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Sew A Simple Change Mat Cover

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on DIY projects, and sometimes I just want to make them as simple as possible and get them done.

This easy minky change mat cover was one of the latter kinds of projects. I made it before Baby A was born, and I completely forgot to share it until now (almost a year and a half later)! I still use this DIY change pad cover daily. It’s washable, it’s comfortable, and it didn’t take me long at all to sew. It’s basically a small fitted sheet – without mitered corners. Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Measure your change pad from side to side, making sure to add the height of the outside and inside edges. Add 2″. This will be the width of the piece of fabric you’ll need to cut.
  2. Repeat with the length of the changepad, using this measurement as the length of fabric that needs to be cut.
  3. Cut a piece of minkee to this measurement, and then round the corners (I use an ice cream pail lid).
  4. Fold the edges from right side to wrong side about 1/2″ and pin. You can pleat the corners a little to make this work. Sew the edges down, ensuring that there’s at least a 1/4″ casing for the elastic. Leave a 1″ hole.
  5. Cut a piece of elastic that’s appoximately 2/3 the circumference of your changemat. Thread it through the casing, sew its ends together, and then sew the casing hole shut.
  6. Your done! It’s a simple cover, but it’s quick and it’s easy to remove when it needs to be washed. You can make a couple so that you’ll always have one on hand.

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sidenote: Here’s darling Baby A at only two days old. How small is she?! Is is just me, or does the second baby seem to grow up at lightening speed?

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

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DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy

This year was awesome. It was the year that I settled into being a mommy of two, the year that I turned 30 and finally began to be confident in who I was as a woman and a mother, and it was the year that this little blog grew a little bit bigger.

I love to craft, I love to write and I love to be a mom and The DIY Mommy has been the perfect outlet for me to share these things with people just like me.

I want to thank you, my readers, for taking a slice of time from your lives this year to share with me. Every month, more and more of you “tuned in” to this site. I appreciate every one of you and I thank you for giving me the motivation to write, photograph and share.

Here are your favourite tutorials from 2012 that I’ve posted according to how many views they’ve received. Between you sharing them with your friends, the rise of Pinterest , and me spending more time to write, some of them have reached over 22,000 unique visits which I’m truly amazed and humbled by. Thank you!

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy. Boutique blanket, baby necktie, I am Loved The Help Onesie, Infinity Scarf, Soother Clips, Glider Recover, Upcycled Baby Headband, DIY Photo backdrop and Princess Dress.

  1. Sew a Boutique Blanket
  2. Sew a Baby Necktie
  3. Make an “I Am Loved” Onesie
  4. Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf
  5. Sew Boutique Soother Clips
  6. Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair
  7. Sew an Upcycled Baby Headband
  8. Make DIY Photo Backdrops with Fabric or Paper
  9. Sew a Princess Dress

I wish you all the best in the coming year. May 2013 be full of wonder, baby cuddles, and craftiness!

DIY Home Decor

Sew a Boutique Blanket – For Baby!

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby by The DIY Mommy - Tips & tricks for choosing baby-friendly fabrics and sewing with minky

This post on how to sew a generously fluffy boutique blanket has been quite popular for the last few months, and I’ve also received a few questions via comments and emails on how this blanket would work for babies (as a great shower gift, perhaps).

When it comes to baby & toddler blankies, I think it’s important that they not only be soft but washable and sturdy as well. While the fabric I used in this tutorial is wonderful for a living room throw or a master bedroom accent blanket, I like to use quilting cotton instead of decor cotton for the primary side of a blanket like this. Here is my suggested method on how to slightly tweak the boutique blanket to make it a boutique blanket perfect for a baby!

Materials:

  • 1 yard 100% cotton quilting  fabric (pre-wash it so that it doesn’t shrink later!)
  • 1 yard polyester minkee (minky) fabric
  • thread
  • a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

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I make all of my baby blankets to measure about 35 inches wide by 29 inches long (which uses up almost a yard of cotton quilting fabric nicely and then you can use one yard of minkee for two blankets because it’s 60″ wide).

Directions:

Follow all of the directions for the Boutique Blanket. Optional: Sew an extra line of stitching 2″ inside the topstitched line, as shown in the picture below.

