How to Sew Pajama Pants (VIDEO)

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Which comes first, the fabric or the project??
This time for me, it was allll about the fabric.

Doughnuts. Flowers. Those colors. AND TACO TRUCKS.

I love that pajama pants exist. Not only are they cozy and comfy, but they let us wear all the fun prints. And they’re the perfect thing to make if you’re just starting to sew garments.

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

They’ve always been one of my favorite sewing projects. They’re so fast to make, and let’s face it, they’re an excellent reason to stash fun flannels when they go on sale. (Like we need an excuse??)

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Let’s sew some pajama pants! Grab your favorite cozy flannel and head to your machine. (Need a pattern? The KID Shorts one works perfectly.)

How to make Pajama pants and shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Just click the play button below and enjoy:

And if you’re new around here,  MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

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The KID Shorts pattern is perfect for pajamas. And it doesn’t stop there… click the photo for more:

KID Shorts sewing pattern from MADE Everyday with Dana

 

Best Tips Video: Cutting straight lines + curves

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

If all fabric looked like this, cutting it would be easy!

Or if it had grid lines on the back like a lot of gift wrap does now? Haah. That would be awesome. But no such luck, right??

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

Rotary cutters and mats are wonderful.
But what if you don’t have one (or don’t want to drag it out)? Or what if you have a piece of fabric to cut that’s larger than your mat?

That’s where a few tricks up your sleeve can be helpful.

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

And then you’ll be cutting and sewing some of my favorite “rectangle” shaped projects like a pro:

• pillows and pillowcases
• burp cloths
• drawstring bags
• zipper pouches
• tote bags
• simple skirts!

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana
Annnnd….what if you have to cut and trim around a circular shape???   You know how tricky it can be to trim the entire hem of a circle skirt of First Day Dress!

Well, I’ll show you my absolute favorite trick for trimming a perfect line around circle shape.
(It’ll have you twirling with joy)

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

Just click the play button below and enjoy!:

If you want to see more from our BEST TIPS videos, check out how to thread a needle and tie a knot.
This is a new series I’m adding to the channel.  So let me know what other Tips you’d like to see?

And if you’re new around here,  MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

To watch other episodes:
• Click to the VIDEO page OR
• Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you’re updated as soon as the episode goes live.

Lastly……CONGRATS TO OUR FREE FABRIC WINNERS!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Last week through our newsletter I gave away three yards of Fiesta Fun fabrics.  The winners are:
Teresa B.
Kristi A.
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Fiesta Fun Fabric Collection

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Need a little color in your Wednesday?
You’ve come to the right place!  I’ve been talking about my new fabric collection–FIESTA FUN–for a few months, but here is a big old official blog post with all the details!  I like big old official things.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Fiesta Fun is my second fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.
And we’ve created an Info + Gallery Page HERE, with fabric swatches, where to buy fabric, and tons of project inspiration and links.
Also, if you look up at the top of this page, the menu has a new update. Now if you click on My Fabrics, you’ll see options to go to each collection’s gallery page. Yay!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Growing up in Southern California, I always loved the Mexican culture—the bright colors, the food, the floral designs, the people.  And now that we live in Texas, I get to enjoy the blended beauty of Mexican culture in this state as well.

What I’m attracted to specifically with Mexican design is the use of color. They have a wonderful way of mixing bold tones with pastels (and every shade in between) and making it work!  With this collection you get many of those combinations—cobalt blue next to mint green.  Or tangerine contrasted with peach.  It’s a rainbow of fun.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Here are some favorites in the collection (if I’m allowed to play favorites?):

• Mexican Dress – Inspired by beautiful Mexican embroidered shirts and dresses, I wanted to create something with similar flair, but with my own twist.  Think how amazing this would be if you embroidered ON TOP of the design!  (I’ve already started that and can’t wait to share.)  And….I can’t decide if I like the colorful version or the two-tone blue + white better!  Bonus with the blue—it comes in knit! (insert blue heart emoji 5 times)

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

• Citrus Sunrise –  This print was inspired by the three giant grapefruit trees my grandma had in her Arizona backyard when I was growing up. Every summer, after spending a month swimming in her pool, and jumping on her trampoline, and making lame music videos with her record player… she’d send us back home across the desert with a box of citrus in our family van. I’m pretty sure my mom was the only one who ate them. But I always loved that smell!…and the color.

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabric
• Papel Picado + Zocalo – these two prints remind me of a festive party set-up in a town square, or a fiesta in your backyard.  The design is inspired by the amazing creation of papel picado folk art—which in Spanish means “Paper” and “Punched”.  So these banners are made of cut-out patterns and intricate designs.

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

There are four different Papel Picado colors, which is awesome because you can use them to make your own simple garland!  Just cut out little rectangles and sew them together in a strand with bias tape.  Done!

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
• Piñata Confetti + Happy Streamers – you know I love simple shapes, and color, and I love a party!….so confetti and streamers only seemed natural.  This print is fun on its own, and amazing as a binding (see first photo).

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And of course there’s so much more to share and sew with this collection–since there are 16 fabrics total.
If you’re new to purchasing designer fabrics, I have a list of shop links here.
And to get your creative wheels spinning, just click around on the Gallery page.  There are so many free tutorials and patterns with many of those photos.  When you’re done, check out the Boardwalk Delight Gallery we created as well!

And one day I’ll get around to sharing about Fall Quilt Market, where I saw my fabrics in person for the first time.  But that’s a whole separate post.
Have a happy day!

P.S. Want a chance to win some Fiesta Fun fabric?? Make sure you’re subscribed to the newsletter!

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics