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November12th

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Hello rovers! I’m back for the 3rd time this week with a few randoms and a tutorial for a picnic blanket! The Rover was my faithful assistant throughout the project below and was told numerous times, “Do not step on Mommy’s blanket… please!” He looks so innocent doesn’t he?

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Can I tell you how excited I am that Help Wad is coming up  today and together we are road tripping it up to our old stomping grounds for the BIG Auburn/Georgia game this weekend… War Eagle! my Auburn friends! We are hoping to cheer the tigers on to another BIG win. We are also meeting up with a whole slew of our pledge sisters that we haven’t seen in almost 9 years a long time! I was going to print us some really cool shirts that said, “We’re older than we think we are!” but decided not to because who wants to give away the fact that we really are older than we think we are. We all  graduated last semester, right girls?! We may be reminded of just how old we are when we see the young co-eds running around campus in their game-day dresses. Anyway, I cannot wait to see my sweet friends and catch up. I seriously could almost tear up because my time at Auburn was so wonderful and they are all so precious to me… I used to be a baby hoot and now I’m blogging about how to make picnic blankets… maybe I really am older than I think I am! At least I don’t own “mom jeans”… yet!

A few matters to discuss before jumping into the picnic blanket tutorial…

A couple of you asked about Paige’s fuzzy fleece pullover… we love it! It’s from Land’s End and you can find it here on BIG TIME SALE For $14.99  in this year’s colors.

Next I’ve updated the inventory in the shop. I always set aside a handful of tees in the event of exchanges or for locals and I’ve now added those to the online inventory. The new CHRISTMAS designs and more long sleeved options should be in no later than NEXT WEDNESDAY! Anything ordered today through the weekend will ship priority mail on Monday!

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As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’m taking part in Edie’s 12 days of Handmade Tutorials TODAY… and posting my tutorial for a PICNIC BLANKET both here & THERE! She’s had 11 wonderful days of great handmade Christmas ideas, be sure to check them out! If you don’t read Edie’s blog, you should. She’s sweet, smart, humble, and such an encouragement to me. If I lived anywhere near her I’d love for her to  mentor me, as we are theologically like-minded and I imagine we can throw down some coffee and crank out some crafts… all while her sweet girls watch my rovers! :)  Since I unfortunately live far from Edie, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to check in with her via her blog and glean what I can from her Life in Grace.

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When Edie asked me to contribute I knew I wanted to make something using the vintage Marimekko curtain panels that I found at a thrift store over a year ago {for $4} I just wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them. First I planned to make a “Santa Bag” out of them to put the kids Christmas presents in, but it saddened me to think about seeing the bright colored trains only once a year… so something more “useful” was definitely in order, and that is how I came up with this. It would make a perfect gift for your own family or for loved ones!

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Here’s a little disclaimer before I begin. I had a friend here while I worked one day {and I just might have put her to work too,  trimming selvages and fusing the fleece to the fabric} and she asked, “Darby, please tell me you are not going to tell your blog readers this is easy?” Well, because she’ll call me out if I tell y’all this is easy… I better say it’s an intermediate sewing project that might require a babysitter or helpful husband to watch the kids. There are really no difficult sewing techniques required, it is just a little involved time wise. That way no one cusses me when they think they can crank out a picnic blanket in 30 minutes! Ok, good.

The finished blanket is really BIG {88″ wide x 63″ tall} and perfect for picnics. It has a top layer {trains for me}, a layer of fusible fleece in the middle, and a sturdy layer of {fun & blue} ticking stripe on the bottom and is complete with coordinating ties so it’s easy to transport to and from your favorite picnic spot. You may choose what ever fabric you like but I do suggest something a little more stable {like a lightweight canvas, ticking stripe, or upholstery weight for the bottom}. Be sure to watch sales at your fabric stores because the ticking stripe was 1/2 off and I bought nearly 4 yards for just $16!

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Before I start: PINS ladies PINS… they make your sewing neater and easier {especially with layers}… so please don’t omit them! :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

3.5 yards of 44″ wide fabric for the top of the blanket {I used trains}

3.5 yards of 44″ wide fabric for the bottom of the blanket {I used blue ticking stripe}

1/4 yard of 44″ wide fabric for coordinating ties {I used red gingham}

3.5 yards of 44″ wide fusible fleece

1: prewash and dry all fabric and trim off selvages
2: Measure down 63 inches on the top piece of fabric and cut all the way across the width. This will leave you with 2 pieces of fabric 63″ x 44″. Do the same with the bottom piece of fabric.
3: Take the two top pieces of fabric and place them on top of each other with right sides together {doing your best to match up any pattern that might be on your fabric, which also might require you to trim the tops and bottoms once you’re all lined up}. Using straight pins pin down one of the {63″} sides {right or left side it doesn’t matter, just don’t stitch along the top or bottom} and straight stitch. Press seam open.
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4: Repeat step 3 for the bottom piece of fabric, doing your best to line up any pattern the fabric may have.
5: Now you should have two pieces of fabric that measure 63″ x 88″, one will be your top and one will be your bottom.
6: Following the instructions on the fusible fleece, iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bottom fabric.
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7: Lay the fused bottom fabric and top fabric right sides together– don’t pin and stitch yet… you need to make and insert your ties!

