...last minute 4th of July project...{parade & picnic kits}...

Yay! I made it through to Round 2 at the One Month To Win It blog! Make sure to stop by starting next Monday to vote for the Round 2 projects!

This was my week 1 project...easy-peasy picnic & parade kits!

This is what I started with...

Yep...that's it...some Wal-Mart tablecloths & painters tape...

...plus some twine & a sewing machine...

And this is what I made...with just a few snips of the scissors and a run through the sewing machine, now we have darling little 4th of July picnic & parade kits that double as placemats!

These took literally minutes to make...and they will be perfect for all of our summer outdoor activities...

Just cut your tablecloths into placemat size...2 pieces per mat (for front and back)...then cut 1 piece slightly shorter that your other two pieces...this will act as the pocket for your mat. Cover the top of your pocket piece with a strip of painter's tape...then run this edge through the sewing machine.

Place your two larger pieces back to back & place your smaller piece right-side-up on top of the other two...making sure that your bottom and side edges are all lined up.

Take strips of painters tape and wrap them around all 4 edges of your mat. The run the edges through the sewing machine to give the edges extra durability. 

Stitch straight lines down the pocket piece from the bottom of the mat to the top of the pocket piece in widths of your liking...this will form the little pockets on your mats.

Grab a length of twine (I think mine were about 2' long), fold in half & sew the fold to the side of your mat...

Done! Super-fast, super-easy...

Fill the pockets with your sparklers and your flags for wavin' and some bug spray and you're set for a parade...or stuff them with forks, knives, napkins & your marshmallow roastin' stick and you've got all you need for an impromptu picnic! The best part is they roll up and tie for easy travel and storage...AND, because they are made from plastic tablecloths, clean-up is a breeze...

Happy 4th of July!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful (and safe!) weekend!

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  1. So cute.... totally need to do something cute for the 4th!

  2. I have to tell you, that was my favorite project this week ... I just loved it and thought it was so clever and so fun. I'd really like to make some.

  3. this is tooooo fun! i love it! way to go on making it to the next round. you totally deserve it :)

  4. LOVE it! I voted for you :-) Want to come celebrate the 4th in Utah with me? If you start driving now, you just might make it in time! ;-)

  5. Yay!! Awesome job! I will vote again next week...best of luck to you!

  6. who woulda thunk it? super cute. love the vintage-y photos.

  7. I knew this was yours!!!!! LOL Glad you made it through. Congrats, this was a great idea!

  8. Yay! I voted for you! What a clever idea. Happy 4th!

  9. super cute and creative! I haven't done any 4th of July crafts.

  10. I voted for the right one!!! Congrats!

  11. Happy Independence Day. Adorable kit/mat.

  12. This is such a cute idea. I'm loving it.

    Have a great 4th of July.


  13. What a great idea, perfect for this weekend!

    I would love if you would come link up to my party-- http://catonalimb.blogspot.com/2011/06/out-on-limb-no-7.html

  14. Practical and fun. Thanks for sharing.

  15. congrats on making it thru to week 2. this week is a hard one. cant wait to see what you do!

  16. I love LOVE this! So fun and useful!

  17. Sew so cute! This could be adapted for so many occasions.

  18. I love this!!

    I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party that I'd love for you to join in on by adding your link!

  19. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!


  20. This is a great idea! I need one of these! I am your newest follower! I would love it if you stopped by and became mine!

    Have a great day!


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