To celebrate two years of dating, Josh and I decided to focus on creativity for our gifts instead of price. We made this decision because we have quite a few occasions where we give each other gifts and didn’t want to feel like we need to be extravagant every time. So, for those holidays where we are both giving a gift at the same time (i.e., Anniversary, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day), we will be setting a spending limit. For our birthdays however, we can get each other whatever we want. We figured this would be a good way to allow one fancy present each year (when only one of us is giving) and the rest will be moderately priced and very thoughtful.
So for our anniversary, we set the amount of $25 that we were allowed to spend on each other. We determined the amount about one month ahead of time to allow for adequate planning. The rules were that we could use anything we already had in our apartments and not include that in the cost, but anything we purchased had to stay under $25. It was quite the challenge!
Josh brings out the adventure in me and we love to hike and travel and be outside (when it’s nice) so I liked this idea because it meant something more than just being practical (though it’s that too!). When I saw this blanket, I knew that was the one I would try to make. Unfortunately there was no pattern to follow, so I made it up.
If you want to make one too, here is how I did it step-by-step. It took about an hour of fabric shopping and about four hours of figuring out the sewing machine and actual sewing. I think it turned out really well, and Josh liked it a lot… well worth the time. Plus all the materials were only $24.86! Right on budget. 😉
DIY Picnic Blanket
You will Need:
- 2 yards of fabric for side A (Note: the fabric at the store where I purchased it was about 3.5 feet wide and 2 yards is about 6 feet long.)
- 2 yards of fabric for side B
- 2 yards of strap material
- Sewing Machine
- Thread in a coordinating color to your fabric
- Sewing pins (can be reused for multiple projects)
- Needle (for hand sewing on details if you desire)
- Batting (I bought some on sale. It was polyesther and much larger than I needed, I cut it down to match the blanket. If you have a larger budget, the woman at the store recommended cotton batting as it may wash better)