Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: DIY Waterproof Picnic Quilt


DIY Waterproof Picnic Quilt

We are outside multiple times a day. Sometimes the grass is a little bit damp, so I made a picnic quilt with a waterproof back. I used two floral prints that I've had in my stash or a long time. I used the triangle method and made a herringbone pattern. I LOVE herringbone. I do not love quilting though.
I used a vinyl tablecloth as the quilt back because it's cheap and it's waterproof. The tablecloth is kind of a bad quality and won't last forever, but it'll do for awhile. I haven't washed it yet so hopefully it can stand up to being washed.
I used two floral fabrics that I've had in my stash for years, a black and white and a blue and ivory. They are okay together, not great. I didn't want to buy any fabric for this quilt, and luckily, I had just enough to make it. You can see my impatience while quilting because there's tucks and gathers all around the binding. Quilting requires too much perfection for me.


  1. I hear you, quilting is truly an art and it is way too much precision for me to handle! This is a fabulous idea though- a great way to use up that stuff that's been lingering in the stash way to long. The vinyl back is brilliant.

  2. I, like you, do not love quilting. But that fabric is so pretty together! And yea for keeping dry while you are outside!

  3. Oh, I feel the same about quilting, but it is always so great to see a finished quilting project (even when is far from perfection as mine usually are).

  4. It looks better than any quilting that I would attempt, great job!
    Great idea lining with a table cloth, I think I may try a simpler approach; a sheet and table cloth. Hmm, maybe even a shower curtain. Thanks for the inspiration Heather!


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