How to Make a Doll Picnic Blanket + Giveaway

Posted on Apr 10 2017 - 3:34pm by Rudy

American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

How to Make a Doll Picnic Blanket + Giveaway

This post is a little behind Tenney’s craft series, but it’s a good one to add! Rachel made her own picnic blanket for the dolls and shared her steps with us. You can check them out below along with her Instagram info to follow. Even if you don’t sew, this is such an easy project and a great place to start learning. We are also hosting a giveaway for one of Rachel’s very own doll picnic blanket! Be sure to enter by following her on IG and leaving a comment below! It’s that easy! Official rules are at the end of this post and a winner will be announced on April 14th via Instagram.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Package of Double Bias Tape (3 yards)
  • 2 Fat Quarters Fabric
  • Needle & Thread (or sewing machine)

TIPS:

  • You may notice in the video I wrap the bias tape around my raw edge and stitch it on without doing any basting at all. It’s how I do it. The bad part about that method for some people is that sometimes you could fail to catch the back side of the tape as you stitched from the front.
  • I do very little pinning when I sew. I also sew a lot of things without a pattern.  I like to eyeball things. It’s just how I roll. Drives my mom crazy. 😘 However, if you are new to sewing or need that support, please do the extra step and pin!
  • I do the tuck under and stitch when closing the bias tape. Again, my personal preference and you will see it in the video. However, in the tutorial below Rachel shows you an alternate method.

Watch and check out the picture step by steps below!

American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Hello, my name is Rachel and I have lots of fun sewing for dolls. I recently sewed this cute project, it’s a reversible picnic blanket which uses bias tape. I love sewing with bias tape! I’ve used bias tape to make some adorable doll skirts. One was an American Girl Doll Skirt
and the other was a Wellie Wisher Skirt.

Step 1:

Take your two different fabrics and out of each fabric cut out a fat quarter which 18” by 22″

 American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Step 2:

Take your two fat quarters and put them wrong sides together. Round all four corners by taking a large jar lid or CD and using a fabric marker, draw a curved line.

 American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Step 3:

Cut along those curved lines.

 American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Step 4:

Sew on bias tape all the way around the entire blanket. For joining the bias tape together I used this tutorial: join bias binding in the round

  American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Step 5:

Sew on strips of bias tape to create a handle and two ties. Three yards of bias tape comes to a total of 108” and I used 79” as trim around the entire blanket, 5” for the handle and 12” each for the two ties. I topstitched the edges of the bias strips before attaching them to the blanket. Place the handle in between the two ties and sew them onto one side of the edge of the blanket.

American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

American Girl Doll Picnic Blanket

Enter the Picnic Blanket Giveaway Ends 4/14

Rules:

  1. You must be 13 years or older to enter.  If you are under 18 you still need a parent/guardians permission to enter.  If you are under 13, your parent/guardian will have to enter.
  2. No purchase necessary.
  3. Giveaway is open to USA and Canada
  • If you are a Canadian entry you must include the answer to this question in your comment below. (1+4= )

How to Enter:

  1. You must follow rachel_le_grand on Instagram.
  2. You must leave a comment telling us what you think of the doll picnic blanket!
How to Make a Doll Picnic Blanket + Giveaway was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by Rudy

34 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Aeryn_123 💎 April 23, 2017 at 7:34 am -

    Sooooo, what ever happened to this “give away”?

  2. purple crayon April 19, 2017 at 5:51 am -

    so much better then ags

  3. Barbara Mackrnthun April 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm -

    So much nicer than AG’s because it’s a better size for picnics

  4. DORIS WOODMAN April 14, 2017 at 9:26 am -

    WOW AWESOME JOB…I thought it was AG…I am going to do this and you made it look super easy…Thanks for sharing!

  5. LiveLove LaughDream April 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm -

    The blanket is absolutely adorable, The cutest one I have ever seen! Your talent is incredible, your work is amazing and beautiful! I’m very happy I came across your website, Instagram, and your blog. I look forward to seeing what else you could possibly do. Although topping how beautiful this blanket is will be quite a difficult task. I’ll just be envious of all your work as I could never accomplish any of it. Do you sell any of it?
    With all that said I’m unsure how to enter the contest. I’m just a tad computer illiterate. Sorry!

