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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How To Sew a Picnic Blanket Tote

Unfold your tote into...

...a picnic blanket.

Well, most of you guessed it, it was a picnic blanket tote. Either those gingham handles gave it away or I have really smart readers. I'll go with the latter.

As promised here's the tutorial on how to make a picnic tote. When I was younger I used to have one of these bags made out of towels. For the longest time I kept it with the hopes of recreating the tote. I must of given up on the idea because I finally got rid of it. Now some ten years later, I wish I had the tote to compare. Isn't that always the case?

2 fabric squares 33" x 33" - this will be for the blanket
2 fabric rectangles 14" x 13" - one rectangle will be the outside of the bag and one will be the lining
2 fabric strips 3" x 25" - for the handles
matching thread
sewing machine

For the handles - fold one strip of fabric in half length wise. Sew down the length of the strip with a 1/4 inch seam. Press open seam. Turn inside out. Repeat for second handle. Set aside.

Face squares (33" by 33") right sides together. Sew all along the edge with a 1/2 inch seam leaving a 5" opening at the center bottom. Trim corners and press open seams. Turn right side out. Sew around the perimeter with a 1/4 inch seam.

Place both rectangles right sides together and sew a 3/8 inch seam along the perimeter leaving a three inch gap at the bottom (refer to red line). Trim corners and press seams open. Turn right side out.

Pin rectangle to square, right side of fabric to wrong side of picnic blanket (refer to picture). Sew along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam (refer to red lines). Make sure when you sew the rectangle to the blanket you sew up the three inch opening that was on the bottom of the rectangle.

Pin the handles three inches in from the inside of the rectangle. Sew on to the rectangle only, making sure not to attach the handles to the blanket. Use red lines as guide for sewing.

Line up second handle just above the first handle. This handle will be sewn on the blanket only. Refer to red lines for sewing guides.

Here's a close up view of the handles to see how they were attached.

Done. The other side of your tote will be part of the blanket.

How To Fold Your Blanket Into a Tote

1-Fold in one side. 2-Fold in other side. 3-Flip over.

4-Turn bag inside out. 5-Fold down. 6-Tuck into bag. 7- Done.


Valeria said...

adorable idea!!!!!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

sew cute! thanks!

Unknown said...

just to cute! Love the gingham too.
Great idea! Thanks!

Megan McKean said...

This so so great! Fantastic idea - I'll be hunting down some gingham to have a go at it myself! Thanks for the tutorial

lesthook said...

Thank you! I have a granddaughter that would love one of those!

Melon said...

how fun!

Deanna said...

Just too cute! I must have that fabric the tote is made in!

Gina's Custom Creations said...

This is totally awesome! I'm going to make one for a craft swap I'm currently involved in. Thanks SO MUCH for the tutorial and for your fantastic idea!

flavia said...

idea bellissima!!! anche per un ascigamano da portare al mare!!!!

Mirjam said...

I love it, i'll put it on my to-sew-list!!

ILikePaperCutting said...

how creative! I can't wait to make one for Amanda.

ILikePaperCutting said...

Great idea! worth waiting!

{little.happy.things} said...

wow, great idea and it's so cute!

~Alesha~ said...

Awesome! My daughter has a towel that does that.

Ayie said...

i love this craft idea, once i get my sewing machine i will make one too

Katrin said...

Great tutorial! I´ve made my own now and it´s on my blog tomorrow.

Thank you!

Christine at Origami Mommy said...

This is so sweet. As soon as I get my sewing machine up and running again I want to make this!

ILikePaperCutting said...

see the picnic blanket tote I made by using your tutorial.

::HARUNA:: said...

what an awesome idea! very practical. might have to make myself/my daughter one :)

jojoebi-designs said...

such a cute idea
I have included this in my Gifts To Sew For Christmas round up

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Such a cute idea!

Just found you via sew mama sew =)

Ella said...

I just made a slightly bigger version for my friend's birthday, thanks so much for the tute!

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