Tuesday, July 6, 2010

DIY Picnic Basket

Picnic season having arrived,
I decided it was time for a new picnic basket.
We received one for a wedding gift, but it was worn out a long time ago.
On a recent shopping trip to Walmart, I found this on sale for $5.

It's easy to store because it folds down like this...

Thinking it should have a few accessories and
since thrifty has become my middle name,

I decided to make my own accessories.

I started with 3 dishtowel purchased for $3.99

and some ribbon that I already had from another project.

The first thing I made was a silverware holder.

I folded one of the dishtowels over by 1/3.

Then I measured out the placement for the silverware

adding a chalk line to act as a sewing guide.

Then sewed the chalk lines.

The silverware was placed in the newly created pockets.

I then added the finishing touch by placing a pretty ribbon around it.

This will also keep it compact and rolled up for easy storage.

I also wanted a convenient way to transport the dirty silverware and dishes home after picnics, so I took another dishtowel and sewed the sides and bottom together forming a bag. I finished it off by adding a ribbon for a drawstring. When the bag is dirty after use, all you need to do is throw it in the washing machine.

The third towel serves a dual purpose...
serving as the baskets lid and

for wiping up spills or dirty hands the day of your picnic.

Here is the finished product, which I have named...

My Little Red Ridding Hood Basket!!!

My total cost for the project ~ $8.99

Doesn't it make you want to have a summer picnic?


I'm linking this post to ...
Beyond The Picket Fence Organize and Decorate Everything Wallet-Friendly Wednesday
Blue Cricket Design ~ Show and Tell

Fingerprints on the Fridge ~Feature Yourself Friday

Finding Fabulous ~ Frugalicious Friday

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  1. I LOVE this picnic basket! How clever that the basket can fold down. Thanks so much for sharing!!!


  2. Joy, this is so helpful and creative! I am heading over there TONIGHT to see if I can find a picnic basket and I am totally going to copy your ideas! They're so handy and useful, and so economical! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Also, thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! I'm so glad I found your blog - your talents and ideas are wonderful! New follower :)

  3. Yes, that totally makes me want to go on a picnic...the ideas for this are very creative and practical. I sure wish I could lift my sewing machine...I may just have to get hubby or C.S. to bring it downstairs for me. Please keep me in your prayers for Thursday, I have to go for Genetics testing and I'm not looking forward to it! Thanks for always stopping by to see me friend!

  4. Very cute! I love the idea of a bag for the dirty dishes. Lisa~

  5. Uber cute! I not only love the thriftiness of it, but how easily you can store it!

  6. Super cute...and what a steal on the basket!! :)

  7. Hi! I found your post at Beyond the Picket Fence. I've seen the silverware holder before and it looks so easy to sew. I really need to try it. I love the red you chose!

  8. I love the picnic basket you pulled together and the red looks so summery. I especially love the price.

  9. How fun! I love all of the great accessories you made!

  10. It looks so cute and I love all your great ideas. What a great price too. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday.

  11. OMG! I love this...I am going to stalk every isle at Walmart until I find one of these baskets!

    This would make a great shower or wedding gift!

    Thanks for the share!

  12. I love this! It's so cute!


  13. I am just catching up on your blog! Love this! It is just the greatest idea!

  14. The popularity of your link-up has earned a feature as one of this week's top 10 favorites on my weekly newsletter! Great post!

  15. Love it, I had a few old linen red and white stripe teatowels in my linen cupboard that I picked up from a charity shop for 50cents each and made the draw string bag and cutlery holder. I have my Great Aunt's old everyday cutlery set so I'm using that for my picnics now. Very retro, practical and stylish...although mine isn't as neat as the one above lol....

    Lisa (Australia)

  16. This is fantastic, thank you! I was searching for a diy cutlery holder for camping (the cutlery ends up all over the rubbermaid "kitchen" bin all the time!) and this is just perfect. Thank you!



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