The Ultimate Beach Blanket

Ultimate Beach BlanketWhen I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were living in Sydney, Australia.  The beach was never far –take your pick north or south you are bound to find one of the finest quality water lifestyles known to man.  Pristine, unpolluted water that can go on for miles along the coast.  So it comes as no surprise that the weekend activity for many Australians is generally beach-related.


I was due around February 14th and I started to feel uncomfortable with a huge belly around New Years Eve.  It's usually very hot at that time of year, and the only respite is to go to the beach.  However, the water current in summer changes and cold water from the south pole makes its way up the shore, dropping the temperature of the water to an average of 66 degrees.  So while the air is hot, the water can sometimes be very cold.  For a tropical fish like me, this is not particularly pleasant.  It doesn't help that I had a huge belly and that my innate distrust of pounding waves did not  make it easy for me to relax in the surf.

You see, Australians have a thing called “nippers” and from the moment a child can walk, talk and follow directions, they join a class taught on the weekends by volunteers lifesavers or swimming clubs.  The point is for the kid to grow up respecting the surf…..But no nippers, for me, as there were only a couple of beaches in my country where you could surf.   In Sydney, you can surf at practically in any beach.  The surf is rough and tumbles you as if you were in a cold wash washing machine.  If the surf doesn't scare you, the temperature of the water will.


So, being pregnant and not too keen on a cold rough wash, I would spent my hours of sunshine dipping in the water to cool down and laying on the sand with a book.  For those, few minutes I was gone I could never relax leaving the car keys, money and mobile phone unattended.  A beach bag makes it an easy target.  A multi purpose beach blanket was my solution.

I'd like to share my design for this ultimate beach blanket with you.  The Ultimate Beach Blanket features an insert for three pillows or storage, a small pocket under the blanket to hide your mobile phone and car keys.  Straps for easy handling and storage.  The blanket is big enough to accommodate two adults.  This is an intermediate or above level project.

Ultimate Beach Blanket

See next page for materials list and instructions.

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20 Responses to The Ultimate Beach Blanket

  1. Delores Scarcella says:

    I would like to find this place where the instructions are for this blanket this Beach blanket

  2. Debbie says:

    Hello. This looks like a great project. Can you please offer it in printable form? Thank you. 🙂

  3. Kate Clark says:

    How clever is this. Now all I have to do is remember to do this in summer as right now it’s pretty nippy down here ( 2 hrs south of Sydney) so I am definitely not thinking of the beach right now.

  4. Renee says:

    Hi Mayra,
    Brilliant pattern, and great tutorial! Only, I got a little lost when you were describing what to do with the oil cloth. I think it would have helped to have had a visual, either a photo or one of your clear illustrations.

    Any clarification or further explanation from you or another reader/sewer would be helpful!


    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Renee, unfortunately, PrintFriendly only seems to work on the first page of the tutorial. I think the comments you saw before related to another post and sorry for the confusion and the wild goose chase. I have since corrected the comments. This particular project doesn’t have a downloadable pattern or instructions. The pattern is really just dimensions in any case.

  5. Sue says:

    Is there a way to download this pattern?

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sue, we haven’t done this one in downloadable format. Perhaps we will at some point but for the moment, you can just follow along each page from the website. Many people use tablets or iPads to be able to have instructions right at their sewing tables.

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  7. Mayra, this is a fabulous blanket. I love how it includes a carry handle, but my favourite part is the hidden pocket underneath. I’m showcasing your fab tutorial today.

  8. Carole Bale says:

    so useful, picnics, play mat in the garden, beach, this is so versatile, cant wait to make one … or two what a great gift idea for the couple that has everything.. personalise it and there you go!!

  9. elimar says:

    Great!. Never thought about this, now I´m impatient for make it. Thanks for sharing

  10. bayeaston says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. rwalch says:

    I cannot WAIT to make this!

  12. Diana says:

    I would pay for a video tutorial!!

  13. Mary Davidson says:

    This is the perfect beach blanket! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wanda Jewell says:

    I think it is a great idea. My only concern is the zippers in the middle of the blanket rather than along the outside edge. How can they be comfortable to lay or sit on?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have tested this same issue and found that the zipper drops down with your weight due to the sand, placing the zippers along the outsides makes it difficult to feed a pillow, however with any design you are most welcome to change it to your taste and needs, hope you enjoy the project, it does make a great Christmas present.

  15. Camilla Kew says:

    That is awesome!! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  16. Marty says:

    Ultimate Beach Blanket is great and can be adapted to sit with children watching youth soccer games or picnicing at parks as well!

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