Make a bandanna picnic blanket! So easy and quick and perfect for picnics, the beach, or keeping cozy on a cold day! To simplify it even more, tie the blanket instead of quilting it! This is a great sewing project for beginners.
As the kids get older and our schedules get more and more hectic, spending time as a family in the evenings is something that we cherish. Sometimes we eat dinner around the table, sometimes we gather in front of the TV to watch an episode of a show together, sometimes we eat on the go, and sometimes I pick up dinner and we head to the park for a picnic. That is always a favorite for the kids. It is especially a great option if we are all in town running errands. We’ll sometimes grab a pizza and stop to eat before we head home.
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Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to quilt or don’t feel like attempting it this time I have another easy option for finishing your bandanna picnic blanket!
Bandanna Picnic Blanket Tutorial
I’m not a master quilter, in fact, I’m self taught. Or Pinterest taught? 😉 Those who have been quilting for decades would probably cringe on how I make my quilts, but that’s ok. They come together fairly quickly and I think I do ok with my little sewing machine instead of investing in a fancy quilting machine.
- For beginners: If you don’t want to tackle a quilt, just sew your bandannas together and press the back seams open. You have an instant picnic tablecloth or light blanket to use on the grass! This takes about an hour.
- For those a bit more adventurous: Grab 5 yards of fabric or a queen size sheet, OR sew more bandannas together to create a backing for your quilt! Sandwich batting in between, add a few quilting lines, and bind the edges. I’ll show you how! Since you are using 22″ bandannas for your quilt top you don’t have to cut or measure squares. This cuts out so much time and makes this a project that you can complete in a day. Mine was finished in 3 1/2 hours. If you tie your quilt instead of quilting it you can finish it in about 2 hours.
Supplies for a 16 bandanna picnic blanket:
Fabric for quilt backing (about 5 yards)
1 yard coordinating fabric for quilt binding
How to make a Bandanna Picnic Blanket
Step 1. Iron each bandanna open so that all of the folds are smooth.
Step 4. Sew all 4 rows together. Iron seams open.
Step 5. Cut out a piece of batting the same size as your quilt top.
Step 6. Cut out a piece of fabric/sheet, slightly larger than your quilt top for the backing. If you use 5 yards of fabric for the backing, you will need to cut it in to 2 (2 1/2 yard) sections and sew a seam up the center to create a backing wide enough, and it will still be tight. Finding an inexpensive queen sized sheet would be a great solution. If you use a queen size sheet it will be wide enough to not have to sew a center seam.
Step 8. Quilting can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. If you don’t want to quilt at all, you can tie your quilt with small knots of yarn in the center and corner of each square. This would take about 30 minutes. You can find a great tutorial for how to do that here.
To quilt your squares: I use my sewing machine and my a walking foot attachment that feeds the fabric into the machine evenly. I also keep to simple quilt designs.
The more quilting your quilt has, the flatter it will be, but it also takes time to free motion quilt a quilt this size or to quilt any sort of pattern. I just wanted something to keep the batting secure, so quick and easy was the route I picked.
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