Big Border Baby Blanket Tutorial

Big Border Baby Blanket - DIY Boutique Baby Blanet
Hey there Grant Life friends! It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge again. I’m here today to share a tutorial for a fun baby blanket. This blanket features a big border and is perfect for showing off two fun fabrics!
Want to make your own? You’ll need:
1 1/4 yd of flannel
1 yd of contrasting flannel
Contrasting thread
Rotary cutter/mat
Start out by cutting your back fabric to 42 by 42 inches. Then, cut your front fabric to 32 by 32 inches. You can honestly make this blanket any sized. I like the look of a very thick border. Therefore, I make my back fabric 10 inches larger than my front fabric.
Find a large, clean work space. Lay your back fabric down, right side up.
Then, put your front fabric on top, right side down. You’ll want to center your fabric on the edge of one side. So, you’ll have five inches of back fabric on each side of your front fabric.
Sew along this edge, using your presser foot your seam allowance guide. Start and stop your seam 1/4 inch from the beginning and then end.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Now you’ll move your blanket back to the ground. Its time to center your front fabric along the edge of the next side of your back fabric. You’ll again have five inches on either side of your front fabric. This will form a triangle of your back fabric on the side where you had sewn along the other edge.
Sew again, starting and stopping leaving 1/4 inch on each side.
Continue on the same way with your third side. On your fourth side, make sure you leave a 5 inch gap in the middle for turning.
Alright, now its time to get rid of all that excess fabric floating around. You’ll do this by cutting off the fabric at the corners. Start by making a triangle with the excess back fabric on one corner.
Fold the tip of the triangle down to the edge where your front fabric is.
Cut along the fold. Now sew along the open edge you just create.
Repeat for all four corners.
Go ahead and turn your blanket. Press well, making sure to turn in the fabric from your turning gap.
When you turn your blanket, make sure your corners are pushed out all the way.
Now, top stitch along the seam between the front and back fabrics. Make sure you’re careful to close the gap you left for turning the blanket.
Once you get the hang of this blanket, you’ll easily be able to make it in 30 minutes, cutting included!
Use your scraps for a bow and you have a simple, affordable baby gift!


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Easy DIY Curtains

easy diy curtains

In my head sewing is easy and everyone can do it.  In reality, I stink at sewing and its a skill that you have to practice at.  I’ve tried sewing before and gave up.  Yall, I couldnt even sew a straight line on a fabric scrap.  Im not sure what happened but I got the sudden urge to sew again this past month.  I decided I needed to make something of use with my new found love of sewing.  I looked around my house and realized I need new kitchen curtains.  Trust me, if I can make these easy DIY curtains, you can too!

Simple tutorial - DIY Curtains

I was lucky because my I had old curtains that my grandma had made as a template.  Im a visual person so seeing the curtains and how mine should end up was a HUGE help.  To make your own curtains you will need:

  • 3 yards of fabric* – I was making curtains for two windows.  Measure your window and then double it and add a few inches to get the yardage you will need.
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine and thread

easy diy curtains

Take your fabric and fold it in half.  My curtains were about the same size so I lucky and didnt have to do any extra measuring.  The blue fabric underneath the green I used is the old curtains from my grandmas house.  They were such a big help to have!

simple diy curtain tutorial

Turn your fabric inside out and pin the top part so that you are hiding the raw edge.  Sew a straight line, removing your pins as you go.  [Beginning tip – you can sew directly over your pins.  I did not know this at first until my mom told me.]  Pin the sides.  This part is kind of tricky because you have to sew the fabric in a circle.  Tuck your fabric under your sewing machine and pull it gently towards you as you are sewing.

three stitch curtain tutorial

After all that sewing your curtains look more like an open pillowcase at this point.  Add one more straight stitch under the top wide enough to fit your curtain rod.  And viola!

easy kitchen curtain tutorial

Easy curtains.  I am so proud of my first sewing project!  [Notice my little plants down there?  They are the beginning of my vegetable garden.]

four stitch easy diy curtains

I’ve never done a sewing tutorial so I hope that my instructions are easy to follow.  I just wanted to share my first [and favorite!] sewing project with yall.  What is your favorite sewing project?

Diaper Changing Pad Clutch Tutorial

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Hey there Grant Life friends. Its Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge back to share a sewing tutorial. Do you need a new baby or shower gift that will really wow? Look no further than this Travel Diaper Changing Pad Clutch Tutorial.

Essentially, this tutorial is sewing a bunch of squares and rectangles. While it may look advanced, this is a project most any sewer can take on!

Want to make your own? You’ll need:
1/2 yard quilters cotton
1/2 yard PLU
1/2 yard batting/fleece or 1 yard flannel
5 inches sew on velcro
Basic sewing supplies

Alright, let’s getting cutting….