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8: To make your ties: First, trim off the selvages on the end. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 4″ x 44″. Fold in half and press. Fold the top down towards your center crease about 3/4″ and press and then press the bottom up 3/4″ and then fold in half again and press. Tuck both ends under and pin all the way down the length of the tie and stitch completely around… both ends should be finished because you will fold your long ties in half when tucked into the blanket seam.
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end of ties
9: Place your ties {folded in half} between the layers of the blanket on the top right hand corner of your fabric measuring down 4.5″ and then place the second folded ties 10.5″ down from the top.

10: Pin the ties in place {they should be lying inside the blanket and the folded edges lined up with the outer edge of the blanket layers}.

11: Pin all the way around the entire blanket, leaving a 5 inch space {for an opening to pull the blanket through on one side} on one side.

12: Using a straight stitch and 1/2″ seam allowance {and a WALKING FOOT if you have one} stitch around the entire blanket {don’t forget to leave an opening to pull it through!!}
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13: Trim off corners and cut seam allowances down to 1/4″, pull through opening in side. Now that you’re right side out press all the way around, pinning as you go.
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hole
pressandpin

14: Using about a 3/8″ seam allowance top stitch around the entire blanket.

15: Hand or machine stitch the opening where you pulled through because it will gape a little at the edge.
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16: Now you will need to tack or tie your layers together. You cannot quilt it at this point so do not attempt to sew straight line stitches through the layers… even with a lot of pins and a walking foot… it is nearly impossible. You will want to place LOTS of safety pins {safety, not straight… they’ll poke you to death, I know because I tried} all over your blanket {being sure to pin all 3 layers together}.
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17:  Next, before tacking/tying the quilt together I stitched in the ditch down the center seam, this gives you good stability before you tack/tie the rest.
stitch in center ditch

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18: My machine has a little “eyelet” stitch that is perfect for tacking layers together. You can also tie your blanket layers together at this point if you do not wish to machine tack it together. I put an eyelet stitch in each wheel on the trains {and yes, it took a long time but I am very pleased with how it came out}. If you use a floral fabric or something with a pattern you might can outline random flowers with a straight stitch or use a stitch similar to the eyelet to tack the layers together. Once it’s all tacked together you are complete and ready for your picnic!

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Here are more images of how to fold/roll the blanket up!

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Happy Weekend!!!!! And War Eagle!!!!

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60 Comments

  • Comment by Michele — November 12, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Sadly, I’m afraid I can relate to the “We’re older than we think we are.” statement. That made me laugh when you said you don’t own “mom jeans”! The blanket is just too cute. My boys always want to have picnics. Thanks for the great tutorial! Have a fun weekend hanging out with your old friends. College friends are the best!

  • Comment by natalie @ this old southern house — November 12, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    i hope the dawgs win…i’m an alum and it would a sweet, sweet victory. ;-)
    by your “hoot” comment…were you a chi o? their house was next to us at uga and i saw plenty of owls from them! {i was a dg}
    i always think i just graduated yesterday–i can’t believe it will soon be eight years. oh.my.lord.

  • Comment by Katie @ Katie Beth Interiors — November 12, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Super cute and reminds me of the picnic blanket my mom had for us as a kid!

  • Comment by Emily — November 12, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Oh my goodness! I’ll have to admit I’m a little afraid of trying this one. Looks a little daunting! But, definitely very cute.

    Oh, and Go Dawgs!! Sorry Darby!

  • Comment by Amy — November 12, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    Super Cute Blanket! I’m impressed. Darby Doll is cracking me up enjoying her new pic-nic blanket in style! I will have to check out Edie’s blog. I feel the same way about your blog as you do about hers. I am always inspired by the things you share with us. Have fun at Auburn this weekend! As for me, I will be hoping for a win against Ole Miss. Go Vols!

