Chef in Training…

Our Moda Bake Shop Editor has had a special “bun in the oven” for the last 9 months and is very happy to present the latest addition to our MBS Team…

Harper Grace Garland {Chef in training}

She made her arrival on March 29, 2011 at 8:24pm
weighing in at a healthy 8 lbs. 14 oz. and 20″ long

Congratulations to Jenny and the rest of the family!

Ruffled Shower Curtain


Hi there! I have a fun recipe for you today. What’s better than beautiful, frilly ruffles? Not much! If you’re on a ruffle kick, this project is for you 🙂 It’s super simple. I hope you enjoy it!

2 Bliss Jelly Rolls
1 Bella Solid Jelly Roll, red
1 inexpensive, plain shower curtain (72″ length x 70″ width)

2 yd jumbo ricrac

1. Let’s take a look at your shower curtain. It should measure approximately 72″ long and 70″ wide. Lay your curtain out flat, right side up.

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2. Draw a horizontal line right below the grommets with a pencil or marking pen. Continue to draw horizontal lines every 2″ along the length of the curtain. A yardstick will come in very handy for this! You should end up with approximately 35 lines, depending on the style of your curtain.

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3. The number of horizontal lines you drew in Step 2 (mine was 35) is the total number of ruffle strips needed. Each ruffle requires 3 jelly roll strips. I sorted my Bliss jelly rolls by color and made a pile of my Bella Solid red jelly roll strips.

4. Grab 3 strips from the same color pile, trim selvages, and sew the short ends right side together to create a long strip. Press seams.

5. Using your favorite gathering method, gather each strip from Step 4 to measure the width of your shower curtain (70″).

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

6. Repeat Steps 4-5 until you have the necessary number of ruffle strips, as determined in Step 2.

I made 10 long ruffle strips (3 jelly rolls each) with the red Bella Solid and 25 long ruffle strips with Bliss.

7. Now comes the fun part! Layout the ruffle strips to determine which order to sew them in.

8. Starting from the bottom of the curtain, line up the top edge of the ruffle strip with the horizontal line. Sew the ruffle strip in place, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

9. Repeat the same process for each horizontal line, moving upward.

10.  The top horizontal ruffle will have an unsightly raw edge, so let’s fix that! Sew your coordinating jumbo ricrac right over the raw edge.

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

MBS Ruffled Shower Curtain

11. Hang your sassy, ruffled shower curtain and voila!

1 Ruffled Shower Curtain.


Jenny Garland

Casserole Carrier

Know anyone having a baby? Got a potluck dinner to go to? Just like carrying casserole dishes around on a regular basis? If so, this project is for you!

1 Prayer Flag charm pack
1 1/4 yd White Bleached Bella Solid
2 packages of crib sized batting
2 packages of 1/2″ double fold bias tape OR 1/2 yd fabric for binding
2 round 6″ purse handles
14 #20 snap caps
7 #20 snap studs
7 #20 snap sockets
Snap setter / snap press

1. Cut 10 charm squares in half to create (20) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles. We’ll call these “R.”
2. Select 20 more charm squares. We’ll call these “S.”
3. Create 4 strips by sewing the following pattern: S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R.

4. Cut (6) 2 1/2″ x 33″ strips of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew white strips to pieced charm square strips like photo below to create two main panels.

5. Cut (4) 8″ x 24″ rectangles of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew two 8″ x 24″ rectangles to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

6. Sew two charm squares to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

7. Cut 2 layers of batting the same size as your panels.

8. Layer, baste, quilt, and bind entire perimeter.

9. Slide a purse handle over each short end of the panel toward the right (outer) side. Fold edge down. Pin and stitch in place.

10. Apply two snap studs to the right side of one panel flap as shown.

11. Apply two snap studs to the wrong side of the other panel flap.

12. Fold over your panel flap like the photo below to determine where to apply two snap sockets. Repeat with the other panel.

13. When the studs and sockets are applied, the panels will snap together to hold your casserole dish snugly in place.

14. Apply three snaps on the top edge under each purse handle (sockets on one side, studs on the other) to improve the structural integrity of the casserole carrier.

… a fun way to carry a casserole dish to a pot luck dinner!

Be sure to stop by my blog for lots of other fun ideas!

Thanks for looking,
Jenny Garland

Reversible Swim Cover Up

Summer fun! Can you tell I’m ready? These easy to make swim cover ups are reversible and easy for little ones to put on themselves. Cute and practical? Sign me up, baby.

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Feel free to stop by my blog for loads of tutorials and more than you’d ever want to know about these two cutie pies!

