Picnic Basket Tutorial

When the weather starts getting warmer I start dreaming of all the fun things I love doing when the weather is warm. One thing is going to the canyon or park and having a picnic.

When I was young my mom had a picnic basket made from a bushel basket and brings back so many good memories, so I decided I wanted one, too. I love how big this basket is and that it can hold so much. It has several pockets that are perfect for holding just about anything you need.

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Here’s how I made mine:

You will need a bushel basket, 2-3 pieces of coordinating fabrics a half yard each, sewing machine, thread, matching bias tape and pinking sheers.

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I found my basket at a local thrift store, but I know you can purchase them from a fruit stand or farm.

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Decide which piece of fabric you want to use as the liner and cut it into two 30″x17″ pieces. Cut another coordinating piece of fabric into two 30″x10″ pieces. With right sides together sew a 1/2″ seem allowance on one short side of both sets. They should both now be 59″ long.

Sew a hem on the long side of the 10″ wide piece. This piece will form the pockets.

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 Now place this piece right side up to the right side of the 17″ wide piece.

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Sew the bottom edges together using a 1/2″ seem allowance. Using pinking sheers pink the seem to prevent fraying.

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Decide where you would like your pockets. I just randomly measured a variety of sizes. At the marked places sew from the top of the pocket piece down to the bottom seem to form each pocket.

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Now fold the liner with right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seem down the side forming a tube. Pink this seem.

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Laying the liner down and pressing flat cut a 5″ wide by 4″ deep half circle on opposites sides of the top. These sections will fit around the handles.

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Sew bias tape around the top of the liner avoiding the handle sections. Follow directions on the package to apply.

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Cut two 24″ pieces of bias tape. Fold these in half and pin the center to the bottom center of the cut out sections. Sew the bias tape in place leaving the extra in place for tying.

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From the remaining fabric you cut your pocket section out of or a coordinating fabric cut a 14″x14″ piece. Fold this in quarters. Measure 7″ from the point and cut a quarter circle. When you open it you will have a 14″ circle.

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Using a gathering stitch on your sewing machine sew around the bottom of the tube. Pulling one of the strings gather the bottom slightly. With ride sides together pin the circle to tube pulling more gathers as needed. Stitch the circle into place. Pink the seem.

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Place the liner into the basket, adjust, and tie the ties around the handles. You’re done!

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I think these are the cutest things!

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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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