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:: Keep yourself dry and comfortable w this easy picnic plaid or waterproof beach blanket DIY ::

This free summer craft project idea of making a waterproof picnic blanket, for the garden or the beach, is part of a series here at Fine Craft Guild.com called ‘How to Live in a Coastal cottage, many miles inland.

A good old-fashioned waterproof beach blanket is what I should have made a few weeks ago. But I didn’t. I got all muddy and yucky. Time to do something about it, before my next outdoor picnic adventure. Let me share the craft tutorial for a waterproof beach blanket that I found. Then we can both create and use a wonderful waterproof beach blanket … for camping, the beach, and/or lazing around in your own garden.

Top tip: this blanket is ideal for in-the-vineyard wine tastings!!

waterproof beach blanket

waterproof beach blanket

“After the rainstorm is over and the sun is out again!” the Martha Stewart design team reminded me.

“Don’t let yesterday’s rainstorm
dampen your picnic plans.”

photo here & below: martastewart.com

We should always follow Marta’s advice, right?!

So, let’s make a picnic blanket in the way she would: waterproof, reversible and ever so stylish.

Materials needed

Beach towel

For this summer craft project, for the top layer, you could use a cotton or wool blanket, or as I prefer, 2 colorful large beach towels.  Or, buy a fabric for the top layer.

For the bottom layer, you need a waterproof fabric. Here’s a handy link to look around on Amazon. (#ad) –

(You may want to consider ‘ripstop’ i.e. a fabric that is also resistant to ripping.  )

You can also add ‘waterproof fabric spray‘ (#ad) to a fabric you already have for the bottom, which might reduce the waste in the world, and get you what you need for less.

Waterproof Beach Blanket Sewing Instructions

1. Prewash all fabric and other material, so that any potential shrinkage is dealt with. :-)
2. If you use 2 beach towels, sew these together into one large square blanket first.
3. Cut the water repellent/water proof fabric to be 2 inches larger in each direction than your blanket. The 2 extra inches all around are to create a fold-over which looks nice and is easy to stitch.

DIY waterproof beach blanket needs to make one yourself  - Image credit: MarthaStuwart, 2009

4. Now you have 3 options: A) You can sew your waterproof fabric onto your pretty top fabric or towels permanently. Or B) You can use Velco strips, and create a non-permanent waterproof bottom layer onto your beach blanket., that’s easy to remove in one go; Or C) The Martha way: use snaps, which you hammer in and which will look most professional.

I prefer the non-permanent bottom blanket layer, so that I can use that bottom layer also for other beach towel blankets, as well as a ‘carpet’ of sorts for when we go camping.

Attaching your waterpoof Bottom to Your Beach Blanket

Snaps always do look professional. However, unless you can find suitable snaps on a tape, I’d use a few pieces of Velcro along the outline of the blanket instead. So much easier for me. More forgiving of my ‘sloppiness/randomness’. Velco does not need to be placed as precisely placed as snaps. Plus, Velco allows you to use the same backing for a couple of different blankets or sheets more easily.

And there you have it. Happy lounging… !

This summer craft project is easy to do.

Or… just order a ready-made, USA-designed, Waterproof Beach Blanket?

If making your own waterproof beach blanket is too much work, then realize that there are great ones on sale here online. #ad Take a peek.

If you believe in buying locally (we do!!!!), this one is provided by a small US company, which also does some charity work. A rare find! Check this one out: Aquatus Premium Beach blanket #ad They have different color schemes, and comes with a handy carrier bag.

Summer Beach Craft

A series of projects for you to try:
1. How to Live in a Coastal Cottage (many miles from the ocean)
2. Summer Crafts: a Beach in a Pot
3. Waterproof Picnic Blanket for the Beach
4. How to Make a Shells-adorned Picture Frame
5. Bed Sheet with Beach Shell Print – Easy Home Craft


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