I am thrilled to share with you this Tangled-inspired picnic blanket that was used for a unique proposal designed with the help of The Yes Girls Events! I was contacted back in April about a proposal that was planned for August.
We had 60 conversations back and forth, which is not that unusual for some of my more unique custom projects. The Yes Girls were looking for a picnic blanket to be the centerpiece of the proposal. They envisioned an ivory blanket with the Tangled sun in the middle and the couple’s monogram and engagement date embroidered on one of the rays.
Elie, of The Yes Girls Events, had sketched her idea and wanted an oversized blanket, similar to my oversized beach blankets. We discussed various fabric options and colors and settled on an ivory cotton and purple cotton for the top, a layer of flannel batting, and duck cloth in natural for the backing. I washed and pressed all the fabrics. The duck fabric was sewn together. I stitched the flannel to the duck as a means of pre-quilting it because I wanted the top to be clean. I then grabbed my graph paper and sketched a design.
That design was transferred to paper and used as a pattern. I confirmed various aspects of the design with Elie, including the flame layout and the monogram details.
I originally had planned to applique the flames with a satin stitch but decided it would be cleaner to fold over the raw edges. I fused the pieces to the ivory and then did a simple zig zag stitch around all of the pieces.
All of the stitching for the purple sun was done on the top fabric. The top was then laid on top of the quilted bottom. I quilted around the edges of the sun. Finally, I sewed a fold-over binding around the edges of the blanket. The finished size is about 6.5 feet square.
I couldn’t wait for the proposal! I sent the blanket out to San Francisco where the proposal was staged. What a setting! You have to see The Yes Girls Events blog post to see more photos of this amazing proposal.
My girls love the movie Tangled so I finally watched it and really enjoyed it. I know that Annie was inspired to set off the lanterns over Lake Erie several times.
You can see my picnic blanket used on a bench.
This is the sweetest couple and they look so happy!
Be sure to check out the entire post of the Tangled-Inspired Proposal by The Yes Girls Events.
I had a ton of fun working on this creative project!