With these warmer temps we’re finally having, I am dying to get out and visit some of our local parks and lakes! We have so many fun places around here in East Tennessee – there is always some place new to explore!
I’ve been wanting to create a blanket we can keep in the car for impromptu picnics – something that we can easily roll up but that is easy to keep clean too! I’m so excited with how this 15 Minute Summer Picnic Blanket turned out!
This is seriously so easy! It’s made with two tablecloths – one that is a fun cotton in a summery print, and the other is a waterproof tablecloth that will keep everything nice and dry! I found both of mine at Target but you can find similar tablecloths in almost anywhere.
The blanket has two twill ribbon straps so it can be rolled up and tied and it will stay nice and tidy – and it’s easy to carry too!
Here’s what you need to make your own 15 Minute DIY Picnic Blanket:
- 1 cotton tablecloth – mine is 48 x 60
- 1 vinyl or waterproof tablecloth – the same size as the cotton tablecloth
- 3 yards of twill ribbon
- thread to match your tablecloth
Begin by cutting your twill ribbon in half. You’ll have two pieces that are 1 1/2 yards each. Fold each piece of twill in half.
Lay the vinyl tablecloth wrong side up and lay the cotton tablecloth right side up on top of it, lining up all the edges. On one short side of the tablecloths, measure 24″ from each end and tuck the folded edge of the twill ribbon between the two cloths.
Pin the two cloths together so they don’t shift as you sew.
Sew around all four sides of the cloths, backstitching over the two places where the twill ribbon is.
And that is all there is to it! Soooo easy and fun right?
To fold it up, I just folded each long edge towards the center, then rolled it up from the bottom. Kind of like you would a sleeping bag. Super quick.
Now you can head out for a picnic or day at the park!
I’d love to see any photos if you make up a picnic blanket of your own!
You might like these fun summery projects too:
What a cute idea!!
Jennie @ Little Girl Designs says
Oh my goodness, I love this. Every summer I look at picnic blankets and think how I would like to get one…I didn’t realize I could just make one. :) This would be great for the beach too. Pinning! :)
Joan M says
Great project! Fast and easy! I’ll have to make one. Thank you!
Gorgeous. I will be hunting for some nice tablecloths at the weekend. X
Sarah Helene says
FAB IDEA sewing together 2 tablecloths for a COOL picnic blanket! I like your idea of adding gross grain ribbon ties to easily carry & store.Years ago I inherited several square tablecloths from an elderly relative and gave them to a neighbor. Later I regretted it as I could have used for picnic blankets. So this is a clever way to recycle used tablecloths. Thanks for sharing.
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
This is SUCH a great idea! I am so keeping a lookout for cute tablecloths to do this with.
Gina Marie says
This is so pretty! You did an amazing job! I can’t wait to try to make one myself! Any project that will help improve my sowing skills is right up my ally! Thank for the inspiration! Dropping in from Freedom Fridays, I am so happy I clicked your link! Pinned it too! Hope you have a great weekend!
Gina Marie from Always Savory
Karren Haller says
Your Picnic blanket turned out darling, love the colors for summer!
What a cute thing to do with bandanna’s!
Thanks for sharing on the OMHGFF this week!!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Absolutely love this! We had a picnic blanket that’s on it’s last leg so this would be a perfect quick summer craft! I love the fabric choices you used as well. <3 I found you from Diana Rambles linky and love your blog!
Kristina & Millie says
great picnic blanket! awesome idea to use the waterproof tablecloth on one side too – no more worries of a damp bottom! Easy to follow tute so we can all make one :) thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
Love the picnic blanket. Such a nifty idea and so easy and quick to whip up.
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Oh, my gosh! What a totally awesome summer project! I love this picnic blanket. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. :)
Life With Lorelai
Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden says
My first thoughts were I could do that with no problem! It’s so cute too. Thanks for showing me how.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
Hi, Bev! We wanted to let you know that we loved this link-up to the #HomeMattersParty last week so much that we featured it this week! Would love for you to check it out if you get a chance :) Happy Friday! http://theroadtodomestication.com/2015/07/24/home-matters-linky-party-47/
How adorable and what a great idea! I am definitely making one of these. They would make great gifts for picnic-loving friends, too!
melanie - the party suite at bellenza says
Such a practical project to make for summer! Found this through Family Joy’s Link-up!
great idea Bev! Especially that waterproof side, not relevant for me here in the summer as our summers are very dry, but perfect for Spring! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday as always!
Shecki @ Greatly Blessed says
We have a couple of “park blankets” that I made. They’re one layer of polyurethane laminate (waterproof PUL) and a layer of fleece. We keep them in the van for going to the park or keeping warm under the fireworks.
Pam @Threading My Way says
Clever idea to use the waterproof tablecloth on one side.
I tried to make something like this last year, but it was a total fail. Perhaps I should use oone cotton and one vinyl l like yours. Thanks for the tutorial!
I love this idea! So smart and useful! Thanks for sharing this at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!
Julie Briggs says
What a genius idea – and cute too! Thank you for sharing at #Homemattersparty
Frugal Hausfrau says
What a great idea! Perfect for concerts in the park to camping!! Thanks much for bringing this by Throwback Thursday this week!!
This is the perfect summer craft! The waterproof side is such a great idea.
Congrats on being featured in the This Is How We Roll link party at Organized 31! I’m pinning this post now.
Roseann Hampton says
I love the idea of using the waterproof tablecloth as backing! Thanks for sharing on The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from http://www.thisautoimmunelife.com
What a great idea! so simple.
Candace Woesch says
This is so cute! I haven’t even thought about using a table cloth! Thank you for sharing!
What a great idea! Love it!
This is perfect! I’m putting this on my to-do list. We don’t have anything to use for picnics except a blanket that always gets damp. Since I can’t sew, do you think some kind of fabric adhesive would work for this project? Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty !
This looks great!! It is lovely and I want to do it!
I have a few questions. Do you sew the two together and turn inside out?
Does the vinyl table cloth have a backing on it of any type?
Do you think it is washable in the machine?
Thank you so much.
Kayla Fultz says
Worse idea ever! I followed the instructions exactly and this ’15 minute picnic blanket’ took 2 hours to make, and it destroyed the fabric in multiple places so the blanket is barely usable!
I didn’t have any tears in mine – maybe there were differences in the tablecloths we used? I’m so sorry though that it didn’t work out for you.