Glamping with Vintage Picnic Baskets

April 6th, 2013 | Posted by Lackey in My Latest Project

What’s Glamping? According to the Urban Dictionary it is glamorous camping or luxury camping – and it is quite the rage. According to the Glamping Hub website, where you can select a destination and book a trip, “Glamping is a growing global phenomenon that combines camping with the luxury and amenities of a home or hotel. Also called boutique camping, luxury camping, posh camping or comfy camping, glamping allows travelers to experience nature without the hassle of finding camp space, carrying their tents, and erecting and taking down their own tents.” At Glamping Hub travelers can search by type of accommodation – yurt, safari tent, camper, treehouse – or even igloo.

Not ready to book a trip but interested in browsing? Loads of Pinterest boards are labeled Glamping and are filled with images of colorful, hip new ways to get outdoors. So I decided to add the word “Glamping” to my search item tags on Etsy and it has given my picnic basket totes some extra views.

Last year, on spring break in Charlotte, NC. I bought the first two vintage picnic baskets at an antique store. That was the beginning of it all. Since writing about upcycling vintage picnic baskets for wedding gifts last summer, I have made and gifted four lovely oilcloth picnic basket liner totes individually made and measured to fit old wooden picnic baskets. Filled with colorful plates and napkins, plastic cutlery, wine, crackers, snacks – even bug spray and wet wipes, these baskets make a perfect gift.

Aqua Oranges Oilcloth picnic basket tote

Every picnic basket is a little big different, so I have altered sizes and pocket placements a bit. Every basket liner has silverware slots, and ample side pockets for picnic supplies. There is also a coordinating elastic loop on one end to keep that sleeve of red solo cups together!

Oilcloth picnic basket liner tote

This one is made from bright aqua and oranges print oilcloth and lined with orange gingham. It looks like a summer day!

Oilcloth picnic basket liner tote

I’ve added a layer of stabilizer in the bottom of the basket construction so that it will support a full picnic worth of fixings.

Another classy combination of oilcloth is black and white damask toile print and black and white gingham.

Black and White Oilcloth picnic basket liner tote

This one was made to fit a slightly larger vintage basket. Since I have been sewing liners on my new sewing machine – which does not have a free arm – I have changed the way I sew the basket and liner together but I am very pleased with the clean line and strap attachment.

Oilcloth picnic basket liner tote


I was glad for a chilly, but sunny day this week so that we could take the baskets to the park for pictures. I had previously photographed this blue cherries and checks print basket liner at home, but I need to get it out in the sun for a photo shoot to really show it off.

Blue Cherries and Checks Oilcloth picnic basket liner tote

All three of these liners are for sale at my Etsy store. I have an idea or two for future Glamping products for my shop. Stay tuned as summer approaches and the glampers hit the road!

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