It was perfect just the way it was but I decided it would be even better with a bit of custom lining and a graphic design on the outside. 

I had a vintage piece of curtain I was anxious to use and this was going to make the perfect lining fabric.

I measured the fabric to line the inside of the bag then sewed the sides and the bottom of the fabric together.

lining for a basket

I added a fabric wrapped base from a recycled piece of hard plastic for the bottom of the bag to add stability.

The top of the lining is folded and hot glued to the inside edge of the basket. 

curtain lining for a basket

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I used Citrasolv to transfer a design for the front of the bag. 

All you do is print out a reversed copy of whatever you want to transfer then dab Cirtasolv onto the back of the copy paper while it is on the fabric. 

The ink from the copy paper transfers onto the fabric in a light vintage looking image.

drop cloth label on a basket

I frayed the edges of the fabric then used spray adhesive and hand stitched the design patch to the bag.

market tote with lavender bunches

market basket with flowers

I turned this $2.99 thrift store find into a work of art that I can't wait to use!

updated market basket pin

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .