Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tutorial

I was able to be featured AGAIN on The Ribbon Retreat's Blog!!
This time it is for a super fun waterproof picnic blanket.
Perfect to just hang out in the sun, or snuggle up for fireworks, without having to worry about wet grass!!

Hi Ribbon Retreat Readers!! It's me again, Ashley, from Sweet Mama J's Boutique.

With summer picnics and fireworks just around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about making a waterproof blanket that will be stylish and fun, and protect from wet grass at the same time!!

Let's gather our supplies and get started.

The supplies I used, were:

1 yard Red Words fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
3/4 yard Blue Dots fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
3/4 yard Blue Plaid fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
Fat Quarter Red Stars fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
1 spool So Fine! thread - Midnight Harbor
4 feet - 7/8" Stars Ribbon - Royal with White
1 Vinyl Tablecloth - 52" X 70"
Fusible Interfacing

Iron all fabric and cut the following measurements:

3 strips - Red Words - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Dots - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Plaid - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Dots - 2.5" X width of fabric
4 strips - Blue Plaid - 2.5" X width of fabric
4 - Red Stars - 5" stars
8 - Red Stars - 3" stars

Lay out your vinyl tablecloth.
Lay out the fabric cuts on top of the tablecloth to make sure that you have everything in the right order, and you are not missing any pieces.   Remember to lay the pieces slightly overlapping to account for seam allowances.  The tablecloth will be slightly larger than your finished quilted center.

Apply fusible  interfacing to stars and attach to quilt pieces at your desired locations by following package directions.

It's time to sew around all the attached appliques.  I like to sew a straight line close to the edge, because I feel that as the edges come up and fray a little, it gives my stars a vintage appeal.  If you would rather zig-zag stitch around your stars that is fine too.

Starting with 2 strips of your 9" wide fabric strips, place them right sides together and pin the side you would like the seam on (long edge.)
Sew along side using a 1/4" seam.  Remember to back-stitch on both ends.

Iron seam open.

Take your next 9" strip and pin it, right sides together, to the Red Words side of the panel you just made.
Sew along edge using a 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open. 
Repeat these steps until all 7 of your 9" length strips are used.

You should end up with something like this.

Take one of your 2.5" strips of Blue Dots and pin, right sides together, to the Blue Plaid strip.
Sew along edge using 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open.
Repeat for other 2.5" strip of Blue Dots on the other 9" Blue Plaid strip.

Take 2 of your 2.5" Blue Plaid strips and pin the short edges, right sides together. 
Sew along short edge using a 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open.
Repeat steps with other 2 of 2.5" Blue Plaid strips.
You should now have 2 very long strips of 2.5" Blue Plaid.

Mark the middle of the long edge of your big panel on both sides.  I did this by folding my panel in half and using a chalk pencil to mark my fabric.

Line up the seam of your 2.5" Blue Plaid strip with the mark you just made along one side of the panel.
Remember to cut the white part off of the side before you sew on the Blue Plaid strip, otherwise it may show up in your final product.
  Pin the strip in place along the side.
Sew along edge using a 1/4" seam. Trim excess blue plaid off each end lining up with the edge of the panel.
Iron seam open.
Repeat steps on other side of the panel.

Enjoy what you have so far!! So cute!! 

On a large flat surface, lay out your tablecloth, vinyl side facing up.  Lay your panel so all edges are inside the tablecloth.  You will have excess tablecloth at this point.
When you make sure everything is lined up and flat, pin your panel to the tablecloth, right sides together.

Along one of the short sides, mark the center of your panel. 
Take your 4 feet of ribbon and cut in half, so you have 2 ribbons, 2 feet each. Seal all ends using your preferred method.
Line the ribbons up together and slide them in between your panel and tablecloth.  Line them up with the center mark you just made and pin in place with just a little end sticking out.
This will end up being your tie.

Using a 1/4" seam, sew around the outside of the panel.  MAKE SURE to leave an 8-10 inch section along one of the long sides.  This will be the hole to turn your blanket inside out.
Also, when sewing, be mindful of the ribbon inside the blanket, and make sure that it doesn't accidentally get sewn into the side.
Trim the tablecloth to the same size as the panel.

Being very careful, turn blanket right side out using the hole you left unsewn.
Straighten out your fabric and tablecloth so that it lays flat with no big wrinkles.  This took some time for me, as my panel kept sticking to the padding of the tablecloth. Just keep working with it and it will work.

Sew around the edge of the entire blanket.  Remember when you get to the hole, to tuck edges in to make everything uniform.
Ta Da!!  
As a bonus feature, when you are done with your day at the park or watching your fireworks, this blanket can just be rolled up, tied and set to go!

I absolutely LOVE the 4th of July, and this blanket has me all ready to go! 
I'm so excited!!

Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for letting me share this fun post with you today.

When you make one, send me a picture or post in on the Project Bazaar Facebook page!
I would LOVE to see it!!


  1. What a great idea! I love it. That will come in handy for summer time picnics.

  2. Great project! Wonderful for picnics on the lawn. Thanks for linking up.


  3. This is really an awesome idea... I love it! Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY..



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