It’s summer! We’ve been spending as much time outside as possible since school let out. There is absolutely no reason to be inside when it’s nice out, as far as I’m concerned! We like to get out for hikes and picnicking whenever we can. Just grab a picnic blanket and our favorite snacks and get out the door. We’ve been hanging at the park playing baseball or riding roller blades every chance we can get. What is your favorite summer activity at the park?
I’ve been experimenting with fabric dyeing and painting so I decided to make a carry along picnic blanket out of some of the hand dyed fabric. If you missed the live video of my testing out three methods of fabric painting/dyeing, make sure you check that out. The blanket is perfect for taking to the park.
Look at that lovely watercolor lace look! I really love how this one turned out. It is really pretty but still perfect for laying on the grass. I used a canvas drop cloth from a hardware store for these. You can use any canvas fabric but I find these are quick and easy to use because the edges are already finished and they’re really cheap. They’re pretty water resistant, too. So if the grass is a little damp you’ll stay dry.
This is as easy as sewing gets, friends. Anyone with access to a sewing machine can do this. Nothing tricky, just 3 straight lines.
- canvas drop cloth (mine is 4’x5′)
- 2 yards of cotton webbing or other sturdy trim
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
- water soluble fabric marker (optional)
Let’s Get Started!
1. Fold picnic blanket in half, wrong sides together. Fold again so blanket is 1′ wide by 5′ long. Mark the end of your fabric about 3″ in from each side.
Fold your webbing (or trim) in half (right sides together if there are right sides). Sew the ends together, using a zig zag stitch, with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the seam to 1/4″ after sewing.
2. Pin the webbing (trim) on the marks you made on the blanket. You should place the seam side of the trim on the blanket so the pretty side is up. Fold the seam allowance under and toward the edge of the blanket so when you stitch the trim to the blanket you’ll be trapping and sewing the seam down. Pin the other side of the trim to your other mark. This will allow for half the trim to be on each side, making even handles.
3. Sew the trim to your blanket, using a zig zag stitch to secure. Start with a backstitch and end with a backstitch to secure.
That’s it! Roll your blanket up and use the handles to carry!
Now you can lay on the grass and enjoy a snack while your kids play at the park.
I got to try out these Soy Vay® Asian inspired Popped Rice Clusters last week. If you love Soy Vay® sauces, dressings and marinades, you’ll love these great new snacks. I tried the three bold flavors – Spicy ‘n Sweet, Ginger ‘n Sesame and Thai Style Peanut. I’d say they’re perfect for people who are looking for snacks that are full of flavor, rather than bland crackers or chips. The Ginger ‘n Sesame was my favorite. The Spicy ‘n Sweet was not really my thing but if you like spicy and sweet mixed, you’ll love those.
Oh, I should mention, these are made from non-GMO, high quality ingredients including popped wild & brown rice topped with black sesame seeds, chia seeds & peanuts. Soy Vay® Popped Rice Clusters are perfect for families on the go. The packaging has a resealable zipper top, too. For those of you who don’t eat them all at once.
See you at the park!
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