Now that spring has finally sprung and the sun and air are getting warmer, we can’t help wanting to be outside pretty much all the time, even when we’re supposed to be taking a break to eat! That’s why we’ve been so tempted to take a lot of picnics lately, but we recently looked into our closet and realized we didn’t really have any blankets that would really suit. Of course, we could just go buy a cheap blanket to spread out on the grass while we take a picnic with friends or family, but we always have a better time making things ourselves! That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled lately for awesome DIY picnic blanket tutorials to try our hands at.
Just in case you love the idea of making your very own DIY picnic blankets this spring and summer just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!
1. Giant embroidered picnic blanket
Are you actually the kind of person who loves sewing and needlework but who also likes to save time by customizing store bought things when it’s easy and pretty to do so? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Lovely Indeed made their own picnic blanket by choosing a pre-made blanket they really liked and then embroidering a quote into its centre on their own.
2. DIY waterproof quilted picnic blanket
Are you the kind of person who will picnic in just about any weather and finds that you really like to sit for long enough that sometimes your blanket feels a little damp by the time you’re ready to get up? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way The Homesteady made this waterproof quilted blanket that might help you out with that.
3. 15-minute rolling picnic blanket
Perhaps you’re the kind of avid picnic lover that sometimes like to combine your picnic with a walk so you’re looking to make a blanket that’s a little easier to carry than some others might be? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Lil’ Luna made not just a DIY picnic blanket but one that actually turns into an easy-to-carry roll with its own ties!
4. DIY watermelon picnic blanket
Are you the kind of person who will always choose the brightest, most colourful option in just about any project option so you’re absolutely interested in making something that looks like springtime and will cheer up anyone who sees it? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way The House That Lars Built made this fantastic DIY watermelon payment!
5. Stamped patterned picnic blanket
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about easy ways to customize a blanket you already own or just bought but you’ve never been one for embroidery? In that case, maybe you’d prefer to make something like this fantastic stamped shape blanket outlined step by step using simple paint stamping techniques thanks to Almost Makes Perfect. You could do any shaped stamp you choose if triangles aren’t your thing!
6. Pocket festival blanket
Whether you’re planning on making your own blanket from scratch or buying one that you’re willing to customize, do you always find yourself wishing that you had a little pocket or something to put your valuables in so they stay put and don’t go rolling around in the wind? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Mr. Kate added a little pocket in the corner that’s great for picnics, music festivals, sports games, and all kinds of things.
7. Patchwork sweater blanket
Perhaps you’re the kind of person who adores upcycling and repurposing other things whenever you get the chance? Well, if you’ve got some old clothing on hand that you don’t have any other current use for but that you haven’t gotten around to donating yet, then you just might have what you need to make this fantastic patchwork sweater blanket outlined step by step on Alisa Burke.
8. Ombre dyed blanket
What if you already have a blanket or sheet that you’re totally willing to use for putting down on the grass or sand but it’s not that great looking and you’re kind of hoping to have something a little more fun to carry around this summer? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Ink Meets Paper created a stunning ombre blanket using simple fabric dyes.
9. Upcycled jeans quilt
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about blankets and quilts made of old, upcycled clothing but you don’t think you have enough old sweaters to go around? Then we’d suggest checking your jeans drawer instead and considering repurposing those in the sweaters’ place! We love the way Andrea’s Notebook made a whole quilt out of colourful jeans.
10. Shibori style dyed blanket
Are you feeling very enthusiastic indeed about the idea of adding a bit of creative colour to a blanket of your own but you’ve already got so many ombre themed things that you can’t help feeling like you should branch out into other designs? Then perhaps you’d prefer to take a look a the way Say Yes made a blanket using Shibori design styles instead!
11. Folding travel picnic blanket
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about a picnic blanket that’s nice and portable because it rolls into itself, but you’re actually not sure you want to carry a big roll like that around? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with the way Tried and True made a folding and fastening portable blanket that’s a little flatter and even has its own carrying strap.
12. Painter’s canvas picnic blanket
Are you actually still feeling quite interested indeed in the way we’ve shown you how to add colour to a blanket or piece of fabric you already have in order to make a picnic sheet but you’ve always been more of a painter than a fabric dying enthusiast? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to try your hand at something like this hand painted canvas picnic piece outlined step by step on A Subtle Revelry!
13. Mod hand painted picnic blanket
Just in case we basically have you convinced, at least technique wise, that hand painting a blanket is definitely the best plan for you but you’re not so sure that the chunky stripes you saw above are really what you’re going for, here’s an awesome tutorial from Small Fry that walks you through their own simple process for making a hand painted blanket that’s mod inspired in its shapes and simple patterning.
14. DIY jumbo tasseled picnic rug
Perhaps you’ve actually already got some material (or maybe even a pre-made blanket) that you love the idea of using for picnics as it currently is in terms of pattern and colour but you can’t help feeling that the edge could be a little more interesting looking? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way A Pair and A Spare made jumbo yarn tassels and fastened them all the way around the outer edge!
15. Denim triangle quilted picnic blanket
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about quilted together picnic blankets made from old jeans but you think you’d rather use actual classic denim jeans instead of pants of all different colours, simply because you love an all denim aesthetic? Then we just know you’re going to love the way Modern Handcraft chose to make a picnic quilt with a visually appealing triangular pattern to it.