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On-the-Go Picnic Blanket

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.


Spend summer on-the-go with this handy travel blanket! Not only is it water-resistant, making it the perfect fit for picnics, trips to the beach, parades, and more, but a handy strap makes it easy-to-carry, too.


Project Needs & Notes:

- 2 1/4 yards nylon fabric (for outer shell and flap)
- 2 yards lightweight outdoor canvas
- 1/3 yard oilcloth (for embroidered front piece)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 1 yard of 1" wide strapping (for shoulder strap)
- 17" length of 3/4" wide sew-on Velcro (for flap closure)

Designs used in this tutorial are from the Ants Go Marching design pack.

Finished Size:
Folded: 25" x 17"
Unfolded: 50" x 71"

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Cut a piece of oilcloth a couple of inches bigger than your hoop. This will be the embroidered fabric piece that shows when the blanket is folded.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Measure and mark 1" out from the outer edges of the design. Draw lines connecting the marks and cut out.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Cut a piece of nylon fabric to 51" x 72". Lay the fabric flat with one of the long edges facing you.

Place the embroidered oilcloth on top with the top edge of the fabric facing down towards the bottom edge of the nylon.

Position the oilcloth piece 7" in from the bottom edge of the nylon and 8" in from the left short end of the nylon.

Mark the corners of the oilcloth piece on the nylon.

Spray the back of the oilcloth piece with temporary adhesive. Smooth in place using the marks you just made (do not pin as pins can leave holes in the oilcloth).

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Zigzag stitch around the entire outer edge of the embroidered oilcloth piece.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Cut two pieces of nylon to 17" x 4 1/2".

Cut a length of the Velcro to 17" long.

Pin the hook side of the Velcro in place 1" up from the bottom of one of the nylon fabric pieces as shown.

Sew the Velcro in place by sewing around the entire outer edge of the Velcro.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Align the nylon pieces together, right sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the short ends and the long side of the nylon. Leave the opposite long side open for turning.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Turn the fabric right side out and top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the folded seams.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
With the outer shell laying flat as shown, pin one end of the strapping 6" in from the bottom left corner of the fabric.

Pin the other end 18" in from the bottom left corner of the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Position the nylon/Velcro flap on top of the strap as shown. The bottom raw edge of the strap will be aligned with the bottom edge of the outer shell fabric.

Allow 1 1/2" of the flap to extend out past the straps. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire bottom edge of the flap to tack it and the strap in place.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Cut a piece of lightweight outdoor canvas to 51" x 72".

A template is a printout of a design, and is an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the template at a 45 degree angle to one of the corners. The bottom of the design should face in.

Mark the center point, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.


Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.


Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Repeat this process for each corner of the inner lining.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Lay the outer shell flat, right side facing up. Make sure the straps and flap are inside as shown.

Align the inner lining on top, right sides together, and pin in place.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edges of the fabric, leaving about 12" open along one end for turning.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Turn the fabric right side out.

Fold the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and pin in place.

Top-stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the blanket.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Lay the blanket flat with the outer shell side facing up.

Place the loop side of the Velcro piece 17" up from the bottom edge of the blanket and centered underneath the embroidery design.

Pin the Velcro in place and sew in place.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
To fold the blanket, first lay it flat with the inner lining facing up.

Starting at the opposite side to the flap, fold the blanket in half lengthwise (short ends together).

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Then, fold again lengthwise bringing the folded edge to the center of the blanket.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Fold the bottom edge up half way.

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
Then, bring the folded bottom edge all the way up to the top of the blanket and fold the flap over to secure in place.

Use the handy strap to carry it from place to place!

Free project instructions to create a travel blanket.
This travel blanket is the perfect on-the-go necessity for picnics, parades, firework shows, or trips to the beach!

On-the-Go Picnic Blanket



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Products used in this Project:

A Picnic Ants Design Pack $15.97 - $17.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.87" x 6.76" | 3.47" x 3.84"