DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

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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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  1. April 13, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    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.
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  2. April 13, 2014 / 10:30 pm

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

  3. April 13, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    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!
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  4. April 14, 2014 / 11:37 am

    That is gorgeous! genius idea about the shower curtain backing! I always hate getting a wet bum 😉
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  5. April 14, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    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
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  6. April 15, 2014 / 1:32 am

    This is beautiful, I really wouldn’t know where to begin with something like this, but I wish I did!
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  7. April 15, 2014 / 9:01 am

    This would be great for days at the seaside! 😀

  8. April 15, 2014 / 12:42 pm

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

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  9. April 15, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    I love you’re blanket and a great idea to line it with a shower curtain, I shall remember that tip.
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  10. April 15, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    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!
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  11. April 15, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    This is a great tutorial, thanks. I’m just starting getting into patchwork so a picnic blanket would be ideal #tuesdaytutorials
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  12. April 16, 2014 / 3:01 am

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

  13. April 24, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    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. 🙂
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  14. May 31, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    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!
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