June 18, 2012

How To Sew A Picnic Basket Liner

I finally found a vintage picnic basket to redo


Here is what I started with



My total inspiration was this vintage plastic flannel lined table cloth I have been holding onto for years.....Got to use the good stuff before the kids sell it for a quarter at my estate sale!


This blue ocean breeze paint was WAY to bright, so I toned it down with a light sanding and walnut gel stain


Now it's time to line the basket.  I've never lined a basket before, so I just winged it.   I put the basket on the fabric and drew around the bottom adding about an inch
Then I measured around the top circumference of the basket

After measuring the the width and height I added 1 1/2" to each measurement and cut the fabric in half.  I decided to use 2 pieces to line the basket because the fabric would have to be sewn at an angle..Smaller to larger on the top, you could use one continuous piece though

Here is is the lining pinned

Before I sewed them together I add pockets for silverware and napkins


Then I took the three pieces of fabric, turned them inside out, and pinned them together right in the basket, insuring a good fit......Then sewed them all together


It turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.  

Since I used a plastic tablecloth to line it, I hot glued it in around the top.  If I used fabric I would have put velcro around the top so it could be taken out and washed


The finishing touch was a graphic from Graphics Fairy and the "Blender Pen" transfer method.  Graphics Fairy has a page HERE of every transfer method possible, including the blender method...A great page to book mark



I love to try everything once, but many times a project is so difficult I don't do it again, but I would definitely do this again, it was sooooo fun!


I am going to put it in my booth at Orange Tree and price it at $45.....If it doesn't sell...Well....It's mine!

You might like to see my newest basket lined with a Laura Ashley print HERE

Happy Creating!

47 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The heck with seeing if it doesn't sell, Carol, I would have kept that baby! : ) Great job and I love the use of the vinyl tablecloth. I just saw some {new} picnic baskets at Christmas Tree Shop and they always have some pretty vinyl tablecloths. Of course the baskets are not as pretty as this one, but I guess you could dress them up. Love the pockets you added. Makes it so convenient to carry those extra essentials safely.

stefanie said...

eeeeekkkk, thats gorgeous!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You did a great job! I have always wanted to have a booth with Janae--but my problem is I would never want to sell anything. This would be a keeper for me!

nádya said...

Oh, wow what a gorgeous picnic basket!!! You always create such beautiful pieces!!!!
Have a great week!!!
Blessings,
Nadya

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

Wow turned out beautiful - Now I know what to do with my vintage plastic flannel lined tablecloth! You are so creative. If you're interested I am having a birthday giveaway on my blog. I'd love to share with you!

Debbie said...

I love it! I love the idea of the flannel backed vinyl, too. You can just wipe it clean. I have a picnic basket that was a wedding gift. It's not shaped like that kind (I love that kind...) but it still could use a face lift.

(BTW... I have to tell you that my mom and sister and I laughed at your comment about two months of Christmas mantels. We agree! Guess the lightning will strike three more times.)

Blessed Serendipity said...

Love your picnic basket. It looks adorable and the perfect liner gives it such charm.

Danielle

Petite Michelle Louise said...

LOVE it! oh my...so sweet! clever girl...

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh How I love it- that color of the paint is nice...the fabric is wonderful.I know it will sell.

Sisters Treasures said...

Great job, Carol. I alway want to use oil cloth but it's so expensive so the flannel backed tablecloth is a great idea.
You really should write a book with all your "how to's". I know I'd buy it.
Betsy

Marydon said...

Ohhh, Carol! This is a marvelous creation. If only I could sew. I love the tablecloth pattern, so lovely.
TTFN ~
Have a lovely day ~
Marydon

Debbiedoo's said...

Nice job! Of course I love that color too. I have the same basket in green. Looks like a redo in it's future!

dlw said...

very cute! i collect these baskets, so i have a bunch...maybe i will do this to one of them!
take care!
debra

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

You are so talented.. Wish I could sew like the pro you are.
Hugs, Cindy

Марина Байрак said...

Замечательная корзина для пикника получилась! И внутри очень понравилось оформление!

Kasia said...

OMG Carol.... THAT is fantastic!!! I cant get over the stunning colour and interior! :D Dear, you outdo yourself every time and this is not different! :D LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Hugs,

Egretta Wells blog said...

Love your picnic basket liner!! It will surely sell!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

You sure can "wing it" and have it turn out perfect! Love the lining!
Nice addition of inside pockets!
Warmly,
deb

Gina said...

Now that is so perfectly sweet, I would buy it in a heart beat! I have a feeling you're hoping it doesn't sell. ;D

Katie Sue said...

