I have finally made a teensy weensy bit of progress on my “homemade Christmas gifts” list. I wanted to put together a picnic basket for the girls to play pretend with; I completed phase one over the last couple nights. This was a farely quick project and I think it is going to be just adorable once it’s filled with a little felt food and accessories.
The steps are simple. I picked up an inexpensive basket from Joann’s that was the right shape, but had a horrid liner. Using my seam ripper, I took apart the factory basket liner and ironed out the pieces. Placing them on much cuter fabric (from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane line), I traced and cut out the “pattern” and then just pinned and sewed it together following the original structure. It turned out perfectly.
Next, I cut a piece of red gingham into a 23″ x 23″ square and serged a rolled edge around the four sides. This was SO quick and gave the “tablecloth” a neat, easy finish. I cut four 6″ x 6″ squares for the napkins and finished them off with rolled edges, too. I pressed the napkins on the diagonal to make neatly folded linens ready for the finest of picnics.
I am thinking of making some plates, too, and then either making or purchasing some felt food. I’ve seen some delicious-looking specimens on etsy. Any tutorials or etsy links you want to share?