Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Camp Fire Blankets

You might remember I wrote about Darren's scout blanket a few months ago, an awesome op shop find of a huge wool blanket covered in vintage scout patches.

At the time, I'd never seen a 'camp fire blanket' before but now I keep seeing them everywhere.

These ace examples can be found here, here, here and here.

Recently, the idea seems to have crossed over from being a slightly daggy scouting thing to a design trend.

Cath Kidston has released a campfire picnic blanket, which I am very tempted to buy. Or should I start collecting patches and make my own with one of the many vintage blankets I have in my stash? I have been searching eBay for ages to find a pre-loved vintage scout blanket like Darren's but to no avail.

I also saw the best scout badge cushions in Cottage Industry
in Fitzroy - a nice way to bring a bit of scout love into your living room!

18 comments:

Kathryn said...

My son and husband both have Scout Camp blankets. If you want one new, they can be purchased from scout shops. In Bendigo, that would be Snowgum in Mitchell St. I looked on the website and they would be $39.95. Lucky you to find one at an Op Shop as most Scouts treasure their blankets forever!! Cheers Kathryn in Bendigo

Mary said...

Definitely make your own. I still have my guide blanket (although it is a little worse for wear) and treasure it dearly. It is reasonably easy to come across the patches or other suitable patches and it is way more fun to make your own too. Have fun.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh wow, I remember my brother had one but I've no idea where it could be now...

liss said...

cool, My husband has one and we've been collecting patches to add to it, mostly from op shops, which reminds me, to dig it out and sew on those patches, now it's cold enough to sit under it while I sew...
ps got my package from Lark this morning, such good service and nice things!Thanks!

Sally said...

Oh I've had one of these since I started guides (a long long long time ago) It lives in our car now. When ever we take a holiday or go on a trip we collect a badge. It has become a kind of photo album - only made of badges.
The kids (3yrs & 18mnths) just got a 'blank canvas' blanket for easter. Over time they will develop a beautiful story of their own.

Michele said...

we had them as kids too through Brownies and Guides dont know where they are now though probably fell apart as we used to take them camping and much like that little doggy picture ours had slits/holes in them (lined with satiny fabric so not itchy) and you could put it over your head poncho style for sitting around the campfire hot milo and marshmellows on a stick in hand. Cool idea

VintageVicki said...

Definately make your own. Both my boys have scout blankets which they are covering in badges.

Might be worth having a bloggy appeal for international badge swaps?

PhotoPuddle said...

I still have all my brownie and guide badges. Maybe one day I'll get stitching and make a campfire blanket of my own.

Caroline said...

Oh I have a guide blanket too. I am pretty sure my mum still has it in the cupboard in my old bedroom, must ask her. We used to collect patches from our family travels too to sew in it. Much fun (and yes, embracing my inner nerd on this one).

Sunweeds said...

I still have all my brownie badges and some of my hubby's scout ones I should dig them out and do something with them!

edward and lilly said...

I still have my campfire blanket, it's the best blanket in the world!

Lady Bird said...

This makes me a little sad and guilty as my hubby had kept his from when he was a young boy and when we first moved in together I decided it would make a great blanket for the puppy...puppy killed the blanket...9 years later I would now love to have that blanket...If I only new!

katiecrackernuts said...

Ah, my campfire blanket is a thing of wonder ... I've even had it "disappear" at a large Guide event, only to see the would-be thief wearing it. Not all Girl Guides are as bright as my lot ;) Even my Guides at the time commented so.

katiecrackernuts said...

Oi, if you would like patches, please email me your address and I'll send you some to get you started. Honest, I have Aussie Girl Guide badges too offload to a good cause.

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Romilda Gareth said...

Thanks

Julie Smith said...

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