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« on: May 20, 2012 07:21:36 AM »

This is my first post here and hoping someone can help!

I am making a picnic blanket approx 80x80. The top is going to be strips. I am basically quilting it. Anyways, I'm not sure what to use for the back. I am looking at vinyl, flannel back vinyl, laminated cotton, and oil cloth. I've never used any of them so I need advice.  What is easiest to work with? What is the most durable (I have a 2 year old & 1 year old), and best for the purpose?

I am also trying to decide on if I needing batting and if so, what to use but that may be a question for the quilting board.

I am trying to do this for as little $ as possible but I do want it to last for years to come!

Thanks in advance!
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012 08:10:52 PM »

The options you've mentioned are useful if you want a waterproof backing that is wipe clean, but they are pricey and I've only used vinyl and it can be difficult to work with. If I was making a picnic blanket, I'd use a plain, decor weight fabric - maybe a canvas or curtain fabric. Nice and sturdy to help the blanket hold it's shape. I'm not to fussed if I get grass-stains etc on the back of a picnic blanket (just through it in the washing machine!) and I wouldn't really use it on wet ground, so don't think waterproof fabric is really necessary (but that's just my opinion!).

I've got a 1yo and 3yo - congrats on finding time to sew!

Filling my days with cooking, cleaning and crafting (especially sewing, crochet, cardboard and glue!). Blogging at Cook Clean Craft
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