Friday, June 12, 2009

tutorial:make a fabric covered lid for your picnic basket

before i begin...there will be a GIVEAWAY on monday.
yeah you are going to want to come back. with picnic season here...i wanted to take my second hand find and spruce it up to take it out with us on park trips
this little beauty only cost me $3...but the lid was less than desirable so i decided to do something about it to make her even prettier

got some fabric that i thought was kind of picnic-y and would also look good in my home when we weren't using it.

first i went and got batting. i used two layers of it. placed it on top of my basket lid and cut off the extra.


then i traced an oval onto the back of my fabric using my batting i just cut out as the template

then i cut out (i did 2 inches out from my line) the oval i just made. the extra fabric will fold under my lid.


where the hinges are in the back i cut out some of the fabric (not the whole way up leave some to fold under) and i put a little dab of hot glue to make sure it stays put. did this to both hinges.

next i opened the lid and pulled through the fabric so that it was inside

then i placed hot glue onto the fabric.
make your you are caught up on your repentance for swear words cause if you get that glue on you and burn yourself...you will be swearing.

just as a general rule i pray a lot on my knees the hour before i do this just so i have a "savings" of prayer and repentance...just in case.(oh my gosh, YES...i'm joking)

once i got the hot glue on the fabric, i gently pressed onto the back side of the lid to secure.

when i got to the corners i made sure i tugged a little so i got smooth rounded edges
there you have it. not bad for $3
and perfect for in your house or out at a park!
now have a great weekend and i'll see you on monday with a giveaway. WHOOT!

45 comments:

Joyce said...

I am so mad-----I just passed up a picnic basket at Goodwill because we really don't use one for picnics. I didn't even think of fixing it up for the house. I could hide all kinds of "treasures" in there. Thanks for the inspiration.

summerfete said...

We can't wait til Monday!!

Marrissa said...

What a great idea! It doesn't even look like the same basket anymore! Can't wait to see what you have in store for Monday :D

jaybird said...

hot glue and i... we are best friends... we have had many burns together!... where did you get that stripe?... i'm in love with it and my stash is begging for it!

Betsy said...

Now if only it was not like 110 degrees here I coud do this and go on a picnic. Texas weather is a killer. Cute project.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I love that!! So cheery!!

Brianna said...

Stupid cute. LOVE IT.

Raheli said...

That is very smart & cute. I have a picnic basket [$.50 find at a yard sale] that is lined in the cutest blue gingham, but it's stained & musty. I will have to take a look this weekend and see what I can do!

homemaker Hobbies said...

Love that idea!!

L Johnson said...

Thanks for sharing this fun project! I love your red bench!!!! Have a fantastic weekend;)

Kelly O. said...

very cute indeed! I think with the basket I have on hand I would have to also put a piece of fabric on the inside of the lid because it's kind of splintery (which is why I haven't used it but--duh-- I can cover it and then I can!)
Thanks for sharing your great idea!

Jeanette said...

I have one of these that I keep on top of a hutch in my kitchen. I use it to store all the BIG utensils that we only use once or twice a year, like my big soup ladels and tongs etc. Clears up my large utensil drawer nicely, and still looks cute on display.

Thimbleanna said...

Super Cute V.!

Marie said...

I love that, super cute! Have a great weekend!!

V and Co. said...

jo anns for the fabric in the home section.

Rebekah said...

I have a basket that desperately needs something like this to be done to it. Time to start digging through the fabric stash, I guess!

dotti white said...

V--very sweet! I always love your projects anyway. Have an awesome weekend!

Becky said...

Love that fabric! It's perfect for a picnic basket. Very fun. =)

Sherri said...

What a great idea! And the striped fabric is perfect!

resmith said...

This is terrific, I love it!!

rachel griffith said...

cuteness.
i especially loved the part about making sure you are caught up on your repentance for cuss words.
priceless.

Kara said...

That turned out just darling! I can't wait till Monday!

Deb C. said...

Can you go yard-saling for me? I NEVER find anything good. Could be all those people perched 1 hr before the sales start stealing all the good stuff first....I dunno. I think this is perfect, perfect!!! Thanks for the tut!

Peanut Blossom said...

I agree, I think you need to do a tutorial on second hand shopping. I never find anything that I can think of updating but you make me want to head out to my nearest flea market.

Gwendie said...

I really have to learn to read more carefully - I thought it said make a lid for your PANIC basket! This is much cuter.

Rachael Havens said...

Very cute and fun remake. Love it and thanks for the tutorial!

Journeying Five said...

got to love it! it is gorgeous!

The Quilt Shoppe said...

I need to go find me a picnic basket. Love the fabric :) And, oh, so easy!

Camille said...

Love it! I hope you love and appreciate your goodwill. It rocks! You find the best stuff!

Amanda said...

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

I was reading somewhere to keep a glass of ice water close by when you're using your hot glue gun. Then, if you get glue on your finger, dip it in the ice water. This will keep you from burning your mouth if your instinct is to put your finger in your mouth when it gets in the way of the hot glue.

I can't wait until Monday! Have a great weekend.

Terri said...

Precious and adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Stacy said...

Great fabric... it makes me want to find a picnic basket!

Laine said...

What a great idea. I have a picnic basket in the attic. I might have to go get that down.

Tricia Anne said...

I need to go back to the thrift store and see about the basket I passed up. I hope it is still there! :o) Your basket is precious! Thank you so much for posting your tutorials. It has been such a blessing to me!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

PamperingBeki said...

I want to be you.

That's all. :)

barb's creations said...

What a great idea.Too bad we're heading into our winter here but a very good idea to get a start on for our summer next year.Lets hope it doesn't reach 46 for over a week again that was way tooooo hot for me :) barb.

barb's creations said...

What a great idea.Too bad we're heading into our winter here but a very good idea to get a start on for our summer next year.Lets hope it doesn't reach 46 for over a week again that was way tooooo hot for me :) barb.

Michelle said...

Neat idea, too cold for picnics in my little corner of the world at the moment tho!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

A very smart idea for a picnic basket. Keep away from flies and other creepy things §:-))

TY for sharing!

fiberdoodles said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

Sharon

the Material Girls Quilts said...

I have a really old picnic basket and now I know just how to dress it up! Thanks! It was great meeting you in person! Thanks for taking the time to stop by the shop!
Nadine

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is GORGEOUS! This is the summer I finally get my picnic basket! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Christina said...

how fun and just adorable. Who wouldn't want to eat out of that picnic basket. Great idea!

carmel said...

look what you did to me!
now im going to have to buy a basket!
thanks for the tutorial! its very usefull for me!! :-)

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

I have a laundry basket like that! Why 4 I never thought to make a cover. LOL. You could get really ambitious and cover the inside and put places for silverware and napkins. Ooooh that would be cute. mmmm. I'll add it to my ever growing list of projects.

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