From the quilting cotton, cut:
Main body: 24 inches by 17 inches
Closure rectangle: 4 inches by 3 inches
Strap: 17 inches by 2 inches
Pocket: 17 inches by 8.5 inches

From the PLU, cut:
24 inches by 17 inches

Fleece/batting/ flannel, cut:
24 inches by 17 inches
*If using flannel, cut two

Now, to sewing…

{All seam allowances are presser foot unless otherwise noted.}

Start out by ironing all your quilting cotton. You want a nice, neat surface to work with.

Take you closure rectangle and iron it in half, hot dog style, right sides facing. Sew like shown. Make sure you leave a gap along the long side for turning.

Carefully clip your corners, turn right side out, and press. Then, top stitch as close to the edge as you can.

Take one piece of your five inch strips of velcro and pin it to your closure rectangle. You’ll want it to be about 1/2 inch down and then centered. Sew it down.

Take the strap piece and press in half, hot dog style, right sides together. Sew along the length of the strap.

Turn your tube and then press. No need to top stitch.

Take the pocket piece and fold top edge {long side} down 1/4 inch towards wrong side and then 1/2 inch again. Press and pin. Sew.

And now you have your pocket piece!

Now its time for lot’s of measuring and pinning.

Start out by pining your closure rectangle to your quilting cotton. Center the rectangle on the short, right side of the fabric. You’ll want the velcro facing up and like 1/2 inch of the rectangle sticking up. Stitch that sucker down, going back and forth several times.

Now for the other side of the velcro. Center your strip along the short side and then 7 inches up. You’ll place the top of the velcro strip at the 7 inch mark. Make sure you are measuring from the opposite side of the quilting cotton from where you put the closure strip.

Let’s work on final assembly. Start by finding a clean, smooth work space to assemble all your layers. Lay down your batting/fleece/flannel. Then, lay your PLU down right side up. Smooth like crazy. Now, add you pocket piece at the bottom of the PLU, right side up.


On top of your pocket piece, add your handle folded in half. This will create your loop. Make sure the loop is facing inward and the raw edges are on the outside.

Lay your quilting cotton on top of the other layers. Smooth everything out and pin well. Sew, leaving a 4 inch gap for turning on one of the long sides. When you go over the handle and the closure, back stitch a couple of times to reinforce.

Clip the corners, turn, and press well. Press on the quilting cotton side. Make sure you tuck in the opening where you turned and pin. Then top stitch all the way around.

Sewing on top of PLU is a bear. It sticks. I don’t know where I first heard this trick, but tape the bottom of your presser foot {being sure to leave an opening for your needle}. This will help everything move more smoothly.

Then, add a stitch down the middle of the pocket to create a nice divide. Add in a couple of diapers, a diaper rash cream tube, and some travel wipes and you’re set.

You end up with everything you need for a diaper change on the go. You can use this clutch for quick trips to the store or so daddy doesn’t have to carry around the uber-girly diaper bag.

And here’s how it fold up…

Cutting all the pieces takes longer than the actual sewing. Two hours, tops, and you have a wonderful baby shower gift {or a great little treat for yourself}.

It seems like my friends just keep having more kiddos. I’m always going to a shower. What’s your go-to shower gift?

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Boutique Baby Blanket Tutorial

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Hey there Grant Life friends. It’s Michaela again from Covered in Mod Podge.  I’m thrilled to be sharing with you a tutorial for my finally finish {twenty some odd months late} Boutique Baby Blanket…complete with tutorial. While this baby blanket is sure late, I am over the moon with how it turned out!

This blanket defiantly has some scary elements to it. However, with some simple tips it becomes a manageable project. I’d call it a “confident beginner with lots of pins” level project.

Want to make your own? You’ll need:

* 1 1/4 yd quilting cotton {I used Sarah Jane’s Children at Play for Michael Miller Balloons in Aqua}

* 1 1/4 yd minky {From Joann’s

* 1 yd satin fabric {Mine was $2.99/ yd at Hobby Lobby}

* Matching thread for both front and back fabric

* Sewing machine, cutting supplies, iron, and TONS of pins

Start out by squaring up your quilting cotton. Here’s a tutorial if you need help with that step. Then, cut your minky down to the same size as your quilting cotton. Minky stretches and sheds. Basically, its a beast to work with. Go slow when cutting and be prepared to have to clean your cutting surface when all is said and done.

Use a bowl to round the corners of your fabrics.

Now, its time to get busy making a whole ton of ruffles. I cut 7 strips of satin that were 4 inches by the width of the fabric {WOF}. This should work for you if your satin is 60 inches wide and you are making a 1 1/4 yd by WOF blanket.

If you’d like to do a different sized blanket, let me tell you why I cut 7 strips. I measured the perimeter of my blanket and multiplied that by 2 {because I wanted things to be very ruffly}. I then divided the doubled perimeter number by 60 and rounded up to the nearest whole number. That meant 7 strips. And we’re done with math…I promise.

