So I've always always wanted a classic picnic set to go picnicking with! I'd planned to make myself one many times over the years but it just never happened.
Well, last year I found this adorable little picnic basket in a thrift store for about $3 which has been bothering me to get crafting ever since. I think a lot of people buy them thinking they will use them and they don't. I vow to use mine this weekend! Anywhoo, I purchased some picnic dinnerware (plastic plates, cups and cutlery) for a few dollars at Canadian Tire and got to work. I went with a blue theme because the plaid lining is this blue and red colour.
I was originally going to use food themed fabric but decided at the last minute to not do that. Everything I used (in terms of fabric and thread) was already in my crafty stash (YAY ME!), except for the tarp.Cutlery Role:
So simple and easy to do, I am really impressed with how nice it turned out and I was inspired by all those yarn needle holders people make on here. I made individual pockets for each piece of cutlery and for the napkins. The napkins are backed with a cream coloured fabric left over from some curtains I had to shorten. Everything is top-stitched.Picnic Blanket
As for the picnic blanket, I rather think this was a little ingenious on my part. I bought a cheap plain blue tarp from the store and cut it to the appropriate size and then I used some left over denim for the front. The point of the tarp, which I am sure you can surmise on your own, is to keep the blanket from getting dirty or wet or trapping sand in the fabric! I chose denim for the front (even though its heavy and not a typical picnic blanket fabric) because it was soft, comfortable, thick and durable. Plus I had enough of it in my fabric stash. I used an old mattress cover (you know the quilted padded kind) for the quilting batting and stitched it all together. The blanket is just over 5ftx5ft.