Blogger Tips: How to Add a Button to your Sidebar

How to Add Buttons to your Sidebar

We all have been spoiled with the ad service, Passionfruit Ads.  I love them as much as everyone else does [I even did a vlog tutorial on how to use em!] but I am sad to see that they are charging a monthly fee soon.  From a business standpoint I totally get it.  Its no fun to lose money on something.  From a blogger standpoint I sorta get it.  If you sell a bunch of ads and make decent money from it [hollla!  go girl!] then its worth the monthly fee.  For smaller blogs and people who only use it for swaps, it kinda stinks.  So Im going to show you how to easily add a button to your sidebar – on both blogger and WordPress.

How to Add Buttons to your Sidebar

Sidebar Width

The first thing you need to know before you add a button is how wide your sidebars are.  This will help so that your buttons don’t overlap or look wonky.  To find out how wide they are in blogger go to Template > Customize > Adjust Widths.

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So my sidebar is 360 pixels wide.  [I only have one on this particular blog, you may have two.]  This means that any button I want to put needs to be 360 pixels or smaller.  I would even say 350 just to be safe.  If you want to add two buttons next to each other make sure that combined they are less then your sidebar width.  [Example: one 200×200 button and one 150×150 button should fit fine.]

To find your width of WordPress you will need to:

How to find your sidebar width in wordpress

 

Right click on a part of your sidebar.  [I used my heading for ‘Daily Feed’]  Click on ‘Inspect Element’ and your pixels will show up highlighted.  My sidebars are 320 pixels wide.  Even though my sidebars are 320 pixels, I resize them down to 300 just to be on the safe side.

Add the HTML

Sometimes the button you are trying to add already has an HTML that you can copy and paste and is the right width for your sidebar.  [Score!]

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If you are on Blogger go to ‘Layout’>’Add Gadget’>’HTML’ and paste the code.  Save.

If you are on WordPress go to ‘Appearance’>’Widgets’>’Text’ and paste the code.  Save.

Easy Peasy.  But what if some just sends you a button with no HTML or is the wrong size?

Resizing the Button

Don’t fret!  With a few extra steps you can be rockin’ that button on your sidebar in no time!  I use photobucket for to edit and host my pictures.  You can use something else but photobucket is what I know and love.

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I uploaded my basic button to my photobucket account, clicked the picture then clicked ‘edit’ right above it.  From here you can do a bunch of cool things with your button.  Crop, resize, add text or special effects.  To resize click ‘resize’ and enter the pixels you need the button to be.  Remember, if your sidebar is 300 pixels then you should probably crop it down to 280-290 pixels wide.  Hit save.

Editing HTML

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This box is on the right hand side of your screen after you save your newly resized image.   Copy the link that says ‘HTML’.  Now if you copy and paste that exact code into your widget/gadget its not going to take you to the site you want.  You need to edit the HTML just a little bit.  [Deep breaths, its really easy.  Pinky swear.]

<a href=”http://s1202.photobucket.com/user/TheGrantLife/media/blog-elevated-button150_zps96096333.png.html” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb379/TheGrantLife/blog-elevated-button150_zps96096333.png” border=”0″ alt=” photo blog-elevated-button150_zps96096333.png”/></a>

All you need to change is the area in pink between the parenthesizes, that directs the button where to go.  So for my Blog Elevated button I need to change it to http://www.blogelevated.com.  My new code looks like this

<a href=”http://www.blogelevated.com” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb379/TheGrantLife/blog-elevated-button150_zps96096333.png” border=”0″ alt=” photo blog-elevated-button150_zps96096333.png”/></a>

The only thing that changed is the first URL.  [Be sure to keep the parenthesizes though!]  Take your newly resized, newly edited HTML’ed button and add it to your widget/gadget.  Boom.  You are rockin’ a button like a pro!

I hope this helps ease your mind on adding buttons to your sidebar.  It does take a some time but once you do a few of them you should be a pro in no time!

Washi Tape Bookmarks

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I can not believe that July is almost over and the stores are filling up with back to school merchandise.  I always enjoyed back to school time because you get new clothes and notebooks and shoes.  You learn a new schedule and meet up with your old friends.  I wish I had some washi tape when I was in school so that I could make these washi tape bookmarks.  They are such an easy homemade craft that are oh so cute!  Perfect for back to school too!

 
Hey there Grant Life readers! It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge again. I’m here today to share with you a super quick little craft- Washi Tape Bookmarks!
 
 
Like most of us in blog-land, I love Washi Tape. Its versatile, adorable, and easy to work with. So, grab your favorite Washi Tape, some paperclips, and get to work!
 
 
Start out by cutting a two inch long strip of tape. Then, thread it through the top of your paperclip.
 
 
Fold the tape towards itself bringing the sticky sides together. You’ll have to scrunch up the tape at the top of the paperclip to make everything fit well.
 
 
Finally, trim the top of your tape into a cute little shape. Then you’re done. Two minutes tops!
 
 
Since I’m working on my Master’s in Social Work, I’m always knee deep into at least four different books. I love using paperclips as bookmarks because it allows me to mark the actual paragraph that I’m on {rather than just the page}.
 
