With a stretch of beautiful summer days ahead of us, we needed something that would help us enjoy the weather and have a little fun too!
So, we made. . .
. . . a simple picnic blanket. . .
. . . that doubles as an extra large Tic-Tac-Toe game. . .
. . . complete with two sided bean bags that add. . .
. . . an extra fun challenge to every toss!
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Blanket
- Flat bed sheet in a solid color or a piece of canvas that is roughly 5' x 6'
- Fabric Paint
- Scrap fabric in two different colors or fabrics (for bean bags)
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Rice or beans to fill the bags
Cut your scrap fabric into twelve 5" x 5" squares (six of each color/pattern). Sandwich two differently patterned or colored pieces of fabric (right sides together) and sew almost all of the way around the square. Leave about 2" open on one side. Do this for the rest of the bean bags.
Turn your bags right side out and fill with rice or beans until about 3/4 of the way full. Stitch them closed with a needled and thread (I used a zig-zag stitch inside the bags and a blanket stitch to close them up).
Once you have your bean bags finished, divide the width of your sheet or canvas in thirds and mark the two lines with a pencil. Do the same with the length.
Paint over these lines with the fabric paint and allow to dry.
Take this blanket on your next picnic. After you're done eating lunch on it, challenge your friends to a bean bag toss game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Remember, whichever side of the beanbag lands facing up goes to that team, so try to toss your bag so that your color or pattern lands the way you'd like it to.*
*If you'd like to simplify the game, you can make three bean bags that are all one color or pattern, and three that are another.