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DIY: Picnic Blanket Reboot

Nothing spoils a pretty picnic than a damp backside. As an avid summer picnicker, I’ve long been on the hunt for the perfect outdoor blanket. I’ve tried everything from thick wool blankets to thin nylon-backed throws, to no avail. Water-resistant picnic throws have come close to satisfying my picnic prerequisites, but tend to slip and slide atop grassy lawns and dry sand. On my quest to find the ideal blanket that would truly repel water and stay where it’s lain, I decided such a blanket does not exist. And so, I took matters into my own hands and created my own.

How to Make the Perfect Picnic Blanket

What You’ll Need:

What You’ll Do:

1. Lay the blanket upside-down so the underside of the blanket is facing up. Lay the shower curtain liner atop the blanket, trimming to size if necessary.

2. Pin the liner to the blanket on all four sides.

3. Sew the liner to the blanket using a zig-zag stitch to prevent ripping.

4. Mark one hole in each of the four corners for grommet placement. Pound in the grommets and washers according to the kit’s directions.

5. Find the perfect patch of grass, lay out your blanket, and each secure corner with a tent stake through the grommet hole.

6. Kick back, relax and enjoy!

Are you a picnic fanatic? Share your fave picnic tips with us in the comments below!

Author Description

Ashley Fauset

Ashley is a party planner, grammar enthusiast, classically trained dancer, and coffee aficionado. She lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their hammy four-year-old, and shares her tales of mama-hood at Silver Lake Mom. You can find her online on Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  • Ellie
    Love it! Never thought of making my own – great idea!
    • AshleyFauset
      Thanks, Ellie!
  • Jason Schmid
    So the shower curtain is facing the grass. This seems ok but I’m not sure the four corners are enough to keep it from slipping once it’s really wet under there. I think there may be some materials n technologies from the boating world that might be good to look at for this. What stays non slip when it’s wet, after all? Boats.
  • Jason Schmid
    upon further revue and research, my conclusion is that getting a good quality blanket and then treating it with a waterproofing material ie: a spray. such as http://www.amazon.com/Kiwi-Camp-Heavy-Water-Repellent/dp/B000HJ7CLY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8


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