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Burlap Flowers and a Picnic Basket

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in burlap, burlap flowers, crafts | 15 comments

My husband travels on occasion which takes me to the Nashville airport.  I have noticed a store on the way called Southern Thrift.  It was always either too early or too late to stop by.  Finally, his pick up time was perfect.  Saturday morning at 10:00.  That put our entire family driving by the store at 10:30 a.m.  Prime shopping hours!

I convinced everyone that we should stop and check it out.  Some of their things were a bit pricey, but I did manage to find a few treasures (as did most everyone else in my family!)

Here is one of the finished products from that stop.

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Zuzu has decided that she loves the camera.  This is the before picture of the picnic basket.  Pretty cute, but it could use some “cute” factor.  The picnic basket, not the dog.  The dog is pretty cute!  Although, maybe she could use a burlap flower on her collar?!

I decided that a giant burlap flower would be the perfect touch.

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I started with 1 yard of wide burlap ribbon (from Hobby Lobby.)

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Using a long running stitch, I stitched along one side of the ribbon.

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I gathered that up and wrapped it into a circle.

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I hot glued it onto a square of felt.

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The next layer was a piece of red and white gingham that was about 3 inches wide and the length of the bolt of fabric.  I cut the fabric so that each end had the selvage edge.  I did the same thing – ran a running stitch and gathered it up.  (I did not mind that the fabric was wrinkly.  It all looked good when it was gathered up!)

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The next layer was 2 yards of 1 inch burlap ribbon (a Pick Your Plum find.)  Same thing – ran a long running stitch and gathered it up.

I hot glued all of the layers together.

The last thing I added was a crochet flower.  You can buy these at the craft store.  I happened to make mine.  The best tutorial ever is over at Little Birdie Secrets.

The final touch was a tiny flower button.

I hot glued the entire flower to the front of the basket.

Here is the final product.

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I can see the quilt spread under the tree on the lightly rolling hill with the field of wildflowers in the distance!  The basket is full of chicken salad, strawberries, fresh squeezed lemonade with homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  Me and my sweet husband are watching our children play and enjoying an afternoon of family. . .

(I just might have to keep it for myself now!)

It will be for sale on my Facebook page tomorrow or I will have it at Simply Southern next week!

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  1. I would love to go on a picnic with that basket!

  2. Loving what you did with your incredible thrift store goody, such fun to find a new spot to shop.
    So glad you showed how to make the flowers with burlap ribbon. I have a little bitty picnic basket I got at our local thrift shop so gonna make a couple smaller flowers for it. Think I’m gonna spray it a pretty aqua to go with chevron burlap ribbon,
    I have a few of the picnic baskets I got at sales in Smith’s Grove KY, fairly close to where we used to live. There were several antique stores I’d visit regularly, especially when we first moved there. Awesome finds. I miss that place. Pretty much all the owners got to know me since I’d show up so often. I furnished some of our house there with stuff I found. Hardly have any of it now. No room for it.
    The shops have great shows in store and outside on lawns every spring & fall. Would I ever love to go back there to do some shopping.
    Yesterday we went to Hobby Lobby and I scored a few little goodies. I’ve been wanting a nice cloche but they were always too expensive but HL had several goodies half off, it was last cloche. I could hardly keep myself from giggling I was so happy. There’s an adorable blue wire birdcage with a bird on top 1/2 off, think I’m gonna go back Saturday to buy it. (please let it still be there.)
    In the ribbon section at HL also found chevron burlap ribbon in a few color choices. Awesome. Got the aqua chevron this time along with plain burlap ribbon and some black grosgrain. I wanted to go crazy but had to contain myself. Oh so hard.
    I’m going to get a mid price digi camera so I can take pics to show what I make and get,maybe even start my own blog and etsy store.
    Take care, have fun with your basket. Yes you should keep it.
    If you ever get a chance to get up to Bowling Green, KY ask how to get out to Smith’s Grove. Worth the drive. Tata

  3. What a pretty flower! I love the layers of burlap and color!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party-5/

  4. This is adorable! I, too, can imagine a lovely afternoon spent under a tree on a blanket. I love the layering and the cute little button. – Dez

  5. Love the flower and love how it looks on the picnic basket. I have two baskets down in the dungeon that will be doing to at least one. Thanks also0 for sharing the link on how to make the crochet flowers. So good!

  6. The basket is adorable. But I have to agree ZuZu is pretty darn cute too!

  7. I love the dressed up basket…and ZuZu is gorgeous!

  8. I love the way you dressed up the basket and the burlap flower is so cute. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

  9. I love the flower. What a great way to embellish that lovely thrift find.

  10. The basket was a nice find. Love the burlap flower!

  11. Love the basket. Wish I could find one of those. And the burlap flower is adorable. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  12. That is the cutest picnic basket ever! I have pinned it!
    Hugs Cindy

  13. Thank you so much for the tutorial…. very clear instructions and very clever! Thanks again

  14. How cute is this. Great tutorial. Thanks for joinig TTT. Hugs, marty

  15. This makes me SO happy! Love it!!!

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