Happy citrus, streamers, + dresses

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Happy Streamers and Zocalo Lemon prints - sewn by Sew Caroline - Molly Romper from Simple Life Pattern CompanyYou guys. We are finishing strong with the final projects in the Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour!  I love how the makers highlighted three different fabrics, and how differently each were used.

First we have the Happy Streamers print.  This print is great because it works as a stripe OR as a coordinate.  And it’s extra fun to play with the direction, the bias, etc.  If you want to see an amazing bias-streamers look, check out this dress.
And then tell me if these colorful looks don’t make you happy??

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Happy Streamers print

Amiright? Or amiright?

• That bag on the top left (above) by Erin of Sewbon is fantastic. All those compartments! And the different colored zippers! YES. This would be an awesome travel bag.

Sew Caroline’s little daughter, in a romper, is happy enough.  But ahhh, with that low scoop-neck collar??  Darling.  And hello…baby-romper bum with streamers is extra happy.  Check out her post for all the details.

• On the bottom left is one of FOUR girl’s dresses that Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest made. She did a great job with coordinating just the right solids for each design. She also made some amazingness with the Citrus Sunrise knit which you’ll find further below.

Speaking of citrus knit…mmm. I love this next photo.  It was an awesome surprise to see that Colette Patterns had used this fabric for a sample of their new Gabrielle Dress.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Citrus Sunrise knit - Colette Gabrielle patternThe citrus print is possibly one of the most versatile prints in the collection, and it comes in both woven cotton and knit.
You can read more about my inspiration for the design here.

Basically, alllll the citrus please!

Here’s what our tour makers squeezed out:
• On the left (below), we have Alexis from My Sweet Sunshine. She made her daughter this dress using the Basics Dress from Cali Faye. That curved hem is such a great touch.  And I selfishly love that her daughter and mine are entering the tween stage together…because she always has brilliant ideas and spot-on styling.

• Anneliese’s other two outfits are shown top middle. She had to get extra creative because both of her girls wanted something citrusy. Love it!

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Citrus Sunrise print

• Kelly from Sewing In No Man’s Land (top right) made a couple of dresses from her beautiful Tully design for her girls. And it doesn’t get any better than styling the photos with actual citrus….on the beach…in Australia.  I mean.  Yes, yes. yes.

Finally, we have the Mexican Dress print, used in both colorways…
• This is the bag that I showed you above, using the Happy Streamers on the inside.  I love the creative way Erin broke up the print with a solid chambray block and hand embroidery. (French knots for the win!)

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Mexican Dress Morning print - sewn by SewbonSew Caroline modified her Coffee Shop Dress for maternity (below left) using the Mexican Dress Midnight in knit, and doesn’t she look amazing??

• On the right is Kelly’s other Tully Dress. I can’t decide which one is my favorite….hmmmm….

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Mexican Dress Morning + Midnight prints• Cassie from Lily Shine Creates made this adorable dress for her daughter using the canvas. YES! The Mexican Dress Morning print comes in canvas!  I think it shows how great this substrate is for garments. It isn’t stiff or heavy, and it can even be gathered into a cute little girl’s dress.

Annnnd that my friends is a Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour wrap-up.
Orange you glad you stopped by??

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Citrus Sunrise and Mexican Dress Morning prints - sewn by Sewing in No Man's LandHeh heh.


Don’t forget to check out the Fiesta Fun headquarters page for more ideas, projects, and where to purchase Fiesta Fun fabrics.

And for even MORE inspiration, be sure to visit the previous Fiesta fabric tour posts

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

 

VIDEO: How to Laminate Fabric

How to Laminate Fabric | video sewing tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Have you ever laminated paper?  Like an index card recipe or something like that. It’s so cool!  The paper becomes durable, water resistant, and you can even use dry erase markers on it over and over.

Well did you know you could laminate fabric??

How to Laminate Fabric | video sewing tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Yep.  And of course, I think it’s way more fun that way.

