ASK DANA

Have a question about sewing, design, photography, food, my favorite movie, why I still have a crush on Justin Timberlake? anything like that.
Send me an email and I’ll try to answer it in my Ask Dana series.
danawillard (at) gmail (dot) com

Here’s what I’ve answered so far….

* How do I cut a straight line on fabric?
* How much of your kid’s wardrobe is handmade by you? (I’m feeling guilty about buying clothing at the store)
* How do you set up your photo shoots?
* Is your house always as clean as it looks in your photos?

along with these FAQs too..

 

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1 chelsea January 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

The new look is great, Dana! Just a question, how about an “Ask Dana” about creating buttons with HTML that people can grab and post on their own blogs?

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2 Michelle Fleming January 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

On Pinterest someone had pinned home made salsa from your website but I can’t find it and I would love to have the recipe.

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3 Tiffany Kelley January 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a sewing machine and serger for a beginer? I love sewing and have made a few of your patterns (Thank You) I can’t see myself spending $500 plus on each macine when I’m just starting out, but my old hand me down basic machine just isn’t cutting it.

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4 Michelle April 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Tiffany, I do know at some establishments (sewing stores) you can purchase a good sewing maching for $100 and receive free sewing classes. Be Bless

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5 Amanda May 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm

You should go to a reputable shop and ask about buying an older, used machine. A inexpensive new machine probably won’t last more than a year or two with moderate use. You can often find older, metal machines for a great price that will last a long time, with proper care.

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6 jANICE January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’ve been making cream pies for over 25 years, everyone loves my coconut cream, but my cream pies just about always weep, altho I’ve tried many different techniques, can you explain what causes this? Thanks

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7 Heather Leigh January 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

My undergrad was in food science… When you cook starch with liquid, the carbohydrate molecules branch out and bind with water molecules in your cooking liquid, producing a thickening effect because that water is no longer free.

As time goes on, the starch will return to its resting state and you see weeping.

Commercial mixes avoid this by using seaweed carbohydrate (such as carageenan) and other stuff that holds tighter and longer than the starches used by home cookies.

But home cream pies should be eaten within three days anyway for food safety reasons, so you shouldn’t have a terrible amount of weeping in that time frame.

Hope this helps! :)

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8 Sally January 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Where do you buy the cute white sleeveless ruffle shirts little girls have on with the market skirts thank you sally

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9 Marianne Z January 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Dana,

LOVE YOUR BLOG! At what size a piece of fabric do you throw away and what size would you keep? I have a drawer full of pieces of fabric that I can’t decide if I will ever use and I need some guidance on this. Please help… Mare

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10 Kary January 29, 2012 at 1:23 am

What size seam allowance should I use on the diaper cover pattern?

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11 Dana January 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

about a 1/2 inch

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12 Norma Jean January 30, 2012 at 12:11 am

Do you know which fabric shops in Mpls/St Paul carry Sunbrella? Thanks, Norma Jean

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13 Valerie February 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

What is the name and brand of the aqua paint in your living room? I noticed it when I was looking at the decorating with portraits feature today. I am searching for a similar aqua for my office/craft room. Thanks!

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14 Jackie February 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

I am so impressed by your website tutorials. I want to start sewing right at away but I don’t own a sewing machine. Where I should buy one on a college budget and what kind? I have very very little experience sewing but I want to learn.

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15 Charlotte February 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

How do I sew elastic directly onto fabric? (without using casing)

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16 Linda February 23, 2012 at 12:31 am

Hey,
I would love to make the Warhol dress for my daughter, but the link does not seem to be working. Is there something wrong with it, or is it my computer. Please help!
Thanks

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17 Jamie February 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Someone posted a Girls Toddler one shoulder dress from your website… can’t find it.. Would be perfect for my flower girl.

Thanks!

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18 Dana February 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

it might be the Warhol Dress?
http://www.danamadeit.com/warhol-dress-free
Hope that helps!

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19 Leah Joy Sample March 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Dana! I have a quick question for you. (: I was wondering if you would be willing to share with me the way that you have your little clothing labels/tags made? I am looking forward to selling a few of my things in the near future and would like to have some designed before I send anything out! (: Thanks so much!

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20 Vicki March 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

You have a post on dyeing baby clothes. The baby is lying on a blanket that I would like to knit. Do you have the pattern?

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21 Dana March 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm

sorry I actually bought that at a thrift store so I don’t have any pattern details! Wish I did!

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22 Lisa March 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Would you want to do a craft meetup in Austin? Some other bloggers have done this in other cities and I thought it sounded fun. Plus, yours is one of my favorites! :)

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23 Katie Kelly March 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

HI Dana, I was wondering if you could show use how to turn a t-shirt into a tank top, or give me a few tips. My brothers want me to turn a few of their t-shirts (like you would see on urban outfitters) but I’m nervous to start cutting them up. I’m mainly nervous about the trim around the arms and collar.

