Dress up your summer picnics with this pretty table bunting

Picnic: is any word more quintessentially summery? When the weather gets warm, there’s nothing better than having a delicious meal outdoors with friends. But just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t get a little fancy. This week’s craft helps you add some extra sparkle to your next al fresco party, thanks to some classic bunting just perfect for decorating a picnic table. You can style your bunting as a rectangle, and wrap it around the edge of your picnic table, or add some flounces to make a classic scallop shape. Either way will look fabulous!

I wanted to get a snap of this fun decoration in action at a picnic of my own, but the typically feisty Chicago weather wouldn’t cooperate. It’ll just have to wait until my next get-together!


  • 36-inch by 44-inch fabric
  • Thread in a corresponding color to the fabric
  • Basic sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing board

Craft away:

  • Iron the fabric. Cut it in half lengthwise, short end to short end. You should now have two long pieces of fabric.
  • Pin the two pieces of fabric together on one side with short ends touching and right sides facing. Sew the fabric together using the sewing machine, keeping your stitches 1/2-inch from the edge of the fabric. You should now have one long rectangle of fabric.
  • Fold the edges of the fabric in 1/2-inch, all the way around the rectangle. Iron and pin the folds to set them in shape. Sew the folds in place with the sewing machine.
  • If you want to make a rectangular table skirt, you’re finished! Simply pin or tape the long edges of the fabric to the edge of your table to create a pretty accent piece.
  • If you want to make a scalloped decoration, just follow these few extra steps. Cut a few feet of thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
  • About 18-inches in from one end of the fabric, gather the fabric together in a loose accordion fold. Stitch the fold in place with the needle and thread.
  • Repeat the same step 18-inches in from the other end of the fabric.
  • Hang your pretty bunting on the edge of a table, and get to celebrating!

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