Debbie Shore’s DIY Picnic Blanket… With a Difference!
Perfect for beginners and pro-sewers alike, this fun DIY picnic blanket is a must-sew project for mums everywhere! Not only does it make picnicing super easy with detachable washable placemats, but it can double up as a gorgeous playmat too… plus the handy carry handle makes taking it (and the kids… and ALL the kids’ stuff!) out on location easy! Because the placemats can be washed separately, you needn’t worry about jam sandwiches and sticky little fingers… just get out and enjoy the summer sun! Check out Debbie’s tutorial below, and create something you and the family can use for years to come!
I’ve used fat quarters for my patchwork, but this is a great way of using any odd scraps of fabric you may have! The random sized rectangles mean you don’t have to worry about matching seams, so this is a perfect project for a beginner.
- Blanket – approx. 37” x 31.5”
- Strap – 14” x 5”
- Place mats – 11.5” x 9.5” each
- Use a ¼” seam allowance.
You Will Need:
Hassle-Free DIY Picnic Blanket – Sewing for Beginners:
Cut four of your fat quarters into 21” x 18” rectangles, make sure the selvedges are removed. Measure 9” from one side of the fat quarters and cut to make two uneven rectangles. Sew the rectangle into rows of four, made up of two large and two small rectangles.
Cut these strips in two, 10” from one side so that the strips are uneven. [Cut more strips if you wish!]
Arrange the strips so that no two identical prints meet and sew together.
Place the patchwork top over the wadding and quilt, I’ve just made a wavy line across the fabric. Be sure to clean your machine after this project, the wadding can create a build up of lint.
Trim to make square. Sew the top and lining pieces right sides together, leaving a turning gap in one side of about 6”.
Turn the right side out and press. Edge stitch around the seam, this will close the opening as you sew.
To make the carry strap, cut a piece of fabric measuring 14.5” x 10.5”. Fold in half lengthways and press. Cut a piece of wadding measuring 5.25” x 14” and place on the wrong side, against the fold. [Secure with 505 spray if you wish].
Cut a strip of fabric measuring 3” x 22”. Fold the long sides to the centre, then in half again and press.
Top stitch along the edge.
Cut an 8” piece from one end. Fold each strip in half and sew, facing inwards to each end of the main fabric, 2.5” from the centre fold.
Fold the fabric in half right sides together and sew all around, leaving a turning gap in one side of about 2”. Turn the right side out and press; edge stitch all around.
Wrap the strap around the rolled up blanket, thread the larger loop through the smaller loop to secure.
To make the place mats: Cut four pieces of fabric measuring 17” x 10”. Trim 5” from each short side.
Fold the short pieces in half right sides together and sew across the top. Turn the right sides out and press, edge stitch along the seam.
Place these pockets over the bottom corners of the mat fabric, raw edges together. Sew along the folded edge to form the pockets.
Use these shapes as templates to cut four lining pieces. Place the tops over wadding, then the lining right sides together over the fabric, sew all around leaving a turning gap in one side of about 3”. Snip across the corners.
Turn the right side out and press, Edge stitch all around, closing the gaps as you sew. And there you have it… your DIY picnic blanket, complete with washable place mats, is ready to take you all out for an awesome day at the park!
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