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24 Diana April 4, 2012 at 1:52 am

Just saw your posting about your fabric book. What a helpful resource! As a FIT grad, I’m used to seeing large crazy books that contain information like that and it’s usually not available to those not directly involved with design. Where did you get that canvas tote with the blue bottom??

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25 Kristin George April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Hi Dana!

First of all, I LOVE your blog! Your creativity is contagious and makes me want to sew even more. Do you have any tips for another mom on how to balance family time and creative time?

Thanks,
Kristin

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26 Laura April 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Hi, I was wondering do you know any easy ways to make a pattern for a vest or even good go to patterns for that?

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27 Dana April 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

you could try this kids vest pattern I have here:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-and-pattern-frontier-vest.html

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28 Iris April 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

Did you release pictures of your kids to other websites? I saw them & thought they looked familiar.

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29 brook kelly April 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

hi Dana i have been looking for a sewing machine for a little while and was wondering what machine you would recommend and what kind do you have? i want a good machine to wear i can sew denim and some thinker material.

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30 Cindy April 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

I was wondering where you found that fabulous lace you put on the front of the Dessert Beauty Shirt Dress. I love it, and would like to order some. Thank you.

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31 Michelle April 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Greetings Dana! You have indeed gave me hope. My daughter is 8 and she is growing out of her clothes fast and I am tired of constantly trying to purchase clothes that is a little to “grown” for her. She still loves the little skirts that you made and show on your website for she is a “girly girl”. My qeustion to you is, how do you make “adjustable” elastic waistbands? I know at at certaint age such waistbands dose not exist. You are a blessing!

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32 Dana April 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

hi Michelle, the flat front pants tutorial has some info on adjustable waistbands. Maybe this will help:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-kid-pants-with-a-flat-front.html

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33 Stephanie April 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hey Dana
So on Sunday I made my daughter a pair of pants using your basic pant tutorial. This is not the first time I have made them but it was the first time I used flannel if that means anything. When it was time for her to put them on so I could hem them, the pants did not fit over her hinny :( Any suggestions on how I can fix them without having to start over?
Anything would be a help!!

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34 Dana April 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

The pattern is made for a slender toddler (my kids are bean poles). So you could add more room in the bum area. Just extend the sloping part of the pants on the back. Use a pair of pants that you already own to guestimate how big to make them.
I’m not sure you can do anything at this point though to make them bigger…..other than slim them down and make doll pants? or baby pants for a friend? Sorry about that!

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35 adriana dehring April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Hi Dana! I finished making 3 simple skirts for my girls over the weekend and they are so adorable (my oldest excitedly wore hers to school today)! My question is that they do the whole “longer in front, higher in back” thing because of the way it sits on them…could it be that I need to adjust the elastic to be tighter so they stay in place more? (Right now they sit more along their hips but are loose enough that the elastic is not even stretched when they wear it. (Note: I meticulously checked the length all the way around prior to and after sewing to be sure it was even, so I know that isnt the issue). Many thanks for your input when you have a moment…

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36 Dana April 24, 2012 at 12:45 am

hmmm, you could always make the skirt from two pieces (rather than one long piece of fabric) and cut the back fabric so it dips down about an inch longer in the back? Maybe that would help.
I’ve never really had that problem with my kids.
sorry!

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37 Beverly Longe April 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I liked the Adoily-able T-shirt you made for Lucy in May 2018, FamilyFun. Went to blog but couldn’t find it. Went to archives Jan + Feb. Where should I look? Thank you.

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38 Dana April 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks! And sorry about that! I need to have it linked in the tutorial section. whoops.
here you go:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/02/tutorial-doily-heart-shirt.html

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39 Clare Jackson April 29, 2012 at 1:10 am

Hi Dana, I’m a huge fan of your work/ talent… Unfortunately I’m not as nearly creative but have the utmost respect for those who are. My question is do you create for others, sell the clothing you make, or orders?

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40 Dana May 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I don’t sell clothing. I do sell some patterns and my book but mostly, I share ideas and tutorials here on the site. Sorry about that!

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41 Leah May 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Hi Dana!

Do you have any tips on making a pageant cupcake style skirt? On what base to use to start?

Thanks so much!

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42 Dana May 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

hmmm. not sure what that is exactly….but maybe a layered skirt like this:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/03/tutorial-the-layered-skirt.html
You can adapt the steps to any age/any size

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43 Leah May 3, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks so much! Will definitely try this one!

