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Make your own quilt top picnic basket.
Make your own quilt top picnic basket.
We’ve all heard the phrase, a loaf of bread and a jug of wine, but wouldn’t a few extras come in handy on a picnic?

You can take a small or medium sized basket and add a lid yourself, and then put in all the accompanying items that are necessary for a picnic lunch.

This is something that every home can use, it will make a wonderful gift for the outdoors person in your life, a great Christmas gift or a wedding present.

To begin with, you’re going to add the lid to the basket and then fill it with your items.

Materials You Will Need

  • One basket, size and shape you want; the basket will need a flat edge with at least a quarter inch thickness. Willow or oak will be the sturdiest type
  • A wood chest type basket one whose handle will move to the side to permit the to open
  • 1/2 inch thick quilt batting
  • 1/2 yard 1/2 yard print fabric of your choice or one scenic fabric panel two small brass hinges
  • 1/4 inch thick piece of plywood, cut to fit your basket
  • 4 metal cups
  • 4 plastic plates
  • Corkscrew
  • Small metal salt and pepper shaker.
  • Knife votive candles
  • Packet of moist towelettes
  • Inexpensive silverware set.

Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Jig saw
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Small screwdrivers

Completed picnic basket set with quilt top.
Completed picnic basket set with quilt top.
Instructions to Make Your Picnic Basket

  1. Cover the basket lid by laying the quilt batting on the top of the plywood and cut to fit your basket.
  2. Cover it with the fabric of your choice and wrap it around the board, so that about a 1/4 inch will be showing on the underside of the board, and tuck under the raw edges.
  3. Staple, or use upholstery tacks to secure it about every two inches.
  4. Attach the hinges to the inside of the basket top and to the inside of the basket itself, using the smaller screwdriver.
  5. Inside, add your picnic supplies and voila.


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