 
Beyond making a little army of these things for yourself, make a bunch to give as gifts. These are perfect for little “Thank You,” “Hi,” or even teacher gifts. Add a cute tag and you’re set. A great present made with materials on hand…my favorite kind!
 
I’d love to see the Washi Tape Bookmarks you make! You can email me pictures at coveredinmodpodge {at} gmail {dot} com!
 

 

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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!

 

Love this post?  Check out the other amazing things Michaela has made!

Boutique Baby Blanket Tutorial 9 Diaper Changing Pad Clutch 16 Car Seat Canopy Tutorial 16

Stenciled Toddler Hoodie Tutorial

Stamped Polka Dot Toddler Hoodie Tutorial

Stenciled Toddler Hoodie Tutorial

Hey Grant Life readers. It’s Michaela again from Covered in Mod Podge. Today I want to share with you a simple way to dress up a boring old hoodie. This stamping method is a quick, super easy nap time project. If you have older kiddos, they could even help out!
I love the look of toddlers in dresses styled with leggings, cardigans, and adorable headbands. However, I haven’t found this to be terribly practical. My little miss thinks that things on her head are pure evil. She is also always on the move. So, its much more likely that my little miss is running around in leggings, a t-shirt, and a hoodie.

 

But, there’s no reason that hoodie can’t be absolutely adorable. On a recent trip to Target I snagged a plain grey hoodie on clearance. While it fit the bill for what we needed, it was just so blah. So I decided to jazz it up using only paint and a pencil.
You read that right. All you need is fabric paint or regular old acrylic and a fabric medium {I got mine at Joann’s} and a pencil with a brand spanking new eraser. Ok, you also need an iron, a work space, and some wax paper/cardboard, too.
Start out by putting down wax paper or craft paper to protect your work space. Then, mix your paint up according to the bottle’s directions.
Make sure that you either have wax paper or cardboard between the fabric anywhere it overlaps. You don’t want your paint seeping through! I used waxed paper because it was easier to manipulate and shove into the random corners of places like the pockets.
Now, go to town with your dots.

 

A couple of tips. Make sure you don’t have too much paint on your eraser. It will bleed everywhere and make a funky shaped dot. Press down firmly when making your dot. You can always add a bit more paint and go over the dot a second time if you need to. This doesn’t have to be perfect. There’s a lot of character in the less than perfect dots!

 

I  used a blow dryer on low heat to help the drying process along. This let me finish doing all the dots in one sitting.

 

After you finish up, you’ll want to heat set your paint. This makes it so they won’t fade in the wash. Follow the directions on your bottle. For me, I had to wait 24 hours before ironing the hoodie. The bottle also says to wash inside out.
Given that this hoodie is for my dirt loving little miss, it’s already been through the wash three times. The paint still looks good as new. I’m sure it will fade a bit with the excessive washing that a toddler demands. I think that adds character and will give the hoodie a nice vintage vibe.
This quick and easy technique can be used on a variety of items. You can also get super creative and carve different shapes into the eraser.

 

What’s you favorite toddler look?

Blogger Tips: How to Setup Google Analytics

Easy Steps to set up Google Analytics via thegrantlife.com

Im excited to share this tutorial with yall today!  Its super easy and its the most beneficial thing for your blog.  Setting up Google analytics takes a little over 5 minutes.  When brands ask for your stats they are looking for your Google Analytics.  Its the most accurate and well recognized.  Ill show you how to set up Google Analytics on Blogger and on WordPress.

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Sign into your Google account and head over to Google Analytics.  You will be brought to this screen.  I choose ‘Universal’ but you can pick either or.

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Fill out the information about the site that you want to track.  Im setting up analytics for my landing page – kelleygrant.com

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You will be given a ‘Tracking ID’ after you fill out the information above.  Copy the code.

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If you are on Blogger go to ‘Layout’>’Add Gadget’>’HTML’ and paste the code.  Save.

If you are on WordPress go to ‘Appearance’>’Widgets’>’Text’ and paste the code.  Save.

how to set up google analytics on blogger and wordpress And you’re done!  Your Google Analytics will now start tracking.

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But what is it tracking, and what does it mean?  Ill share all the details on what your analytics mean next week!

 

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?

Boutique Baby Blanket Tutorial

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.

Felt Monogram Home Decor Tutorial

Hello again, Grant Life friends.

A couple of weeks ago we attended the wedding reception of one of my husband’s coworkers. They had a beautiful, intimate ceremony on some island off the cost of Mexico. About a month later, they invited extended family and friends to celebrate with them at a great little venue with a breathtaking view of downtown. We were honored to be included.

With the rush {and cost} of Christmas, I put off looking at their registry until far too close to the reception. By the time I looked over the list, it was picked clean. So, I decided to save a ton of money and make something personal.

A quick look around the bride’s Pinterest and a survey of my own supplies and I was off to Joann’s. I knew the bride was big on monograms and that they used muted colors in their home. So, I picked up about a 12 inch cardboard B {the couple’s last name} and was all set.

