Wednesday, October 12, 2011

the picnic roll


The first project I thought to try from my recently finished reading Rhythm of Family was the picnic roll. Of course it was the night before we were off on our camping trip. Nothing like a bit of rushed sewing as you have packing and suitcases strewn around the house.









I used an old tablecloth for the outer and it was lined with some vintage sheeting. Attached and tied up with mismatched lace. It was really very easy to sew and probably took me an hour from start to finish.
I even had time to whip up a few napkins from scrap cotton.

It certainly proved useful while on our camping trip. We used our picnic basket almost every day while away. With our picnic roll (filled with op shop cutlery), plates, cups, thermos and decanted tea, coffee and sugar permanently packed in our picnic basket, all we needed was to add some food and we were good to go.

For those that have the book,  I'm wondering what projects do you have in mind to make or have already made?

17 comments:

  1. It looks great Tania. Love the strawberry print too.
    I can't wait to get back into a bit of sewing. x

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  2. Re-purposed dress (http://flepandco.blogspot.com/2011/10/repurposed-dress.html) for my daughter is finished. Next on the list is a cover for our printer.

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  3. Hi :)

    I have the book too :)

    I have alot of picnic rolls cut out ready to be sewn, they will be christmas presents for a few families I love, thought I would some cute/funny/vintage salt and pepper shakers and a bottle opener along with cutlery and napkins.

    So far from the book I have only tried the WHO bread, it was far too sweet for us (one of us is diabetic), we have baked our bread (mostly) for years, so we know what we like anyway :)

    I have thought about making the journals for my pencil addicted girls......


    Cheers Jacq

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  4. That is the coolest thing to store cutlery in and the fabric is gorgeous.
    I had a similar knife roll when I was a chef many moons ago, I think I may just add this to my 'to do' list :)

    x

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  5. I love the strawberry table cloth Tania, what a great and simple idea.

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  6. Love your picnic roll and the fabrics you used. I too have the book. Isn't it great?

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  7. Great Idea! Was it really that easy to make? Will have to add it to my list of things to do.............!

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  8. So clever, and I love the strawberry print fabric!

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  9. I have been thinking of getting this book for sometime now. You ahve pushed me even more now to order it. What a great set up. Thinking it would be good even to have such a set up in the boot ready to go.

    I have been making handy things with some oil cloth, lunch satchels, pencil cases, painting smock.

    see ya.
    Jillx.

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  10. so cute! i was actually thinking of making that first as well :)

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  11. Love your picnic roll, especially the strawberry fabric. I am working on a surprise with cherry fabric. melx

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  12. Your cleverness never fails to inspire me Tanya, perhaps one day I'll even have a go at sewing. I might have to abscond with my Mum's sewing machine one day and see what I can come up with.

    The picnic rolls look fantastic. I always love the fabric you use.

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  13. That is just so neat! It turned out just great. (I'd never have known it was a hurried last minute mid-packing project!) I have read another book by ABS, but not this one. I like her project ideas and the simple homey-ness of it all.

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  14. scrumptiously fabulous! I am so going to make one too!

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  15. scrumptiously fabulous! I am so going to make one too!

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  16. This was also the first project I made from this book last summer! We have been using it a lot on picniks and I just love it!

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