I love it. I have the same picnic basket. Hmmm. I will have to make mine over too. Visiting from Villa Barnes.

Marilyn said...

NICE!! I think you should keep it. And I had to laugh at your comment about the kids selling the tablecloth for 25 cents! My "good stuff" may just end up in a dumpster! Sarah isn't nearly fond enough of my stuff!!♥♫

Vicki said...

I don't know how you let go of these gorgeous pieces. So clever. Love it.

SavannahGranny said...

Carol, I am so late on all my replies. I want to thank you for visiting me under my shade tree. I hope you will someday come to Savannah and we can sit together.

I love your picnic basket, you are always making things look current again. I have a nice basket on top of the laundry room cabinets. I really should do something with it. Oh well, Another project for my "Carol's inspirations" list.
Have a great week, Ginger

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

This one will sell for sure (sorry?lol). Love the new Frenchified look! I admire your ability to just wing it. I recently bought a wire waste paper basket for the bathroom. Same idea, larger on top, smaller on the bottom. I bought beautiful ticking fabric and tried to make a template/pattern.....but once I cut the fabric it turned out not to fit right at all! I never even got to the sewing phase! It was such a bummer I haven't been back to it for a while. Maybe I should try again!

Kathleen

Susan Erb said...

Carol,

I am crazy for these baskets! I have done two (one in french lilac and one in a pretty blue) with Graphics Fairy transfers on top. I cannot bear to part with them and keep meaning to post them on her Brag Monday...

I too would definitely buy a book of all of your tutorials! I think it would fly off the shelves like everything else you do :)

Sue

Createology said...

Ahh another success project. Your use of the vinyl tablecloth is genius for spills. The addition of pockets brilliant for organizing and not jumbling items. I love a good picnic basket and this one with the flat top is prime. I love to give a picnic basket or wine backpack as wedding gifts since they are never duplicated and I find picnics very romantic. Fabulous job my dear...

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

I love it! I have a picnic basket just like this one....just gets me thinking???
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

lynn said...

love the distressed finish, carol:) so pretty--inside and out! tfs!

TammysVintage Finds said...

Oh Carol! Very, very cute! I have about a dozen picnic baskets that I've picked up for nearly nothing and haven't done anything with them. I may just have to do up a few of these and put them in my booth. I love the fact that you made a vinyl liner for easy clean-up.

Chenille Cottage said...

you are amazing! Your picnic basket is absolutely wonderful...every sweet detail!
I love the soft colors, your delightful stencil and oh, the fabric you chose for the lining is perfection!
Smiles,
Carolynn

Gypsy Heart said...

Hey girlfriend, I'd keep that! There's no way I would sell it. You could always send it to my house too. :-) You did a marvelous job on it ~ I just love it!

xo
Pat

Free Pretty Things For You said...

you make the pretty things my dear!! :)

Thank you!!

PS
Have you heard anything for Angelina?????????

xoxoxo!!

June said...

Oh it will definitely sell Carol. It is so pretty! Beautiful on the inside and the outside.

Thank you so much for the tutorial.
hugs...

shellyandrade said...

What a great job on your basket! Love it!! I never would have guessed you did it with spray paint!! Shelly Andrade

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, now that is sensational! I just need to get me a basket! I love a picnic! Thanks for sharing~

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I hope for your sake it doesn't sell! Turned out beautiful just like everything else you work your magic on.

BECKY said...

Absolutely love it! And it won't stay around the shop long!! Love that you sewed pockets, too! Great attention to detail!!
Hugs!
Becky

kelly said...

Great job, Carol. I love the blue material.

Kelly

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You did a fabulous job with this, Carol! I bet it sells quickly!

Perfectly Printed said...

Wow!! What a great project!! I know you can't keep everything but really??? Sell it??

chris

Stampin D Amour said...

Love it!!! xo

-pamela ;)

Melanie said...

I wouldn't be able to part with this gorgeous basket. I loooove the pretty blue lick of paint that you gave it

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow.....you took an ugly duckling basket and made it into a beautiful swan, Carol! Love it! :)

xoxo laurie

Eclectically Vintage said...

I just found a vintage picnic basket at the thrift shop and love the way you transformed yours!! She's a rockstar now!
Kelly

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How charming!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Simply Lokal said...

Love the picnic basket! Your creativity is amazing!

Brandy Pettit said...

Thank you for posting this idea, I am participating in a picnic themed blog hop and just picked up a basket, now trying to figure out how to line it, and this post was very helpful! I'm thinking of making mine reversible by not sewing the corners together, but having all the sides sewn to the bottom piece, then tie them together at the top. You'll have to check out my blog in a couple weeks and you can see what I do!
~Brandy
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