  • Comment by Cat from iBlog — November 12, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    1. have fun at the game. Go Auburn! (I’m a miss. state girl, but during our time in Birmingham, we made some awesome friends, all went to Auburn. plus, we’ve never been for “that other team”. 2. I almost spit my coffee out on the pic of Darby doll before step 8. If one was not actually reading this post, they may think for a second that D.Doll is enticing someone to do something dirty on that sweet blanket. ;) 3. The last MSU game we went to —- we went out to all our favorite places afterwards and it was so much fun! It was just like old times…..until…….I asked a college guy to get the bartender’s attention so I could close out our tab. He couldn’t hear me and turned around, leaned in, and said, “Mamm?” GASP! He called me “Mamm”. totally shot my night. I told him that better be something cute they do these days to all the girl. ;)

  • Comment by Hannah — November 12, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Darby doll cracks me up!!!

    Warrrrrrrr eagle!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment by Brittaney — November 12, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    War Eagle! We will be in Auburn as well and are also hoping for another big win!

  • Comment by Bryn — November 12, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    your doll cracks me up every time!!!!

  • Comment by Nelle — November 12, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I just adore you! War Eagle! Love the blankey, Darby doll and idea of you tearing up at the thought of your girls. Have the best weekend and thanks for making me really, truly, truly want to dust off my sewing machine. Happy Weekend!

  • Comment by Kelli — November 12, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Warrrr Eagle, Darby!!! :) I will be heading up to Auburn the second I get off work as well! Hopefully we can pull out a big win!

    That blanket is absolutely adorable. I’m thinking it might have to be a Christmas present this year…:)

  • Comment by Adriana L. — November 12, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    I can’t believe this and I hope you read this comment because I was born and lived in Venezuela, and my sister and I BOTH had that vintage fabric as curtains in our play room. My grandma made them for us and the minute I saw them on your blog it brought such great memories! What a coincidence.

  • Comment by beki — November 12, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    Have fun this weekend! I haven’t felt so old as I did this past weekend when we spent some time on LSU’s campus before the game. Oh my. Those co-eds looked like babies!! Grandma Beki never felt so out of place :-)

  • Comment by Lindsey — November 12, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    WAR EAGLE!! Have a wonderful weekend in Auburn!! it should be a crazy game! I was up for the LSU game and I felt so old with my flip flops and jeans. The energy is still amazing and I still cry when they play the fight song and Spirit fly’s!!!

  • Comment by kristen — November 12, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Have fun in Auburn! I am jealous! I haven’t been to a game since 2002 when I was pregnant with AC! Yet Steve and I are headed to Tuscaloosa tomorrow with my parents for the UA/MSU game…what is wrong with this picture?! Have a blast and War Eagle!!

  • Comment by CarrieBeth — November 12, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    i am newly married (almost two weeks now!) and i want you to know that your life as a wife and mom inspires me. i hope to be even a little bit like you in the future :)

  • Comment by Leah — November 12, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Darby- ahhh… also going to Auburn, also a chio. Graduated this summer… Missing it immensely. Part of me wishes I were there everyday! Also going to be sad about all the co-eds in their cute dresses. Auburn is such a special place! As is ChiO and babyhoots! BUT…enough sad about that! I hope you have a wonderful time in AU with your pledge class. I’ll also being enjoying that reunion. Love the blanket! Love your blog! WAR EAGLE!

  • Comment by Scarlett — November 12, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    War Eagle, Darby! I too feel as if it was just yesterday that I graced the plains. Oh, I do miss it at times, but thankful where life and God have brought me. I do have a ball whenever we go up for games, but I think I missed the memo that all females MUST wear cowboy boots to the games now! LOL! I must be getting old because all i think about is being comfortable! Love the picnic blanket and what a great gift for a family. I just ordered a wad of Auburn fleece for stadium blankets to give as Christmas gifts. These blankets have been the fav of our house. Now I might have to try a picnic one! Have a great time at the game and help cheer our Tigers on!

  • Comment by Erica — November 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, Darby! A picnic blanket has been on my to do list for a while…your tutorial looks great. My children love to go on picnics. I never anticipated that they would enjoy picnics as much as they do. Have a great weekend!

  • Comment by Melanie Marsh — November 12, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    WAR EAGLE! I just adore that beautiful blanket. Thanks for the detailed tutorials! As a “self taught” seamstress they help so much. I look forward to your posts- I enjoy them so much!

  • Comment by AMY VAN ES — November 12, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Love the blanket! Been looking for a new project for a while… I’ll be making one for those who attend my classes in the park to sit around as we journal and write :)

    Thanks a ton!

