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4th of July Bike Basket

Laura Bray Designs

By Laura Bray

June 13, 2014

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Project Description

Give an old basket new life by dyeing some fabric to create a patriotic banner. Your bike will be the jewel of the July 4th Bike Parade!


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 3 hours

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You'll Also Need

  •   rectangular wicker basket with fabric liner

  •    ribbon

  •    ball trim

  •    white

  •    cotton fabric

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   old towel

  •   plastic table cover

  •   rubber gloves

Step By Step

  1. Here is the BEFORE photo! We all have these old, tired looking baskets laying around, right?

  2. Remove the old liner from the basket and carefully cut it up. You will use it as a pattern to create a new liner.

  3. Prepare a red and a blue dye bath, following the instructions on the bottle. Submerge one piece of cotton fabric in the blue and one in the red. Use hot water and let the fabric sit a long time to really deep colors.

  4. Rinse the fabric and wash it. Using the old liner, cut the front, back, and bottom of the liner out of the blue fabric and the sides from the red fabric. Be sure you cut a little extra for seam allowances.

  5. Sew the liner pieces together.

  6. If you want, stitch on ball trim and ribbon bow.

  7. To attach your basket to your bike, simply thread some ribbon through the back of the basket, then tie onto your handle bars.

  8. Enjoy your ride!

  • http://www.theritstudio.com Rebecca Fretty

    How fresh and precious this basket is! What a great revitalization of a basket!

  • http://www.ritdye.com The Ritsters

    The perfect summer bike basket! Now we want to be ride off to a farmer’s market and go eat our farm fresh picnic at the beach.




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