One of our favourite summer holiday activities is a visit to my parents' home. My children love splashing in their swimming pool. We often invite friend to come along. It was during one of this poolside morning tea when I have the idea to make a picnic cover to stop the flies from hoovering our yummy food.
0.8m Lace or organza (width 105cm or more)
0.5m Border fabric (width 105cm or more)
4 20mm Curtain weight discs (I found mine in pack of 10)
Matching thread and sewing supplies
Finished cover is reversible, about 75 x 100cm.
1. Cut organza into 100cm x 75cm rectangle. Cut two pieces of 12cm x 100cm and two pieces of 12cm x 77cm border fabric.
2. Take one 100cm long border piece. Iron in half lenghtways. Unfold, then fold in the long edges so they meet the centre crease. Fold the border piece in half along the original centre crease and iron in place. Repeat for the other 100cm long border piece.
3. Take one 77cm long border piece, first fold in short ends by 1cm and iron in place so raw ends are enclosed. Then iron in half lengthways. Unfold, then fold in long edges to meet the centre crease. Fold the border piece in half along the original centre crease and iron in place. Repeat for the other 77cm long border piece.
4. Take one of the 100cm long piece, with the open edge facing away, open the fold. Place the 100cm edge of the organza along the centre crease. Close the fold over the top of the organza so that all raw edges are lined up along the centre crease inside. Pin all layers together and topstitch about 2mm in from the edge. Repeat for the other 100cm long piece on the opposite side of the organza.
6. Take one of the 77cm long border piece, insert the organza inside the border as above. Ensure the weght disc is at the corner. Take care in the beginning and at the end not to break the needle by sewing into the disc. Topstitch about 2mm in from the edge. Repeat for the other side.
7. Topstitch 2mm in from the outer border on all four sides. Finish and plan your next seaside picnic.