I decided to make a picnic blanket after seeing karyn's on her blog. I thought it would be a great gift for Tyler's birthday. I have some vintage plaid fabric that is Tyler's favorite out of my collection, and it would be perfect for a outdoor blanket because it's a little too rough to use for other things. I used denim for the backing to give it a nice weight without the thickness of a batting in-between. I made straps with the plaid that tie when rolled up. I did a few lines of simple quilting to hold it together using a golden jeans thread on the back to match the yellow in the plaid. I was trying to figure out how to make my label, and I decided to give it a more "manly" vibe. I carved stamps T + M and used black fabric ink on the denim, and sewed it to the top side.
Tyler was really happy with it, and I think it will be useful on his upcoming 300 mile biking/camping trip down the Oregon coast. Something he can use while camping, and if/when the nights get cold. I couldn't help but give him something handmade to take on his voyage.