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Vintage Picnic Basket Lining

sewing summer

With the sun finally out we are ready for summer! Long evenings, trips to the beach, picnics and of course summer crafting!

We’ve been looking forward to sharing with you some projects from our new book Handmade Glamping, and we think this week has been the perfect weather for this vintage picnic basket lining. You can transform a tired old picnic basket with kitsch print fabrics and cute hanging strawberries. You will be a true glamper!

Handmade Glamping 


17 x 16 in. (42 x 40 cm) piece of red gingham fabric


Sewing machine

42 x 13 ½ in. (17 x 34 cm) piece of strawberry fabric for front and back of lining

13 x 13 ½ in. (32 x 34 cm) piece of striped tea towel fabric for sides of lining

17 x 13 in. (42 x 32 cm) piece of red gingham fabric for basket base

28 in. (70 cm) cream bias binding

2 ½ yd (2.3 m) narrow green velvet ribbon

1 ¾ yd (1.5 m) white cotton trimming

4 x 9 ½ in. (10 x 24 cm) piece of red felt

Coordinating beads, sequins, and embroidery floss (thread)

Small amount of fiberfill toy stuffing

4 x 9 ½ in. (10 x 24 cm) piece of pink felt

Coordinating sewing thread



Materials quantities are based on a picnic basket 16 x 12 x 6 ¼ in. (40 x 30 x 16 cm).




Cut the larger piece of gingham fabric into two 17 x 4 in. (42 x 10 cm) strips and two 13 x 4 in. (32 x 10 cm) strips. Fold one long edge of each strip over twice to make a double hem and stitch in place (these will become the outer edging of the basket).


Cut the strawberry fabric into two 17 x 6. in. (42 x 17 cm) strips. With RS together, pin a strawberry fabric strip to a matching red gingham strip. Cut the striped fabric into two 13 x 6 ¾ in. (32 x 17 cm) strips and pin to the shorter gingham strips, RS together. Machine stitch the seams, press and turn out.



Pin all the side panels onto the red gingham base fabric with RS facing. Machine stitch the seams, press and turn out.



Pin and machine stitch up the four corner seams of the lining. To give the gingham outer edging room to overhang the basket, taper the seam outward slightly at the top as shown.


Place the lining into the basket. Mark and cut incisions about 2 in. (5 cm) at the front of the basket for the loops of the basket. Mark and cut slits up the outer gingham edging at the back of the basket to allow for hinges.


Measure the incisions made in Step 5 and cut strips of bias binding slightly longer. Press the binding in half. Pin a binding piece to enclose each raw edge and machine stitch in place.


Lace the green velvet ribbon through the white cotton trimming and cut off the excess. Fold over the ends of the trimming, press, and pin onto the outer gingham overhang near the lip of the basket. Machine stitch in place.



Place the lining into the picnic basket and hand stitch the slits below the back hinges.


Cut two strawberry shapes in red felt. Embellish with beads, sequins and French knots to represent seeds. Place RS together and machine stitch, leaving the top edge open. Turn RS out.

Work running stitch around the top edge of the strawberry. Stuff with fiberfill and gather the running stitch to close the top. Knot the ends of the thread together to secure.


Cut 8 in. (20 cm) of green velvet ribbon and loop into a star shape, stitching at the center point. Stitch to the top of the strawberry as leaf and stalk.

Cut another 8 in. (20 cm) of green velvet ribbon and hand stitch onto the strawberry. Finish with a gingham bow. Repeat Steps 9–12, using the pink felt, to make the other strawberry and tie both together onto the basket.


This project is from Handmade Glamping by Charlottle Liddle and Lucy Hopping.

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