Burlap and Fabric Produce Basket tutorial {or how to un-gross your kitchen}


Not sure how to keep potatoes, onions and garlic handy and yet, tidy? These burlap produce baskets are the answer. This post has a full tutorial so you can make them to match your kitchen. Have I ever mentioned that since leaving home at 19 the longest I’ve ever lived in one home is 5 years? Well, it’s true. So, this is the second longest we’ve ever lived in a home and I’m learning quite a bit about myself. Like I have no idea what you are supposed to do when the calking around your tub gets mildew and you can get it off (even with bleach). Thanks to You Tube we figured it out. 

Or what in the world do people (who don’t have large pantries, or mudrooms) do with their potatoes? We go through about 10lbs of potatoes every week or two and since I don’t really know what to do with them I just put the bag by the stove. 

IMG_7791Gross, I know. But it’s true and since I spent July completely cleaning and organizing every part of our kitchen it was driving me crazy. So last week I decided to look on Pinterest and google images to find a solution. Then I came across this older post from LuSa Organics. I was totally inspired. She used coffee sacks which I don’t have but I knew I had some burlap in the crap craft closet. 

Even though I was totally trying to hurry, I snapped some progress photos to share with you.  There isn’t a photo for every step, so make sure you also read 😉 

The first thing you need to do is find an oval platter, burlap and some fabric you only need about a yard of burlap and a yard of fabric. My platter measured 13″ across and 10″ wide. I just turned the platter over on the burlap and fabric and traced the oval. Then I cut them out and measured all around the outside to get my length for the sides. My length was 36″ and I decided to make it 12″ high. I cut the rectangle for the sides out of burlap and fabric that measured 12″ X 36″. 

So, I had two ovals, and two rectangles. IMG_7758Take the burlap rectangle and fold it over so that the short sides of the rectangle match. Stitch a straight seam. Since burlap frays quite easily, I also ziz zagged the edge and then sewed a second straight seam. Now you have a tube. 

IMG_7760 Open one side of the tube (this will be the bottom of the basket) and pin the burlap oval onto the tube (like in the photo above). 

IMG_7769 Now, stitch a quarter inch seam all around the oval. When you are done, go back an zig zag and then do a second straight stitch. Now you have a bucket. 

IMG_7771 You are doing to do the exact same thing for your fabric. Make sure to keep right sides together (I didn’t have enough fabric left over from making pillows for the bottom so I used some drop cloth fabric from our stockings as the bottom which is why my fabrics don’t match in the photo.) Also, leave about a 6″ hole in one side of the seam. This is how you are going to turn it right side out. 

IMG_7775 Next, turn the burlap basket right side out and put it inside the fabric one. Pin all around the top and then sew them together. I used a 1/4″ seam and then I zig zagged. 

IMG_7778Once the top is sewn, pull the burlap part out through the hole. 

IMG_7780Pin the hole closed and sew it shut. 


I just did it on the machine, but you can do it by hand if you want to. 

IMG_7784Push the lining into the burlap basket and pin all around the top, making sure the seam is how it is supposed to be.

IMG_7787Top stitch all around the top. This will give your baskets a nice, tidy edge. You don’t have to to this part, but I always top stitch. 


Turn the top down and fill with potatoes. This bag has 12 pound of potatoes in it. 

IMG_7832Then make more for the onions and garlic to not only un-gross your kitchen but to actually make it a little more cute. 

Some tips for making burlap and fabric produce baskets

Make sure you use burlap that is stiff. When I decided to make the other two, I had to go buy some burlap. I didn’t realize there was a difference in how tight burlap is woven and the baskets turned out super flimsy. Then I was able to find some stiff and tightly woven burlap. 

When you are putting the oval onto the tube, it’s ok if it doesn’t match up completely. If the oval is too big, you can trim is just a little and if the sides are too big, just increase your seam allowance on the side. Unless you are going to make a lot of these don’t get super uptight about exact measurements. 

The burlap can really stretch out so be careful not to tug on it very much. 

What if you want a produce basket and don’t want to make one? 

Well, we have you covered. We’ve added them to our Etsy shop! You can pick from the fabric that is in these photos or a blue and brown striped or a natural canvas with whatever color you want embellished on it. Phoebe will be doing the majority sewing on these to earn money for some of her dance fees. She’s been sewing since she was almost 6 so she quite the seamstress. I’m glad I can help her earn some extra income, it seems to be much harder to find side jobs for girls than it is for boys. Not sure how to keep potatoes, onions and garlic handy and yet, tidy? These burlap produce baskets are the answer. This post has a full tutorial so you can make them to match your kitchen. How do you store your potatoes? 


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