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44 Theresa May 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

What is the best serger to buy? I’m looking for one but I’m confused on which to get. I’m just going to be making my own clothes, nothing more – so I don’t need something terribly fancy. I just need it to get the job done. Any suggestions?

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45 Dana May 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

here’s some great serger info from a local sewing shop here. Hope it helps!
http://stitchlab.biz/serger_recs.html

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46 Sarah May 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hello Dana, can you show us a tutorial to make a peasant blouse for children?

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47 Natalie May 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Hi Dana,
What fabric would you suggest to recover the seats on my kitchen chairs? I have 3 kids 6, 4, and 1 and need something spill proof and durable and would love a fun pattern or bright color. Thanks!

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48 Brea Craig May 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Hi Dana,
First of all, I love your blog. You have the best tutorials out there. I almost always end up here when I’m looking for something for my kids (especially). My delima: I have a 3 month old boy and he has zero shorts for summer, and I have tons of fabric and notions to make him some. However, I cannot find a pattern for shorts that small and I have none to use as a guide. Do you have any patterns for purchase or any suggestions. I have been scouring the internet with no prevail. Any help or direction or pattern for purchase would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

Brea

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49 Helen May 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hi Dana,
just wondering if you have your pants pattern available in a larger size (ie a size 6). I love the pants on my younger daughter (and your tutorial was just so easy to follow!), but am not confident to increase the size for my six year old.
thank you
Helen

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50 Mirjam Gille November 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

I was about to ask the same thing!

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51 Maude Estee June 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hello Dana,
Love your blog! You have helped me more than once.
I was wondering, when you posted the tote bag tutorial, I was under the impression that it would be a “series”….am I correct? Or, did you place the basic tutorial suggesting other ways to re-vamp the tote? I was confused and was anxious that it would actually be a series because it love tote bags.

Thank you,

maude

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52 Dana August 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

It’s an ongoing series. You can see all versions in the Tutorials tab under “bags”:
http://www.danamadeit.com/tutorials

Here are a few of my favorites…..
Placemat Bags:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2014/05/tutorial-placemat-bags.html

Reversible Tote:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/07/tutorial-reversible-lined-color-blocked-tote.html

Dishtowel and Napkin totes:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/04/celebrate-mom-and-tutorial-dishtowel-and-napkin-totes.html

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53 Marianne June 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I would love to make your President’s Day shirts for the 4th of July, but every time I click on the link for the downloads it takes me to some google drive page. I’m not computer smart, so I have no idea what to do. Is the link broken? Please help! Thanks! Oh, and I love your blog!

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54 Dana August 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

Sorry about that. That’s a very old post and perhaps something happened when I switched blog formats. The good news is…you don’t need my image to make the shirt…. just do a google image search under “george washington profile” and you’ll something good to use!

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55 sharon June 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

I just bought some ponte roma knit fabric because i love the color and lines of the fabric. it’s kinda heavier than regular interlock knit. what would you suggest i could make with it? thanks!

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56 amy June 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Hi Dana,

I am wondering if you have any tips for working with cashmere. I want to make shirts/dresses for my kids out of recycled cashmere but am unsure of the best way to do this due to unraveling etc.. (I don’t want to felt it).

Thanks! I love your site!

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57 Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Hi Dana, I am a very newbie into sewing and I was following your tutorial on sewing elastic and I’m having the worst time in getting the fabric sewn from pin to pin without a bunch of extra fabric. I’m even pulling in both directions and my line isn’t straight either. Any tips?

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58 Jeannine July 5, 2012 at 8:04 am

I found your site by googling kids pants patterns. I love your stuff and you make it so easy to follow with not only step-by-step instructions, but pictures. I’m new to sewing, but I’m getting the itch to do it more and I keep thinking that I know I could MAKE things for a fraction of the cost of buying a made products. Thanks for your tutorials and patterns. I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m definitely going to try some of your wonderful ideas!

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59 Tracy July 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

The newly posted little pink crocheted bonnet is just gorgeous and I’d love to make it, where would I find a pattern?

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60 Dana July 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Simply Modern Mom made it for my baby. I don’t have a tutorial link but you can browse her site or email her about it:
http://www.simplymodernmom.com/

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61 Carrie July 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hi Dana, love the diaper cover pattern. Wanted to try it, but was wondering if you’ve ever lined them with the PUR plastic that could be used inside a diaper bag etc. Just curious if it would be difficult to work with? And, if it would make the covers retain the babies body heat and be too hot?

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62 Dana July 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I’ve never tried that but you definitely could. I would prob make a sizer larger than you think to accommodate the extra fabric lining.

