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Monday, December 14, 2009

Picnic Roll Tutorial - Look what I made Monday

I love Picnics.  When my husband and I were dating, our first Christmas together he wanted a list of things to get me. The only thing I could decide that I wanted that Christmas was a Picnic Basket.  I was pleasantly surprised at the basket that he picked out. I love it! It is currently in storage, but this spring I am going to pull it out and use it with my new Picnic Roll.

Here is my very own tutorial on how to make your own.  First, what is a Picnic Roll you might ask? It holds all of your silverware (or plasticware) for you to easily throw into your basket and take with you.

First, buy a kitchen towel from the dollar store. This one is from Dollar Tree. Cut the towel in half,

You will need to fold the towel over twice on the cut edge and iron it so that you create a clean edge just like the other three on the towel.

Sew down your iron hemmed edge.

Turn your towel so that your fresh sewn hem is at the bottom, closest to you. Then fold the towel up about two thirds of the way.  I stuck a fork in at this part to test the height. I wanted part of the towel on top to still be able to fold down.

I pinned the towel and also pinned in a ribbon into the right side so when I sewed the sides up, the ribbon was sewn in. The ribbon is used to tie your roll into a roll shape. :D  Kind of like the crayon rolls everyone has brilliantly been making!

Then, starting at the fold, after I had, I sewed up the two sides, and then down the middle.

After the middle, I measured in between the middle and the edge and sewed up that middle on both sides.  Thus, creating four pockets.

This will complete your picnic roll. Simple enough. A hem stitch, and five stitches to create the pockets with the ribbon tie.

Here is the picnic roll with silverware: forks and spoons.

I like to fold over the top before I roll up the picnic roll.

The picnic roll, all rolled up and ready to be thrown into your basket or into a lunch box.  Great for a family of four, or you can fit more than one set of plasticware in each pocket.

Enjoy making it!

Also, for those of you who dont have the time or don't want to sew your own, you can always find some at my Etsy shop for $7. 


  1. Awesome tutorial!! Great idea! TFS :)

    PS I have my reader's tutorial week going on right now. stop by and enter the giveaways!

  2. I love it! Do you do custom colors? xD

  3. We have a rv and this would be perfect to have in it. Thanks for sharing. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS


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