    Love,
    Amy

  • Comment by Abby — November 12, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    We’re headed to the loveliest village on the plains as well. If I happen to see you and Help Wad, don’t be surprised when I (aka: a complete stranger, yet crazed fan of both of your blogs) runs over to say hello and War Eagle. :) I hope y’all enjoy your time in Auburn. It truly is such a special place.

  • Comment by Jennifer H — November 12, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    WAR EAGLE!!!! I didn’t go to Auburn but my brother in law played for AU from 1993-1998 as a walk on and then 4 years of scholarship. Love following you and your sweet family! Enjoy the game. Thanks for the weekly doses of inspiration on your blog.

  • Comment by Dina — November 12, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    3 things:
    ~Awesome blanket tutorial!
    ~Would you ever consider an Eiffel Tower t-shirt design or anything Frenchy?
    ~Can you tell me where I can find the directions to the Sock Monkey/Stuffed Animal made from knee socks post you did last winter I think? Now I finally have a baby to make it for, but I can’t locate your post!
    Merci!

  • Comment by Becky — November 12, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    Well you may not have mom jeans, but you DO have that grandma bathing suit! ha ha!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Comment by Tara — November 12, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    Adorable picnic blanket, I use that neatseat blanket that keeps water out, maybe I could sew that in the middle under the fleece too. Or Sunbrella fabric on the bottom layer. I can see me making one this spring. Too Cute!

  • Comment by rachel — November 12, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    so cute! do you think i could make it with hot glue? i’m much better with a glue gun than a sewing machine… : )

  • Comment by emily — November 12, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Ha! I think I need an “I’m older than i think” tshirt to wear daily!! Wonder if those would be a big seller in your shop?

  • Comment by taraf — November 12, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    You’re a blogging queen! Thank you for so much inspiration this week! You are greatly appreciated. Rover is growing so fast! Please enjoy your weekend.

  • Comment by Leiane — November 12, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Hey Darby! I’m not too much of a picnic-er, but I would love to buy a dish mat from you…do you make them anymore? Or you could just sell me your old one and bring it to Auburn…I live there and can meet up with you! HA!

  • Comment by Ashley — November 12, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Oh MY cuteness!!! Love this idea!! I’ve been saving some fun fabric from ikea and I do believe I’ll use it for this very thing!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Comment by Brittany — November 12, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    I totally had the trains as a sheet set when I was young. So weird to see it on your blog!

  • Comment by Tara — November 12, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    WAR EAGLE!! I am filled with jealousy as I type this because I would love to be in Auburn this weekend for the game…I love Auburn in the Fall…and in the Spring too, or really anytime of year, but Fall may be my fave! I still can’t believe it’s been 15 years since I started my freshman year at Auburn…I feel like I lived those days just yesterday and I too am convinced I just graduated last semester. My Auburn friends are some of my best friends in the world and although I don’t see them often enough it always feels like no time has passed when we gather together on Auburn soil.

  • Comment by christi — November 12, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I hope ya’ll have a great weekend, too!

    I have the fleece that Paige is wearing in ivory and it is ADORABLE with jeans and boots! Even better, they are currently ON SALE and you can get 30% off you entire purchase plus free shipping on $50 or more. I ordered several more as gifts and a few of their classic fleeces that are fantastic (also on sale!).

    coupon code: LESHARE30
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    Happy shopping!

  • Comment by Ashley — November 12, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    War Eagle! I loved reading your post because I can relate… my time at Auburn was incredible and I sometimes get a *little* emotional at the thought that it won’t be like that again. We are headed down to the Plains as well! Have a blast!

  • Comment by Abby Maddox — November 13, 2010 @ 12:08 am

    I am worn out just looking through the pictures for the tutorial!! It looks absolutely adorable. We finally mailed the contracts today…ITS OFFICIAL!!!!!!!! Maybe you can teach me to make one next year :) I think I need a more hands on tutorial. Like 1) This is the button that turns on your sewing machine. 2) This is how you thread the needle. 3) Ooops, lets try to thread the needle again… Thanks for your comment. Good night!

  • Comment by Lexi — November 13, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    Okay, totally cute tutorial. Since you have been hinting at your affiliation, and the hoot gave it away…… But, I did have to point on thing out. Even though it was probably common place (and maybe even okay) while you were in school, NPC groups don’t use the “baby” terminology anymore. There have been some great posts from national HQ groups about it (I can’t remember if Chi O had one or not, but I know Tri Sigma and Alpha Phi just did) Basically we want our Members to be treated like the young women that they are and calling a group of members “Baby” creates classes of membership and leads to loads of hazing issues. (Okay, getting off my soap box now, but when I look at your sweet daughters faces I would never want them to feel unwelcome in a sorority or not be treated with dignity and respect!)