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63 kat July 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

Hi Dana, I have a question about cascading vertical ruffles. I want to do some for a dress I am going to be making, but I can’t get them to lay flat. I want to use cotton woven because that is what I will be using for the rest of the dress. ( The main fabric is a blue cotton organdy.) What technique would you suggest? I am really scratching my head over this one!! Thanks for your help!!

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64 Connie July 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Dana,

I am trying to make 2″ bias tape with your “1/2 yard” instructions. (great instruction b-t-w!) I can only find the Clover 2″ bias tape maker. I know that there is another brand…can your wonderful sewing-brain help??

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65 Maribel Krohn July 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Dana,

Did you have a posting on how to make bats for halloween?

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66 Dana July 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

not a full tutorial just a few tips in the original post here:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/10/halloween-costumes-2011-into-the-dark-knight.html

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67 Gretchen July 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hi Dana! I just saw your post about creating your own patterns (you make it look so easy!) but I am having some difficulties that maybe you can help me with. I am trying to find some patterns for a 50′s style swing dress that is sleeveless. And the free pattern I keep finding has sleeves, and the patterns I have to buy aren’t what I am looking for. It’s hard to explain what I am looking for, but it’s for my bridesmaids dresses. But any help on how to make a pattern would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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68 Dana July 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I would check out this book that I reviewed on my site:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/11/the-colette-sewing-handbook-an-inverview-with-sarai-and-a-treat.html

The author Sarai does all sorts of cool vintage and 50s styles and her book is very detailed about sewing dresses to fit your particular body size.
Anyway, her ideas/concepts might help you.
Good luck!

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69 Maymunah August 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hi Dana I love your website. Could you please recommend
A sewing book that explains sewing techniques From A-Z e.g best way to do a staystitch or understitch. I am also looking for a book on pattern drafting thanks. I can’t wait to purchase you book FAbric A-Z I’ve always wanted to know more about the different types of fabric out there and how I can use them now I can

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70 Misty Hodel August 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Dana….I love the tutorial on crib sheets. My dilemma is that I would like to make my own toddler flat sheet for my son’s bed instead of having to buy a 4-piece toddler bed set. I have several crib sheets from when he was a baby because I’m able to use the same mattress from the crib for the toddler bed. So, i don’t want to waste the $ on more things than I really need. Any advice for how to make a flat sheet? Thanks!

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71 Dana August 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I would just measure the mattress, then add enough inches all around for it overhang and be tucked in at the bottom, then add some hem room on all sides. Look at your standard Twin size flat sheets to see how they’re put together and then size it down.

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72 Sadaf August 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

Hi Dana, You’ve given great tutorials on freezer paper stenciling, and I thought this question could be related. What do you do with clothes that have painted images/words which you might not like (like something that was given as a gift)? I have several such kids’ clothes (mostly shirts), but I don’t want to throw them out or give them away, and can’t figure out how to remove those painted images! Any tips?

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73 Evelyn August 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

Hi Dana, I have tried to follow the instructions for the adult circle skirt, first I am very bad at math. I followed the instructions to make the pattern for the 1/4 circle and something went wrong, my 1/4 circle came out so big that I would need 4 or more yards to make the skirt and somehow I know that’s not correct. My waist measurement is 34 inches (where did my 26 waistline go?) I added 2 inches to that and divided it by 6.28 which gave me 5.7 (5 3/4). I want the length to be about 34 to 36 inches because I want to make the skirt shorter in the front and longer in the back. What I really would like to do is make a half circle and place it on the fold of the fabric this way I can place the waist circle where I want it to be.

Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!
Evelyn

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74 susan g August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

i know sewing with knits is supposed to be easy, but………i can NOT get it right!! I’m trying to make skirts with light weight cotton knit shorts sewn into them (for modesty on active little girls). my sewing machine (brother) keeps eating my fabric (the needle presses it down into the presser foot plate as i try to sew a seam. I’m using a ball point needle and a walking foot. what am i doing wrong?????

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75 Senna October 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I have the same problem with my brother. It’s very frustrating. I’m going to try sewing with lightweight paper underneath the fabric to see if that helps.

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76 Linda August 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

Hi! I love your site! A few weeks ago I found a post of yours with a pic of a little girl (that you had torn out of a magazine). She was wearing a wool skirt with suspenders. I can’t find it anymore… If you remember what I am thinking about maybe you could help me. If I want to make something like that for my little girl, can I just make a circle skirt, and add suspenders, or is it more complicated then that? Thank you for creating such a lovely website. You have inspired me to get into sewing again. I have sewed shorts for my two boys and skirts for my daughter.

