May 15, 2012

Easy Carry Picnic Blanket

I saw a beach blanket that had the coolest handle with straps on it.  I was thinking, what an awesome idea for a picnic blanket.  After all, I have that awesome Great Find picnic basket, I want to picnic this summer.....

I stopped at one of our local thrift stores and found this tablecloth.  It was priced at $8.00, but I happened to walk in on half price day (sweet), so $4.
For this project
1 tablecloth (rectangle)
1 package rug binding (white)
4 inches of hook and loop velcro
sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins


Instructions
1. Lay an H on the folded end of the tablecloth, these measurements are 17" for straps and 8" for handle.
2. Pin velcro on both ends of strap; hook up, loop down on the opposite side of the strap, opposite end.  Then sew around all 4 pieces of the velcro to the straps.
3. Double the handle to make it sturdier; sew two 8" pieces together.





4. Take finished pieces and form H onto tablecloth, pinning down, with the Hook side of the velcro straps up.  Leave the loop side (down)unsewn, (you may want to pin them out of your way.)
5.  Sew close to the edge, sewing over the handle, then stopping.  
6.  Sew all the way around the handle end forming a square, then sew corner to corner, to secure the handle. Repeat on the other strap.






Lastly, spray with fabric protector so it will last longer and it's easier to clean up.










Let the picnicing begin.
"pass the tator salad, please"

Happy Sewing!
Thank you for stopping by.




Sharing this Project At The Cozy Home Scenes Picnic Party!!!!

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50 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and showing some love! I adore this idea! It makes picniking even easier :)
    -Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty
    aka your newest follower

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  2. Great idea. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Corner Hop. I hope you'll come back again next week with another project!

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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  3. That is such a fantastic idea. I would love to make one for our family picnics this summer. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now following back with GFC.

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  4. Now I want to go on a picnic!

    I found you blog on Made in a Day's blog hop and I'm your newest follower :)

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  5. I think this is a great idea, something to have in the car for that just in case. Thanks for the cute idea.

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  6. I have been wanting to picnic lately. Your set up looks lovely. Great blanket.

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  7. PS, I host a Friday linky called Anything Goes if you would like another place to link up.

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  8. FABULOUS!!!!!! Great way to travel your blanket!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  9. connie,

    What a great find and you are so clever in your sewing!So nice to meet you....I am your newest follower!
    See you soon, my friend!

    ♥charlotte

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  10. What a great idea! I'm thinking I may change it up a little and do a beach towel for our upcoming vacation! Thank's for the inspiration!

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  11. what a great idea...looks just perfect! makes outside even nicer!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  12. Hi from one Grammy to another, we had a picnic basket just like that when I was a kid and this certainly brought back many fond memories. I love what you have done with it and the blanket is so functional and such a great idea.

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  13. That is such a clever idea! I love that it can be used as a blanket or tablecloth and it's so much easier to cart around. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  14. Cool thing... So useful.

    Job well done...

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from a chilly Stockholm,
    /CC

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  15. What a wonderful idea and great tutorial. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us @ Toot Your Horn Tuesday. Can't wait to see what you have to share with us next!

    Erin

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  16. I found you through Blog Hop Social! And I'm your newest GFC follower :)

    Blessings,
    Breena
    mommyknowslife.blogspot.com
    (p.s. - I have a super fun giveaway going on right now!!)

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  17. What a great idea! I love the red gingham.

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  18. Very cute! Thanks for the follow- following you back!

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  19. With your easy tutorial I think I can make one of those! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Such a great idea!! And love that picnic basket!

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  21. Great idea! I like it! Thanks for inviting me to look. I'll be following you. . .

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  22. Hi Connie, what a great and creative idea. I love it! Thanks for sharing with Share Your cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Great idea! I love the look of it. :-)

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  24. What a terrific idea, Connie, and you make it look so easy! Loving that picnic basket too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your very sweet comments. I'm following you back, Mary Alice

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  25. How clever is this. Love it. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  26. Hi what a great job,thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday I'm now following your lovely blog by GFC and Linky Followers :) I would love you to link up some of your great projects on our Creative Mondays post next week ?

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  27. Hi Connie! I am goingto make this for the beach! Following!

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  28. How smart you are. Love it. Now following you. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back? THANKS.

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  29. Great ideas! I found you thru the blog hop from At the picket fence! I'll be following!

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  30. Hi, I'm following you via At the Picket Fence Bloghop! Love the tablecloth!
    XO Cindy

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  31. I love this tablecloth (so glad you made it red checkerboard) Just visiting from the Blog Hop and am still enjoying following you. I would so love if you would share any of your awesome posts at Freedom Fridays. Hoping to see you there.
    http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com/

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  32. Wonderful and versatile idea! Thanks for sharing at this week's link party!

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  33. That's a great idea and red gingham is a favorite pattern of mine! Love when I can deal at the thrift store!

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  34. Hi! Stopping by from the blog hop. Mostly because I loved your avatar. It's hilarious. ;) Looks like you got some great crafty stuff on here too!

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  35. I totally need one of these for this summer! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop. I'm already a follower :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  36. LOVE the blog name! I am visiting from Thee Blog Hop and I am a new follower! I hope you'll drop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.

    Robin

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  37. Great idea, thank you for sharing it and thank you for visiting Inspirations y D. I am following and look forward to your posts.

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  38. that's awesome! i LOVE crafts!! found you via the blog hop xo

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  39. Great idea! Thank you for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Very Creative!

    Jody

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  40. Hi, just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this on Share Your Cup today. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  41. OK, just to confuse you, I'm Janet Olson (see comment above). Too funny. I was at the May 20 Blog Hop page looking at all I didn't get to hook up with and your picture got me. We're probably close in age, just my 2 haven't married/reproduced. Great blanket--and basket. I'm a sewer, too.

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  42. This is such a great idea! I love a red tablecloth for a picnic!! so glad you came by to visit!

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  43. I had planned to make one of these last year and never got around to it. This may be just the push I needed. It turned out lovely! xo

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  44. I love this idea and never would have thought to upcycle an old blanket this way. So, so creative, yet I can see this being useful for many occasions. I'm having a Grill, BBQ, & Picnic party on my blog in a few weeks and would love to have you make plans to link this up then. Details are on my blog if interested. Have a great weekend!

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  45. Awesome idea, Connie!!!! I love the vintage basket combination with the red blanket!
    I am always saying I am going to start sewing but so far did not have the time!

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  46. Hi again Connie. I told you before what a terrific idea I think this blanket is. Thanks for finding the time to link up to the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party. Have a good time on your trip!

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  47. Very cute idea, would be great for a blanket too:@)

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