Cre­ate colour­ful and sim­ple-to-sew ta­ble linens us­ing patterned fab­rics for easy-breezy out­door liv­ing

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spring is made for re­lax­ing af­ter­noons loung­ing out­side – in your gar­den, on your bal­cony or at the park – and eat­ing alfresco. Food just tastes bet­ter in the fresh air! To cre­ate a truly won­der­ful spread, check out these easy projects for you to sew and show!

Lay the ta­ble – and set the mood – with an or­gan­ised chaos of colour. Im­press ev­ery­one with a made-by-you table­cloth, place­mats and napkins, and use shapely, tex­tured plates – check out char­ity shops. PS, you can get metal­lic cutlery sets for about $20 at home­wares stores.

No flies on you or your drinks! Keep all buzzing and an­noy­ing in­sects away from your drinks jug with this nifty mesh cover. Note the dec­o­ra­tive weights.

Keep ev­ery­thing tucked in and where it should be with elas­ti­cised food cov­ers. No need for me­tres of waste­ful plas­tic wrap that can bunch, fail to stick or be pierced.

Do not dis­turb! Af­ter a leisurely lunch, who doesn’t love an af­ter­noon nap in a shady spot? And your siesta is made all the bet­ter with a plethora of cush­ions with cov­ers sewn by you.

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Serve up style along with re­fresh­ing bevvies with a quilted tray mat. Just pick your fab­ric, mea­sure the tray for the width and length you need, leav­ing ex­tra for the hems, and cut. Then, with a lit­tle ba­sic up-and-down stitch­ing, you’re done!

Spring is al­ways wel­come but not so wel­come are the bugs, es­pe­cially at lunchtime. Beat the crit­ters with this mesh ta­ble cover. It’s fin­ished off nicely with a fea­ture trim and mitred cor­ners.

Have lunch all wrapped up with fan­tas­tic re­us­able food wraps. Made from fab­ric and lined with the plas­tic from your ce­real boxes, they’ll keep your food fresh and invit­ing. The size is up to you and the sewing a cinch. Pretty and prac­ti­cal!

You can never have enough cush­ions or in too many colours. And mak­ing your own means you can cre­ate any size you like. Here, the ex­ist­ing seat cush­ion was sim­ply cov­ered in a new co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric. You just fold the fab­ric neatly, tuck­ing it un­der the cush­ion and pin­ning it in place with a safety pin. How easy is that!

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Have food, can travel! Make food wraps, cov­ers, napkins and more in spring fresh fab­rics, then fill a bas­ket with all you need for a long lazy lunch outdoors or a pic­ture-per­fect pic­nic.

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