ISSUE 79  |  Made in America

10 Easy Pieces: Picnic Blankets

July 02, 2013 4:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

After you have located your perfect picnic spot, you’ll need a blanket to serve triple duty as chair, table, and decor. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.

Above: The New Domestic Striped Picnic Blanket is large (59 by 86 inches) and lightweight, a blend of linen and cotton. The machine washable blanket is available in a red/navy or ocean/navy stripe; $110.
Above: Woven of yarn-dyed cotton with hand-twisted fringe, the Rustic European Picnic Blanket measures 39 by 59 inches and is machine washable; $39.99 at Williams Sonoma.

Above: The hand-loomed cotton Pyramids Travel Throw measures 55 by 82 inches and is available in brown (shown) or sea coral; $68 at Terrain.

Above: This Ethiopian Cotton Beach Blanket in gray and linen stripes can do double-duty as a picnic blanket. It measures 39 by 71 inches; $60 at Aneelo.
Above: West Elm’s 100 percent cotton Tassled Picnic Blanket is hand-loomed in India. It measures 60 by 72 inches and is available in three colors including india ink; $34.99 to $39.99 depending on color. 

Above: The Coyuchi Rustic Linen Throw is backed with cozy cotton flannel. Available in a variety of colors, the 60- by 43-inch throw is $158.


Above: The embroidered cotton Anywhere Beach Blanket from RCVA with tassels measures 55 by 88 inches; $52 at Need Supply.


Above: Based on the traditional Mexican blanket, the Pendleton Serape Blanket is made of a wool-cotton blend, measures 64 by 79 inches, and is available in a variety of colors; $180.

Damp Deterrent Picnic Blankets

Above: Not until I lived in London and enjoyed summer picnics on damp grass did I appreciate the nylon-backed picnic blanket. The classic Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket is made of nylon-backed, 100 percent virgin wool. It measures 60 by 70 inches and is available in eight Pendleton plaid color combinations; $118. 


Above: Modern Cabin makes a Waterproof Chevron Picnic Blanket in a variety of colors and patterns (shown in reed chevron) that is backed with nylon and quilted for soft seating. It measures 52 by 82 inches and includes a large hidden zipper pocket; $155 through Modern Cabin’s Etsy Shop.

Above: Straight forward, modern and practical, the Fruitsuper Design Roll Up Picnic Blanket is made of double-sided water-repellent fabric and includes an attached shoulder strap and snaps for easy carrying. Available in dark gray with lemon-lime straps and stitching or light gray with tangerine straps and stitching. It comes in a convenient 58-inch-square size; $98.

Pair your blanket with the Perfect Picnic Basket.