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

Do you get it?

I hope so.  I mean, that yellow cottage?  Dreamy. 

And no, I’m not giving away yellow houses in Norway but….
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And GIVEAWAYS.  Yep!  That too.
In the last few months I’ve given away:

Fiesta Fun fabric
• pajama-making kits including the awesome taco truck fabric
• free patterns
• pattern discount codes/sales

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DIY Stripes + Changing Pad Cover

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

You know when you can’t find the right fabric you’re looking for?
Or the right “whatever” you need from the store?
And so you just make it?

YES. YES!  I’m glad we’re on the same page.
I mean, that’s one of the main reasons I got back into sewing as an adult, and mom.
And when I couldn’t find the right towel fabric for this baby gift, I did what you would have done….DIYed the stripes out of that thing.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Probably my favorite DIY fabric project, is making S T R I P E S.
Easy. Cute. Cabana love forever.

– I’ve shown you how to make knit stripes here on Owen’s Goodnight Moon Jammies (can’t believe how long ago that was. WOW!)
– And there are tons of ideas in this DIY Fabric Prints post.
– And there’s that chevron pillow I made from stripes.

But today I’ll show you how to make giant stripes from two towels, and turn it into a changing pad cover your little babe (or to give away as a gift, which I love to do).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Okay.  Let’s get started.  If you prefer a live-action version of the project, check out the video HERE.  Or, just follow along…

• Grab two bath towels (I got these at Target for about $4 each).
You could also use a few different towels and make colorful stripes!  And you don’t have to use towels—you can buy terry cloth fabric (the fabric that a towel is made from) by the yard, at most fabric stores.

For a standard changing pad, you need a finished piece of fabric 30 x 46 inches.   So make sure you have towels that are at least 30 inches wide.

• Using a rotary cutter and mat, cut 4-inch wide strips from both towels (or whatever width you’d like).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

•  Piece the strips together like you’re making a giant terry cloth quilt.  If there’s a “right side” to your towel, make sure you sew the strips together with right sides together.  So, grab one pink and one white strip, lay them on top of each other, sew down one side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then open them up, and sew another pink strip to the white one (which was already sewn in place), etc.
NOTE 1:  Terry cloth is a very messy fabric.  Resist the urge to clean up your work space till you’re done!…because those pesky bits of cloth will just continue to fall from the cut edge.
NOTE 2: If you would like to minimize the “fraying” edge, sew your pieces together with a zigzag stitch.  OR you can use a serger. A serger is not necessary of course.  But this is what I did here, because it really seals off the edge.  And I thought it would be fun to show you another option since my Changing Pad Cover video uses a standard sewing machine.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• When you’re done sewing enough strips together, trim the large piece of fabric down to 30 x 46 inches.
Your fabric might look a bit wonky and uneven.  This is normal since terry cloth has a tendency to stretch and move a bit as you sew.  Just trim it down as best as you can.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• Cut away a 7 x7 inch square from each corner.  If you’ve made a crib sheet before, this is the exact same concept!
An easy way to do this is to cut a 7″x 7″ square from cardstock (or paper) and use that as your template.  I keep this in the drawer with the rest of my patterns; then I’m always ready to make a changing pad cover as a baby gift!

• With right sides of the fabric together, bring the two cut edges (of one of the corners) together and sew them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. You can sew this with a standard sewing machine or a serger.  If you need more info on this step, check out the video here.   Do this for all four corners of the fabric.  This is what makes the fabric “stand up” a bit, and creates the pockets that fold around the actual changing pad.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Your changing pad cover should look this.
You can see how nice and boxy the ends look:

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• Trim off any uneven areas (from sewing the corners together) and then sew a zigzag stitch, or serge, around the entire raw edge of the cover.  This step is optional.  But it helps minimize the terry cloth mess.

• Final step!  Attach the elastic.
You need about 2 yards of 1/2 inch wide (or 3/8 inch wide) elastic. 
I prefer KNIT elastic.
Using a zigzag stitch, start with a forward and backstitch to hold the elastic in place.  Then with the elastic facing the wrong side of the cover, sew it all the way around, about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the fabric.  As you sew, stretch the elastic as much as you can with your right hand.  This will make the fabric gather up.
For an extra visual look, watch the video here.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• When you get back around to the beginning of the elastic, cut the elastic, leaving about a 1-inch tail.  Overlap the tail of the elastic on the beginning of the elastic and sew it in place.  Annnnd…you’re done!

Grab your changing pad, and slide that cover on!

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Perfectly striped for a colorful baby room.
Of course a happy garland is the cherry on top (along with these darling dolls from Candy Kirby Designs).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

This was part of a baby gift I gave to my cousin Adrian (who had TWIN GIRLS).
So stay tuned next week and I’ll show you the other items that went into the gift!
Oh I love sewing baby stuff.
Have a stripey day!