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77 Alisa Cutcher August 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

Morning Dana!
Just curious if you had stashed away in your “bag of goodies” a template or tutorial on how to make simple Car seat covers for the adults in the car? I haven’t come across any that seem to be streamlined as your tutorials are. Any help or suggestions would be fabulous….your site is helping the “beginning sewer” that I am want to continue. Thanks for sharing your talent and enthusiasm for the craft with us.
Alisa

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78 Sheila September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Where did you purchase the double fold bias tape makers and what brand are they?

I have been looking for bias tape makers and all I can find are single fold.

I would appreciate any info.

Thanks
Sheila palkowitsh

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79 Dana September 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

they’re all single fold but after you make the single fold tape, you fold it in half (by hand) and iron it so that it’s double fold. If you look back in this post you can see the tips showing the single-fold/double-fold measurements. Meaning….if you want 1/2 inch double fold tape, you need to get a 1 inch bias tape maker.

You can buy bias tape makers online from Joanns. They’re Clover brand
I have this one (which makes 1/2 inch double fold):
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/08/just-making-40-yards-of-bias-tape-over-here.html
and this one which ends up making 1 inch double-fold:
http://www.joann.com/clover-bias-tape-maker-2-/prd791794/

hope that helps!

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80 allison howell September 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hello! I love love love your blog and all the super easy tutorials. I am a self-taught wannabe seamstress and always use your site as a reference. I had a question though. I was wanting to add some lace (as a trim or maybe make into a flower) to my daughter’s dress but was a little unsure about how to go about it. Could you give me any tips? Hope to hear from you!!!

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81 Daniela Fuentes September 18, 2012 at 2:12 am

My LO is 2yo. As he is still in cloth diapers we are using 3T jeans, but they are a bit long.
I was thinkting if it is possible to ad some sort of lining so i can fold them out and show a cute pattern that also protects the denim from wearing ?

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82 Laura September 21, 2012 at 4:50 am

Hello Dana,

I like your blog very much, and I love all those fabric prints that you use for the children’s clothes. I’m not from US and I was wandering if you could recommend a fabric shop that delivers international with materials both user and budget friendly.

Thank you

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83 Sarah September 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hi Dana!

I love your blog! I wish I has half as talented as you are when it comes to sewing and photography. You just make everything look so, pretty! I am working on some semi-homemade Halloween costumes and I wanted to see if you had ever made shoe covers. I want to make felt pirate boot covers for the kids to wear over the shoes to match their costumes because I need something cheap and I have had no success finding actual shoes. Do you have any patterns or ideas for something like that? Thank you so much!! Have a blessed day :)

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84 Jess September 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I’ve been sewing and using your tutorials for a few years now and I absolutely love them! You tend to be my go-to for project ideas and tutes. Up until now, I’ve just been using my simple singer sewing machine that my hubby got me off craigslist…at the time of purchase I had no idea if I’d really get into it. But I did. Now, I’m at the point where I’m considering buying a serger. You mention/use it in almost every tutorial. BUT, I’m seriously about them and how they work. I only know their end product. Have you ever done a post about them or considering an educational 101 post about them?!? Or can maybe point me in the right direction?! Thanks SO much!!!

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85 Melinda October 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hi, Dana. Can I just say how lovely I think you are, first off? Your site is wonderful, and I’m so excited to make some of your adorable outfits for my soon-to-be granddaughter. I’ve just finished a diaper cover from your tutorial, but I don’t have a printer, and I wasn’t sure about the size on my computer screen, so I winged it on some pattern paper. Dimensionally, I did well. But size-wize… I think it’s a little tiny even for a newborn. I know I shouldn’t complain, as you graciously provided this pattern for free, but could you provide inches with the pattern? I’m self-taught (I took one class at Parsons, so I am able to figure out patterns), and it took me seven (interrupted) hours to make that first diaper cover. Please don’t laugh. I’m going to give it another go, slightly enlarging my pattern, but I would love to feel confident that my hard work will get the benefit of being worn. The one I made is the cutest thing ever, but I think it’s preemie sized. Thank you!

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86 myriah October 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi!
I’m wondering if you have any advice for someone trying to sew a Suzy Bishop inspired dress without a pattern. (for halloween) Can it be done? lol.
thanks!
love your site!
Myriah

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87 Stephanie October 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

Bonjour!
Dana, bravo for your friendly, inspiring, lovely blog!
My question today is about yellow. Just like you, I’m a big fan of yellow but I seem to be unable to choose the right shade when it comes to paint! It’s really easy to pick the wrong yellow for the wrong project. (I smiled at your Mountain Dew sewing room!) I really love your yellow crib and was wondering if you have any reference/brand for the paint used?
Merci!
Stephanie

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88 Annie R. October 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I would love to start selling & get labels printed up…but my hesitation is that I’m not sure about what name to go with. How do I check to make sure that no one else is using a name already and do I need to do anything to register my name somewhere?

