Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RBD Home Dec Love Blog Tour: Picnic Throw Tutorial

Picnic Throw tutorial using cute Riley Blake home dec fabrics

July is the month of parades and picnics around here!  I decided we needed a convenient throw we could keep in the car to have on hand for these fun events.  As a part of the Riley Blake Home Dec Blog Tour, I chose to make a picnic throw from one of my favorite home decor prints (Quatrefoil in Navy) and a coordinating Riley Blake basic (Small Dots in Yellow).  I loooove navy and yellow together – yummy!

Picnic Throw tutorial

Using the home dec fabric adds a nice weight and durability, without needing the extra step of adding interfacing.  

Picnic Throw tutorial

I added a simple strap from 1” wide webbing to make it easy to carry, or loop over the handle of the stroller.  Since finishing this throw last week, our family has already put it to good use! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your own:
  • 1-1/2 yards of Riley Blake Home Dec fabric
  • 2-1/3 yards of any Riley Blake coordinating quilting print
  • 2 yards of 1” wide webbing

Step 1:  Remove selvages from the Home Dec fabric and cut to measure 54” x 54”

Step 2:  Remove selvages from the coordinating quilting print.  Cut 1 piece that is 40” x 54”.  From the remaining fabric, cut two pieces that are 14.5” x 27.25”. 

Step 3:  Sew the two 14.5” x 27.25” pieces together end to end with right sides together and using a 1/4” seam.  Press seam to one side.

picnic throw tutorial measurements 6

Step 4:  To the panel created in step 3, sew the  40” x 54” piece, again right sides together and using a 1/4” seam.  Press seam to one side. 

picnic throw tutorial measurements 5

This piece should now measure 54” x 54”

Step 5:  Take the 2 yard length of webbing and sew the ends together.  Before stitching, make sure there are no extra twists in the loop.  I used a zig zag stitch and stitched over both raw edges to keep it from fraying.

Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 6:  Fold the loop in half and mark both end points. 

picnic throw tutorial measurements 7
Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 7:  We are going to place the webbing loop on to the TOP LEFT corner of the RIGHT side of the Home Dec fabric.  This loop will become the handle for the picnic throw.  

Remember the pins we placed in step 6?  Those are the pins circled below.  They should both be placed 4” down from the top edge of the fabric.  The left pin should be 2.75” from the edge and there should be 6.5” between the straps. 

picnic throw tutorial

Step 8:   Next, add a pin 3” above and 3” below each of the center pins. 

picnic throw tutorial

Step 9:  Using a straight stitch, sew straps in place.  You’ll be sewing a rectangle – with the top and bottom edge of stitching where the top and bottom pins are located.  Repeat for second strap.

Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 10:  Place the 54” Home Dec square right sides together with the 54” quilting fabric square.  Pin around all edges, making sure that the straps are tucked inside.  Sew around the outside edge of the square using a 1/2” seam and  leaving about 7” or 8” open for turning the throw right side out.  As you sew, be careful not to catch the webbing straps in the stitching. 

Step 11:  Turn the throw right side out and carefully push out corners.  Press edges.  Fold in raw edges of the opening and press.  Top stitch around entire throw.  The top stitching will sew the opening shut. 

Your throw is ready to use!  Here’s how to roll it up – it’s quick and easy!

Picnic Throw rolling diagram

First lay the throw with the Home Dec side down and the straps in the top right corner.  Fold throw in half and then half again, and then roll up from the bottom. 

Picnic Throw tutorial

Now get outside and use it! 

Picnic Throw tutorial

The Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour is just getting underway with some fun projects already added to the list.  You can see more of the RBD Home Dec fabrics here.  And stop by each day on the blog tour to get more fun ideas for using those RBD Home Dec fabrics!

6/23 - A Bright Corner -- You are here :)
6/24 - Tea Rose Home
7/3 - Heart Zipper
7/6 - Quiltscapes


  1. Lovely project. It is one of my favourites so far in this home dec series. Thank you for sharing this project with us. Now I just need some fabric so I can make one.

  2. Great project, plan on making this for my grandchildren. They love to picnic.in their backyard.

  3. Gorgeous plus! Love the navy and yellow together too :)

  4. We could've used one of these when we went to watch the fireworks! I'll definitely have to make one so we'll have one next year :) and for the fall parade coming up in a few months too!

    Sarah @ www.logfurnitureplace.com


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