New Video: How to Make a Baby Hat

How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana

Why are tiny things so stinkin’ cute??
I mean, really. Don’t you just want to eat these up? And the tiny baby cheeks that go inside them?  I guess the fabric says it all.

How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana

Ahhh! It’s too much cute!

How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana

But unlike the babies that will wear them, these hats are SUPER quick and easy. Haha.
You can whip one up for every day of the week. Then make hats for your family’s and friends’ babies.

How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana

They only take a little bit of fabric—perfect for those knit scraps.
You can get as creative as you like with a little pompom or other ball/trim on top, or leave it off entirely. And I have a free pattern for you here!

How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana

Let’s make hats. Be careful, they’re addictive… Just click the play button below and enjoy!

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How to Make a Baby Hat | beanie sewing video tutorial with FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday with Dana




The bats came out…and we finally got that couch

I can’t believe that A) we’ve been in the new house for almost 4 years now (if I’m technically allowed to call it “new”?…it still feels new to me!).  And B) this is the first year I’ve actually hung the BATS in the new house.

I don’t know why it took me so long to get on that?  I think I had this grand vision of the bats flying up and around our stairwell near the giant ball lights—which would be awesome.  And every year I’d think, yea I should do that….and then every year this visual would pop back in my head of the worker hanging the light fixture, and straddling the ladder like it was an IKEA stool.  And I’d think…there’s no way I’m standing on a ladder like that.
For paper bats.
I’m a huge believer in design over comfort, but I have my limits.

So this year, I realized I should just hang them around the open archways in the front room. And I love it.  And I only had to stand on one bar stool. Ding!

It’s fun to see the same decor in the old house and in the new one.  Houses may change, but traditions come along.

UPDATE: Some of you have asked how to stick the bats on the wall...some of you said that yours fell down. I just use simple transparent tape, specifically Scotch Tape (the green box).  I make little rolls of tape, place the tape on the “spine” of the bat and press firmly on my wall. Then I sort of “bend” the wings a bit so they’re sticking out. And none of my bats have fallen down, even the ones hanging upside down!…haha. I guess that’s how bats like it.

Something new that we added this year is the Pumpkin lampost cover! on our mail box!  Oh my gosh.  This is probably my favorite thing of the season and it wasn’t my idea. Our neighbor got one a few years ago…and then 4 of us on the street decided to copy her. So now it looks all orange and glowing on our street at night (and we all got the Frosty the Snowman one for the holidays too. Eeek!)  Seriously, so fun.

Then of course we pulled out the Halloween garland, and the kids’ favorite thing of all time—the little rock ghost town….which I’ve posted about before and before.  And I’m not joking that they still love it.  I almost let Clara get into the Halloween box before Lucy was done with her homework (because it was taking forever) and Lucy just about burst into tears.  “You can’t get the ghosts out without me!”  So we waited patiently.  All three kids love this little town and have already asked if we can add more rocks and houses.

And you know what’s selfishly great about the ghost town?  The kids are immediately entertained with the rocks….while I have time to OCD-ly go through the rest of the holiday box on my own, pulling out ceramic cats and mummies, without the help from little hands.  Win-win.

And on a non-Halloween note, if anyone remembers my post asking for your input on a chair or loveseat?? I have an update!…

I was trying to replace this cute chair (which I love, and which has relocated to Owen’s room as his “fancy art chair”).

And instead we have this awesome vintage, velvety loveseat….which is kind of a funny story.

I bought this couch the first year we were in Texas, at a garage sale for $30. The owners had a twin pair, but I knew I was already pushing my spouse’s patience by showing up at home with a new couch in the back of the truck. “Look what I found!“.  So I just bought the one. And we put it in Casey’s office which was a perfect fit.  It’s really a cute couch and quite comfy.  I was happy with my find.

So fast-forward to last year when I was asking your input about what I should put in the living room.  I just couldn’t decide what to buy.  Then my parents came to visit and I told her my dilemma. And she said, “well you already have what you need.  It’s just sitting in Casey’s office.” And the lightbulb went off. YES! She was so right.  We “borrowed” that thing from Casey’s office. And the little $30 loveseat is the perfect color and fit for the living room. The kids can stretch out on it while we’re watching a movie.  And well, it just completes the space.  Good eye Mom!  Right under my nose.
The only downside is that it needs to be recovered. It looks good enough, but the fabric is definitely worn in spots.  But I really do love this fabric, so maybe I should look for something similar and have it redone.

And then another fun feature to point out is this cool little painting I purchased from Annie Blake. It’s called Source, and has pretty gold leafing around the edges.

It’s always a good conversation starter…especially with kids.
“Is that a real electrical outlet??” 
So….when we built the house, for some reason, I signed off on an electrical outlet to go right in the middle of this cabinet/bench area.  What?? Why?? Totally weird, and not even centered.  I mean, how do you hide that??
Well, I guess you emphasize it!  I thought the painting was the perfect way to “cover up” the bad outlet, and make a fun art statement about being plugged in….or unplugged?…you decide.

I also printed off a family picture which completes the room a little more.  And I’ve added more plants since this photo.  I just still need to find a blasted coffee table I love.  Maybe I’m hoping it’s hiding under my nose like the little couch was.

