Happy Scooter Dress

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

You guys, Clara turns five in two weeks.
FIVE!
It was actually two years ago that I posted about her having issues with speech….which I’m so happy I documented, because she has come so far from those days.  The conversations we have in the car about art projects, what clothing she likes, religion, boobs (one of her favorite topics) just make me laugh.   She is a thinker and an observer.  And she is a total goofball.  We love Clara’s quirky personality.

And lately, she’s a scootering maniac.
Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Santa brought her this micro kick scooter last Christmas and she was skeptical; wasn’t into it at all (fail).
Then one day we let her bring it into the house to cruise around, and she’s gone crazy on that thing!  She is so fast and loves to ride circles around our kitchen island….which is all fun and games, till I’m making dinner…or when it’s 6:45am and my brain is not working yet.
Ahhhh!  That kid’s energy.
Crazy Clara is what we like to call her.

So, for our Crazy Clara I made a little Scooter Dress, using knit fabric from Caroline’s new fabric collection Here Comes the Fun.


Caroline is a fellow Art Gallery Fabrics designer and it’s been fun to get to know her better these past couple of years.
She and I have a similar love for bright colors, and FUN.

She’s currently hosting a Blog Hop with other bloggers where we each get to share a project from her collection.  There are so many fun florals in her mix. But I had to go with this knit.   It’s always fun when a bundle like this shows up in the mail….along with scissors!  Yay!

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

With floral prints, it’s a bit of a riddle to strategically get the flowers in the right position, so you don’t end up with flower boobs.
(sorry/not sorry—used the word “boobs” twice in this post.)
I think the floral placement worked out okay.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

And here’s a large view for you.  I love seeing the pattern repeat….which is a fun part about fabric designing.  Do you make the flowers repeat in a grid pattern?  A brick pattern?  Random?  There are so many fun options when designing in Illustrator.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Okay, so for this dress I sort of drafted a pattern.  I took a dress from H+M that she grew out of a couple years ago and modified it a bit.
And I tried two new things this time around.  I love learning new tricks no matter how long I’ve been sewing!

• The skirt part is circle-ish, which creates less gathers at the waist but still gives you that fun twirl.
• I gathered the skirt with elastic, and then sewed it to the bodice.  LOVE THIS METHOD!  Have to do a tutorial…
• I sewed 1/4 inch bias tape around the neck, which worked. But it has room for improvement, so I’ll keep playing with that.
• For the hem, I just left the edges raw!…mostly because I cut the fabric too short (heh heh).  But that’s something I love about sewing with knits…no fraying edges!  If  you want to learn more about using knits, check out my post here and my video here.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Bottom line: she totally loves this dress.
Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard
We took these photos right before school and she insisted on wearing it TO school because “it’s so soft inside.”  She said that to me about three times.  What does that say about all the other things she’s wearing??  Haah.
Really though, if you’ve ever used Art Gallery knits you know how incredibly soft they are.  Dreamy.

Thanks Caroline for the cute fabric!  And for making our scooter girl happy.
Check out the rest of the Blog Hop HERE—and make sure you enter Caroline’s giveaway so you can win fabric + scissors too!

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

drawstring bags

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Sometimes your day is just a mixed bag of emotions. Hehe. When I have a day like that, a simple sewing project is exactly what I need to relax!

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

And trust me, if a simple but oh-so-useful sewing project is what you’re looking for, this is it.  Cause if a pillowcase isn’t the first thing you sew, this definitely could be.
I promise, you can make a drawstring bag!

But I can’t promise that you can make only one.

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Even if you’re no longer a beginner, there are a million reasons to make and use drawstring bags.
You can use them for:

• Shopping. (No runaway lemons.)

• Gifts. A bag as the gift. Or a bag to hold the gift.

• Travel. A waterproof one for wet swimsuits!

• Organizing. Kids. Or organizing your kids.

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Also, it may be the best stash-busting project on the planet. Let’s say – hypothetically – you picked up a half yard of a fun print that you couldn’t live without. But you never found the right project and now it has been sitting in your stash for a year. (Ahem.) Make it into a drawstring bag and I guarantee it will get a lot of use.

If you have a smaller piece of fabric….make a smaller bag!

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

So let’s make some drawstring bags — just click the play button below:

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

If you like following step-by-step photos better than a video, check out my Hobo Sack post. It also has instructions for several of the variations shown in these pictures.

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag - video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

 

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Merry 2016 Christmas Cards and a Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year friends!
It’s always fun getting used to a new date, and new numbers, and re-writing a few checks because I put 2016 on there (if any of you even write checks anymore??)

But yay!  It’s 2017.  I hope you had a great December.
I spent most of the month NOT blogging—as you may have noticed—and just enjoyed spending time with the family.  We went on a road trip to Branson, MO, driving through Oklahoma and Arkansas.   And stopping at this stunning church was probably the highlight for me.  Wow.  What a gem.
I hope your family had some fun adventures as well.  And if you stayed inside with cookies and puzzles, that sounds perfect too.

As usual, I’m sharing our Christmas card in January.  But hey, at least it says Happy New Year on there right?
Or rather…a JUICY new year.
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And because, everyone dressed up in gingham???
Is a YES. christmas-cards-on-made-everyday-1christmas-cards-on-made-everyday-1-5I made the Everyday Neckties for the boys, an Anywhere skirt for me, this dress for Clara, and the rest we had in our closets.  I’ll have to do a follow-up post on the dress and skirt because you know…..checkers! And clothes!

I really wanted to use this pic for the card…

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Or this.
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But you know it’s a tricky design balance, picking the right pic for the front, that coordinates with the back, and one of the pics should probably be a real “normal” pic.

So we went with this:
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Here’s how we’ve done our cards the past few years:
• My brother took our family pictures (free!)
• I designed the cards in Illustrator (sort of free)
• We printed using this template at Costco (great price).

And there you go!  It can get pricey sending cards out each year, which is why I love doing it this way.  And really,  I just love doing the Holiday Cards thing, and designing it, and addressing them (some years Lucy helps me, but this year she was busy with school projects).
You can see our cards from other years here:
2013 (tangerines), 2014 (merry red), 2015 (mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again…or rather, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas)
Of course I love receiving pictures and updates from our friends and family!  The wall of cards in the house is always a highlight for the holidays.

This year I tried some fancy lettering on some of the envelopes.  I didn’t do it on every card….but I wish I had time to because it’s GREAT handlettering practice!  I highly recommend it.
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And just like that, it’s back to work and 2017.
This year I’ve got some patterns in the works, more fabric collections, and my new Fiesta Fun Fabrics are IN STORES now!  Check out the full line up here.
(Guess I need to do an updated post on that too).
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I know my blogging life has morphed over the years and I’m not on here as much as I used to be.  But I still read and enjoy all your comments and try to respond back.  If there’s something you’d really like to see this year, let me know!
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