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89 echo October 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

hi dana- i am hoping to buy a serger soon. i have been saving up for quite awhile, but i am unsure of what to get. any advice or suggestions would be extremely helpful and much appreciated. thanks

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90 Sumaiya khan October 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

Hi dana
Please advice me how to take measurement for kids pants from the age of 1 years to 5 years,

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91 Hope October 22, 2012 at 2:51 am

Hi, my name is Hope. I recently found out that I will be meeting my fourth niece. She’s about 1 year and 5 months old. I have some experiencing with sewing, and I’d like to make the Warhol dress and the tiered skirt… Any suggestions for somebody who isn’t exactly the best person to make something?

P.S. Do you know how to make a diaper bag? Hopefully it’s cheaper then buying one!

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92 Darlene October 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

Hi Dana!

Just noticed you live in Austin. Woohoo. :)

Any chance you’re going to the Texas Women’s Conf this Wed. (Oct. 24) specifically the >> SparkandHustle.com/events/tx-conference-for-women/ Bootcamp?

If so, would love to say ‘hello.’

darlene :)

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93 maymunah November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hi Dana.
I don’t know if you missed my questions above. But I’ll poat it again. could you please recommend a good pattern drafting book for beginners that explain with pictures how to draft patterns from scratch.

Thank you

thanks for your time and effort

maymunah

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94 Shannon November 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Hi Dana, I just want to know where I can get the fabric you used on the Rollie Pollie design. More specifically, the grayish one with the white flower heads on it. I have been looking for quite some time now to make my own bean bags for my children. However, until now, I have not found a fabric that I loved.

Thank you!
Shannon

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95 Sally December 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hi Dana – a few days ago I downloaded the pattern for the perfect diaper cover – do you have the instructions to add the ruffles etc for all the sizes – I have seen the instructions but canot find them on Pintrest now.
Thanks

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96 Reine December 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

Hi Dana
I’m also a mother of three from Belgium, and I’m completely new at sewing ( although I have successfully made two different skirts following your super-clear tutorials).
For Christmas, I’ve bought my mother a new mobile phone, and would now like to make a pocket for it, so that she can put it in her handbag safely. Do you think I could slightly adapt one of your bags/pillow covers or so to create a little pouch? If so, which one would be best?
Thanks!
Reine

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97 atti December 28, 2012 at 3:06 am

Hello
Emm how to make a collar shirt? would you plz tell us to stitch different style of collar.

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98 Jessie Bullas January 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Hi Dana.
I was wondering what type of sewing machine you use?
thanks
Jessie
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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99 nancy moll November 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I’m also wondering what kind of sewing machine you use.

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100 Lynn January 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

You are truly inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing! xoxo from Oregon.

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101 Shannon January 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Dana, I would love to know where to get the fabric you used for your bean bags. One was a grayish purple with what looked like white stars. I have been trying to make some but can’t find a fabric I love u til now. Please advise

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102 Carolyn January 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I am making a sheet for a cradle that the mattress measures 37x19x2. My question is how big of a corner square should I be cutting out? Everything I’m reading is for a standard crib mattress with an 8″ square. I’m a bit confused. Everything else is self explanatory…………great instructions. Would appeciate an answer quickly as our baby is due any day now, thank you.

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103 Dana Glenn January 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hi Dana,
I too am named Dana, am a mother and crafter and am starting a blog as a way to both journal my crafty endeavors, and share with family and friends. I was wondering if you have ever had any negative experiences from featuring your children, with their real names in your blog. I have been a frequent visitor to your site, and some of the charm is the smiling faces of your little people. I’m torn, I’d love any insights you have about this.
You are an inspiration, thank-you!

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104 Tracy January 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Dana,

Could you give us a turorial or some info on your serger? i want one but am so intimidated by how complicated they are. I make clothing for my grand daughters and would love the finished touch of a serger.

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105 Elise January 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hi Dana, I’m looking at your freezer paper stencils but can’t find freezer paper. Would it have another name or where could I buy it from? Thanks!

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106 Jeanne Jones February 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

Look in the canning section of your grocery store. I finally had to ask for the location. Your store may have it in a different place. Also try the section with freezer bags.

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107 steph March 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hi Dana,
In your post about 13 diy fabrics, you mention that you can use acrylic paint mixed with a paint medium. The brand of acrylic paint you use is not Deco Art (by Americana, the same brand as the medium). Would you recommend or not recommend Deco Art? I’m planning to purchase paint this weekend, what do you recommend? Thanks!

