My summer of sewing is still going strong, even though we’re into September now. I recently got an idea for a project that is fast, easy, frugal and green. It’s a picnic rollup, containing a placemat, cutlery, straw and napkin. And I made mine using a second-hand tea towel. You can even thrift old cutlery if you like, or you may already have the materials you need kicking around your kitchen. It’s green because you don’t need to buy new things, and it also encourages the use of re-usable cutlery, straws, and napkins. Plus the placemat can compensate for the less-than-clean state of many a park surface.
Without further ado, here is how to make a picnic rollup of your own:
Let’s say you like the idea of a picnic rollup, but don’t sew. Never fear, I have the solution for you. In my thrifting I also came across some snazzy placemats and napkins. You can just roll up your cutlery and napkin in a placemat, and tie with ribbon. It’s not quite as tidy, but it’s just as green and frugal, and doesn’t require the use of a sewing machine. The placemats I found already had the fancy mushroom pockets, but they’re completely unnecessary if you get the ribbon tight enough.
I’m going to come clean and admit that I did buy some new cutlery for picnic use. This fancy bamboo spork is for Hannah. It’s the perfect size for a toddler or preschooler, and does double duty. Plus I hear bamboo is a pretty ecologically friendly choice. I also bought some stainless steel straws. These are still not widely available, and while straws are really completely unnecessary my 4-year-old does love them. These are dishwasher safe and get a big thumbs-up from my kiddo.
Now that I have my snazzy rollups ready to go, I’m hoping it helps keep me well-stocked in my travels. I am always forgetting important items on outings with the kids, but now at least I will be ready for a waste-free lunch. As long as I remember plates, that is.