Sometimes, a little handmade giving, though it may be in the busiest and hectic of weeks, can be just what you need. Though sometimes the line of fun and work can be easily blurred, and the rushing of a project can lead to little problems, the reward a the end is the satisfaction of not just the completed project, but the enjoyment of the process. Sometimes you just need that distraction.
In this case I knew my gift receiver spends many hours at the beach with her three kids, and quite likes a bit of handmade. So I thought the Beach Blanket to Go project from Handmade Home would be just perfect for her. Either as a beach or picnic blanket, it should be a handy one to have rolled up and ready in the car. I've long wanted to make this blanket, and there is nothing like a deadline for prompting a new project.
A lot of cutting of vintage sheets and an old chenille bedspread later, it wasn't long before it all came together (fairly) easily. The binding, (from some old packets I had in my stash) wasn't the kindest of bindings, and the polyester content ensured much creasing, wonkiness and quite a bit of cursing. But living out of town you soon learn to work with what you have. I ignored the fact that the binding was pink and two different shades of orange. Let's just call it colour blocking, shall we?
Of course I liked this project so much that I have a few more planned for the end of the year. Because it would be nice to have one rolled up in the back of our car for impromptu picnics. I suspect it would be quite a bit more comfortable than sitting on towels on the beach. And big enough to accommodate quite a few people.
Wishing this blanket a long and sandy life down the coast!