How to Laminate Fabric | video sewing tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Laminated fabric can handle a splash, and even better, it can be wiped clean. YES!  I mean, just in case your summer activities involve anything messy.  Not that they would, but just in case.

What does a pool toy have to do with this? Find out in the video…

Just click the play button below. Enjoy!

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How to Laminate Fabric | video sewing tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

What, don’t you put your little bags into bigger ones?? Once you get into making allll the zipper pouches, you might find yourself doing that. Haah!

Piggies, Picnics, and Pom Poms

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Just when I think the projects can’t possibly get any cuter… the second round of Fiesta Fun fabric tour projects rolls in. YOU GUYS.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - dolls sewn by aubreyplays

I haven’t spent a lot of time making dolls. I’ve made a few (and of course, I love making their baskets), but these dolls that Aubrey Plays creates are a whole other level of creativity.

This little piglet family she created with Fiesta Fun is everything. These three are sisters, and trust me, you have to visit her post to see the two other sisters… and the leg warmers… and the tiny picnic … and how she hopes the pigs might throw their own picnic fiesta (and invite her along to eat veggie tacos with them).  Aubrey’s such a cute writer.  And she makes me want to sew dolls.

Speaking of picnics. How much do you want this beautiful quilt at your next one??

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - picnic quilt tutorial from Simple Simon and Co.

Wow this photo is pretty.  I love the clean look of modern quilts like this, made by the lovely ladies at Simple Simon & Company—who are hilarious btw, and so full of love.  Liz and Elizabeth are sister-in-laws who now have the same last name, and they have this way of making you cry from laughter and cry from a touching story, all in the same 15 minutes.
But emotions aside, this would be a perfect beginner quilting project.  And guess what….(drumroll)….there’s a tutorial for it!  So you can make one too!

Next in our round-up are kid’s clothes—which you know I love.   It’s exciting to see how different fabrics are interpreted and paired with notions and trims.  The touch of a button or a small bit of lace are such icing on the cake.
Tami from SewSophieLynn made TWO amazing outfits for her daughters…

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - outfits made by SewSophieLynnI am really feeling the pom pom trim on both of these.  And the style of that Zocalo Lemon top is adorable — you have to pop over to see the front overlapping “petal” design.  It’s the perfect look for using trim like this.

Next, a Fiesta Fun roundup wouldn’t be complete without a little something-something in the Mexican Dress Midnight knit fabric.  Ahhhh. This fabric is one of my favorites in the collection.  And I love what Deborah of Whipstitch made for her daughter.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Linville Romper made by Whip-StitchDeborah is one of my very first “blogging” friends I made about 10 years ago….and man I love that lady.  She is brilliantly smart, cleverly witty, and sewingly amazing.  Are any of those proper English?
Deborah would know.
And if there’s a sewing question you have, she has the answer! (p.s. she teaches online classes)  She’s always on an adventure with her kids and family.  I was so impressed at their winter adventure to the Grand Canyon.  And THOSE BAGS SHE MADE.  Dude.

So.  For the fabric tour, Deborah went for the knit and made this awesomely comfy romper.  How cute is that keyhole opening in the back??  This pretty much sums up why I love sewing with knits.  And Deborah even gives some tips for that – cause she’s totally great like that.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Sturdy Fabric Basket sewn by woodlandschoolAnd for our final project this round, my friend Courtney made a basket of napkins! Next to quilts, there is no better way to show off a collection of prints than a set of napkins. Beautiful AND practical.

For the basket, she used Lillyella’s Sturdy Fabric Basket pattern (which is free). Great minds, because that pattern was also featured as a baby room organizer in the Fiesta Fun look book.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics - Sturdy Fabric Baskets pattern and tutorial from Lillyella

These little baskets are perfect to highlight a couple of your favorite prints, and they are SO useful.


Did you miss the first Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour roundup? It was just as awesome.

Want even MORE Fiesta Fun inspiration?
The gallery page will give you ideas for at least your next dozen projects!
Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics