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5 Makes For A Charming Spring Picnic

Whether you’re stuck indoors or venturing out into your garden, a picnic can be a fun way to celebrate the arrival of spring and turn an ordinary day into one to remember. Part of the fun of this lunchtime activity is getting crafty with your décor and supplies, so read on for five of our favourite picnic makes.

5 Makes For A Charming Spring Picnic

1. Stitch a tablecloth

Transform any old table (or the floor!) into a picnic-ready spot with a handmade tablecloth. Our step-by-step project here uses the Broderie Perse technique to appliqué flower petals onto linen using either blanket stitch or herringbone stitch. The best part? You’ll be able to use up all of those spare cut-off fabrics that you can’t bear to part with!

2. Sew a string of bunting

In our eyes, you can never have too much bunting. The cheery decoration adds a lovely vintage feel to any space, whether you string it up in a tree in your garden or around the table in your dining room. Use the templates here to create triangle or flag shapes from your favourite cotton fabric – we love the springtime patterns of Tilda Happy Campers Fat Quarter Collection.

3. All-in-one picnic blanket

Want to have everything you need for your picnic in one place? Look no further than Debbie Shore’s beginner-friendly, stash-busting picnic blanket. The detachable placemats are ideal for messy little ones as they can be washed separately, and the handy straps means that slinging the whole kit over your shoulder is a breeze.

4. Create a picnic set

Worried about transporting your homemade food into the great outdoors? Why not whip up a brand new picnic set to ensure everything makes the trip in one piece. McCall's Sewing Pattern M6338 (472463) includes patterns and instructions to stitch up a bottle carrier, a hot pad, a casserole carrier and a tote bag, so you’re sure to have everything you need.

5. Celebrate with a cake

You can’t have a picnic without a delicious dessert! Take your baking skills to the next level with this lemon cake, layered with lemon curd buttercream and toasted pistachios. The bright sugar butterflies are perfect for practising piping techniques, while the daisies are hand-painted straight on the fondant icing. Try it for yourself with our step-by-step instructions here.