– 1 Marbles jelly roll
– 1/4 yd to 1/2 yd (depending on size) of 2 Happy by Me and My Sister prints
– 1/2″ wide elastic

* unless noted, seams are 1/4″ *

1. Take measurements for desired size cover up. Measurements for my 15 month old daughter are in red so you can follow along.

Measurement “A” =(chest circumference / by 2) + 6
= (21 / 2) + 6
= 10.5 + 6
= 16.5″

Measurement “B” =(distance from armpit to knee)
= 13″

Measurement “C” = Measurement “B” – 8.5
= 13 – 8.5
= 4.5″

2. Cut 2 polka dot panels for front of cover up: Measurement “A” x Measurement “C
= 16.5″ x 4.5″

3. Sew 2 jelly roll strips RST lengthwise. Press open.

4. Trim strip set to Measurement “A” (16.5″). Repeat until you have 4 sets.

*The number of jelly roll strips you need to sew together depends on the size garment you make*

5. Sew a jelly roll set RST to top and bottom of each rectangle from Step 2. Top stitch seams.

6. Cut 2 rectangles the same size as the pieced rectangles from Step 5 for reversible side of cover up.

7. Trim a blue jelly roll strip to Measurement A (16.5″). You need a total of 4 trimmed jelly roll strips.

8. Sew a blue jelly roll strip RST to the top of each rectangle (4 total). Top stitch.

You will have 2 pieces like this:

And 2 pieces like this:

9. Layer 2 matching rectangles RST. Sew side seams with 3/8″ seam allowance to create tube. Repeat with other matching rectangles.

10. Press seams open. Iron 1/2″ fold to the wrong side of the top of both tubes.

11. Place one tube in the other RST, matching side seams. Pin bottom edge. Stitch 1/4″ seam around perimeter.

12. Turn right side out, press, and top stitch bottom edge.

13. Pin top edges together. Edge stitch, leaving a 1″ opening to insert elastic.

14. Stitch 3/4″ below edge stitch line along the entire perimeter.

15. Cut elastic 3″ less than chest circumference. Thread elastic. Zig zag ends together to secure.

16. Check fit. Edge stitch 1″ opening closed.

One sassy and sweet reversible cover up!


Car Diddy Bag

Isn’t it amazing how quickly a car can get unorganized and messy? And add some kids into the mix… yikes!

This tutorial is for a multifunctional Car Diddy bag. Use it as a litter bag (the interior is laminated for easy cleaning) or as a toy/activity bag.

Enjoy 🙂

8 layer cake squares (Martinique)
3/8 yd Moda laminated cotton (Martinique)
Two (1″) D-rings

1. Cut 5 layer cake squares according to the following diagram. You will now have (20) 5″ squares!

2. Cut 3 layer cake squares according to the the following diagram. You will now have (27) 3″ squares!

3. Layer a 3″ square on top of a 5″ square and stitch in place. Repeat for a total of 18 sets.

You will have two leftover 5″ squares and nine leftover 3″ squares. Set these aside.

4. Slice each square on the diagonals.

5. When you peel back the corner, you’ll see a dog tail underneath.

Snip the dog tails off to keep the block from getting too bulky.

6. Mix and match triangles.

7. Sew triangles together to create 18 new squares.

8. Lay out nine squares like the picture below.

Sew the squares from each row together.

Then sew the rows together. Repeat this step to create another exterior panel.

9. Layer the two exterior panels from Step 8 right sides together. Stitch down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Please be sure to leave the top open! Turn right side out and press.

10. Take twelve of the 3″ leftover squares from Step 3 and stitch right side together to create a long strip. Take two more 3″ leftover squares and stitch right side together to create a short strip.

11. Fold each strip right side together and stitch along each long side. Turn right side out and press.

12. Edge stitch the long ends of each strip.

13. Slide two D-rights onto the middle of the short strip. Stitch a line to keep D-rings secure.

14. Measure 1.5″ in from each top corner of the exterior. Baste strips in place, sewing through only one layer of the exterior.

15. Now grab your laminated cotton. Isn’t it fabulous? You’re going to love sewing with it. Okay, back to business… Cut two 11″ x 11″ squares from the laminated fabric.

Layer right sides together and stitch both sides, leaving the top and bottom open. Leave the lining wrong side out and place the exterior inside the lining, with right sides together.

Pin the top edges together and stitch all the way around.

16. Pull the exterior through the opening in the bottom of the lining. Hand or machine stitch the opening in the bottom of the lining.

17. Tuck the lining into the exterior and top stitch all the way around.

That’s it! You’re done. Loop your sassy new litter or toy bag around the front headrest and secure with the D-rings.

