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Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case.

You will need

Old picnic basket
Before

Snazzy sewing case
After

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1  Find an old suitcase or basket to repurpose. We used an old cane picnic hamper.

Step 2  Brush the basket free of dust using a soft brush, or give the case a wipe over with a soft, damp cloth.

Step 3  Paint in the colour of your choice. When painting caneware, use a dabbing motion with your paint brush to ensure even coverage.

Painting a sewing case

Painting a sewing case 2

Testpots used

Step 4  Paint any small boxes you wish to use to match, plus the lids of any jars.

Step 5  Once the basket is dry, use your testpot to add a few contrasting elements.

Step 5  If necessary, stitch or glue a new fabric lining in place.

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