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108 Karen March 8, 2013 at 4:34 am

Hi Dana,
Your website and blog are amazing! I’ve had so much fun making things for my kids. I haven’t sewn for some 25 years (my last foray into sewing may have involved a hot pink leopard print and bat wings in the late 80′s…. Tasteful!) And your tutorials have given me the confidence to sew again!
Anyway, I’d love to make some hooded towels, and I’m wondering if you have covered this somewhere?
Thanks heaps

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109 Chelle March 28, 2013 at 12:55 am

Hello Dana,
I have a new party project… trying to cover walls in folage. I am looking for a light weight recycable, non woven fabric in dark green. (disposable) but not plastic where would i find a roll of it???

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110 Chelle March 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

Hello Dana,
I have a new party project… trying to cover walls in folage. I am looking for a light weight recycable, non woven fabric in dark green to fill in behind the folage. where would i have good luck finding it? thank you!

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111 Devin March 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Hello Dana!!
I really wanted to make a bolg.. But i cant find one. What type of “blog” did you use? Oh and I love all of your baby clothing!!!

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112 ann peacock April 19, 2013 at 5:31 am

Hi Dana just seen a lovely picture on FB of a little dress from your site ,Ihave looked and looked but can not find it .It`s called The Shirt Dress. Please can you help? Iwould love to make one for my great neice
Kind regards Ann Peacock

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113 water filter pitcher May 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

I went over this site and I conceive you have a lot
of wonderful info, saved to favorites (:.

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114 Maria V Thomas May 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Hi Dana, Thank you for tutorial Fiesta Skirts. I am living in Atlanta. I am following you for a few months. I love all that you do. I am Colombian. Could you tell me where I will find in this city ribbons, elastics in different colors and sizes, also fabrics. I went at Joann’s but they had just regular sizes and colors and too expensive for me. I wanted to make several and I wanted to purchase by the yard.
Please tell me how I will get from you skirt pattern?

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115 DAnielle May 6, 2013 at 5:32 am

Hi. I have made my son your kids flat front pants from your pattern. He is only just turned 2 and once made they were way too long (just made a big hem) but were too small around the waist. He doesn’t wear a nappy and it fell nicely from his bottom but were too tight around the hips and waist and it wasn’t high enough at his back but sat nicely in the front. How can I alter the pattern?? I am very new at sewing but find it hard to afford nice clothes. I bought a pair from markets that fit him soo nicely and we got comments about them all the time. Now they are too small and want some nice ones for winter and thought it would be nice to make a pair for my 2 older boys as well. Thanks for the free pattern. Just having trouble working out how to adjust it to work without making a batch of pants till we get the right one!

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116 Pam May 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I was so impressed with your bias tape tutorial, but I have a question…..I bought the Clover 1 inch bias maker and was wondering do I cut the strips in 1 1/4 in strips so as to fit in the maker ?
I made some 1 inch strips but they are to small and when I iron them they seem to move around in the maker because they are smaller than the part of the maker that you feed the fabric into. understand ?? lol

Thanks, Pam

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117 freda May 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

Hi, i just came across this website. i desire to learn how to sew and i would
like to know the basic things i need to buy to start up.

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118 ana May 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

You had a tutorial on a baby romper & I can’t find it. I need it!!

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119 An May 31, 2013 at 8:10 am

Hi Dana,

I love your patterns for maken boys pants. My son is 4 but is so skinny he can fit the pattern you have on your website without having to make it wider (only longer :-) )
I have been trying to make him a shirt from knitted fabric that buttons down all the way (to match the shirt his dad has to wear to work) but I can’t seem to find any good patters, especially when it comes down to sewing the collar. Do you know of any good (and not too dificult) patterns I could use?

Thanks !

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120 jessica May 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hi, I am wondering where you buy your twin needles? I’d love to find a place to buy them in bulk, they are so expensive!

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121 maryum June 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

can you tell me how to make a waist band for a skirt in a detailed form???
its really hard for me understand because I’m new to sewing

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122 Anita June 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I want to make a cover for my swing. It has a canopy and a seat. I decided to cut off the existing covering to use to make a pattern. I have the paper to do that. I am not sure I can do this.My dad was a tailor and insisted that I sew his way and that has always gotten in the way of my finishing anything. That is no longer an issue. Do you have any tips for me before I cut my fabric?

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123 tabrina meyer June 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hi Dana, i was wondering where i could find the fabric that you used on the HOBO BAG i believe it is called hounds tooth print maybe, i would really like to make some for my nephews in that print of bag and striped string, i hope you can help me thanks

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124 Jennifer June 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Hi Dana,
Where do you purchase your MADE labels from?
Thanks,
Jennifer

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125 Elva H'ng June 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi Dana,

Which sewing machine would you recommend?

