Picnic Blanket Tutorial (Part 1)

January 18, 2011

Things You Need:

1 vinyl tablecloth 60″ x 60″

1 piece of fabric 60″ x 60″

1 1/2 yards of coordinating fabric

Coordinating scrap fabric (to make checkers board)

34″ sew on Velcro cut into 4 equal lengths of 8.5 inches

34″ ric-rac cut into 4 strips 8.5 inches long

7 yards double fold bias tape

Heat’n Bond Lite

Fabric marker

game pieces: 24 pieces of wood 1.5″ diameter and 75 small pieces for Bingo calling numbers (I used small wooden hearts)

Let’s get started making the blanket.

I found a 60×120 tablecloth and cut it in half for this project. Now I can make a second blanket one day. I used a bottom weight khaki fabric for the top side of the blanket, also cut 60×60. So that’s where I started.

Next, cut the pieces of fabric you need to begin making the pockets and borders.

Cut 4 strips of fabric (out of your coordinating fabric) that measure 37 x 6.5 inches.

Cut the corner pieces that will form the pockets. Follow the measurements on the diagram below and cut 4 pieces total.

Stitch each strip of ric-rac to the top piece of your Velcro. Be sure to stitch it to the backside of the strip so it’s not between the layers of Velcro later.

On the side of the corner piece that measures 8.5 inches, turn under 1/2 inch and iron. Stitch the top piece of Velcro (with the added ric-rac) to the folded edge of the corner piece. Allow the edge of the ric-rac to extend beyond the edge of the corner. Fold back and sew the Velcro to the remaining corner pieces.

Place each corner piece onto the top portion of your blanket with the corners aligned. Mark the position for the bottom Velcro piece. I use a disappearing ink pen, but you can pin it to secure it. Doesn’t matter how you mark it, just be sure you have it aligned properly. Stitch lower Velcro onto the 60×60 inch piece of fabric for each corner.

Moving on to your 37 inch strips now. Fold one long edge of your strips under 1/2 inch and iron flat. Place the strips between the corner pieces with the folded side towards the middle of the blanket and align the outside edges of all the pieces. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch the pieces together as shown below.

Place the border/corner pieces on the blanket top and stitch. I stitched each side of the seam between the border strips and the corner pocket pieces.

Part 2 of the tutorial will show you how to add the games to the top of the blanket!

Click here to head over to the second part.

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    I LOVE this tutorial. I want to make one for my kids this summer. :-) I have subscribed to your blog and added your button to my links page. :-) I would love it if you considered sharing this at my linky party this week: http://www.artistic31mama.com/2012/03/fabulous-fridays-5-03-30-12.html

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