Crafty & Clever Picnic Blankets & Accessories To Make

Summer is finally here and that means picnics, potlucks and family gatherings. Here are assorted projects that are not only lovely, many are quite clever and useful too! The first section lists gear and accessories that are useful for presenting, protecting and transporting food, then I have a few blanket tutorials listed at the bottom. Most are sewing projects but there are a few no-sew ideas included as well. Enjoy!
Potluck Bowl Covers: These feature an elastic casing in a contrasting color (made with double fold bias tape).

Fabric Bowl Cover: Sew a fabric & elastic strap to hold squares of fabric tight against bowls.
Take-along Placemat: Made with cotton prints and lined with felt, features a cutlery pocket in one corner and fabric ties in another.

Eco Travel Lid: Fabric bowl cover made with cotton fabric, rip-stop nylon and elastic.
Insulated Tote: Nice & sturdy bag keeps food hot or cold, zips closed and is made with decor weight fabric and Insul-Brite.

Lucille Bag: Simple design that makes a roomy tote to haul supplies, features cotton webbing for the straps and includes pattern illustrations.
Alfresco Bowl Covers: Sew fabric squares lined with fusible fleece, add strands of beads in each corner to weight them down.

Custom Napkins & Paper Holders: Two different projects, customized paper napkins (free pdf download) and paper chopstick or utensil holders using decorative paper.
Tablecloth & Napkin Set: A soft white cloth (52″ x 52″) & fabric napkin set (16″ x 16″) with both featuring a simple, retro-style embroidered edge.

Refurbished Basket: The top of the basket is decorated with fabric and Mod Podge, matching fabric is used to sew an inner liner.
Flatware & Dish Roll: Holds 6-piece flatware sets made from dish towels and ribbon, plate holder made from kitchen towels and ribbon.

Clever Utensil Wrap: Great stash buster, this clever wrap has two corner pockets to hold utensils in place, rolls up and ties closed with ribbon.
Collapsible Travel Dish: Designed as a water dish for pets but this can be used for other goodies too.

Origami Basket: Learn how to fold a five-foot square of oilcloth into a handy storage basket.
DIY Napkin Holder: Made with a piece of aluminum pipe, a galvanized tray (spray painted) and a piece of elastic cord.

Easy Mats: Learn how to sew a pair of roll-up placemats with built-in utensil holders.
DIY Placemats: Features two corner pockets to hold a napkin & utensils and they roll up with decorative ribbon ties.

Basket Lid Cover: Simple project to spruce up a basket lid using cute fabric and some batting.
Weighted Food Cover: Strips of cotton fabric bind a square of colored netting along with two zinc metal washers in each corner for weights.

Pocket Cutlery Pouches: A rectangular piece of oil cloth is folded and stitched along the edges then cut on an angle (front piece).
Perfect Placemats: Has a pouch for holding cutlery and a fabric napkin, this one has the pocket opening elasticized to hold the pieces. Rolls up with fabric ties.

Laminated Table Cover: Make a custom cover to fit over a picnic table using laminated cotton, ties underneath to hold securely against wind.
Basket Liner & Pocket Organizer: Here’s a tutorial for lining the bottom of a basket with oilcloth and making a pocket insert to hold utensils and supplies.

Water Bottle Tote: Great for toting to ball games too, this is made with utility fabric, striped blue ticking, batting, vinyl purse handles and basic sewing supplies.
Paper Baskets: (printable) Download the free template to make your own and fill with goodies, made with butcher paper.

Tablecloth Tote: Made with about 2 meters of quilting cotton or home decor fabric, cotton webbing and thread to match. Will fold up into a tote for easy storage.
Pocket Placemats: These are made with oil cloth, bias tape binding and ribbon (to rollup and tie).

Invitations: Fun, free printables to download and print.
Drawstring Basket Liner: Shows how to make it custom fit for your choice of basket size, pulls up over food and closes with a drawstring/cord closure.

You’ll also find ideas for making homemade ice packs here and casserole totes here.

Here are a few ideas for blankets and mats…
With Games: This has a bingo game and tic-tac-toe grids for four players sewn on one side and corner pockets to hold supplies.

Tote: Clever idea, this folds up into a tote with handles. Also see this project for a similar idea.
With Rock Pockets: Simple patch quilt backed with an old sheet and lined with batting, features triangle corner pockets to hold rocks (to weight it down).

Water Resistant Patchwork: Made with squares of assorted fabric prints, a vinyl tablecloth and light quilt batting, has fabric ties to roll up.
Outdoor Roll-up Cushion: A lightly padded roll-up cushion made with two outdoor fabrics and filled with foam.

Oilcloth: Makes a large 8′ x 8′ weatherproof mat with fun fruit appliques in the corner.
Fold-up: Folds up into a roll with a strip of velcro for closure, sturdy webbing for a handle.

All In One: Has pockets for supplies. Once it’s folded and the straps are buttoned, you have an easy way to carry all your essentials in one bundle.
June Throw: Tied quilt made with fat quarters, coordinating solids and lined with quilt batting.

Backed With Vintage Tablecloth: Trimmed with double fold bias tape (with straps to roll & tie).
Isosceles Quilt: Finished size measures 84″ x 101.5″ (nice & big), and includes directions for making a carrying handle strap.

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    • heckety

    So many gorgeous things to make to keep outdoor eating clean, easy, and organised! One small problem- has Tipnut got any tips to make the sun shine????

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