BUNDLE Picnic Backpack & Blanket Sewing Patterns
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Explore the outdoors and picnic in style with this modern picnic set. The bundle includes easy-to-use sewing patterns for a picnic backpack and matching blanket.
The backpack features padded straps, two insulated sections, many pockets and pouches for up to eight settings, and optional blanket holder.
The reversible blanket features three optional sizes, quilted comfort, straps, and an optional carry handle.
Instant download digital sewing pattern.
• Optional pockets and pouches for the perfect picnic backpack
• Optional blanket holder
• Optional adjustable straps
• Three optional sizes
• Optional handle
• Suitable for adventurous beginners
• Packed with pro tips and expert advice
• Includes full size, print-at-home pattern pieces
• Includes step-by-step tutorial with photos
• Instant-download digital sewing pattern
Main Fabric – The exterior needs a heavy weight woven or non-stretch fabric such as canvas, duck, outdoor cloth, or upholstery fabric would work.
Lining Fabric – The interior needs to be a light to medium weight woven fabric. Suitable fabrics include quilting cotton, linen, broadcloth, or something similar.
OPTIONAL Interfacing – The recommended fabric is heavy weight woven, however if you are using a light to medium weight fabric for your main and lining you can add interfacing to all pieces for extra stability. The amount you need will depend on the pieces you are interfacing.
Fabric – You can use any mid- to heavy-weight woven fabric. You could use a water resistant fabric for the back if desired. We recommend quilting cottons to outdoor fabrics.
Browse suitable fabrics here:
- 2.5 x yards of Insul-Fleece interfacing or insulated Interfacing/ batting
- 8 inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch-wide webbing for the handle
- 0.75 x yards of high-denisty foam for strap padding
- 2 x 7 inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch-wide webbing for straps
- 2 x 18 inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch-wide webbing for shoulder strap connector
- 2x buckles OR slide adjusters – to fit width of webbing
- Zippers: Any style zipper can be used as desired:
- Front - 1 x 58 inch double pull zipper
- Back - 1 x 38 inch double pull zipper
- Front Top Pocket - 1 x 15 inch zipper
- Front Bottom Pocket - 1 x 22 inch zipper
- Side Pocket - 1 x 5 inch zipper
- 2 x 9-inch long 2-inch-wide double-fold bias binding
- OPTIONAL 14 x inches of 1-inch-wide hook and loop tape per insulated divider
- OPTIONAL Plate Pouch:
- 5 x yards of netting/ mesh
- 19 x inches of 2-inch wide bias binding
- 2x 15 inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch wide webbing
- 1x buckles OR slide adjusters – to fit width of webbing
- OPTIONAL Inner Zipper Pocket:
- 1x 15-inch long zipper
- 1 x yard of 2-inch wide bias binding
- OPTIONAL Cheese Board Pouch:
- 10 x inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch-wide webbing
- 12 x inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch-wide webbing
- 1x buckle OR slide adjuster – to fit width of webbing
- OPTIONAL Wine Glass storage – 26 x inches of 2-inch-wide elastic
- OPTIONAL Accessory elastic for salt/ pepper/ bottle opener/ cheese knife/ etc – 5 x 3-inch-lengths of 1-inch-wide elastic
- OPTIONAL Cutlery Holder - 15 x inches of 1-inch-wide elastic
- OPTIONAL Blanket Holder – 4 x 3-inch-lengths of 1-inch-wide elastic
- OPTIONAL Side straps:
- 4 x 15 inches of ¾- to 1 ½-inch wide webbing
- 2x buckles – width to fit webbing
- Thread to match
- 7 - 9 x yards of 1.5-inch wide bias strips for binding dependant on size
- 2 x yards of 1-inch wide webbing for nylon straps and OPTIONAL handle
- 70 x 70 inches to 90 x 90 inches of polyester batting dependant on size
- 2x Plastic /metal buckle and triglide slide with a 1-inch opening.