Sew you satin strips together, end to end, until you have a massive length of stain. Iron your giant strip, wrong sides together, hot dog style.

Get to ruffling. If you have a ruffle foot or a favorite method for ruffling, have at it. Otherwise, check out this tip. It will make your day. Sew your choice of ruffling stitch as close to the edge of your fabric as you can. But, make sure you’re catching both layers of fabric!

Now its time to really start working with minky. I have called minky some pretty terrible names in my sewing days. I do everything I can not to work with it. However, Pinterest has been my best friend for learning to make my peace with this awful, comfy fabric. The answer? Tons and tons of pins and sewing super, duper slow! Also, you want to sew with the minky on the bottom to take advantage of the feed dogs.

Lay your minky right side up on a large, clean work surface. Smooth the living daylights out of your minky. Then, lay your quilting cotton on top, right side down. Smooth everything out.

I worked in small sections at a time to add in the ruffle and pin. Fold up a bit of your quilting cotton and lay your ruffle on top of your minky. The seam of the satin should be lined up with the edge of your fabrics. Now pin like you’ve never pinned before.

You should be pinning every inch. Seriously. I hate pinning. But this is sooo important to not want to curse out fabric as you sew.

Keep working all the way around your fabric. When you get back to your start, cut the satin down to two inches of overlap. Then, fold the raw seams in on both sides of the satin strip. Carefully stuff one side of the satin into the other and finish pinning.

At this point, you should have pinned all the way around the fabric. I’m guessing you’re a bit upset that I’ve forgot to tell you to leave a gap to turn. The need for pinning with minky is so stinking intense that I recommend pinning all the way around your blanket. Then, when you sew {with a presser foot seam allowance}, be careful to stop 6 inches from where you started sewing. And back stitch. Sew very, very slow. This will reduce the stretching and other weird things that minky will do.

Go ahead and unpin the gap and turn your blanket. Make sure your curves are all the way rounded. Press the blanket well, minky side down. Make sure you tuck in the minky and fabric at the gap in. Also, make sure the ruffle is well tucked in. Now, pin that gap like crazy.

Use a thread that blends in well with your top for your spool and a thread that blends in well with your minky in your bobbin. Top stitch as close to the edge of the blanket as you can. Again, go very slower. The minky will still try to stretch and shift.

That’s it! You have a boutique styled baby blanket for much less than the boutique price.

Want to add a personal touch? Have an embroiderer add your little love bug’s name to the top layer of your blanket after you’ve squared, cut, and rounded all your fabric but before you start sewing. I just love that little detail!

Both my husband and I still have our hand made baby blankets in our linen closets. My husband’s is really gross and mine is missing all of the beautiful hand embroidery it once had. Regardless, these blankets hold special meaning for both of us. I hope many years from now my daughter will still feel safe and loved just knowing that this blanket is somewhere in the back of her linen closet.

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Simple Valentine’s Day Toddler Shirt

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Hey Grant Life friends! I’m back again from Covered in Mod Podge. I’m here to share a 30 minute Valentine’s Day shirt that can be worn all year long.

Want to make your own? You’ll need:
A plain t-shirt
1/8 yard of fabric {for toddlers…you’ll need more for a bigger kiddo}
Rotary cutter/mat
Disappearing ink pen
Iron/ironing board
Heart template


This project requires some ironing. Ick. But you don’t have to pin, so be sure to take the time to iron.

Start out by ironing the shirt to and fabric to have good materials to work with.

For a toddler, cut your fabric into two strips measuring 2 inches by 22ish inches {half of whatever your length of fabric happens to be}. You’ll need to do three strips for a bigger kiddo.

Fold a strip in half, right sides together, hot dog style. Sew up the long side using your presser foot as  your seam allowance.


Turn your tube and press well, hiding the seam. Repeat for the second tube.

Now, its time to ruffle. There’s all sorts of ruffling methods out there. If you have a favorite, use that. If not, use mine!

Set your stitch length to the longest you can and your tension to the tightest {for me this is a 0}. This will help your fabric ruffle up all on its own. While you sew, hold the thread right next to the spool with a bit of pressure. This will make the fabric ruffle like crazy without having to pull infuriating strings!


So, for this project, you’ll want to sew a ruffling stitch right down the middle of both your fabric strips. Make sure you tuck in all of the ends so you don’t end up with a fraying mess after the wash.

If you’re the free handing type, draw a heart onto your shirt using your disappearing ink pen. If you’re like me and that idea scares you, make a template and trace it.

Starting at the bottom of the heart, sew the ruffle to the shirt. Back stitch to start. Follow the pen marking. Go slow and turn often. Leave your needle down and lift your presser foot adjusting as needed.

