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Date: 10/25/12 10:16 AM

I am making This Beach/Picnic Blanket as a xmas present for my niece. The blocks all represent memories or activities of our annual vacation on Lake Michigan. It was fun and challenging to find fabrics. I found footprints in sand, blueberries, somores, etc.

So now it is together and I was going to back it with strong muslin. DH throws out the expectation that it would be backed in terrycloth. Now I am not sure what to use. It will be on beach sand (and who knows what else) I want it washable. What do you think I should use. Muslin/cotton, terry cloth or another idea?
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Date: 10/25/12 12:22 PM

I back my beach/picnic blankets with denim -- and I usually use old jeans cut up into large squares and pieced together. I actually have made quite a few of these over the years and they are well loved and appreciated.



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Date: 10/25/12 4:05 PM

Rip stop nylon has been very durable for our beach stuff.

I even covered hubbie's favorite noodles over fifteen years ago. Spaced out big belt loop things in the covers so he could strap them together in any configuration. These spend a lot of time in salt water and then in the sun to dry. I've been very surprised at the durability of the nylon.

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Date: 10/26/12 2:02 AM

What about oilcloth?

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Date: 10/26/12 9:34 PM

Nylon is nice because sand won't stick to it like it will to terry.

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Date: 10/27/12 9:11 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. All great ones. And I get to go shopping!
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Date: 10/27/12 4:31 PM

The blanket sounds wonderful made from such cute fabrics that you have gotten. I am book marking this site. I don't know what of the ones suggested I would use for backing.I think for me if I were using batting I would use a med to dark cotton that wouldn't show dirt or stains from being on the ground.
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Date: 10/28/12 12:45 PM

We have always used old army wool blankets for beach blankets. Once dry the sand just shakes right out.

Denim would be good, but might be heavy when wet and take a while to dry.

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Date: 10/28/12 2:02 PM

I like the ripstop nylon suggestion, mostly because sand won't embed itself as easily, if at all, in the backing. I would avoid terrycloth at all costs. I can see sand getting into all those loops, being a bear to shake out, etc.

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Date: 10/29/12 1:50 PM

Saettle Fabrics

This is the place I go to for all waterproof/durable/windproof fabrics. They have a great selection and they sell samples, which is VERY worth it of you are not 100% positive of what you want.

I have used ripstop nylon and it is great but THIN. I used it for a cooling vest for my dog. I did quilt it and it handled it fine. Your butt is going to feel every rock though under your blanket!


the ripstop is the stuff on the sides, it is holding the cooling packs. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled being quilted! The vest has 2 layers of ripstop with InsulBright sandwiched in between.

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