    PS Your kids are precious & hope 1 day they realize how lucky they are to have you with the ability to make anything!

  6. LiveLove LaughDream April 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm -

    The blanket is absolutely adorable, The cutest one I have ever seen! Your talent is incredible, your work is amazing and beautiful! I’m very happy I came across your website, Instagram, and your blog. I look forward to seeing what else you could possibly do. Although topping how beautiful this blanket is will be quite a difficult task. I’ll just be envious of all your work as I could never accomplish any of it. Do you sell any of it?
    With all that said I’m unsure how to enter the contest. I’m just a tad computer illiterate. Sorry!

  7. purple crayon April 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm -

    when i looked at this i thought that is was AG!!!!! lol. great job

  8. aglover April 12, 2017 at 9:15 am -

    yeah could you make a hammock

  9. Linda Trinklein April 12, 2017 at 6:46 am -

    Im following @ – https://www.instagram.com/lindatrinks/
    I would love to win for my daughter what a neat blanket you have made, pinic sounds so fun!

  10. Emily April 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm -

    Cute blanket! Great idea!

  11. purple crayon April 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm -

    who is rachel_le_grand?

  12. Liliana April 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm -

    aglover: Search in the search box in the top right in this blog. Type diy donuts, and scroll down till you get to krispie cream donuts.

  13. Liliana April 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm -

    This is cute! PLEASE make a hammock. I have been asking for over a year!!

  14. Dorothy April 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm -

    I REALLY WANT TO ENTER!!!
    To bad I don’t have instagram

  15. aglover April 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm -

    i can’t find the doughnut craft or printable. where can i find them? btw i loved the craft

  16. Leighanne April 11, 2017 at 8:55 am -

    This is a wonderful idea! I love it! Would love to enter your giveaway too! (scifiandfairytaledolls on Instagram)

  17. Vickie April 11, 2017 at 8:40 am -

    I wish I could sew as well as that…looks adorable!

  18. Bookfanatic102 April 11, 2017 at 6:12 am -

    P.S. I am Chocolate I just changed my username:)

  19. Bookfanatic102 April 11, 2017 at 5:38 am -

    Can you make doll braces, an expander, and other orthodontist contraptions? I would like to be able to make my doll a violin, so could you make one?

  20. Bookfanatic102 April 11, 2017 at 5:34 am -

    Sooooooooooo cute! I love it! I don’t have an Instagram account and neither does my parents how do I enter?

  21. From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 11, 2017 at 3:50 am -

    I really want to enter but I don’t have Instagram. 🙁

  22. From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 11, 2017 at 3:47 am -

    I really would like to enter but I don’t have Instagram. 🙁

    • Rudy April 11, 2017 at 8:33 am -

      This giveaway is only open to IG users. Stay tuned for other giveaway opportunities!

  23. gg April 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm -

    btw can u make a hammock? and a volley ball set i really want it and american girl doesn’t have it. thanks

  24. gg April 10, 2017 at 7:06 pm -

    i love it! super cool! can u make a doll for the ag dolls? that would be soooooooooo cool

  25. Jessica thai April 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm -

    Good. I love picnic for doll and this is ideal good. Thanks

  26. Abby April 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm -

    I really want to enter ,but I don’t have instagram.Is there some other way I could enter?I loved the picnic blanket craft!

    • Rudy April 11, 2017 at 8:33 am -

      This giveaway is only open to IG users. Stay tuned for other giveaway opportunities!

  27. Kate @ LoveAG2Infinity April 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm -

    I would love to enter, but I don’t have Instagram! Is there any other way I can enter?

    • Rudy April 11, 2017 at 8:33 am -

      This giveaway is only open to IG users. Stay tuned for other giveaway opportunities!

  28. Tina Howell April 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm -

    Love love love this blanket! Thank you for making a size big enough to accommodate friends at the picnic 😁

  29. Aeryn_123 💎 April 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm -

    I really wanna enter the giveaway, but, i dont have social media/instagram. Is there ANY other way i can enter?

    Btw that picnic blanket looked awsome. When i saw the thumbnail for your video, i thought it the AG blanket!

    • Rudy April 11, 2017 at 8:33 am -

      This giveaway is only open to IG users. Stay tuned for other giveaway opportunities!

  30. Jacqueline April 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm -

    Love the picnic planner; perfect for spring.