At the top of the heart, back stitch. Then, add the second ruffle. Be sure that you overlap the two ruffles so there’s no gap. When you get to the bottom of the heart, overlap and back stitch.


Ta-da! You’re set.

Want to make a matching hair clip? Come on over to Covered in Mod Podge and I’ll show you how!

Have a blast dressing up your little ones for Valentine’s Day. I just melt over toddlers all dressed up in pink and ruffles!

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial

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Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial

Hey there Grant Life readers! It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge again. I’m back today to share an easy car seat canopy tutorial.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial

We moved from California to Texas when I was five months pregnant. We had our little miss in a strange city and away from family and friends. I was very blessed to have a couple of women bring me meals, get me out of the house, and keep me company during wonderful and hard transition into motherhood.

One of these sweet women recently had her second little boy. She asked if I could make her a car seat canopy to keep her little man warm on cold winter days. I was only too happy to oblige!

Want to make your own? You’ll need:
1 1/4 yd outside fabric
1 1/4 yd inside fabric
4 1/2 yds jumbo ric rac
1 inch covered button kit
6 inches of velcro

Start out by prepping your fabric. You should wash and iron your fabric before cutting, as this is something that will be good friends with the washing machine.

I like to do all of my cutting at once. Start by cutting your two pieces of fabric down to 36 X 41 inches. Cut two 8.5 X 10 inch pieces the inside fabric for straps. Cut two circles of your main fabric for the covered buttons. Follow your kits instructions to make your fabric covered buttons. Cut a 6 X 8 inch rectangle from both the main and inside fabric for the flap. Also, cut your velcro into two 3 inch strips.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial

Now its time to get down to business. Place your main and inside fabrics right sides together. Make sure they are the same size and lined up perfectly. Use a bowl as a template to round the corners.

Sandwich the jumbo ric rac between your fabrics, pinning the curves well. Make sure you mark a four inch gap for turning.

Sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial


Turn and press, pinning your gap closed. Top stitch as close to the edge as you can.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial


Now its strap making time. Fold the strap hot dog style with right sides together. Sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you leave a gap on the long edge for turning.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial


Carefully clip the corners and then turn and press. Top stitch as close to the edge as you can. Sew your velcro as pictured.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial


Then, hand sew on your button on the part of the strap that will be on top. Repeat for the second strap.

Next its time to make your flap. Place the two 6 X 8 inch rectangles right sides together. Be mindful of print directions if you have directional fabric. Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving an inch gap for turning.

Clip corners, turn, and press. Then, top stitch as close to the edge as you can.

Easy Car Seat Canopy Tutorial


Ok, now its time to cut out the window. Measure 14.5 inches in and 14.5 inches up on your main fabric. This is where you’ll mark out your window. Using disappearing ink, draw a 2 X 4 inch rectangle. Then, draw a 3 X 5 inch rectangle around the small one. Draw a line connecting the corners of your big and small rectangle.


CAREFULLY cut out the small rectangle. Then, cut along the lines that connected the corners. Make sure you don’t go past your outline of the large rectangle.

Turn the edges of the small rectangle in, using the large rectangle as your guide. Press well and pin.


Now, top stitch as close to the edge as you can.


Time to add the flap to your window. Center your flap over the window, placing it 1/2 inch above the opening. Sew down only the top. Keep in mind, whatever fabric you have on the bottom of the flap will be what shows on the canopy when you’ve got the flap open to peek on your sweet little baby.

Its best to use your car seat to measure where you’d like to attach the straps. I only had access to my giant Britax, so I more or less winged it. I sewed them about 20 inches up and 12 inches in. This seemed to work well both on my giant Britax as well as the more reasonably sized Graco car seat that this little man rides in.


Really, this is a great sewing project for a beginner. Mostly, your sewing rectangles. The hardest part is sewing in the window. I promise, it isn’t hard at all!


Happy Sewing!


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Adventures in sewing

After reading a ton of awesome crafty blogs, I realized I want to sew.  My mom has two sewing machines, one of which belonged to my grandma.  So yesterday after dinner she hauled it out and showed me how to set it up.  She left the room to chase after Ryley and I immediately broke something.  (Oh yes.. I’m that good.)  I tried to fix what had fallen off but had no luck.  Fortunately my mom came back, fixed the problem (the foot had fallen off the thingy that held it) and told me how to avoid doing it again.  Phew.  

I practiced stitching on an old piece of material and after a while my bobbin needed to be re-threaded.  My mom showed me how and I must be the biggest dork because THAT WAS THE COOLEST THING!  With a newly threaded bobbin, I continued making my lines on the old fabric.  It was really fun and relaxing and I loved the time that my mom and I got to spend together.  Ill keep you updated on my sewing progress.. because one day I wanna make these…

Thanks make it and love it for the inspiration!

Any sewing tips will be GREATLY appreciated!!  :)