Foldaway picnic blanket project for Sewing world magazine

This project was printed in the July issue of Sewing World magazine. I love a family picnic and with my fairly recent discovery of rip stop fabric I came up with the idea for this practical picnic solution.

The blanket itself is a regular quilt made from large simple squares. The backing fabric is rip stop which is soft and easy to sew as well as being waterproof and inexpensive, making it ideal to use on the base. No worries if the grass is slightly damp!

The blanket folds length-ways in such a way that you can roll the blanket and tuck it neatly into the bag which is stitched to the blanket.  The bag has enough space to add a few picnic essentials and a snap on strap for easy carrying, removable for washing.

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Since the return of this project it has already been out on a picnic or two! I am happy to report it works really well and has been admired whilst in use too! If you would like to make this project you can buy back issues of Sewing world magazine from their website here. I would be happy to advise or help in one of my classes too.

If you made the project and would like to share pictures please send them to me or you can share directly on my facebook page.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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