Making Your Own Linen Brotform Liners
I had read that hemp linen makes wonderful bratform liners. I decided to give it a try and ordered myself a yard from Dharma Trading Company.
While waiting it's arrival I decided I had better make a prototype out of scrap material before attempting to make one using the hemp.
I know having pictures has helped me immensely when baking bread or pretty much making anything by hand so, assuming there are others out 'there' with similar learning styles I took pictures of what I did and now here are my instructions for anyone who would like to save a lot of money by making your own liners.
- Deciding on a circle size. I wanted a liner that would fit my 8"- 9" baskets as well as fit my small baskets. (A large liner can fit smaller sizes but a small liner can not fit a large size so this is my rendition of one-size-fits all. ;^)
- I found a round pillow that had a 18"-20" diameter and that was my 'pattern'.
- Once my circle was cut. I folded it in half and cut it in half and then I cut the 1/2s in half -leaving me with 4 - 1/4 pieces of a circle.
- And then I began to construct a circle again. (By cutting the circle and sewing it back together it lies more evenly in the basket....seems odd but it works!)
- I used a 1/4th" seam allowance to stitch my seam. I sewed it together and then I went back over it with a zig-zag stitch to prevent the salvage edges from raveling. (My machine is a 40 year old Kenmore - my first sewing machine and still going strong but, alas, it does not do surged seams....)
- After I had stitched both halves individually I then stitched them together to make a whole circle again...
- All seams continued to be sewn with 1/4" seam allowance and then zig-zagged..
- Now for the elastic casing hem. I choose 3/4" woven non-roll elastic. (Came in 1yd. packaging for less than 2.00. One package has enough elastic for 2 liners the size I made.)
- I basted a line of stitching 1" in from the outside edge to be my hem allowance guide.
- I folded the casing edge along that 1" line of stitching and sewed it securely along the edge making sure I maintained a 3/4" space to pull my elastic through.
- I left an opening for the elastic to be drawn through and I made sure all the seams were stitched down facing the same direction so when pulling the elastic through there wouldn't be any interference with seams being in the way.
- I then pulled the elastic through using a safety pin. (I left the elastic long knowing I could tighten it once I had the tension correct.)