I’m Dana.  Welcome to MADE.
I’m a 36 year-old mom of 3 kids living in Austin, TX with my husband Casey.
I love to sew, make, DIY, photograph, write, and share.  So blogging is the perfect marriage of tricks for me.

I’ve written a book called Fabrics A to Z, which is a great resource for every sewist and fabric enthusiast.
I’ve got a slew of Tutorials and Recipes for you to try out.
And if you just need a cheer of encouragement that’s totally what I’m here for!  My goal with MADE is to help you realize that YOU CAN DO IT, using everyday items from around the house, with or without patterns, and with crazy make-it-work moments.

Never tried sewing?  You can learn.
Think you’re not creative?  Nonsense.
There’s a creative spirit in everyone!  And the best way to find it is by just getting started.

Never fear.  Just do.
And figure it out as you go along.

Thanks for stopping by!
- Dana

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1 Janine Ward February 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congrats! on the new baby & beautiful children. Just remember, particularly while they are young, stay flexible with your time management so you can spend those precious moments with them. Your business will still be there after they’ve grown. Which will happen quickly. I know, I raised three. All in a blink my dear! Best wishes!


2 Jacqueline Mukweto April 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

Such Wisdom!


3 Jennifer Bisson March 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Glad I stumbled onto this site. Nice site!


4 Azshab April 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

great site ! I LOve love all your tutes !


5 Ludmilla April 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Found you via Pinterest, great website, lovely work!


6 Carolin May 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hi Dana,
I’ve recently gotten back into sewing, mostly inspired by wanting to make things for my 2 year old daughter. Came across your site the other day. I now have a long list of projects I want to do. So far, I’ve made the simple skirt and am going to make another one with the double layer. But have a long shopping list for the next visit to the craft and fabric store.
Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas. Your tutorials are awesome and really easy to follow.


7 Choi Liu May 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Hi Dana

I work for an advertising agency in London and would like to use one of your images – Recycle Grocery Totes. Could you please let me know if this is possible.
hearing from you




8 Emily Featherstone July 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Mentioned in Beth Montgomery’s “5 Ways to Save” column, where can I find the tutorial to turn a man’s T-shirt into a dress or tank top; also how to turn a man’s shirt into a boy’s shirt?
Many thanks, Emily


9 Dana July 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm
10 anna July 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

two words: love it!


11 Kristina August 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi Dana, i have just started a blog (no readers…) but it is great annyway! Could you give advise about blogging, maybe in a post? Since I started Reading your blog i have been bussy on, or had projekts in my head that I need to try out. That means your blog is great! Thanks from Kristina


12 Silvia August 31, 2012 at 7:02 am

hi Dana!

I do think you’re great at “momming” while you still sew work clean make projects.
i just opened up my blog to show everybody can learn to sew, if one has great teachers…. and i do think you’re really great.

do you mind if i link your site?

thank you for everything you share,
Silvia – Italy


13 Grace January 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I love your site its so great, I want to make everything! I just wanted to say thank you so much for including trackbacks, I just looked at my blog stats and loads of my hits were from here!! Its only a small blog with a few followers so any exposure helps!


14 Petra January 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

Just found you – I’m subscribing! You are so talented – keep up the good work! :-)


15 Desiree February 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing on how to make bias tape! I was at my wits end on how to do this and your beautiful step-by-process made me know that I can do this too! Your pictures, tutorials and honest sharing made feel like I’m not alone or missing a sewing gene after all!
You are beautiful and so are your children!
Thank you being a light at the end of my sewing dilemma tunnel!
Blessing to you and yours!


16 Sue McKinney March 30, 2013 at 3:04 am

I cannot get pattern for diaper cover printed. Is there any way you could give me the measurements for size 6-12 mo and the largest one. When I tried to trace it was so big I could have worn them! Thank you


17 Melissa April 29, 2013 at 1:44 am

You are so awesome. I LOVE your site!!! Thanks for sharing. I think i may have to go out and get myself a sewing machine…that’s how inspiring you are.


18 stephanie May 17, 2013 at 1:06 am

Hi Dana, I absolutely love your blog and have gotten so many great ideas from you! I just realized from your post on lemon cupcakes that you are a Texan! I saw the HEB bag. I was born and raised in SA, TX and now live in Japan. I was searching for ways to upcycle a Mexican dress and came upon your Mexican skirt tutorial! It was great! By the way, have you ever tried to modify a Mexican dress? I grew up wearing little Mexican dresses and I love them but now as an adult with a curvy body they look like Mumus on me. Do you have any thoughts on how to vamp one up? I would love to see you do a tutorial on one for summer! Thanks! Stephanie


19 margareta May 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

you’re such a inspiring woman ^_^

big hug for you from indonesia :)


20 Beth June 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

So glad I stumbled upon your website! I love to sew and photography! :)


21 Jennifer June 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hello Dana
I was wondering if there are any copyright laws against making your own Disney shirts using the stencil method? I am making my own for my daughter and I for our trip in August and was told by someone that I could get barred from Disney wearing the shirts. Is this true?
Thanks for your time,


22 Nurul June 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Hi Dana,
I realllllyyyyyyy loveeeee your blog.. You inspired me a lot! So much learned from your sewing skills and tutorials! Thank you sweet! :)


23 rosa July 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I like your article, i’am from indonesia :)


24 Beth August 19, 2013 at 2:09 am

The most awesome thing from your blog is how you reach the deepest love inside our heart and just come up with: Yes, I can!