A cute and functional way to minimize mess!

Custom Wall Art

Hi everyone ! I’m very excited to have a new Bake Shop tutorial for you. This recipe will show you how to create custom wall art for your home. It’s the perfect size for above a mantle. Thanks so much for looking and stop by for a visit anytime!

  • 1 Rural Jardin jelly roll by French General
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Exacto knife
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Printed design or font to use as a stencil
  • Cutting mat
  • 2 wood frame pieces, size 30″ (located in your local craft store by the canvases)
  • 2 wood frame pieces, size 40″
  • Staple Gun

Phew! After gathering all of those material, let’s get to the fun part.

1. Sew three jelly roll strips right sides together. Repeat three more times for a total of four sets of three strips.

2. Sew two jelly roll strips rights sides together. Repeat four more times for a total of five sets of two strips.

3. Set aside the four sets of three strips.

4. Take each two strip set and cut at the following intervals: 8″, 20″, 25″, and 36″.

5. Mix up the pieces from each cut strip and sew back together. You will end up with five pieced strips that look like this:

6. Now bring back the four sets of three strips you set aside. Alternate the pieced strip sets (from Step 5) with three strip sets.

7. Sew rows right sides together. Notice the length of the three strip set is longer than the length of the two strip set. Don’t worry about that. We’ll take care of it in a later step.

8. Cut three new jelly roll strips into 2.5″ squares. Place the squares randomly on the pieced top and sew them on.

9. Take your four wood frame pieces and slide them together to create a rectangle.

10. Place the quilt top right side down on the ground. Place the frame on top.

11. Pull the fabric taut and staple to the back of the frame on all sides. Trim excess fabric.

You could be done with your art now, or continue on to stenciling.

12. I decided to stencil our monogram. The etiquette for stenciling a married couple’s monogram is the wife’s first name initial on the left, the married last name initial in the middle, and the husband’s first name initial on the right.

Select a font on your word processing program or download a free font from There are oh so many to choose from!

I printed 8″ letters for the J and B and an 11″ letter for the G.

I also printed the following 4″ letters and numbers:

Cut out all letters and designs on your cutting mat with an Exacto knife.

13. Now grab your trusty spray adhesive.

Spray the wrong side of each stencil and adhere to desired spot on quilt top.

14. Using a sponge brush, dab fabric paint over your stencil. Let dry completely.

15. Carefully peel back stencils and voila!

A personalized, one of a kind piece of art for your home!

Enjoy 🙂

Quilted Ironing Board Cover

Hi! My name is Jenny and I am so excited to be a designer here at the Bake Shop! This is my first recipe.

If your ironing board cover is dull as dishwater, it may be time to spruce it up! I guarantee ironing will be a little more fun when you have something pretty to iron on, like Kate Spain’s gorgeous Verna line.

1 Jelly Roll – Verna by Kate Spain

2 Yards of Muslin

Luna Batting – Crib Size

3 Yards of 1/2″ Wide Ribbon

Coordinating Thread

* Note: all seams are 1/4″

1. Sew three jelly roll strips right sides together along long sides. Press. Repeat with three additional jelly roll strips.

2. Layer pieced jelly roll strips right sides together. Stitch along each long end to create a tube.

3. With a 10″ square ruler (or 10″ square template made of posterboard), cut tube into 5 blocks as pictured:

4. Press blocks open.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 four more times for a total of 5 tubes and 25 blocks.

6. Arrange blocks into a grid of 3 blocks across and 8 blocks down. You will have one leftover block from Step 5. Sew the blocks into rows, then join the rows together. Press well.

7. Lay your pieced quilt top right side down on the floor. Place your ironing board on top. Add 3.5″ to the perimeter of the ironing board. Trace. Cut along traced line.

8. Cut batting and muslin to match quilt top. Sandwich batting between muslin and quilt top. Baste and quilt as desired.

9. Serge, pink, overcast, or zig-zag perimeter to prevent fraying.

10. Press and pin perimeter 3/4″ to the wrong side. Edge stitch perimeter to create a channel for the ribbon drawstring. Be sure to leave a 3″ opening in the back of the cover to thread ribbon!

11. On the center back of quilt top (directly above 3″ opening), sew a buttonhole parallel to stitched line. Slice open with an X-acto knife.

12. Thread ribbon through button hole and entire ironing board channel. Hand stitch 3″ opening closed, leaving only enough room for threaded ribbon. Place quilted cover on ironing board. Pull ribbon snugly and tie in a bow!

One sassy ironing board cover!