Easy DIY Patchwork Picnic or Beach Blanket from Fabric Scraps!

Hey friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent a good part of it outside, and while enjoying the sun I thought it might be nice to have a cute blanket to lay on... specifically for the beach and picnics. I hurried down to my sewing room and threw this patchwork one together using a bunch of scraps from my scrap fabric basket.

This project is SUPER easy to do and only took me a couple of hours to complete with a sewing machine. It would be a fantastic project for a beginner seamstress or somebody who only feels comfortable sewing straight lines!  Which is kind of why I wanted to share it today, because I know a lot of you guys have told me how you don't really know how to sew. If you can sew two pieces of fabric together, you can make this. The best part is, there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to this blanket. I didn't measure anything, and I didn't pre-cut a bunch of fabric. I simply grabbed what I had and started sewing pieces together.

The easiest way to put this together is to just make ROWS of scraps sewn together. Like this:
That would be one row of the blanket. When you make a row, just try to make it a set height. Again, no measuring, just eyeball it. You can cut larger pieces to fit the height, and stack two smaller pieces together as well, as shown.

Lay it out on the floor to get a visual of the size. Once you have all of your rows, just sew them together like so:

So in the diagram, you are sewing the top piece to the bottom piece. Just remember when sewing all of your pieces together, the GOOD SIDES should face each other so when you finish, the seams are all on the inside of the blanket.

When you're done all of your rows, just grab a backing piece (a sheet works well!) or piece together some more fabric scraps and create a square the same size as your finished blanket. Sew the front and back pieces together, good sides IN, and leave about a 12 inch gap at the end. Flip your blanket right-side-in through the gap and sew the gap shut.

That's really all there is to it! If you don't have fabric scraps like I did, you can use old clothes, linens, or t-shirts. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Monday!

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  1. i love the output :)
    so pretty :)


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  2. This is such a good idea for summer! I love patchwork blankets, but never realised how simple they are to make. Thank you!
    Debi (embrace difference)

  3. I will definitely make one soon and use it during my stay at the beach and even during music festivals. yay! :)

    Life's A Beach

  4. I love this :)
    Such a simple, little sewing project that would get so much use!
    I'll be having my first little baby this Autumn, and I'm thinking this could also work as a cute little play mat!
    Thanks for the inspiration, I've got loads of old clothes to get rid of, so why not turn them into something practical! x

  5. So cute! x


  6. I think I might give this a go. I have about 3 duvet sets which are worthless and would like to make something of them!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  7. What a wonderful DIY project! It came out beautiful,the colors go so well together, too.

    (I've been enjoying lurking on your blog, btw, you have such useful tips for bloggers <3)

    Catching Stars

  8. my sewing machine has been sitting unused and ignored for quite awhile. this would be a great easy project for me to try sometime!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  9. that looks really awesome!!! :)

  10. This looks great! I love a good sewing project that you can whip up real quick!

    Ladyface Blog

  11. What a lovely selection of fabric you've used!

  12. Thanks for sharing! It looks so great! Now I need a plan to make one too!


  13. I love this! have been saving us some material to make one of these when i get the time :)


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  15. This reminds me of my favorite hand sewn patchwork quilt my grandmother made. It was always my go to blanket for picnics or just sitting outside & enjoying the sun.

    Beautiful job!

    kelly // apockylypse

  16. I've been wanting to make a patchwork blanket for ages. I think I should sew a few blocks at a time and put them all together when I have enough.

  17. Such a cute idea :) Really inspired me to get sewing! xxx


  18. My mom makes stuff like this all the time! One day, she just got on a sewing kick and made about four pillowcases and some silverware holders. (For fancier dinners, like at Christmas.) I wish I had enough fabric scraps of my own to make something like this. Granted, the only fabric-like material I have up for grabs right now is felt. I don't think that would be the same...

  19. I was just about to start a patchwork but was becoming obsessed by measuring & straight lines. I don't care now & I'm looking forward to my project much more now. Thanks :) x

  20. I was just about to start a patchwork but was becoming obsessed by measuring & straight lines. I don't care now & I'm looking forward to my project much more now. Thanks :) x

  21. So beautiful (amazing photography as well). My readers at FaveQuilts would love this.



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