what I’ve been sewing for 3 weeks

It may seem a little quiet here on the old blog.
But rest assured that behind the scenes, I’ve sewn enough projects in the last few weeks to make my head explode!
(And let’s hope that doesn’t happen)
((or my videos will look pretty horrible)).

But video time….here we come!
Next week we’re shooting 15 new projects for MADE Everyday.   It’s gonna be fun.  It’s gonna be exhausting.  My head is not going to explode—I have to keep telling myself that.

So let me give you a sneak peek at what I’ve been doing!
We’ve got a lot of dots…..

And KID shorts with yellow spots.

I’ve been sewing gingham and knits,

gathering fabric…..

…..and gathering stacks.
Can you handle the tiger/kitty print??  Clara’s gonna freak over it.

I raided the napkin and towel section at the store for elephants.

and I’ve bought more dot fabric than you can shake a yard stick at.
Oh yea, I bought a yard stick.
I think everyone should have one.

I found 2-inch wide metallic gold elastic, and used it to make something for me!  Yay!

My pile of felt seems to grow, then deplete, and then grow again.

And hey!  I bought new zippers!

I mean, I bought ZIPPERS.  A lot of them.
Don’t these colors make you happy??

And now I’m just tying up loose ends.

So that on Monday, we’re ready to go! (more on the shorts fabric here)

And just when I think the kids have no idea what their crazy mom is doing, Owen gives me this gem last night:
“When we grow up, and you’re old….if you forget how to sew, you can just go watch your videos on Youtube!”

Haha. Fantastic idea!  I guess he’s got it right—at some point my head IS supposed to explode…
Good thing I’ve got those videos documented.

Have a happy weekend friends!

  1. 1) Maxine

    Heh. You should buy zippers from the Lai brothers’ factory! 😉

    • 2) Dana

      oh my gosh you’re right! I tooootally forgot about that!

  2. 4) bdaiss

    Can’t wait!

    And remember when stores used to give away yard sticks for promotions? Whatever happened to those days?!?

    • 5) Molly

      Definitely! My grandpa owned an auto parts warehouse and we still have tons of yard sticks (and playing cards) with his company name on them, I love them.

    • 6) Wendy

      That’s what I use- a vintage wooden yardstick from my grandfather. It works fabulously. 🙂

  3. 7) Mary Kay

    I can’t wait to see new videos!! i just finished a major quilt project and need some cute little things to sew!

  4. Owen’s plan is right on! Reading that made me LOL 🙂 I am loving all the fabrics and that layered skirt is just too adorable for words.

  5. Wow Owen is smart! I saw some of that gold elastic the other day! I thought about buying some, but thought I ‘d save it for the Holidays…gold always makes me think of Christmas 🙂

  6. Owen’s comment made me spit out my water! Thanks for the laugh and I look forward to new sewing inspiration!

  7. 11) Julie D.

    I am DYING for new videos!! I’ve watched a few of them a dozen times, just because I’m ready to learn something new!!! I cannot wait!!!

  8. 12) Mandy

    I am so excited that new videos are going to be up! I have watched the ones you have up over and over. You make everything so easy. Love all these fabrics!

  9. 13) Molly

    I love the zippers! Are you willing to share where you got them? 🙂

  10. Where did you find the colored super-wide elastic? And 15 videos – I think my girls’ brains will explode if I tell them that. You’re in the regular rotation of online videos that they watch, along with Dinosaur Train. Cracks. Me. Up.

  11. 15) allison

    I must know where you found that tiger fabric….my daughter loves tigers! I’ve made so much of your stuff for her. Thanks for your inspiration!

  12. 17) Sheila Perl

    I am so looking forward to the new videos!!
    The fabrics you are showing are so enticing, I love those tiger kitties too 🙂
    You know, the photo of the zippers looks like a work of art!!

  13. 18) Julie R.

    Who! I’m excited to see all the new videos, especially with all these sneak peeks!

