Anyone that has worked in retail knows the perks of the employee discount. I worked for a clothing retailer for 10 years and I took full advantage of the employee discount which left us with lots of jeans! We are definitely a jeans family. Sometimes I wear dresses when it’s warm, but living in Utah means we have many months of cold weather so I mostly wear jeans. As my style and size changed over the years, I was left with lots of jeans that I didn’t want to wear so I needed to find a way to upcycle them.
Once you become a mom of toddlers, you quickly learned how amazing parks and picnics are for saving your sanity. Seriously, a park provides hours of fun for the kids while mom gets to relax in the shade having a conversation with other adults. It’s the best thing ever. Then you get to take your tired kids home where they are no longer bouncing off the walls. So as soon as the sun starts shining, we put on our jackets and hit the parks.
The only problem is, there are very few benches at the parks around here. Definitely not enough for the amount of parents there. So I started taking a blanket with me, but the damp grass quickly seeped through the blanket. With all those old jeans piling up in my craft room, I knew I could make the perfect picnic blanket and I did!
The denim is super sturdy and holds up so great! I actually made this quilt a couple years ago and we’ve taken it camping in the dirt and rocks, to the park, and even to the beach and it still looks great. I also made sure to include some pockets from the jeans sprinkled all around the blanket. Just like in my easy picnic placemats with napkin pocket, the pockets are great for holding your napkin or anything else the wind might blow away. They come in very handy with little kids around. Then to really make this the best picnic blanket ever, I used a shower curtain liner on the back to make the whole picnic blanket water-resistant. The result is this totally awesome water-resistant upcycled jeans picnic blanket and we absolutely love it!