Hooray for the end of winter!
We recently dusted off all our warm-weather outdoor stuff in anticipation of the exciting days ahead. Found that our old store-bought picnic mat, which had served us for the past three years, was too ripped and stained to take us through another summer. Its waterproof lining, however, was still in excellent condition, so I thought I'd give it a makeover with some much-more-durable outdoor fabric.
Don't tell the kids, but I call it Mama Was A Bumblebee And Papa Was A Wasp:
Here's the old waterproof lining (lightly padded) sewn onto the new fabric.
I edged the whole thing with this running-stitch grosgrain tape I bought in Singapore and forgot all about till today.
Here are the dimensions and plan for the mat, if you want to make it yourself. I kept to the same dimensions as the old mat. All the seam allowances are included. I didn't measure how much of the grosgrain tape I used, but if you add the perimeters of the mat and the flap, you'll be able to figure it out yourself.
Here are photos of the completed flap, along with some instructions.
Make the flap first. Sew both pieces together close to the edge.
Sew the webbing handle on the right side of the flap.
Sew the hook tape/velcro on the bottom edge of the wrong side of the flap. Notice that although it is the wrong side of the flap, the right side of the fabric is visible. Think of it as just a double-layered thing that was reversible until you picked one side to be the right side and the other to be the wrong side.
Then edge the sides and bottom edge of the flap, leaving the top edge unfinished.
Here's another shot of the handle on the finished mat.
Back to sequence now.
Sew the outdoor fabric layer to the waterproof lining layer. To do this, just lay them with wrong sides together, pin in place and sew all around, close to the edge.
Sew the top edge of the flap in position to the mat. The wrong sides of the flap and the mat are together.
Edge the entire mat.
It's almost finished!
Remove child from mat.
Flip it over.
Fold each side towards the midline.
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top.
Mark the position of the loop tape/velcro.
Open up the mat again, and sew that on.
Now it's finally done!
Toss it in the back of the car.
Put away the sewing machine.
Corral the sunglasses(es).
Pack the sunblock.
Strap the children in.
And don't come home till the sun goes down.