Sewing Basket for the Maria Von Trapp in You

If you like to sew and picnic in the park,  I've got just the dual-function basket for you.

I was looking for a sewing basket that wasn't covered in gingham or flowers (harder to find than you might think), when I found this braided picnic basket at Aldea, a home goods boutique down the street. Appropriately, it comes with a set of plastic plates, wine glasses, and flatware with their own leather buckles to keep them in place. Cute, but not overly-cute. It's often a fine line.

Here's the basket as it's originally meant to be used:

And here it is filled with my sewing supplies: