I have been really envious of everyone's picnic blankets when Baby G and I go for play dates. ...
I found a great deal on fabric at this fabric yard sale... there's someone locally who does reupholestry and sells his remnants afterwards for $2 per pound. VERY exciting for me!
Here's me with my "catch"... I think this was $38 altogether. You can see there's a big roll there- that's for my couch cover! Coming soon...
I was using his remnants so I just picked a couple matching fabrics that I liked and made my picnic blanket the size of the smallest of the two. I laid it out on the floor to make sure it was big enough to allow three people to sit comfortably. It was.
|Place the fabrics right sides together and pin.|
|Cut off the extra fabric and try to make it square/rectangular.|
|My goal was to add snaps to close it all up in the end. I also wanted to add a strap. To figure out where the strap would go, I folded the blanket up how I was planned and then used tape to mark where the strap needed to go between.|
|So much fabric.... quite an armful. Make sure to go back and forth over the straps so they stay on good.|
|Here I am, cutting off excess fabrics (and the excess strap) and snipping the corners... this helps when turning to topstitch.|
|So much picnic blanket.|
|Here's the top of the blanket, with the strap.|
|I folded it up again so that I could see where I wanted to put the snaps.|
|All folded! How cute!|
|Look who is helping...|
|I measured out how wide the area was and decided to put a snap every 2".|
|I used "male" snaps for the part near the strap. I marked them first by using little pieces of clear tape.|
|I also used tape and marked the tape with a black market dot to do the area it snaps to. I used "female" snaps here.|
|I decided I didn't want to turn and topstitch these straps so I just careful pinned the fabric so no raw edges were showing.|
|Topstitched, going back and forth over the end with the elastic, added a snap (male) to the ends.|
|And here is a less than attractive picture of me with it over my arm.|
Here's my completed picnic blanket:
If you're wondering about that super awesome picnic backpack, I'm going to post a link to a similar product below. I received this picnic backpack for my wedding shower and it's one of the coolest gifts I've received... just super fun and great for a free date with the husband! It's my "go to" gift for wedding showers and weddings. At some point I may need to upgrade so we have enough settings for Baby G too... I have a two person one, but the one below is for four.