Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Double Sided Red White and Blue Picnic Quilt

Every Fourth of July, our family heads down to the little festival and firework display put on by our city.  In the past, I've always brought along an old comforter for everyone to sit on while hang out and wait for the fireworks.  This year, I decided to get a little fancy and make a special picnic quilt out of red white and blue bandannas. (Plus it's only June 24th, how ahead of the game and I, the procrastinator extraordinaire?)

How to Make a Bandanna Quilt in just a few hours. (No binding method.)

I'm so happy to be share this super simple quilt project as part of the Awesome Red White Blue Series over at Sugar Bee Crafts - be sure to check out all the other amazing projects over there!

Sugar Bee Crafts Red White Blue

This is an great cheater method to make a quick little quilt!  It's different from the cheater method I used on this quilt.  Since no binding is needed, it has a very casual look and comes together in just a few hours.

I do wish I had thought a little bit more ahead when planning the colors of the quilt.  It is double sided, so I could have done the back side in different color bandannas so the quilt could be used for different occasions.  (Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20 right?)

To make this quilt, you will need:
  • 18 Bandannas (9 per side make a very good size picnic quilt)
  • Quilt Batting
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors, ruler, Basic sewing supplies

1.  Start by laying out your bandannas into a pleasing pattern.

Next, line up the bandannas right sides together and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Sew all the bandannas together in a row and then sew the rows together.  Don't stress too much about lining the bandannas up perfectly or matching up corners, because this will not happen!  Bandannas are never cut straight!

Go ahead and sew the bandannas together for the other quilt side and iron all the seams flat.  (You really could just stop here and have an adorable tablecloth to use for your family celebrations.  Like my bandanna tablecloths here.)

Lay one side of the quilt flat on the ground with the wrong side up and top with the quilt batting.  If you need to trim the quilt batting to fit, be sure to leave 3 to 4 inches around the entire quilt in case the bandannas or batting shift when quilting.

Use safety pins and pin the quilt batting in place.  Sew a couple of quilting lines down the quilt to hold the batting in place.  Remove all the pins.

Lay the quilt back out on the floor with the batting side down and and place the 2nd quilt side on top with the  wrong side facing up.

Sew along the edges, leaving  a 10 inch opening so you can flip the quilt right side out.

Trim the edges to a scant 1/4 inch.

Flip the quilt right side out.

Hand or machine sew the opening closed.  You could iron the edges flat and topstitch around the edges, though I chose not to do this...

Add a couple more lines of quilting to hold the quilt front and back in place.  You can really do as much or as little quilting as you want.  You are done!

I haven't washed the quilt yet, I want to get to the store and pick up some more of the shout color catchers for the first few washes.  They really do work and I want to be double sure the red bandannas don't turn the white bandannas pink!

My "assistant" could not wait to give the quilt a test run...

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  1. I love the quilt. We go to a local lake for fireworks every year. It is quite a big event in our small town. I'm fairly certain that everyone who lives in the county shows up. The few benches are always taken hours before the fireworks start. I can't believe I've never thought to bring a quilt before. Especially a beautiful handmade quilt like this one.

  2. Super cute! My daughter and I made a quilt top like this last year, but I haven't finished it! I'll have to use the shortcut method you used to make it go faster and actually finish it :)

  3. This is just awesome. I see we were featured together today on Sugar Bee Crafts! I'm honored to be next to your beautiful project. :)

  4. Super cute and creative project! Love it!Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  5. That is so cute and very festive! Great idea.

  6. Wow! This is a super cute idea! I love it! I think it will make a great gift this summer for a little girl I know!

  7. Visiting from the girl creative. This diy really caught my eye. So simple and effective.

  8. You are amazing at what you do! This is just awesome lady!

  9. I love what you did! What a perfect quilt for picnics and 4th of July!! Love it!

  10. Bandana quilt was the first project I tackled a few years back I back mine with fleece much simpler for me I like easy people really enjoy them and there are a lot of designs out there. Thank you for sharing and I now have another great blog to follow

  11. Love this idea and thank you for the picture tutorial - I'm so visual it is a great help when people take the time to share!

  12. Love the simplicity of this! I like picking up cute and whimsical bandanas and I was just going through some of my stash earlier this week and now have a great use for them! I'm thinkin I'll make a quick summery quilt to take to the beach and put those cuties to good use! Thanks for sharing a great idea!

  13. Fun idea for summer! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}! Hope you can share more of your creativity at tonight's party - 8 pm EST

  14. We had a quilt made from red and blue bandanas when I was a little girl. My mom had made it and I always wanted to make one too. Thanks for showing me what to do!

  15. I love, love, love this idea SO much. I will make one. :) I added it to my Quick and Easy 4th of July ideas today! Here is the link if you want to check it out. I hope that's alright.

  16. A perfect project for summer when I'm super busy!

  17. Cool idea. I see these bandanas in unique colors and designs all the time and think "what can I do with that?" I haven't thought of anything...until now! I will start collecting! This would be great for a male/boy theme. I found you on INspire Me Wednesday!

  18. Your quilt is so colorful and turned out gorgeous! Perfect for the 4th. Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  19. This is so fun a beautiful! What a great use for bandannas! You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week!

  20. This is so pretty! And so festive. Thanks so much for sharing with Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week's issue.

  21. Lovely quilt! Would love it if you shared it at our Motivational Monday link party on Burlap and Babies!


  22. I love your quilt! =) Its so pretty and festive. I'm a new bloglovin follower from "Party on the Porch"!

  23. This is adorable! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  24. This is plain old amazing! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}, it's featured this week!

  25. Thank you thank you! I have some random bandanas at my house that I have been trying to put to use. This would be a great project for me & my daughter to work on!

  26. This is so cute! It's perfect for sitting under the fireworks on the 4th of July.
    ~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing

  27. This is the best idea ever! I'm totally swiping this idea... :)

  28. I love this bandana quilt!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party


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