DIY Waterproof Picnic Quilt

I’ve been quilting a good bit lately, but almost ALL of my projects have been for my mom-to-be friends & their little bundles of joy. 
A few weeks ago I decided to make one for myself, however in my head it would have a little twist.
I wanted to make a quilt we could take on picnics. Now, I know you could take any ole blanket on a picnic trip, but you know the one problem you run into? That’s right! The ground is wet & in a it’s own time the blanket follows suit. So one day while still pondering the idea, I came across a post by
Centsational Girl. I had the inspiration I needed! Kate had used a table cloth as the backing to her own picnic blanket. Genius!! 
I got right to work.

Before I begin though, I must pause & thank my ever so dependable helper, Maaaax!


Wal-Mart had tablecloths on sale & so I snagged one for 4 buckaroos. Then I picked up some beautiful green & white fabric at Hobby Lobby to use along with a bright yellow I had pulled off my bulletin boards at the end of last school year.   
Using 10 x 10 squares a I fashioned a simple quilt top in a block pattern. Then I basted the quilt with the tablecloth, including a layer of batting in between. After a little binding action, that was that.
Mission accomplished! Check out Kate’s tutorial if you want a little more detail. My plan of action came from her inspiration! 


Now we just have to go on a picnic!
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  1. Instead of batting which will bunch after a few washings try using fleece as batting it is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and doesn’t fall apart like batting. Also, it is a lot cheaper, and with the wider widths all around better.

  2. Great idea. My friends have been making these using PUL the diaper material, but a tablecloth is definitely more affordable. Thanks for sharing! – Jess at OlyMomma PS- I love your blog title

  3. We are featuring your project tomorrow at the start of a new What I Made Wednesday Party! Come and join us and grab a button!

    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  4. Great idea we will be using! thanks for sharing and War Eagle!!

  5. Love this! I put it on my FB page! :)

  6. You did such a nice job! I love the bright yellow paired with the green and white print. Turned out so cute :-)

  7. Love this! Super unique and loving the colors! Great job.

  8. how fun! I love the idea of a tie where you can just roll it up. My kids are always undoing folded blankets! I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. I also have an awesome digital scrapbooking giveaway going on. If you're interested it's

  9. Wow… that is a great idea! Nice work!

  10. Very Nice and a great idea ! Love the yellow,

  11. Great idea! It's a good way to use up my older fabric. It would be great to keep one in the car. Thanks for linking up at Polka Dots on Parade!

  12. I saw that tutorial too.. :) It's a great idea (although I already have a functional picnic rug… the Mr. might frown on having two).

  13. So cleaver!! I will have to go look for some table cloths on sale. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I love this idea, I'm not very good at doing projects for myself either, I always seem to be sewing for my friends birthdays or mommies-to-be, but this one I have all winter to try and get done ;)
    Visiting from Funky Polkadot Giraffe

  15. love it will be trying this asap love the baseball looking quilt come see what I shared at

  16. That's a great idea- I grabbed a few of those tablecloths for $4 too- maybe this is a good project for those!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Wow – that turned out great. I am so impressed with you quilters. Once the snow flies, I am giving it a try (now I'll know who to write for guidance, lol). Beautiful.

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