I used some of a paint sample I had on hand from my kitchen wall stencil project. The color is Squirrel from Behr. Two coats on all sides of the letter and it was set to be decorated. I used my blow dryer on cold to speed up drying time.

Now, for jazzing up the monogram…

Felt has to be one of my favorite crafting materials. It’s super affordable and it comes in tons of colors. I never seem to use up an entire sheet for a project so there’s always a rainbow of felt hanging out in my stash.

Felt pom flowers are quick to make and only take a small strip of felt, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

Start out by cutting a strip of felt two inches wide by the length of the felt sheet.

Next, hot glue a very thin strip along the very bottom of the length of the felt. Then, fold in half {hot dog style}.

Use very sharp scissors to snip the loop of the felt down to the hot glue {but don’t cut the glue}. Cut every 1/4 inch or so.

Now, roll your flower up and secure using hot glue.

For the cream-ish roses, I made felt roses similar to this post. I used the bottom of my water bottle and a roll of washi tape as templates to create my circles.

Use hot glue to secure your flowers to your letter and your set.

Depending on your stash, you could easily make this personalized present for just a couple of bucks. Even needed to buy all the supplies, you’re still looking at less than $10 for a one of a kind present for the bride and groom {or your living room!}

Don’t forget to drop by and say hi over at Covered in Mod Podge!

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!

 

Like this post?  Check out these other great baby related tutorials!

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Monogrammed Baby Blanket Tutorial [Guest Post]

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Hi The Grant Life Readers! My name is Michaela and you can find me over at Covered in Mod Podge. Drop on by for lots of sewing, some recipes, fun crafts, and other random adventures that I get myself into.
As you all know, Kelley is one of the sweetest women in all of blogland. I’m thrilled to be here with you all while Kelley if off having fun with family and friends!
One of my friend’s just had her second child. She is now momma to two kiddo under two! Since she already had a boy, she was already set for the essentials. While she didn’t want to spend a lot of money on new bibs and blankets, she did want some special girly things for her little Lila.
I was all too happy to oblige! Enter the super feminine, pink, pink and more pink monogramed baby blanket.
Want to make your own?
You’ll Need:
* 2 one yard cuts of coordinating cotton fabric {or larger!}
* 1 yard of batting {not pictured}
* scraps for monogram
* iron on adhesive
* coordinating thread 
*sewing machine and other basic sewing supplies
Start out by pre-washing and ironing your fabrics. I know is tempting to skip this step. Don’t! Cotton will shrink. Babies make lots of messes. This blanket will need a lot of washing!
Start out by evening up your fabrics and batting. Is it just me or is the cutting counter at Joann’s getting worse by the day at cutting a straight line!
Next, you’re going to cut out your monogram. I used my Silhouette and the Silhouette brand iron on adhesive. You DO NOT need a Silhouette {or any kind of craft cutter} in order to make your monogram. You can always trace your letters on the back of your iron on adhesive {something like Heat n’ Bond} and cut them out with a craft knife or scissors.
Follow the instructions on the adhesive you’re using to adhere the adhesive to the fabric. Make sure that you iron your scrap of fabric before adhering it. You don’t want to end up with a wrinkly monogram!
If you are using a Silhouette, I’ve found it helpful to double cut. Also, turn the speed down by one. It will give you a nice, clean cut!
Once you have your pretty name all cut out, figure out where you want it on the blanket. I used my quilt ruler to make things nice and even. Since I wanted it near the bottom right corner of the blanket, I measured three inches up and two inches in. When you’re deciding on name placement, don’t forget to factor in seam allowances!
Follow your brand’s instructions for ironing your name onto your blanket.
Use the shortest and smallest zig-zag stitch {or a satin stitch if you’re luck enough to have one!} to permanently affix your monogram.
Then, stand back and admire your work!
Now, its time to get your blanket ready for sewing. Start of laying one of your fabrics right side up.
Next, place your other fabric right side down.
Finally, top it all off with your batting.
Pin, pin, pin! I am normally too lazy to pin. Trust me on this and take the time. The batting likes making things go wonky.
Sew your blanket using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure you leave a 5 inch gap for turning.
Next, clip the corners and turn your blanket. Use a pen or chopstick to make sure the corners are turned all the way out.
Now, fold the raw edges into the gap and pin the gap closed. Top stitch all the way around your blanket. I like to use my presser foot width as a guide. 
I was going to add a second row of stitches. However, my flower pattern hides the stitches so I decided to skip that step. I think it could be fun to do three rows in different colors!
Next time, I’ll use thread that matches my monogram color rather than thread that compliments it. Since my machine doesn’t have any fancy stitches, I had to use a basic zig-zag stitch. With a satin stitch, the coordinating color would have looked really cool!
Now you have a cute, cuddly blanket that is perfect for tummy time. As the kiddo gets older, it will make a great stroller blanket. It’s also the perfect size for the kiddo to drag all over the house!
I used scraps from squaring up the blanket to wrap it all up!
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I hope to see you all soon!
Thank you Michaela for sharing such a cute blanket tutorial!  Yall.. make sure to check out Covered in Mod Podge for lots of other amazing tutorials!  
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