DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

April 13, 2014

DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

Picnic Blanket Tutorial

For this project use whatever fabric you have to hand, as long as it is similar weight. This picnic blanket is made with old curtain for hemming, shirts, fat quarters, and some from the fabric from my stash. This is lined with a fabric shower curtain, just in case the grass is damp!

You will need:

64 cotton fabric square’s which are 24cm by 24 cm ( 9.5″ by 9.5″)

Fabric strips 7.5cm wide 1300 mm for hemming (3″ by 51″)

Fabric shower curtain 1200mm by 1200mm (47″)

To make:

cutting mat

Cut out your 64 squares from a variety of fabric


Lay out your squares into a design you are happy with.


Pin rows of squares, and machine stitch (seam allowance 1cm)

Press well, sew your rows together.

DIY Picnic Rug 1

Lay out your shower curtain, trim off any curtain ring holes. Lay out your patchwork fabric on top. Pull taught and pin all round.


Iron your piece of binding in half and then tack on. Machine stitch.


Remove your tacking stitches. Fold along your ironed fold, turn in hem and hand stitch.

DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

One fully unique picnic blanket:)

DIY Picnic Blanket

Now where’s the summer??!

A lovely thank you to sew scrumptious for the fat quarters used in this project – I won them in a giveaway far too long ago to mention when!

I hope you have had a creative week, as usual I am popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week,

Since making the original picnic blanket I have made a second as a gift. This time I have added ties at the side for ease of carrying.

Picnic rug ties


Sew up four ties in co-ordinating fabric to your binding, place on the wrong side of the rug laid towards the centre of the rug, and sew in when binding.

DIY picnic rug



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30 responses to “DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial”

  1. It looks lovely and a great idea to use a shower curtain to back it with. Many thanks for sharing a nice easy-to-follow tutorial. Hope you gave a good week.

  2. Lucy Blossom says:

    What a great idea, and a fabulous way to use up my stash – I can see a picnic blanket appearing on my blog soon!!

  3. Clare says:

    This is lovely, could have done with one today on the beach!

  4. Its gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Might have to make one for myself. Glad you liked the fabric. x

  5. That’s a great idea the shower curtain backing! I have collected old shirts together to make a similar picnic/camping blanket which I won’t mind the grandkids messing up and was wondering about buying waterproof fabric for the backing, but I have two superfluous shower curtains. Thanks!

  6. Great idea to add the shower curtain backing, Vicky… makes it waterproof, but still light to carry and easy to fold up.

  7. And I bet this is used constantly throughout the year. Very enterprising of you and pretty too 🙂

  8. Sonya Cisco says:

    That is beautiful, love the idea of using an old shower curtain to make the back waterproof!

  9. Sonia says:

    That is gorgeous! genius idea about the shower curtain backing! I always hate getting a wet bum 😉

  10. Shell Louise says:

    Thanks for the tip about using shower curtain in case the grass is damp, that’s excellent 🙂

  11. Jessica says:

    Great blanket!! 🙂

  12. Gertie says:

    What a lovely picnic blanket. Using a shower curtain as a backing is a great idea as you pick them up from the likes of Dunelm Mill for next to nothing xx

  13. Wow, what a lovely blanket. Your instructions are so clear you make it look easy but I would imagine it’s really difficult to make x

  14. This is beautiful, I really wouldn’t know where to begin with something like this, but I wish I did!

  15. This would be great for days at the seaside! 😀

  16. Connie says:

    What a wonderful picnic blanket and using the shower curtain is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love you’re blanket and a great idea to line it with a shower curtain, I shall remember that tip.

  18. This is so beautiful!
    I couldn’t use it as a picnic blanket … I would make a sofa throw from it 🙂

  19. Joyce says:

    What a good idea, using a shower curtain on the back! I have some old blue jeans I had been saving to make into a quilt…they would work good on this project. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Louisa says:

    This is a great tutorial, thanks. I’m just starting getting into patchwork so a picnic blanket would be ideal #tuesdaytutorials

  21. Debbie says:

    I love this- we love our patchwork blankets- but one with a waterproof backing would make it so much more versatile. A great idea!

  22. Marcy says:

    What a great idea. Your’s is a dandy. Just what I think a picnic quilt looks like.

  23. Love this! The fabric is gorgeous too 🙂

  24. Roxanne K says:

    Using a shower curtain for backing is a fantastic idea! I’ll have to file that away in my brain somewhere. Your fabric choices are too cute. 🙂

  25. Emily Wall says:

    Love this! the shower curtain lining is genius!

  26. Fantastic idea! Love that you used what you had on hand and in your stash.
    Adding this to my ToSew list. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Visiting from SewCanShe’s SOS. Happy Sewing!

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