When I was challenged to transform one metre of fabric into an incredible craft creation, I grabbed it with both hands. I love a challenge. It always takes me a while to settle on an idea, but when the right one comes – it won’t go away and I know it’s ‘the one’. My basic criteria was ‘summery and useful’, and upcycling a picnic basket fulfils both perfectly. It’s going to be a present for a friend of mine and I can’t wait to give it to them.
I started by spray painting the basket from brown to white.
The next step was making napkins, cutlery rolls and lining it.
The lining is attached using velcro so it can easily be removed for washing, and I decided to pad the base to provide some cushioning. I made a few straps inside to hold cups and plates in place, and a candle to match.
The last detail was creating a label. Like I need an excuse to use brown labels and rubber stamps.
I am so pleased with how everything turned out – one of those rare projects that I didn’t have to do any unpicking or redoing. I did get worried half way through that I wouldn’t have enough fabric to do everything, but in the end, one metre was just perfect.
You must let me know if you have a go at upcyling a picnic basket for yourself. I would love to see your creation.
In the meantime, if you need me – I’ll be in the garden eating strawberries…
This is so fab Esther! I love it. You are so creative… well done!
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I chose the same fabric, it is gorgeous. I love how you’ve up cycled a picnic basket, those wraps are lovely.
Aw it’s gorgeous, I love the old fashioned picnic baskets. I have wanted one for years. x
You should! Something so quaint about them xx
This is so pretty, makes me want to learn how to use a sewing machine properly! Xx
Alice – it’s all comes from confidence. Once you have a few projects under your belt then it just keeps getting better. It’s so much easier than people think xx