  • Comment by paige — November 13, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    super duper cute!
    love that picture of rover.

    i’m sure you & sissy had a blast at the game today. can’t wait to see pics!

    ps–edie rocks!

  • Comment by Melanie — November 14, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    I just don’t know how you find all the time to do what you do. Three little kids and you always have a project going:)

  • Comment by HannahJ — November 14, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    Lovely- really! What a great tutorial! It would be a wonderful gift fo rthe upcoming holidays for sure!

  • Comment by annek — November 14, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    Glad you had something to cheer about…it looked like a great, exciting game and you won….much as I hate to have to say that haha. I’m sure you had more fun than we Gator fans had in Gainesville…as we tried to figure out exactly WHAT our team was trying to do…oh well…you can’t win them all…and I have always liked Steve Spurrier…I think it’s great that he won…in Gainesville too. The SEC championship game will be interesting! Hope you had a great time with your firends.

  • Comment by Jessica — November 14, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    I LOVE the picnic blanket!! it’s so cute and such a great idea – I can’t wait to make one! :) thanks for the tutorial.

  • Comment by Jessie at The Gimlet Eye — November 15, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    Awww! I always forget that you are a Chi Omega. I have been a long time reader and just remembered when you said you were a baby hoot. I miss the days of my time as an active XO! Hope you had fun with your pledge sisters!

  • Comment by Aleah @ HeyBaklenko.com — November 15, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    LOOOVE this idea. I’ll be keeping my eye out for some great vintage fabric just like yours :)

    Thanks for the idea!

  • Comment by Jill — November 15, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    Darby, ball park . . . how long will this project take? I’ve just learned to sew and don’t want to bite off more than I can chew with the holidays coming. The trains are ADORABLE! Might even try this same idea to make my son a nap mat one of these days!

  • Comment by Jessica — November 15, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    Too cute!
    Thanks for sharing the picnic blanket tutorial!

  • Comment by julia — November 15, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Very cute. My machine and I decided we needed some time apart but we may have to make up over this.

  • Comment by Laura Debruycker — November 16, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    What a great gift idea. I am looking for things I can make to save money this Christmas. Thanks!

  • Comment by Laurel — November 16, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    My goodness – you sewed in every little wheel. That’s something I would totally do and everyone would think I was crazy! Love this blanket – thanks for the tutorial.

  • Comment by edie — November 18, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    I know I told you this already but oh my goodness, what a wonderful tutorial. So much work. Thank you, a thousand times thank you my dear bloggy friend.
    And you say the kindest things Ms. Darby. It seems so unfair that you live so doggone far away. Just wanted to say thank you again. You’re the best.
    hugs and much love,
    edie

  • Comment by Deidre — January 16, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    I know you published this post a few months ago but I have started working on my picnic blanket in hopes of having it this Spring. Thanks so much for sharing! In your post you mentioned making a Santa Bag. I saw some Santa Bags from Pottery Barn this past Christmas and I wanted one so badly- but didn’t splurge. I would love to see a tutorial on a Santa Bag one day….. Thanks for sharing all your tips on your blog!

  • Comment by Nhi — January 20, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Darby, Would you consider selling these blankets? I’m truly not the crafty type but would love one for our family!

  • Comment by Donna Symons — March 9, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Love this idea – have made beach blankets with old towels on one side and denim on the other. I use old flannel sheets purchased at local thrift stores instead of batting – only costs about $3.00 Last year made Santa bags for my 4 grandchildren, they loved having bags with their name hand embroidered on them.

  • Comment by Jennifer — March 29, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    First I have to say your son is adorable! I also like the doll holding the blanket back….lol I love this picnic blanket it is so cute and big. I wish that I could make a Picnic Blanket this big, but it would be too big for the tote it folds into. Nice Job!

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  • Comment by Carrie — November 14, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Where did you get the material for your picnic blanket? I use to have the same material, and lost it. I would love to get some
    Thanks

  • Comment by Gloria Medina — April 2, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    My picnic blanket is only demin I bought at IKEA one year I added red polyester knit triangles on all four corner for pockets to put supplies in and/or shoes what ever to weight it down on the ground or on a table at the beach or park. Now I will add ties and a strap to carry it easier. Thanks.

  • Comment by Mindy — July 10, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    In steps 2 and 3, why do you cut it in half just to sew it back together again? (if I’m imagining these steps correctly)

  • Comment by Susan Simcoe — April 6, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    I am making your picnic blanket and am just about to iron on the fusible fleece however, it is not wide enough and too long so I know I have to cut it and attach. Should I sew the 2 fleece pieces together and then iron on or should I just iron on side by side.

    Thank you.

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