***Originally posted on Delia Creates as part of the Color Your Summer Series***
The color I chose for Color Your Summer was “rainbow”, which isn’t actually a color but it fits my personality perfectly because I can never choose a favorite color. When I was a kid I always said yellow was my favorite color because I felt sorry for it (none of my friends ever chose it) but deep down I have never had a favorite.
There is a lot to love about this blanket. First of all the fabric. I love pinwheels, and I love polka dots. They’re just so happy!
This blanket has 4 special pockets. They are beautiful and functional! When you lay the blanket pocket side up it’s lovely…but…lay the it pocket side down, put sand in the pockets, and…
You have a beach blanket that actually stays put. The sand weighs down the corners so the blanket doesn’t get blown around in the wind.
I recommend making one to sit on, and one to snuggle in :-).
Intimidated by blankets? This one is easy.
The binding is so simple and there is no hand sewing!
You will use a 1/2″ seam allowance throughout the tutorial.
Total amount of fabric needed:
2 yards main fabric
2 1/2 yards lining fabric
2 1/2 yards batting
1/2 yard each rainbow color
As you’ll see you need to cut the lining fabric 40″ wide. Most quilting fabric is 44″ wide. Cut 2″ off each side. Keep those 2″strips you cut off and set it aside. You’ll use it in a minute!
Now we’re going to make the quilted triangle pockets.
Sew together the strips in the order shown. You’ll make 4 rainbows. Cut them into triangles as shown.
Cut one piece of lining fabric and one piece of batting to match the rainbow triangle.
Make a rainbow triangle sandwich (doesn’t that sound delicious?) in this order: rainbow, batting, lining fabric. Rainbow and lining fabrics will face right side out.
Trim, making sure you keep the top of the triangle a right angle.
Remember when I said to save the 2″ you cut off of each side of the lining fabric? That is what you’re going to use to finish the bottom side of the quilted triangle. No wasting the selvedge! It’ll be on the inside of the pocket and no one will ever see it!
Now let’s move on to the blanket! We’re going to make a quilt sandwich in this order: lining fabric, batting, main fabric. Lining fabric and main fabric will be right sides out as shown below.
Pin together the layers. You can quilt it any way you’d like, but personally I was going for easy and quick, so I just sewed a horizontal line every 12 inches.
Once it’s quilted, trim so that the main fabric overlaps the lining and batting by 1″.
Now you’re going to finish the blanket with the best quilting cheat I’ve ever seen. I discovered it HERE on Prudent Baby (the tutorial is by Made By Rae). Put a rainbow pocket on each corner of the blanket, and then follow Made By Rae’s directions to finish the quilt.
Now go to the beach and enjoy!