Introduction: How to Make a Picnic Blanket Backpack Out of T-Shirts
10 t-shirts, serger or sewing machine, scissors, ruler, pencil, pins
Step 1: Cut the T-shirts Into Blocks
Take out one of the shirts, measure a 12 by 15 inch rectangle, and pin the front and back layers together. Use a straight edge to connect your points, cut out the square, and you will have 2 equal rectangles.
Repeat with 7 more shirts and you will have a total of 16 squares.
Step 2: Sewing the Blocks Together
Place 2 squares wrong side together, pin one side, and sew a seam. Use a serger, or if you don't have one, a small zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine and cut the extra fabric from the seams.
Continue connecting squares until you end up with four rows of four squares.
Now sew all your rows together and sew a seam around the entire thing.
Blanket portion of the bag, finito!
Step 3: Adding the Flap and the Straps
Straps: Take out a large scrap and cut out two straps that are 20 inches by 4 inches. Serge or sew around the the edges of both straps.
Flap: Cut a rectangle measuring measuring 12 by 10 inches. Finish the edges of that rectangle as well.
To fold your blanket into proper position, Lay the blanket right side up. Fold in two sides then fold it in half. Now fold it up from the bottom square by square.
Pin your rectangle piece to the very back panel, flip it over, and mark where the ties go.
Open it all up again and pin your straps to the appropriate panel.
Use a straight stitch to attach your flap and two straps.
Step 4: Making It Tie Together
Make two holes in the flap.
Then cut two 20 by 2 inch strips and sew around the edges.
Now sew the strips to the appropriate panel using a straight stitch.
Step 5: Making the Pillow
So you may be asking yourself, "What are we gonna do with all these scraps?!" Simple: We're gonna make a pillow!
Cut the scraps into smaller strips, then cut two more 12 by 15 inch squares. Serge around 3 sides, stuff it with your scraps, then serge around the 4th side.
And voila! Pillow!
Now just fold the pillow up inside the blanket, tie it up, and go get yo'self some nature!