Upcycling a picnic basket

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.

upcycling a picnic basket

I started by spray painting the basket from brown to white.


picnic basket

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.

upcycling a picnic basket


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…

E xx



  1. Angela Milnes
    16th June 2015 / 11:01 pm

    This is so fab Esther! I love it. You are so creative… well done!
    Angela recently posted “An Interview with two 7 year olds” http://wp.me/p5XRN6-1Hw

  2. Hannah (@DaintyandIvory)
    17th June 2015 / 12:55 pm

    I chose the same fabric, it is gorgeous. I love how you’ve up cycled a picnic basket, those wraps are lovely.
    Good luck!


  3. mummydaddyme
    17th June 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Aw it’s gorgeous, I love the old fashioned picnic baskets. I have wanted one for years. x

  4. 22nd June 2015 / 7:43 pm

    This is so pretty, makes me want to learn how to use a sewing machine properly! Xx

    • 23rd June 2015 / 7:18 pm

      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

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