Waterproofing a Blanket
Don't let yesterday's rainstorm dampen your plans for a picnic. You can waterproof a cotton or wool blanket by adding a protective backing of water-resistant fabric such as ripstop nylon or oilcloth, then safely lounge on damp grass.
In the summer, a spontaneous picnic is always a nice option. Stay at the ready with a stylish, easy-to-assemble blanket carrier. To make it, cut one 10-inch and two 27-inch strips of heavyweight leather. You'll use screw punch to make holes in the leather strips, and button studs as fasteners to join the pieces and to secure the strips around the blanket. For the placement of holes on the strips and assembly instructions, see this diagram. To use the carrier, roll up a blanket, wrap the long strips around it, and secure with the button studs.
Tandy Leather Heavyweight Natural Cowhide Leather Strips, 5/8", $9.50 for 50", tandyleather.com. Tandy Leather Screwback Button Studs, 8 mm, in Gilt, $3.50 each, tandyleather.com. Twin Broad-Stripe Wool Blanket, in India Ink/Natural, $133, faribaultmill.com.