- OPTIONAL basting spray
- Thread to match
- Sewing machine
- Pins or clips
- Tape measure or ruler
- Zipper foot
- Optional washaway sewing tape
How do PDF/ digital patterns work? Simply download, print, and sew. You’ll need a free Adobe Acrobat reader program and any home printer (or a nearby copy shop for A0 printing). Once you’ve printed the pieces, tape or glue them together. You’ll find an easy-to-follow how-to guide inside the pattern instructions, plus support in our Facebook group.
The trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want/ need.
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“The picnic backpack is such a fun design. All the compartments and places to put your picnic essentials are really great. Plan on taking a couple of days sewing, and you’ll have a super useful backpack.
Buy More Credits
Rebekah Homer –
The picnic backpack is such a fun design. I won’t lie, there’s a ton of pieces, and it can get complex putting everything together. However, all the compartments, and places to put your picnic essentials are really great. Plan on taking a couple days sewing, and you’ll have a super useful backpack.
Karla Henrichs –
This was pretty easy to make. I am not a quilter, so I struggled some with that part. I decided to just make a big X on each square for the quilting.
Katie Weatherly –
Beginnerish friendly due to challenges in lining up top and bottom pieces to quilt neatly together.
Katherine Harris –
This blanket is so quick to whip up and I love the carrying handles when you take it to the beach. As it uses a polyester fill instead of wool or cotton, if it gets wet it dries so easily. Plus there is an option to make the bottom waterproof!
Diane Cullum –
It turned out gorgeous! The strap placement was hard to understand in the tutorial. Not being to scale confused me. Maybe a note about that would help. The sandwiching instructions are a lot like making a quilt, however, with the back being cut the same size as the front and with thick batting, even with basting spray and pins, there is no way to keep everything lined up perfectly. I lost some inches or parts of them, when I had to square up the edges after quilting the layers. I would suggest to cut the back larger than the front and trim off any excess after quilting.
Fran Tilden –
This pattern has easy to follow instructions and photos showing each of the steps. You end up with a wonderful quilted picnic blanket to take with you on your next adventure.
Liz Faber –
“I love my new picnic blanket! Happy to have a picnic blanket that will fit everyone in our family! As it is made of squares I was able to use squares that represent interests of everyone in the family and look forward to using it for many years to come.
The pattern is easy to follow, and while it takes a while to sew, it’s pretty much all just straight lines. “
Bernadette Aitken –
Easy to sew and you have the ability to choose amazing fabrics to personalise your blanket.
Jenny Gomez –
This is so fun! I have had a couple store bought blankets that were cheaply made and didn’t last long and I’ve used old blankets, but I’m thrilled to now have a sturdy blanket that folds up so nicely for all our adventures!
Jenny Gomez –
It’s so great to have a sturdy blanket that matches my style for all of our adventures this summer! The 80″ square will even accommodate my teenage son!
Roseanna Lacas –
I enjoyed making the picnic blanket as a challenge to myself (a garment sewist usually). I know I will use it regularly as well! I found it difficult to use a 3/8″ binding and feel like it would be beneficial to increase to 1/2″ binding for a few reasons. The first being a slightly larger margin I feel would be more manageable for a beginner sewist. The second being when I started carrying around the rolled up blanket with the handle, it came apart at one of the seam. I think a larger seam may have anchored the strap better.
Pamela Stump –
This is a versatile beginner-friendly pattern. It’s easy to roll up and store, and can be used on the ground or on a picnic table for a festive, fun outdoor meal. I used quilting cotton and the very thinnest available quilt batting. Tips: (1) If you have any extra fabric, use it to make matching picnic napkins! and (2) The corners are easier to get the bias around if you pre-press the curved bias tape, and perhaps use a glass, saucer, or jar to make a slightly shallower curve for easier sewing.
This Picnic Backpack and Picnic Blanket set is absolutely my most rewarding sew to date, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. My husband has been wanting to picnic as a family for a while, and this bundle made it SO convenient to carry TONS to our local park. The backpack takes some time to assemble, but I worked at it a little each day and had so much fun coordinating all of the notions and finding all of the accessories to fill it!