The Picnic Blanket

picnic blanket Here it is, our new picnic blanket. I was making the bias tape I showed you the other day for this. I fell in love with the idea of this blanket when I first received my copy of Handmade Home. I knew I just had to make it, and I finally did. I raided my stash of vintage sheets and used an old pink bedspread we didn’t use anymore. I made the bias from an old vintage sheet that I loved. I absolutely love the way it turned out. We used to lay out an old comforter for picnics, but how much better it is to unroll a handmade blanket made solely for the purpose of picnics. I’ve really been working on decluttering and though it seems excruciatingly slow at times, I am trying to get to the point where everything we have is something that we actively use and love. Since we have been going on regular picnics this summer, it is just what we needed. It is decidedly feminine and with three guys in the family, I think I will be searching for some more masculine vintage fabrics to make a second blanket as well. It is a pretty good size, but I think two picnic blankets will give us a little bit more room to spread out. Unfortunately we will probably only be going for a few more picnics before the weather turns bitterly cold, but in the meantime I plan to enjoy it completely and then look forward to next spring when it can be put into use on a regular basis again.

family, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 • 17 Comments »
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17 Responses to “The Picnic Blanket”

  1. mark says:

    Love the blanket and your posts, wish I was there to enjoy a few more picnics with the kids. Hope all is well, talk to you soon.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Mark, wish you were here too, hoping to head out that way this spring. Miss you.

  3. Hey Jenifer,

    Good to hear from you. Love that cowboy boot, so cool! Look at your clever picnic blanket too, brilliant,
    hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for calling in Down the Lane,
    Sarah x

  4. Jennifer says:

    Sarah, thanks for stopping by, I just sent you an e-mail, great timing. Have a great weekend too.

  5. Charity says:

    What a sweet blanket! I’m still waiting for my copy of this book – it looks fabulous! :o)

  6. Jennifer says:

    Charity, it is a great book, lots of projects and inspiration, you will definitely enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Amy says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Nice job on that blaknet. It’s just lovely. I think I need to make one form y family (already have the book!), but I am pretty much a non-sewer, so a blanket scares me 😉

  8. gardenmama says:

    your picnic blanket is lovely!
    i am so in love with vintage sheets : )

  9. Jennifer says:

    Amy, this isn’t a scary blanket, trust me, it’s pretty much all straight lines, go for it, you will be so happy you did.

    Gardenmama, thanks for the compliment.

  10. Shalae says:

    I have been wanting to make this blanket from her book as well. You’ve done a great job with it! Here’s hoping you get a few more picnics in with it! 🙂

  11. Jennifer says:

    Shalae, thanks for much for stopping by and commenting. You should definitely make this one, it’s a winner.

  12. JENNY says:

    such a beautiful blanket, I wouldnt be able to put it on the grass!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I need to make one for the boys that’s a little sturdier, but this one is washable and the girls are pretty gentle, which is why I love it. I just looked at your blog, what a beautiful family.

  14. Lovely blanket. Even if the weather is cold….”picnic inside” I say.
    And, come spring you will have this delightful piece to pull out and enjoy. Great job.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Picnicing inside is a great idea, thanks.

  16. amanda says:

    Oh, what fun! It’s beautiful. And picnicking inside is really wonderful. 😉

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Amanda for stopping by and for the compliments. I just love your blog and your books, you have been a huge inspiration for me.

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