Beach Blanket Tote
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Time: 6 hours
This project features “FUN WITH STRIPES” utilizing some traditional quilting techniques. By alternating the stripes vertically and horizontally you will be thrilled with the effect. In addition, enjoy some of the decorative stitches available for quilting the fabric layers together. Those seldom used stitches can also be used to edge, embellish and just have fun. The construction is similar to a “Quillow” or “Pocket Pillow” with a new and different twist. When complete you will be able to carry your stuff to the beach inside your Beach Blanket Tote.
Janome Supplies Required:
• Any Sewing Machine
• Blue Tip needle 75/11
• ¼” “O” foot
• Satin stitch “F” foot (optional for decorative stitching)
• Even Feed Foot (walking foot)
Fabric and Notions:
• Straight pins
• Quilters safety pins (Optional)
• Fabric marking pen
• One spool of clear nylon thread
• One spool of cotton quilting thread (neutral color)
• One filled bobbin
• White tailor chalk for marking
? 2 ½ yards of striped fabric ( to be cut into forty eight - 8” squares)
? 3 yards of white flannel 45” x 60” (for light weight batting - filler)
? 1 2/3 yard striped fabric 45” x 60” (for backing – whole piece)
? 1/9 yard striped fabric for strap covering
? ½ yard of contrast fabric for large pocket
? ½ yard of striped fabric for large and small pocket
? Two 1” x 24” pieces of webbing or belting (for straps)
(Note – approximate total yardage of striped fabric = 5 yards)
Approximate size of blanket – 45’ x 60”
Approximate size of tot bag with blanket folded inside pocket – 14’ x 14”
Fabric Cutting Instructions
1. Cut forty eight – 8” squares from the striped fabric.
2. Cut one 15 ½” square from the striped fabric for the large pocket.
3. Cut one 15 ½ square from the contrast fabric for the large pocket
4. Cut one 15 ½” square from the white flannel (for batting for the large pocket – filler).
5. Cut one 6 ½ square from the contrast fabric for the small pocket.
6. Cut one 6 ½” square from the striped fabric for the small pocket
7. Cut four 5” x 7 ½” pieces from striped fabric (if desired) for a hidden pocket for valuables.
8. Cut one 4” x 45” strip from the striped fabric to cover the webbing for the straps.
1. Attach ¼” foot and adjust stitch length to 2.4.
2. Layout one row of squares so that the first one is with the stripes going in a vertical direction and the square beside it is with the stripes going in a horizontal.direction. Hint – on the wrong side of the fabric mark the # of the square - #1, #2,,,,,,etc.
3. With right sides together sew the first square to the second square and continue to form a strip of squares yielding 6 of squares across.
4. Layout squares for the second row starting with the first square going in a horizontal direction and continue to form a strip of squares alternating the stripes. Hint – place a safety pin in square #1 as a reminder.
5. With right sides together sew the first square to the second square and continue to form a strip of squares yielding 6 squares across. Continue until you have 8 strips of 6 squares.
6. With right sides together sew the strips together. Note – continue pattern or arrange as desired.
7. Trim as needed.
8. Place finished top on white flannel and secure with pins.
9. Select a decorative stitch and attach the WALKING FOOT.
10. Stitch across on the seam line between row 1 and row 2.
11. Stitch across on the seam line between row 3 and 4.
12. Stitch across on the seam line between row 5 and 6.
13. Stitch across on the seam line between row 7 and 8.
14. With right sides together place the back piece on top of the front piece.
15. Select a straight stitch and adjust the stitch length to 2.6 and the needle position to 7.0. Note – this will result in a ¼” seam.
16. Leaving a 3” opening sew all four sides.
17. Press seams as sewn and then turn right side out.
18. Press again and turn under the opening.
19. Select a decorative stitch and using the side of the presser foot as the seam guide, stitch all four sides.
20. Select a different decorative stitch and stitch a diamond shape in the center or where desired to quilt the three layers of fabric together.
21. Place clear nylon thread in the needle and hand wind a bobbin with clear nylon thread.
22. Take two of the four 5” x 7 ½” pieces and with right sides together sew all four sides but leave a 2’ opening for turning right side out.
23. Take the remaining two 5” x 7 ½” pieces and with right sides together sew all four sides but leave a 2” opening for turning right side out.
24. Turn right side out and press.
25. Matching the stripes place them in one of the corners of the back side of the beach blanket. They should overlap about 2”. (This is for the hidden pocket)
26. Adjust stitch length to 2.6 and needle position to 7.0.
27. Stitch all four sides.
28. Replace clear nylon thread with cotton quilting thread for the needle and the bobbin.
29. Take the two 6 ½ squares and with right sides together sew all four sides but leave a 2” opening for turning right side out.
30. Press seams as sewn and then turn right side out.
31. Turn under opening and press.
32. Secure small pocket to matching 15 ½” square (for large pocket) and stitch three sides. Note – The side closest to the raw edge should be left unsewn.
33. Take one of the 1” x 24” pieces of webbing for the strap and cut it to 21” long.
34. Place it on the wrong side of the 4” x 45” strip of striped fabric.
35. Trim excess length of striped fabric.
36. Line up the long raw edge of the fabric with the long side of the webbing and stitch in place.
37. Wrap the excess fabric around the webbing to completely cover it.
38. Turn under the remaining long raw edge of the fabric and press.
39. Stitch in place. Note – the short ends should have raw edges. It will be sewn into the large pocket later. Other strap will be done later.
40. Place the finished strap on the right wide of the 15 ½” square that will be the shown on the outside. (suggested – contrast fabric)
41. Measure in 4” from the side at the top and pin the raw ends of the strap in place.
42. Baste strap to square.
43. Take the three 15 ½” squares (striped fabric, flannel and contrast fabric) and starting with the flannel first and then place the striped fabric and then the contrast fabric on the top. Note – contrast fabric and striped fabric should be right sides together.
44. Laving a 3’ opening at the bottom, stitch all four sides. Press.
45. Turn right side out and press again.
46. With right sides together place the pocket square at one end of the beach blanket. Mark the centers with pins. Note – the strap should be hanging off the edge.
47. Adjust the stitch length to 3.0 and stitch all three sides. Do not stitch the side with the handle – leave that open.
48. Take the remaining 1” strip of webbing and trim to approximately 22” long.
49. Starting approximately 1” down from the short raw edge place it on the wrong side of the remaining 4” strip of striped fabric. Note – center the webbing so that there is enough fabric to turn under both short ends.
50. Fold down the short ends of the fabric and press.
51. Sew the webbing to the fabric using the right hand side of the presser foot as the seam guide.
52. Warp the fabric around the webbing to cover it. Press each time you wrap.
53. Tuck under the raw edge and press again.
54. Top stitch the strap to secure the fabric. Note – there should not be any raw edges.
55. Fold up beach blanket into pocket.
56. Line up new strap with previous sewn strap and mark placement with the fabric marking pen.
57. Open blanket and stitch strap in place. Note – strap should be hanging off the edge of the blanket.
58. Fold blanket and turn right side out so blanket is inside the totebag.
Back of Blanket
Front of Blanket