Thank you,


25 Jennifer September 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I was looking for a skirt tut and found your site! Am I excited? why yes I am! I have to subscribe. Your work looks fun and creative. Can’t wait to try some of these out. I’m a beginner sewer so these look do-able for me!


26 Georgette September 23, 2013 at 6:20 am

Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking
through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless,
I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll
be book-marking and checking back often!


27 Lei September 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hi Dana,

I came across your site. It’s great and has inspired me alot. I am trying some of your patterns. Your tutorials are easy to follow.

Thanks again for sharing & keep up the good work. You have a big heart!!!


28 Maria Åkerman October 6, 2013 at 3:22 am

Searched for ideas for bat wings for my little girl. She drew several drawing with precise instructions on how she thought the wings should look like. I was a little worried on how to construct them .. until I found your site! I saw your bat wings and suddenly it was clear to me what to do… I did them in black velvet with black lining, white seams and with velcro just like yours, but we skipped the hood — at least for now. Instead, the wings will attach to he black dress with a tine piece of velcro in the neck. She is happy and so am I. Lots of thanks for the inspiration! :)
Stockholm, Sweden


29 Victoria February 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

Hello Dana,

Thank you for writing Fabrics A to Z. I first checked it out from the library but will now purchase a copy. It is an excellent, well-written resource.


30 kisch March 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hi Dana,
I recently found your tutorial to turn a men’s shirt into a summer dress for my daughter. I have been wanting to get back into sewing, it’s been a few years. Your tutorial made it so easy for me to make a dress for my daughter, who is 3. I plan to try and find more time to make more. Thank you so much! Your ideas are phenomenal and your tutorials are easily followed. Thank you…again.


31 Savitri September 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I want to know what exactly sewing machine do you use? I noticed that you could use it with knit fabric. Mine couldn’t be use.


32 Karen Kart October 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Everything you sew is amazing! I am inspired to learn how.


33 Catherine October 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I live this blog and I want to subscribe so I can read new posts but I can’t find a subscribe button or link!
How can I subscribe?!


34 Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) November 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I found your blog recently and I love it! You are fabulous and your videos are super fun and helpful. Great work!


35 Sharon Rushworth February 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

I just found your blog this morning we’ve recently moved to Austin and its great to follow someone local. Thank you so much for sharing, your blog is so inspirational.


36 Katie February 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

As a momma of 4 little ones (6 and under) and wife of a church planter, I haven’t had much time to create and sew. After finding your site this week, I have already made the simple skirt for my daughter and two pillow covers. Thanks for sharing your ideas and inviting others to create. I’m inspired!


37 Fabiana March 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

Hi Dana, i came across one of your videos. I don’t sew. The only time i did it, or try, didn’t go very well. In 10 minutes that i’ve been watching you, you have inspired me in so many levels, you can’t imagine. Not just the sewing, but the quality of your work, the way yo explain every detail, the pictures, you are so professional at everything you’re doing here, congratulations!


38 Zaman March 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

hello dear, i enjoyed your tutorials these are very helpful for me. can you please tell me which sewing machine do you use? Company name and model number please……


39 Pat May 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm

i paid for a beach robe pattern via pay pal one month age and never received the download on on e mail !!!!


40 Anna June 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I just wanted to say thanks for all the great tutorials. I just moved to Amarillo from Wisconsin and am so excited to start working on the shorts and tee shirt tutorials for my middle son and youngest daughter. We have 4 kids and I love to sew for all of them. You are very blessed to be so imaginative and resourceful. Keep up the great work!!!


41 Gloria June 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Just found your blog and I love it! What fun ideas. I’ll be checking this site a lot. Thank you!


42 Hannah July 29, 2015 at 11:12 pm

I recently found one of your videos (How to sew with Knit fabrics….)on Pinterest. It was a total accident, but wow am I thankful for it! I guess you could say that I am a headband/hair accessory chick! I realized over the last year or so that when every single time I’d go check out the hair section in a store to look at new hair bands I’d think to myself that I could totally make this. WHY pay $5+ when you can make a ton of unique hair accessories for a better price! I haven’t started my journey yet, but I am refusing to buy anymore items that I feel I could potentially do myself.

I am a bit nervous and actually feel a bit inadequate, but I know nothing is impossible and I am willing to learn and grow.

Saw what you wrote on your ABOUT section:

“Never tried sewing? You can learn.
Think you’re not creative? Nonsense.
There’s a creative spirit in everyone! And the best way to find it is by just getting started.

Never fear. Just do.
And figure it out as you go along.”

That spoke to me. Always feel I am not crafty or artsy enough……Looking forward to what’s ahead and VERY much excited.

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful gift with everyone. God bless you and your family!


43 Jamie Von Essen August 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

Hi Dana! I really enjoy how you present and teach. My mom came to visit and while shopping at Hobby Lobby, we picked up the mag “Where Women Create” and I swear you were in there! Am I right? The organized notions in your studio inspired me to do the same, and I have to say I love it! Thank you! Please please make more videos…there just aren’t enough. I often network for you when I meet new “sewies” because you make things simple and that’s what keeps people coming back! If it’s too complicated, they give up. Much respect, Jamie


44 Dana August 20, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Thanks Jamie!
That’s really nice to hear!
I actually wasn’t in Where Women Create, but I’ve flipped through that before and love many of those spaces…..so I’m glad you thought it was me! :) Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for the email,
- Dana


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