The patriotic colors of red, white, and blue instantly bring to mind 4th of July celebrations, picnics, and barbecues. Lots of barbecues! There’s nothing better than a menu of yummy hot dogs or hamburgers fresh off the grill, potato salad, and watermelon. Of course, there has to be homemade ice cream and ice pops while watching the fireworks, too!
Eating potato salad with your hands is not very sensible, so utensils are a must at a barbecue or picnic. A patriotic-looking fabric container, The Oval Basket, is perfect for keeping everything tidy on the picnic table. Sized at 7″ x 19″, it’s a nice size basket for holding all the necessary items for a barbecue.
What you’ll need:
Three different fabrics of your choice
Therm O Web Heat N Bond® Fusible Fleece High Loft Interfacing/Batting
Spray N Bond Basting Adhesive
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets
iCraft® Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive
Iron or laminating machine
Piece #1: cut one fabric 2” x 40½”
Piece #2: cut one fabric 4½” x 40½“
Piece #3: cut one fabric 3” x 40½”
Piece #4: cut two fabric straps 4” x 8”
Piece #4a: cut two Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece High Loft interfacing/batting – 2” x 8”
Piece #5: cut two fabric ovals on fold (oval pieces will be 7½” x 16” when unfolded)
Piece #5a: cut one Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece High Loft interfacing/batting oval (piece will be 7½” x 16″ when unfolded)
Piece #6: cut one fabric 8½” x 40½” for basket lining
Piece #6a: cut one Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece High Loft interfacing/batting – 8½” x 40½”
STEP 1: With right sides together, sew Piece #1 lengthwise to Piece #2 and Piece #3; press seams to the dark sides.
STEP 2: Iron Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece High Loft interfacing/batting (Piece #6a) following the manufacturer’s directions to the wrong side of sewn Pieces #1, #2, and #3.
STEP 3: Trace “USA” pattern pieces on smooth side of Therm O Web’s Hot Melt Adhesives and cut out, or use cutting machine. Position the letters “USA” on the right side of Piece #2’s center with adhesive side face down. Iron on to fabric following manufacturer’s directions. Let cool before removing paper backing from ironed adhesives.
STEP 9: To add straps, mark strap positions with pins on top of Piece #1, measuring in 8” and 12½” from both right and left sides.
STEP 10: Center straps over marks and pin to secure. Stitch straps in place with a 1/4” seam.
STEP 12: Fold right sides of basket fabric and lining together matching seams to create a cylinder shape; pin to secure. Sew 1/2” seam from top of basket to bottom of basket. Press seams open, but be careful and don’t touch the foil with the iron!
STEP 13: Fold wrong side of Piece #6 to wrong side of Pieces #1, #2, #3; press top fold. Watch out for the foil! Right sides should be showing on outside and inside; seam should be at back of fabric cylinder.