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« on: July 19, 2011 09:57:33 AM »

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.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2011 10:25:16 AM »

oh the cleverness of you! this is awesome! the tarp is ingenious, and I may be on the lookout for a picnic basket now Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2011 10:45:40 AM »

that is absolutely amazing! I have pinned the cutlery roll to my pinterest, but I may have to add a tarp backing to my picnic blanket. I also do not have a basket yet, so I'm a few steps behind on gathering all of our picnic supplies...

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2011 11:00:33 AM »

What a lot of work!  It's beautiful.  Happy Picnicking!
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2011 02:50:51 PM »

that is just fantastic.  My dh and i have been talking about making a cutlery roll for camping now i will have to include a spot for napkins.  the blanket/tarp is great.  i will have to keep working on my jeans to upcycle.
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2011 07:06:19 AM »

Aw thanks for the comments. I'm still waiting to use the set, I think I will get a chance on Sunday. Will let everyone know how the blanket works out!


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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2015 08:33:36 AM »

I was just going through some old posts looking for a picture and I came across this topic by accident and saw I had said I would update on the durability of the blanket but I never did.

The picnic blanket has held up amazing! As you can see I posted this 3.5 years ago and its still like the day I made it. I live at the beach and it gets used all summer. I've washed it without issue, though because of the plastic tarp I hang dry it on our clothes line. Literally, best thing I've ever made in terms of function.



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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2015 07:57:16 PM »

This is a very elegant picnic set. I can visualize all manner of marvelous meals and happy times with it. Congratulations and best wishes for many years of great dining.
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