Sewing Double

You guys know I love sewing baby gifts.
There are just SO many cute things to make, with exponential cuteness.

Annnd, if you get to sew a baby gift for twins??
I mean, you guys.
If I had twins??
Okay, I don’t.
But last year my cousin Adrian had twin girls—Charlie + Ruby.
And the sewing fun just doubled!

I have some favorite go-to baby gifts:
Crib Sheets • Bibs • Blankets • Burp Cloths • Diaper Covers • Baby hats
You can find them all HERE.

But prob my favorite of all, is making a crib sheet because it’s such a fun unexpected gift—people that don’t sew are always “wowed” by the fact that you can make your own sheet. Hey, even I’m wowed by it!

Baby gift for twins on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

I just love making a baby sheet that looks fun and unique….because there aren’t enough cute baby sheets in the store.  But there ARE cute fabrics for making sheets, or cute sheet sets for kids and adults!…which is why I did this:

I bought this fun twin-size sheet set on clearance at Target, which gave me plenty of fabric to make two new crib sheets!

I cut and sewed everything as outlined in the video and tutorial,

and in about 20 minutes, I had a sheet:and then I had two:and soon there were four: I love sewing double!
(and taking pictures of cute dolls)

Then I made a stripey changing pad cover–though I only made one, cause a girl’s gotta learn to share at some point right? Heh heh.  Find the tutorial for that here.
I threw in my favorite Birth Day Garland:

And everything was set for these two cuties.changing pad cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Then I had an unexpected surprise… which ended up being my favorite part of using a sheet set to make sheets. I had cute little bags to put the gifts in!  I never know what to do with those bags that sheets come in….but I just. can’t. throw. them. out.  Now I won’t!

Anyone having twins soon?
I found more cute sheet sets on sale….

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

 

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!