Magazine article Sunset

Diy Picnic Blanket

Magazine article Sunset

Diy Picnic Blanket

Article excerpt

Known for her whimsical gift sets and illustrated paper goods, Christine Schmidt of San Francisco's Yellow Owl Workshop (yellowowlworkshop.com) also excels at turning everyday objects into works of art. That's the premise of her third book, Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff (Clarkson Potter; $22), which features more than 60 projects for crafters of all skill levels. This desert-print blanket, adapted from the book, can be made with an existing duvet cover (or follow Schmidt's instructions here to create a grass- and sandfriendly canvas version, complete with bonus napkins). Experiment with various pattern configurations or make stamps with your own motifs. But be forewarned: Schmidt has a knack for turning crafting into an addiction. -Chanta! Lamers

MATERIALS

* 4- by 15-ft. canvas dropcloth

* Fabric scissors

* Printed templates (see sunsef.com/desertqui7f)

* Thick lead pencil

* 9- by 12-in. self-adhesive craft foam sheets

* Craft knife

* 9- by 12-in. clear acrylic stencil sheets

* 4-in. foam roller

* 4 oz. water-based textile screenprinting ink

* Needle and thread or sewing machine

STEP 1: Wash dropcloth in warm water; tumble dry and iron. …

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