Something I’ve been meaning to make for ages (and ages, like around 3 years now) is a picnic blanket. In theory, it’s one of those things that I won’t need all that often. But when you need one, and don’t have one, it’s a bit of an annoyance.
Finally, I corrected this lack! I am now the proud owner of one picnic blanket. And not just any picnic blanket – one I made from tea towels and a single bed sheet. Yes indeed. Here ’tis:
Ain’t it purty? I spent a while deciding which tea towels to use on it. (Yes, I raided my tea towel drawer. I briefly contemplated going and buying some tea towels, then remembered I have far more than I need so sacrificed some of them to the picnic blanket cause.) (I did need to go and buy a single sheet to use on the back though, for the princely sum of $3 from the second hand shop on the corner.)
I’m really pleased with how this turned out – I like how it looks, it’s nicely functional (I added pockets to the corners on the underneath so we can put stones or the link in them to weigh the corners down on windy days. Which is pretty much every day around these parts), and it’s super easy to wash and dry. Win all round!
It’s already had a couple of outings in the half-a-week since I finished it, which is far more than I was expecting. It’s turning into one of those things that you don’t think you have much need for, then when you get one, you use it all the time. Funny how that happens sometimes.
It’s also the perfect size for our tiny little front garden. Which makes it perfect for hanging out in on warm summer evenings with a baby. (Please ‘scuse the state of that lawn – it’s horrendous. I must admit that I have done virtually no gardening for about a year now, and it shows. Pregnancy, baby, well, you get the picture. *sigh* Just as well we now have a picnic blanket to cover it with, isn’t it?!)
Yes, he’s a rabbit. Peter rabbit. I couldn’t resist the name, cheesy though it may be. 😉