For lazing around on summer days

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?!)


And here’s my Pieces of Us project contribution for this make – I’m please to introduce you to Peter.


Yes, he’s a rabbit. Peter rabbit. I couldn’t resist the name, cheesy though it may be. πŸ˜‰

17 responses to “For lazing around on summer days

  1. clever idea with the corner pockets! it looks like a great blanket – very multi-purpose.

  2. …and your little lad looks very happy with it πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! It’s brilliant for taking when we go walking, means when he gets a bit grumpy I can get him out of his pushchair and let him have a kick around. πŸ™‚

  3. The corner pockets are genius! I’ve got some super kitschy tea towels, was thinking about making them into shopping bags but a picnic blanket is a great idea!

    Our lawn looks like that too, I went on a broad leaf weed killing spree, the previous owner let them get away all over the lawn, so lots of bare patches, I think my perfect-lawn-always-mowed-very-green-&-lush neighbours across the road are horrified but the grass is coming back, patience! πŸ˜‰

    • Oooh, shopping bags would be fabulous as well! I’m thinking about making some other picnic-type things using kitschy tea towels, maybe a cutlery roll, a sun hat, that sort of thing….

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  5. What a great idea to make this out of tea towels! It looks great and I’m sure you’ll get heaps of family time with it.

  6. Great idea! I love this!

  7. I love it ! It looks great! I have heaps of vintage teatowels – will have to dig out a few and make one – only the aussie teatowels though, the kiwi ones are too precious!! x

    • Thanks Trish! (I must admit these ones aren’t actually vintage – a bunch of them are repro ones instead so I didn’t feel bad cutting them up. πŸ˜‰ Vintage NZ tea towels are almost impossible to find, for some reason…?!

  8. Peter is very cute! I love your picnic blanket – I’m almost inspired to see if the sewing machine has firgivenme my last sewing attempt πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚

      I’m sure it will have forgiven you. Go on, get back on that sewing horse!

      (BTW, did you get the Golden Hands books ok?)

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