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", Tandy Leather Screwback Button Studs, 8 mm, in Gilt, $3.50 each, Twin Broad-Stripe Wool Blanket, in India Ink/Natural, $133,


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut fabric to the exact dimensions of the blanket, adding 1/2 inch on all sides for hem. Fold edges of backing under 1/2 inch, and place twill tape on top; machine-stitch both inside and outside edges of tape around entire perimeter, mitering tape at corners.

Step 2

With a hammer or mallet, fix snaps along edges of the backing and the blanket (snap kits with instructions are available at sewing stores): Center a snap in the twill tape at each corner, then attach snaps at intervals of 10 to 12 inches around the whole border. Attach the "male" half of snaps to the backing first; then mark the placement of the "female" half of snaps carefully on blanket for a good fit, and attach snaps. The backing may be detached when it is not needed.


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