Vintage Console Table

Adding a touch of charm and personalization to your home decor is as simple as crafting a custom round basket liner with your favorite fabric. Whether you have a collection of plain baskets that could use a stylish upgrade or you’re looking to create a unique centerpiece, a well-crafted fabric liner can make all the difference. Let’s look at this DIY Round Basket Liner.

Get ready to pick a beautiful fabric and add a handmade touch to your living spaces with this delightful DIY project. That’s what I did to decorate my new vintage console table.

Vintage console table

Decorating a Console Table with Baskets

Well I made my way to Lowe’s and found some galvanized pails for $7.28 a piece. I thought $15 for two pails was a more than decent deal! 

You can also get them on Amazon for not much more than that. They can be used for beers, as planters, centerpieces, weddings and many other projects. These buckets are incredibly versatile.

I really liked how the silver color played off the lamps. However, they look a tad too industrial for this space. 

So I decided to make fabric liners for them.

How To Make a Round Basket Liner

You don’t need much other than a pair of pliers, your chosen fabric, of course your sewing machine and some bits and bobs you surely already have in your sewing corner.

Step 1 – Remove the handles

Using tin snips I cut into the metal on the handle holder. Then I removed the metal handle and bent the metal towards the bucket with some pliers.

Round Basket Liner step 1

I used the same process as you would to create a template for recovering a lamp. Here is a great video to show you how to get the pattern.

Step 2 – Templates 

Trace the bottom of the pail to create a template.

Templates for basket

Step 3 – Pin in Place

Lay your template pieces on top of the fabric and pinn it in place. 

I cut out the fabric 1/2” larger on all sides except for the top of the pail pattern where I measured and marked 3” from the template. 

This will accommodate the casing that will hold the fabric in place on the pail.

fabric in place

Step 4 – Form a tube

Pin the fabric with right sides together (forming a tube)and stitch it using a 1/2” seam allowance.

Form a tube with the fabric

Step 5 – Add the circle

Then take the circle fabric and pin it to the bottom of the tube with ride sides together. 

You will have to stretch a little to pin it all down. 

Just keep stretching and pinning until everything lays flat.

sew the circle

Step 6 – Stitch and fold

Stitch it using a 1/2” seam allowance. 

Then try it out by putting the fabric into the pail tucking the bottom seam into the edge.

fabric into the pail


Next fold under the top of the fabric tube 1/2” and iron it down.

iron it down

Fold it over another 1/2” and stitch it in place leaving an opening for the elastic. 

Step 7 – The elastic

I used 3/8” elastic for this project.

Then pull the elastic around the pail stretching it a little taut and cut it to size.

pull the elastic around the pail

Then feed one end through the casing using a safety pin.

elastic for this project
Finish it

Step 8 – Finishing

Pull the two ends of the elastic and pin. Then sew down back and forth tacking it in place. 

Then tuck it in and sew the opening shut. That is it. 

Put it in your pail and admire. It is a super easy beginning sewing project.

DIY Basket Liners
full view table

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to try it. Plus, now I know what that ruler thingy is used for once I saw it in your post LOL

  2. How cute are those?! Great tutorial!! They do look a lot better with the liners. 🙂

  3. That's so cute, simple, & easy! Just the way I like sewing projects lol. Really love your wreath & now I'm off to hunt your blog for a tut for it lol. Thanks

  4. I love your colors! I have turquoise and red too. Isn't it happy?
    Where did you find your fabric? The buckets look wonderful!

  5. Nice! What a difference the liners make. Another great idea and tut! Even your printing on the pattern paper is pretty :o) xo

  6. I love that look! And I also love the red with the turquoise! ONe of my favorite color combos!

  7. What a GREAT idea! I'm loving your console – the remake has made me look at curb furniture in a whole new light – Here's a thought… If the buckets are going to get a lot of use you may want to trace the bottom onto cardboard, cut out a few pcs a little smaller than the bottom and glue together to fill in the space at the bottom of the bucket making it a flat smooth surface, then cover the entire bottom with felt so the pretty paint on your console doesn't get worn over time when the buckets are slid in and out. Love your tute!

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