DIY Picnic Blanket

I have been really envious of everyone's picnic blankets when Baby G and I go for play dates. ...

I have been really envious of everyone's picnic blankets when Baby G and I go for play dates. I don't mind sitting in the grass too much, but Baby G has started eating the grass so I was planning to buy a picnic blanket until I realized- duh- that I could make one.


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.

Just cut a little fabric for my strap, sewed it right sides together, flipped, turned and topstitched. Then I tucked my strap in where I'd marked... you want the raw ends of the strap to be sticking out and the rest of the strap to be on the inside, sandwiched between the two fabrics. 
Simple straight stitch all the way around, leaving an area to turn. It helps to start 3/4 of the way down one side of the fabric so that the turning area is in the middle. It also helps to backstitch at the beginning- right when you start sewing- and at the end so that when you go to turn your fabric that the stitched don't rip out. Make sure you leave a decent amount of space to pull your fabric through.  
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.
Turning.
Topstitching.
So much picnic blanket.
Here's the top of the blanket, with the strap. 
The bottom.
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.
Added snaps.
I got all the way through this and realized that my "bag" comes apart when fully snapped because of how it's folded. Oops. I added two more snaps to a different area (basically the left and the right here) and problem solved! Sorry, I didn't get any good pictures here. Just see where it flops open- and add them there. 
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. 
Added elastic. 
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. 
And another.
Here's the toy leashes in action. They snap into the "female" ends that are used to hold the picnic blanket together... good for when the picnic blanket is open and you don't want the toys migrating into the abyss. I may add a female snap as well to the leash so that they can be snapped around the strap when they're not in use.

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.


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