A few weekends ago, we braved the Labor Day crowd at Ikea to pick up under bed storage for my daughter’s big girl bed. Which meant I got my upper arm work out using one of their complimentary wheel chairs. I missed my Amigo. But the rainbow at the end of our quick trip, was bumping into our friends near the end of the maze and finding a single panel Bollkaktus curtain for just $8 in the As-Is Section. SCORE! I thought it’d be perfect for my daughter’s window, however my husband did not. Which didn’t phase me. I knew I could make something with it.
Like this floral smile pillow. I have plenty of boring pillows needing some oomph & my linen napkins are looking drab. But It finally dawned on me that the heavy canvas-like curtain would be perfect for a picnic blanket! All it needed was a quick cut to size 57×57 and a straight stitch.
It’d also be ridiculously more affordable than this $155chevron waterproof picnic blanket I’ve been eyeing on etsy. My version of course is no where near as durable as this one. But it’s a price tag that doesn’t hurt.
You can get all fancy by adding a layer of cushion and line the bottom with a protective vinyl. For our purposes as a photo prop, it wouldn’t be worth the time & effort. But, definitely something I could go back and add later.
“When I designed BOLLKAKTUS curtain I was inspired by photos I took during my holidays near and far – of things like balloons on strings, stones, cacti and the surfaces of rocks and brick walls.” – Designer Henna Jaakkola