  14. 19) Sarah

    Too might cuteness! Gorgeous images!! Owen is too funny

  15. Love all the fabrics! Can’t wait to see the videos!

  16. Ha! Kids are so hilarious! What amazing fabrics you always manage to find. Can’t wait to see the new projects! 🙂 Lisa

  17. Whoa! What a lot of beautiful work. Your pictures always make me happy. 🙂

  18. 23) Penny

    Hurray for MADE videos! Hurray for DanaMADEit! Hurray for Dana! LOVE those elephant napkins/towels???? Can’t wait to see what you make with those! Hope to hear where you bought them, too.

  19. 24) Grettalaskey

    Can not wait to check out your videos!! Love your work Dana 🙂

  20. 25) Laurel

    I bought that same gold elastic at JoAnn, I love it I used it as the waistband for two different skirts for me!

  21. 26) auschick

    Where did you find that elephant towel? I’m doing elephants in my sons room, so would love to incorporate somehow!

  22. 27) Stacey

    Wow – 15 videos! Can’t wait!! You make me think I can do these things!! Where did you buy the felt? What kind of felt do you use?

  23. 28) Wendy

    Yeah! More videos! I refer to the bias tape video a lot. Thanks for all of your helpful videos.

  24. Dear Dana,
    Just came by to say thank you: you’ve been a great inspiration to me since I came across your blog. I admire your energy and genuine playfulness in everything you do and create. Keep up the wonderful work you’re doing, you are incredibly talented in so many ways.

    Best wishes & good luck in your current and future projects

  25. 32) Steph

    Everything is so bold and joyful (as usual), I love it! And those shorts are beyond cute 🙂

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  33. 40) Sheri

    I’m a newbie sewer – meaning I am buying a sewing machine tonight lol. Your videos make sewing look easy. I hope I can not screw things up but I’m glad I have your cheery videos to refer to. Thank you.

  34. I’m so excited to see what you have in store. Your site is so inspiring!

  35. 43) Dan

    Which sewing machine would you recommend I am a beginner ? Would like to sew pillows and tshirts easy projects . Thanx a lot for the tetourials .

  36. 44) Lynda

    Hi Dana! Thank you for the easy to follow circle skirt tutorial! I’ve made two great skirts for my 7 year old. It’s difficult to get full Length circle skirts for her, the ones that go right at the ankles. Can you tell
    Me where can I get the elastics you used in the tutorial? The ones I got are too thick (Mebe its the wrong kind) almost broke my needle when I tried pulling the elastics while sewing into the fabric. Thank you!! Xoxo from Singapore

    • 45) Dana

      I buy most of my elastic on ebay or at Joanns!

  37. 46) banu

    I like so much to your handmades works. I only want to say this to you . I will visit your blog everytime.
    I have 3 kids. Two girls and 1 boy 🙂 I will make your projects with them .. I love your little fishes ..
    have a good day . thanks for your writings on web.
    I am from Turkey from Istanbul. Kindly Regards to you from Istanbul.

  38. 47) ShAISTHA

    Hi Dana,
    Thank you so much for your tutorial on the skirts.. I absolutely loved it! It was super cute and you made it look so easy. I’m definitely going to try it for my daughter. I have also started following you on pinterest, and hope to see so much more interesting stuff to try out.

    Much love from Maldives 🙂

  39. 48) Jacqueline phillips

    Hi Dana
    You are such an inspiration to me. I have 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons and as soon as I saw your videos I had to start learning to sew for them. Wish I had known of your site years ago.
    Can’t wait for your next tutorials.
    Jacqui X

  40. 49) Bethany Knestrick

    OOOOOOOOH! I can’t wait for that skirt!!!!!! I wonder if I could turn those into skorts. My niece just loves them!!! Love you Dana!!

  41. 50) Zehava Groff

    I can’t find the you tube for the double sided two layered skirt.
    Can you help me?

  42. 51) Peggy

    Love your circle skirt video can’t wait to dive into the rest of your stuff! True confessions of an old sewist: zippers are my new international travel souvenir! I’ve brought back a fistful of pretty colored zippers from Mexico and Sulawesi, Indonesia in the last year and the year before that I found zippers in Japan that had different colors of tape on the 2 sides of the same zipper…

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