How to Make a Picnic Blanket [Charlotte Newland]
Summer is here at last and it’s time for lazy picnics in the park. This quick and easy picnic blanket is sewn up in summery ginghams and has a waterproof backing to protect you from damp grass. Using polyester fabric and thread means it is hard-wearing and lightweight – perfect for use all summer long! – Charlotte Newland, C&C Sewing Ambassador
You will need:
- 4 half metre cuts of gingham fabric (150cm wide)
- 2m of 150cm wide waterproof fabric (I used a lightly quilted fabric for extra comfort)
- Polyester thread
- Quilting pins
- Sewing machine
Seam allowance is 1cm throughout.
Cut each piece of gingham into 10.5” squares – you will get 12 per piece. Use a design wall or horizontal surface to lay out your design. I chose a checkerboard pattern, but you can use whatever you like!
Press your seams to the side and sew your strips together in pairs along the long edge, until you have a patchwork piece that is six squares wide and eight squares long. Press the long seams open to reduce bulk.
Pin your patchwork right-sides-together with the waterproof backing fabric all around the edge and sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 20cm – 30cm opening to turn the blanket inside out later.
Trim away any excess backing fabric and turn your blanket inside out through the opening. Pin all the way around the edge of the blanket, then topstitch 1cm from the edge, making sure the opening is sewn shut.
Relax on your new picnic blanket – if you can get the dog to give you a turn!