Make an extra picnic blanket
We have a picnic blanket that folds into a bag and I use it all the time, however it often gets left in the car when my husband takes it to work and then I am always dragging different blankets out to the yard to lay out for picnic lunches, lounging around on or just plain trying to keep the baby from eating leaves and acorns ( this was the case yesterday). I've had this piece of fabric for a while now (revived from a generous freecycler) and have been planning to make an extra blanket, the fabric is fairly heavy and yet folds up small to keep by our back door or even leave in the bin with our chair pads. and this week I finally got around to finishing it up.
Here is a quick run-down of how I did it. I cut the fabric in half (it really was the perfect size and was screaming to be made into a picnic blanket from the start.) placed the two good sides together and sewed around the edges leaving a hole to turn the blanket right side out. then I sewed around the edges and closed the hole. finally to keep the blanket flat i sewed along the stripes on one side in a zig zag pattern so on one side it follows the stripes and on the other it crosses them.