Let’s go on a Patriotic Picnic! Have the family grab the food, dishes and barbecue and you can supply all the handmade gear. Not sure what to make? Come along with me . . .
Red, White & Blue Bunting
Let’s start with bunting to set the mood! Every patriotic picnic needs a big splash of red, white and blue and the bunting I found on the HGTV blog is a very handsome splash. Designed by sewist Marian, the swag style bunting is stitched in durable twill fabrics that will last through many years. So much better than plastic! You’ll cut strips of fabric by following Marian’s illustrated instructions, then assemble them with a little stitching. Although, the directions call for hand sewing, I would definitely use a sewing machine. Finish your bunting with grommets for hanging and you’re on your way to a fabulous meal! Click here for the Red, White & Blue Bunting tutorial.
Bandana Picnic Tablecloth
We’ve set the mood, so now it’s time to dress the Patriotic Picnic table. The humble and readily available bandana is the star of this lovely tablecloth designed by Michelle of the The Gracious Wife blog. Purchase as many as you’ll need by following Michelle’s instructions for calculating your table size. Once you’re home, a little thread and about 30 minutes are all you’ll need! If you’ve never sewn a quilt and feel uncertain about piecing, just use Michelle’s helpful link for basic skills. Click here for the Bandana Picnic Tablecloth tutorial.
Upcycled Picnic Containers
Now that our table is covered, it’s time to get ready for our Patriotic Picnic feast. Buffet-style serving is always easy, so we’ll want containers for the silverware and a few flowers, too. Kelli & Greta are a clever mother-daughter team who shared these fun upcycles on their Squishy-Cute Designs blog. Made of felt, they have the red, white and blue spark you’ll need to make your table special. You’ll find instructions for three different designs along with a free template for the appliqued shapes. Stitch these on your machine, then attach them to any size tin can you please! Click here for the Upcycled Picnic Containers tutorial.
Bandana Bowl Covers
Sarah of the Sadie Seasongoods blog stitched up these adorable Patriotic Picnic bowl covers to ward off tiny unwanted guests. We’ll want to keep our feast food safe, so several of these fabulous bandana covers are just what we need. And, they coordinate beautifully with our tablecloth! Sarah used a collection of vintage bandanas she purchased. You can use new bandanas, check your thrift store, the back of your drawers or ask your friends. Bandanas are plentiful and these clever covers are quick and fun to make. Sarah links a video tutorial in her post and shares how to create the perfect size cover for your bowl. Click here for the Bandana Bowl Covers tutorial.
Heart & Flag Machine Embroidered Mug Rug
For an extra special handmade touch, let’s make Mug Rugs for our Patriotic Picnic! On Craftsy, I found these darling Heart & Flag Mug Rugs from Shanel of Sanity’s Machine Embroidery Designs. Done with a flip and sew method, the patchwork portion is fun to sew. Shanel’s manually digitized design includes two hoop sizes and is available for every format you may need. Supplies include a variety of red, white and blue fabrics, tear-away stabilizer, embroidery thread and low-loft batting. Your guests will feel extra welcome when they find these on the table! Click here for the Heart & Flag Mug Rug pattern on Craftsy.
A Patriotic Tote to Carry It All
We’ve sewn gorgeous gear for our Patriotic Picnic, so now we need a bang-up tote to carry our handmade goodies to the park. Amanda from the Jedi Craft Girl blog has just the right tote for us on the Therm-O-Web blog. It’s ample size of 24” x 17” x 8” makes it perfect for all our picnicky handmades! You’ll use 5” squares to cut the pieces you need for 10 pinwheel blocks, but that’s not all. Amanda suggests denim for the bottom, a twill for the lining and cotton prints to coordinate for the outside. The secret sauce of this sturdy tote is the fusible fleece that helps it stand at attention on it’s own! You’ll love Amanda’s suggestions for creating strong handles and a strong, squared bottom for the tote, too. Click here for the Patriotic Tote tutorial.
That’s it! We’ve planned and sewn and laid out the perfect Patriotic Picnic. Now it’s time to relax, enjoy our guests and be delighted with all the “you made that???” compliments. Go ahead and grin behind your barbecued ribs – you deserve the praise!