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby from The DIY Mommy - Tips on choosing baby-friendly fabric and sewing with minky

These cuddly blankets make a beautiful gift for a new little baby bundle and they’re fun and easy to sew! If you’ve sewn a cotton + minkee blanket like the one in the original Boutique Blanket post or like one shown here, please comment and let me know how you found working with the fabrics together. I love to see all of your projects!

DIY Sewing

Sew Stroller & Carseat Strap Covers

by Christina Dennis

DIY Stroller & Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

My little girlie is 9 months old now and she loves to ride in our stroller. She’s still a little slouchy though, and the straps that hold her in can dig into the side of her little neck – ouch! These sewn strap covers are very soft and super easy to sew. You can use scraps to make them and they can prevent carseat or stroller straps from rubbing baby’s neck.

Materials:

  • minkee/minky scraps (at least a 10′”x 10″ piece)
  • quilt batting or fleece scraps (at least a 5″ x 10″ piece)
  • 1″ wide velcro

Instructions:

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Cut four 5″ x 5″ squares out of the minkee, two 5″ x 5″ squares out of the quilt batting or fleece and four 1″ x 1″ squares from the velcro.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Put one minkee piece on top of the other, right sides together. Place one batting/fleece piece on top of that. Pin all together. Sew 1/4″ from the edge all of the way around leaving a 2″ opening.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Turn the square right-side-out (with the minkee on each side) and stitch 1/4″ along the edge, closing the hole as you go. Stitch one velcro square (the “hook” side) to the upper right corner and one to the lower right corner. Flip the square over and repeat using “loop” sides of the velcro.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

That’s all! You’re already finished your strap covers. To use them, simply wrap them around a carset or stroller strap, fastening the velcro at the back. The nice thing about using velcro is that you can adjust the width of the covers easily depending on the width of the straps you need them to cover. You now have nice, soft strap covers for your little one!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Sewing

Sew a Ribbon Loop Blanket for Baby

by Christina Dennis

DIY RIbbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy

There’s something about little folded tags and bits of ribbon that capture a baby’s attention. There little hands like to grasp the silky tags and their little mouths like to chew them! My babies were no different, so when they were little I made them these sweet ribbon loop blankies to cuddle and play with. These blankets are very simple to sew and small enough to bring in the car or stroller. You can attach plastic links to them and attach those to a stroller or carseat so that the blankie doesn’t get lost! I like to use super-soft minkee fabric for these little blankies to add to the tactile fun!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard of main minkee fabric
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating minkee fabric (for reverse)
  • a variety of coordinating ribbon in various textures and widths

Directions:

  1. Cut a 15″ x 15″ square out of both minkee fabrics. Most minkee is 60″ wide, so I love this dimension of blanket since you can make 4 with only 1/2 yard of each fabric!
  2. Cut 20 pieces of various ribbon, varying their lengths from 3″ to 6″.
  3. Lay the main minkee piece right-side-up on a flat surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop, and pin it approximately 2 1/2″ from one corner of the minkee piece with it’s raw edge lined up with the raw edge of the fabric. The loop should face in.
  4. Repeat with the remainder of the ribbon loops using 5 loops per side of the square. Space them evenly apart and vary textures, colours and lengths. I like to use as many different ribbons as possible and I don’t use any type of pattern when I place them!
  5. Stay-stitch the loops in place by machine. Remove pins.
  6. Lay the coordinating minkee back piece over the front piece, right-sides-together. Pin in place (always pin minkee fabric well)! Sew together using a 1/2″ seam. Leave a 4″ hole and then turn the blanket right-side-out. Top-stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the blanket to keep it nice and flat and to sew the opening closed.

 

DIY RIbbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew a Boutique Blanket

by Christina Dennis

I love soft, cuddly blankets! My favourite combination for a blanket is to sew it using cotton on the outside and buttery soft minkee fabric on the inside. The result is a substantial, high-quality blanket that is wonderful for a baby, for a living room throw, or for a bed!

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Minkee (or “minky”) fabric can be very thick and slippery. It also is a pain to cut because it can be so furry – fuzz can fly everywhere! In this tutorial on how to sew a “boutique” blanket, I’ll share how I work with this fabric. It’s a little tricky, but the results are beautiful.Continue reading

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