Video: How to Sew with Knit Ribbing

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Don’t you just love colorful piles of fabric??  They’re one of my favorite things to photograph.
And this pile of knit Ribbing?  I just want to reach out and stretch every fabric in the stack…and then show you how to sew with it of course.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Ribbing is the fabric used to finish the opening on the Everyday Sweatshirt, the Basic Tee, Muscle Shirts! And many necklines on knit garments.
You might be thinking, “Huh? How’d they do that?”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

…but soon you’ll be going, “Yay I get it! Happy dance!”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

This is one of those things where pictures can help, but seeing it in action is so much better. So here you go!

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Just click the play button below and enjoy:

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Put those ribbing skills to good use! The Everyday Sweatshirt and the Flip Vest both have ribbing, and are good for layering year ’round.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics

The process of fabric design is amazing. But this might be my favorite part—seeing what everyone creates with it!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

As I’m designing, I dream of many things the fabrics might become, but I can never predict the fun and creative ways they actually get used.
It’s always a surprise! In a very good way.

Like this beauty from the Instagram tag #fiestafunfabrics.
Ahhh!  LOVE it!  I never would have thought to use the Happy Streamers print that way.  What a cool dress! (by Crystal)

Happy Streamers Dress using Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And to officially kick off the release of Fiesta Fun Fabrics, I asked some of my favorite sewing friends to make Fiesta Fun projects to share.   And here’s the first batch…..starting with THIS BASKET.

How to make a woven fabric Easter Basket using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Wow.  Mathew (aka Mister Domestic) really knocked it out of the park. I am in awe of the detailed work that went into this woven Easter basket. And it’s the perfect project to incorporate lots of prints.  If you’re new to his style, you must check out his instagram feed.  He does aahmazing things by weaving fabrics together.

woven fabric easter basket from Mister Domestic | Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

So stop what you’re doing, and check out his step-by-step tutorial tutorial now.

I’ll wait…

Aaaand….now you’re back.  If you haven’t started cutting strips to make your own fabric basket, I have another beauty to share.  Actually, two beauties!  Jessica (The Sewing Rabbit) made both a top for herself AND a dress for her daughter.

made by Jessica Abbott The Sewing Rabbit | Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

All of the details about her top and her daughter’s dress are in her post.  But also — this HAS to be the most fun photoshoot ever!  I love Jessica’s thoughts on being present with her kids and having fun with the photos.

Shirt and Dress made from Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard. Project by Jessica of the Sewing Rabbit

This is just the beginning – we’ll have projects from all of these talents coming within the next month or so:

Woodlandschool
Whipstitch
Simple Simon & Company
SewSophieLynn
Sewing In No Mans Land
AubreyPlays
Sewbon
My Sweet Sunshine Studio
Lily Shine Creates
Sew Caroline
Aesthetic Nest

Ahhh I can’t wait!
Keep sharing your photos in the Instagram tag #fiestafunfabrics, and we’ll share some of them in the “Show Your Stuff” section of the gallery page.   These dresses are FANTASTIC.  That Mexican Dress Midnight dress in the snow! (by Hannah Corey)
Mexican Dress Midnight dress by Hannah Corey using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And these Apron Dresses by Teal + Finch.  What a great way to combine prints—Citrus sunrise with Papel Picado Verde. YES.
Apron Dresses by Teal and Finch made from Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Have a great weekend friends!

Citrus Sunrise Skirt + Top

Citrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever sewn.
EVER.
I know. That’s a lofty statement.
But you know when you have something in your mind, that you think is going to work, but you’re not really sure that it will…and then it turns out just as you had hoped???
That my friends is this little citrus outfit.

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

I started with the Citrus Sunrise fabric from my Fiesta Fun fabric collection….which might also be my favorite print in the mix.  This outfit was destined for my love.
(read more about my inspiration for this print here.)

Then I used the Anywhere Skirt Pattern and the First Day Dress Pattern to create one look.   And I love it.  It fits her so well and …it just makes me happy.  I might try this in my size too.

Citrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsFiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

I made a few tweaks to each pattern, which means you’ll be getting tutorials in the near future!  I’ve already started one for the skirt placket.  And when that’s done, I’ll start a tutorial for this top.

In the mean time, here are the basics:
• I really wanted the shirt to be a crop top, so that the chunkiness of the skirt waistband would show (without showing her tummy).   So I used the A-Line Top from the pattern, and chopped many inches off.  It seemed extreme, but I was amazed at how short it needed to be!  And what I did not realize at first, is that the front needed to be longer than the back.  Haah. Guess I hadn’t accounted for little baby belly.  Making it an extra inch longer in the FRONT helped it looked even all the way around, when worn.

• Then, rather than cutting a slit in the back neckline, I made the back into two separate pieces—adding an inch or so of extra fabric for an overlapping placket.  Cause really, I just wanted to use those chunky wooden buttons.  I think the bright colors of this collection go so well with neutrals and wooden accents.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress topCitrus Sunrise skirt and top using Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

For the Skirt:
I added a new design twist to the Anywhere Skirt—a small back placket!  This is a game changer.   And I did the same thing on my yellow gingham skirt from our Christmas cards too.   Since I had done a long line of buttons on the shirt, it felt excessive to have tons of buttons on the skirt as well.  So this was the perfect way to create a full gathered look, without a placket in the front.

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

In fact—speaking of full—I used fabric FOUR times her waist size, which is my favorite way to do it these days.  It’s more layers to sew through (especially since I added a lining layer) but it gets a great gathered look.

Citrus Sunrise Skirt and Top in Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsFiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Of course my favorite part of sewing, is that I get to take pics of everything afterward.
Honestly, I sew so I can photograph.
And get beautiful faces like these:

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Clara is such a stinking goofball.  I mean, even when I tell her to look straight, she gives me the side eyeball.  Clara!   But then we also capture moments like this:

Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print | First Day Dress top and Anywhere Skirt

Love that little girl.
AND…(this is becoming long)….I love seeing what you guys are making and sharing too!

LOOK at this photo.  Ahhh!  That baby!  That romper!
(photo by Jeremagz; romper by  Hello Ollie Shop)Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print

And this women’s look from the Fiesta Fun look book (by Art Gallery Fabrics): Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics | Citrus Sunrise print

So much citrus love.
I’m gonna go eat an orange.

If you have things to share, tag them to #fiestafunfabrics and #citrussunrisefabric
Have a great weekend my friends!