It’s a Picnic Blanket…It’s a Tablecloth…It’s whatever you dream it to be. :-) When I first saw this idea…my immediate thought went to…picnic blanket! Bandanas just sort of epitomize summertime to me. But then I saw the same idea at Aesthetic Nest used as a tablecloth and I was torn! I like both ideas! So why should I have to choose? Meet the Super Versatile Bandana Quilt. A great idea with limitless possibilities. :-)
Some other ways you could use it? A bed covering….a beach blanket…..a baby blanket….a throw blanket….a shower curtain (well that one might be going a bit too far)? Anyway, you get the idea…you can do lots of stuff with it! I bought my bandanas at Walmart for less than a dollar each. The color selection was limited…but I actually kind of like the look I came up with. Total cost: approximately $12.00.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I got so caught up in assembling my bandanas I completely forgot to take any pictures of the process! (The fact that a House Hunters marathon was on HGTV had NOTHING to do with it! I swear!)
But piecing together the bandana squares is pretty intuitive. Just think of it as a big puzzle, with VERY easy-to-fit puzzle pieces. :-)
I decided to make 4 rows of 3 for my quilt (or 3 rows of 4…whatever) which makes it approximately 88″ x 66 ” (standard bandanas are 22″ each.) It’s a good size. But, of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending to your needs. (Because the bandanas were all slightly irregular…the seams are all “less than perfect”. But I don’t mind. I think it adds to the “casual outdoorsy” feel of it.)
In a nutshell…
- Sew the 4 short rows (of 3 bandanas each) alternating colors and pinning the bandanas right sides together.
- Once you have your 4 short rows, sew these rows together along the long edges to form your quilt!
- Press the seams after sewing for a more finished look.
And while I don’t have a great photo tutorial to offer you….I do have some really cute pictures of my grand puppy Milo laying on it to make up for it! :-) He seems to really like it! I think it officially received the “puppy stamp of approval!”
I considered putting a backing on it…but actually like it the way it is. It’s light, it’s comfortable…the perfect summertime covering. I’m pretty sure I will be making more of these though…maybe I’ll try it on one of those. I’m thinking a Red, White and Blue tablecloth for the 4th of July. What do you think??
Happy Saturday everyone! From Milo and Me :-)