Self-sewn baskets made of oilcloth are super practical for quickly tidying up when camping! I sewed several baskets for my children, in which games and outdoor equipment have their place. I’m going to show you today what I’ve put together to keep my children and family busy. You will of course also get the instructions for the quick-sewn oilcloth baskets!
By the way, this blog post is a kind of live post! I don’t know all the games yet and will try them out on vacation. There I will also show photos of the baskets and the other DIY ideas on the subject of camping in action. So take a look at instagram next week, rumor has it that there is something to be won there too;).
The baskets are robust and washable thanks to the oilcloth. You can also fold them up small.
Camping “equipment” for holidays with older children
One of the reasons my kids love camping so much is the freedom they enjoy on a camping holiday. Since they were younger, they have been able to explore the campsite on their own and play with other children all day. They are now 8 and 11 years old and over the years I have noticed what a child can use on a campsite. I’ll show you the “equipment” that I have put together for my children to do handicrafts with natural materials, to build boats from sticks and bottles and of course to play with the gang on the square.
I know from experience that my children really need everything! In recent years, large water bottles have been converted into boats, bows and arrows have been tinkered with branches and a great deal of research has been carried out with things from nature. I always have the following things with me for my children (8 and 11):
- Bags for collecting flotsam
- Headlamps (when it gets dark it gets really fun)
- Notebooks for painting, as a travel diary and for addresses of new friends
- Parcel cord
- Adhesive tape, preferably weatherproof for building and for the desperate attempt to revive a dinghy from the corner of the garbage can 😉
- Radios (so you are the boss on the field)
- Scissors and pens
- Mason jars (when camping there are always glasses left over)
- pocket knife
Games for the camping holiday
If the children only show up all day when they are hungry or thirsty, I always really look forward to playing with everyone in the evening. Together with AMIGO Games, I have put together a basket full of games that are not only fun for children.
Do you remember the Lama Fiesta for my daughter last year? At that time I introduced the game “LAMA” and it has been part of excursions since then because it fits in every backpack. Now there is the “LAMA Party Edition” with an additional pink llama, which my daughter really likes and would like to collect it, but the game is about getting rid of cards!
The games “Biber Gang”, which we will test on vacation, and “Schnapp, Land, Fluss”, which we have enjoyed playing for years now are also super small and handy (where else can you find your collected city, country, river Better to apply half-knowledge that was not enough for a reasonable grade in geography: P).
The other two games may not be in the travel format, but my kids really want to play them when they are on vacation! For “Speed Cups”, in which the cups have to be stacked vertically or horizontally, as shown on the cards, I sewed a bag from the leftover linen material from the travel pillow.
Order when camping – sew baskets out of oilcloth
- approx. 1 m oilcloth (at 140 cm width)
- Tape measure
- sewing machine
How to do it:
Cut the following pieces from oilcloth:
- rectangles 2 93 x 32 cm
- 2 circles with a radius of 15 cm
- 2 rectangles 10 x 20 cm
First sew a large rectangle together on the short edges and then sew the bottom to it. Also sew a bag from the other pieces.
Fold the small rectangles as shown in the picture and sew them together to make the handles.
To sew the basket you leave one bag as you have sewn it and turn the other one inside out. Place the bag with the printed side facing out in the bag with the printed side facing in.
In between there are the two handles that point downwards as in the photo. It’s best to secure everything with clamps, they don’t make holes in the oilcloth. Then you sew off the upper edge once, but leave it one hand wide open to turn!
Oh wow, I took a telling photo: P. In this step you turn the basket through the opening and then sew up the gap. The basket is ready!
And this is what it looked like on our camping holiday:
Between hikes and swimming in the lake, we always liked to have a “siesta” and play. Biber Gang is quickly explained and two or three laps go by in a flash. By the way, my children actually kept everything tidy and put everything back into the fabric baskets after playing :)!
This is what it looked like in our super cozy tipi. It has a diameter of 5 m, which is actually quite a lot of tents. But it is really comfortable due to the height of 3 m in the middle, so that you can stand well.
I have news about camping! We bought a vintage caravan from 1975 that is still being refurbished. All campers can look forward to the caravan makeover – for everyone else I will soon have DIY ideas again;).