Created by: PMQ for Two
Hi, my name is Ariel and I'm the voice behind PMQ for Two. I create bright, bold, colourful, and eclectic home decor and DIYs. I never met a pattern I didn't like, and some even call me a colour wizard.
While fall still has a few more weeks to go before it starts getting a little nippy, I am enjoying every minute of it by indulging in a picnic or tailgate. The only difference between a summer and fall picnic is the amount of fabrics involved, and this one called for lots of textures and colors from fabric.com!
Fabric Choices for Fall Picnic
For this picnic I chose fabrics and materials in complimentary shades and patterns. Stripes, florals, and lots of fun reds are exactly what the occasion called for! I used:
- Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co Wonderland Rose for the napkins
- Cloud 9 Organic Yarn Died Shirting Plaid for the food wrap and basket liner
- Cotton + Steel Noel Snow Leopard for the tablecloth
- Sunbrella Outdoor Mason Stripe Forest Green for the outdoor pillows
Although there's a large blanket for guests to sit on (because the ground was kind of wet and definitely cold) I always add an extra surface between the ground and food. I made a simple double-sided tablecloth using the Cotton + Steel Noel Snow Leopard, and the Sunbrella Outdoor Mason Stripe Forest Green outdoor fabric. This one can be used on its own at a picnic table, or even on the ground (because it's double sided). I essentially made a large pillow case, but didn't fill it. See below for pillow-case tutorial!
For napkins I went with Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co Wonderland Rose. I love this little print for table linens, and actually used these napkins in my fall tablescape here. The details and flourishes of the florals are a nice compliment to the stripes and structure of the plaids.
I cut the napkins to measure based on existing napkins that I like (18” x 18”), gave them a 1/2" seam, and sewed them with a tight stitch. No need for fuss with these since they'll be used for the day to day instead of fancy occasions. I’ve illustrated the steps above.
While sitting on the ground is fun as a kid, I find it less comfortable as an adult. When I picnic you'll often find me totting some large ground pillows or chairs, and for this event I chose to make some pillows using outdoor fabric. I wanted them to be UV resistant and moisture proof, and that's exactly what I got with Sunbrella Outdoor Mason Stripe in Forest Green. I chose the green stripe because it picks up on the stripes in the plaid, as well as in nature. It's another bold pattern that I can use going forward in other events.
I sewed the pillows like your normally do (inside-out) and then stuffed them before sewing the last seam closed by hand. I used old pillows for inserts to save on costs, considering these will be outdoor only.
Ok so you've probably noticed the green check wrapped loaf. That's a delicious pumpkin loaf that I've been making for a few years now. It's essentially pumpkin spice muffins, but done in a loaf pan instead of muffin cups. I highly recommend with some cream cheese icing. For transport I didn't want bulky Tupperwares, or have to deal with them at the end of the picnic. Instead I wrapped my loaf in wax paper, Cloud 9 Organic Yarn Died Shirting Plaid, and twine.
It was perfect for transport within my picnic basket, and the fabric kept the wax paper from ripping or being punctured. I highly recommend when transporting baked goods going forward.
And finally, because we were outside, I brought along some extra fabric to serve as a makeshift shawl, as well as another picnic blanket in case more people joined-us. You never know what will happen when you're hanging out in a park on a lovely afternoon!
Happy fall sewing, everyone!