And looking through the Halloween pics I found these old ones of the kids carving pumpkins.  I guess if the kids were this young when we moved in, the house isn’t that “new” anymore.

Owen really gets into his carving.

I hope you’re having a great month at your Halloween house!…and that costumes are in full swing.  I’ve decided to do one homemade costume this year, and two store-bought.  And I’m prepping for a booth at Quilt Market in two weeks. So things are moving along.  We’ll talk soon….Have a great week!





When you and Kellie Pickler show up on a talk show, with the same hair

Pickler and Ben show with Kellie Pickler and Dana WillardOh my gosh, fun news!
I was on a talk show last week!
(and you can watch it below!)

The new show is called Pickler + Ben….with the cute Kellie Pickler (who I loved on American Idol) and Ben Aaron, who is a New Yorker/journalist, and a really funny guy.

It’s sort of country-meets-city variety kind of talk show, which shoots in Nashville (you can watch it on CMT), so I flew there a month ago to shoot my segment….the crazy, messy, youtube viral yarn lamps.

It was so much fun to do…and stressful traveling with those balls. Haah.
But what I wasn’t expecting was this funny moment, when Kellie and I ended up with the same hair.  I had to get my wardrobe approved ahead of time, so Kellie and I didn’t look like twins on-set.  So of course I asked about hair and asked if I could do my own side braid, to which the producer responded, “oh yea, Kellie never does braids. Perfect.”  Then we’re watching the opening segment of the show on the monitor and she comes out looking like this (me on the left, Kellie on the right):

We were totally dying.  But by that point it was too late to change my hair.  So we did a dumb “guess you got the braid memo” joke in the intro…which in the end, didn’t really matter since we were wearing the same trashbag wardrobe anyway!  Haha.  And there were only a few moments when we did look like the blonde twins.  Good times. Yarn Balls.

Pickler and Ben show with Kellie Pickler and Dana WillardSo Pickler + Ben asked me to come on the show and share the yarn lamp DIY project with Kellie and Ben….which is totally fun and great.

As with most live TV, I needed to create multiple versions of the projects, so we could “move on down the table” and go through the steps in a compressed time segment…which is easy if I’m showing someone how to make a fabric bag.  But I had to make eight different ball lamps, for the various stages in the project and some extras for beauty styling. And I didn’t have enough time to ship them.  And each lamp takes two days to dry, so I couldn’t make them when I arrived in the Nashville studios.

So.  For about a week, my kitchen looked like this:

And then came the fun of figuring out how to transport all of these….on an airplane:

Honestly, it’s really silly to think of the brainpower and suitcase scheming that went into traveling with my balls.  At first I thought I would just take them in two large shopping bags as my carry-on bags.  Yes. That seemed best.  Because I worried that they would be smashed in a suitcase.

But then I wondered, is there a limit to how much “gas” someone can take on a plane??
I mean, it’s just air in those balls, but who knows if there’s some rule about “air in a contained space?”  Can you travel with more than 4oz of contained air??  I didn’t want to take any chances and have all my balls confiscated.  And I needed the balls to stay inflated so we’d have the big pay-off moment in the show when we cut the ball free, and you’re left with the lamp.

So, I decided to distribute my potential ball losses (which I’m sure you’re dying to know all about. But perhaps you’ll find yourself in your own schweddy ball incident down the road and feel confident with your ball placement, having read this rambling mess).  So I placed half of the balls in two hard-case suitcases and checked them, and crossed my fingers that they wouldn’t get smashed.  Then I carried the other balls in a bag through security…and felt like a drug dealer, sweating it while I watched my bag slowly inch down the conveyor belt, pause in the scanning machine, and watched as the agent’s hand reached in to examine what these crazy things were.  And after she pushed it around a few times, the bag came out the other side!
All was well.
(assuming the balls didn’t lose pressure on the plane as well—which is why I brought my trusty air pump in the bag too.)

And eventually, my balls were safe and on the set!
It was really fun to walk out and see the yarn lamps under the lights.  And of course it was fantastic to see the set for the first time. It is GORGEOUS.
(The painting/green tape stuff behind the crew members was for a segment with Ty Pennington earlier in the show.)

Everything was set-up for a rehearsal of my segment, which the producer and I walked through together, step by step….to make sure we hadn’t forgotten any supplies, or missed a step.  You can see on the right, the live audience coming into the studio.  Their seats are off to the right behind the camera.

Then everything was shuffled off set, and they started at the top of the show.
With Goat Yoga. Haha.

And seriously guys.  THIS. SET.
Faith Hill is the executive producer on the show and designed + styled the look of the set.  I think I need Blush pink cabinets now.

And how cute is this porch area?  The shiplap on the set goes all the way up and across the ceiling.  Yessss.

Okay I’m sure you’re ready for me to stop talking (on the blog),
and start talking (on the show).
Here’s the clip!
Click the play button below. Or you can watch on the Pickler + Ben site here.

Thanks for having me on the show guys!
Hopefully we can do it again.

You can check out more about Pickler + Ben on their site, on Facebook, and on Instagram.