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23 Summer Picnic Free Sewing Patterns

Summer is for outdoor fun, which means you may need these free and easy picnic ideas!

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Summer Picnic Free Sewing Patterns

If you're not into hiking or camping, you can still enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic. These 23 Summer Picnic Free Sewing Patterns include sewing tutorials like how to make a waterproof picnic blanket tote, how to sew a picnic blanket, and other picnic ideas that you can learn how to sew.

For your standard summer picnic, you'll need a picnic blanket, a picnic basket, a picnic basket liner, silverware, and, of course, food for your picnic. It also helps to have a fun game to play and a music player to listen to during your relaxing lunch. That sounds like a lot, but with our handy picnic patterns, preparing for an afternoon outdoors will be a cinch. The only thing you really need is the knowledge of how to sew! Creating your own DIY picnic from top to bottom is so much easier than you think with these simple sewing projects.

Tutorials for How to Sew a Picnic Blanket

Picnic blankets are always great to have on hand, even if you're not actually going on a picnic—they're great for sporting events and outdoor concerts, too! Some of these inexpensive picnic blanket ideas include sewing tutorials on how to make a picnic blanket tote, as well. You'll even find patterns for how to make a waterproof picnic blanket just in case ground is damp, which would be perfect for unpredictable spring and summer weather.

  • Picnic Blanket Tutorial

    Make sure you make this perfect picnic blanket to sit down on for a special outdoor meal. Let this Tutorial show you how to make a simple sewing project that's both crafty and useful.

  • How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tote

    Learn how to make a waterproof picnic blanket tote with this simple tutorial. With one project, you've got a picnic blanket pattern, a free tote pattern, and basically everything you need for a lovely outdoor picnic!

  • Bring It Along Quilt Pattern

    This adorable free quilt pattern is two projects is one: easily folded and transported ,this free quilt pattern is a tote, too! Check it out to find out exactly how to turn a quilt to a tote and back again in moments.
     

  • Eco-Friendly Waterproof Picnic Blanket

    These instructions on how to make a blanket not only teach you how to be eco-friendly, but also how to make a picnic essential that can be used year after year. Turn grocery bags into a family favorite with this easy tutorial.

  • Reversible Waterproof Picnic Blanket

    This blanket is the must-have accessory for beach- and park-goers this summer. Using a waterproof fabric, this blanket ensures that your relaxing time out in the sun stays lovely and dry.

  • Old School Picnic Blanket Pattern

    Bring back the good days of Sunday afternoon picnics in the park! Free sewing patterns like this one are great for keeping you busy indoors and preparing you for outdoor fun.

  • Patchwork Picnic Blanket

    Sewing blankets for the outdoors is a breeze. Made from easy quilt block patterns, this picnic blanket won't take you long to whip up before the weather gets warm.

  • Upcycled Bandana DIY Picnic Blanket

    This project refashions all of those old bandanas from summer camp into a cute and thrifty blanket. Plus, this DIY tutorial uses fleece, making this cheerful project soft and cuddly for chilly summer nights!

  • Picnic Blanket with Pockets

    This picnic blanket ingeniously accounts for unpredictable weather by including corner pockets in which to place weights. You'll love how cute your quilted picnic blanket looks, along with the reassurance that it won't fly away should a gust of wind interrupt your picnic.

  • Pretty Pinwheel Quilt

    If you're stuck in a rut and looking for free sewing projects to make, take a look at this tutorial. This project will teach you how to sew a quilt, and it's perfect for a summer picnic in the park or watching fireworks this Fourth of July.

  • Chevron Quilt Top

    Whether you use this as a picnic blanket or a tablecloth, this project will be so useful. Use festive colors for a project perfect for holidays, or use classic colors that will match your home or even your outdoor decor.

  • Easy Summer Picnic Quilt

    With this easy quilt pattern, you can make a gorgeous quilt that is full of summer fun. This easy quilt is big enough that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Waterproof Picnic Blanket

    Ever take a blanket to a picnic, only to discover moisture from the grass seeping through? No need to worry about that anymore! This blanket even rolls up into a neat bundle that's easy to carry and store.

  • Patchwork Picnic Blanket Tutorial

    This tutorial lets you transform 3 1/2 yards of bright spring fabric into a simple picnic blanket that's perfect for family trips or church cookouts. This picnic blanket tutorial shows you how to combine simple patchwork with a budget-friendly vinyl tablecloth so that your blanket is spill-proof and protected from the elements.

  • Summer Days Picnic Blanket Tutorial

    Get in the spring spirit with this DIY picnic blanket that's perfect for family cook-outs, picnics, or sports events. Made using 2 yards of terry cloth and shirting fabric, this is wonderful for your next family event and has corner pockets and side ties, making it super travel-friendly.

More Summer Picnic Ideas

If you like going on summer picnics, you'll want to make some of these extra items for them. There are tutorials for how to sew a picnic bag and how to sew a picnic basket liner,  among some other items that are great for bringing food along and entertaining your children. 

  • Outdoor Padded Roll Up Cushion

    This summer, spend more time outdoors enjoying picnics, concerts, and sporting events from the comfort of this outdoor padded roll-up cushion. Use this sewing tutorial to learn how to make it!

  • Reusable Sandwich Bags

    Cloth sandwich bags are the perfect addition to your summer picnic because they won't pollute the environment and they're machine washable. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to piece together a pouch that will keep your meals fresh from air and bugs.

  • The Picnic Pack

    This makes for a great bag to hold small belongings that might easily get lost during an outdoor gathering. Let this free easy sewing project demonstrate how to make a drawstring backpack that's sure to come in handy at your next picnic.

  • Picnic Basket Liner

    Dress up your picnic this summer with this cute, practical sewing project. Use a floral print for a vintage-inspired look.

  • Sewing Play Food

    Check out this precious tutorial and let your kids' imaginations run wild! These free stuffed toy sewing patterns will allow your children to have a play picnic or become a gourmet chef!

  • Kitchen on the Go

    Follow along with this free, easy sewing pattern and learn how to make a kitchen on the go, which includes a reusable sandwich bag and a snack bag for environmentally friendly lunching.

  • Picnic Flatware Rolls

    Create these picnic flatware rolls to make your picnics easier and more fun. This cute sewing project will show you how.

  • Collapsible Picnic Basket

    This tutorial will show you how to make a tote bag that’s perfect for carting around on all of your adventures. Collapsible bags are so convenient because they can easily be tucked away at home or stored in your car.

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