Thanks,
Elva

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126 Betty Grove July 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I would like to purchase the pattern to make the “All The Colors In The Box” dress. I cannot find it on the site and it is absolutely adorable. Please let me know where I can find the pattern.
Many thanks,
Betty

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127 Allison Hertzler July 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Hi! Do you have a pattern for fleece winter jammies or fleece nightgowns? If not; do you have one you’d rec’d?
Thanks!

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128 Shannon July 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Good afternoon,I was wanting to ask if you could possibly show a tutorial on how one could make a no sew maxi dress/skirt.Also,is it possible to make a no sew circle skirt? Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.

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129 Janette July 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Any idea where to buy some of the gauze material to make some baby swaddling blankets? With sweet patterns on them??

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130 maryum July 31, 2013 at 7:36 am

Dana can you please make a tutorial on how to make a pocket in a candy bag?

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131 Brandy July 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I have a sewing machine but no time to sew. Is there anywhere I could buy pants just like the kid pants? I’m looking for some made with very thin cotton for summer. My allergic eczema boy needs something to protect him from contact allergies particularly under his knees in this hot SC weather!

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132 maryum August 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

hi Dana

i want to buy fabric and bias tape for one of your projects but i don’t know where to buy it from…
can you please give me some advise?

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133 Rodney August 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Hi Dana,

My wife and I are having a house built and our builder is painting the interior walls one color of our choosing with the ceiling and moldings painted white. My wife chose China Doll (Sherman Williams). I am worried that this will make our interior appear dull. I want to accent a wall in the living room with a yellow or a green shade. I would like your opinion on a color that will help bring life to the room and match China Doll. I have not mentioned my concerns to my wife, who is six months pregnant and very emotional. I would like your input before making a suggestion to her and I want it to appear that I know what I am talking about.

Thank you
Rod

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134 Dara Clavier August 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi,

I am looking for your Frontier Vest Pattern. I went to your pattern shop and did not see it.

PS You are amazingly talented….. Love your work :)

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135 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm
136 Barb K August 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Do you have a tutorial for fabric flowers that I can attach to a onesie to go along with the easy circle skirt I made from your web site. And how to make a ruffle to go on the fanny end of the onesie?
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial !!!

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137 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Maybe these are what you’re looking for?
http://www.danamadeit.com/2010/10/not-as-good-as-heathers-but-trying.html
Hope that helps!

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138 Candice October 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

Dear Dana,
I’m upcycling an old sweater into a mini-man vest & came across your brilliant tutorial for doing just that using ribbed binding. I am experiencing frustrating difficulty in sewing a straight stitch for the binding, and getting skipped stitches. Any hints here? I’ve adjusted tension for the needle and bobbin, tried and tried again with scrap swatches of the ribbing, and cleaned out any lint. Using a Janome Mystyle 655, and size 9 needle, which should be ok, as it catches when sewing on the upcycled sweater fabric alone.
Please help! Thank you!

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139 Carol Brown October 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Where in the Austin area are you building? We lived in Austin from 1960 to 2004. Then we moved to the Lampasas area and have been building an addition to an old Texas farmhouse. I have gotten to watch all the construction steps and have loved it. I have been stressed with all the decisions one has to make. I LOVE your green door. Ours will be a forest green color….more traditional for an old place. I enjoyed your tour. Your children are precious.

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140 Melisa October 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Dana
Love your stuff. I am obsessed with the baby basket you made for your toddlers kitty out of the fanfare fabric. I am dying to make it for my toddler for Christmas do u know when a pattern will be available ? Hopefully really really soon ?:)

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141 Dana October 30, 2013 at 1:02 am

I’m working on the pattern right now and hope to have it out in the next couple weeks! I definitely want to get it out in time for people to sew for Christmas…so thank you for being patient! :)

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142 Anne Schanne October 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I am gathering fabric with designs of the different states. Do you carry any fabric with the Texas logo?

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143 Val Stenmark October 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Do you know if you can successfully dye lululemon shorts. I have a pair of orange ones that I got brown concrete paint on them. Thinking about dying them black. Do you think it would work on that type of material…..poly and spandex. Any idea of the cost to do this project? Thanks, Val

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144 Dana October 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

If they’re made of cotton fabric, they should dye well. Polyester or blended fabrics are more tricky. But you can look for dyes at the store that are meant for polyester fabrics.

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145 elizabeth November 3, 2013 at 4:12 am

Please help me find the free pattern for the little diaper cover pants. I made them for my granddaughter ages ago….alas! I can’t find the pattern and have to make some for my grandson now. For some reason I get “error” everytime I click on them on your website.
Kind regards from a desperate granny

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146 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm

You should be able to download it from this post:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-perfect-diaper-cover.html

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147 Holly mouton November 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hi Dana!! My friend Stephanie is a big fan of yours and encouraged me to message you bc my family is moving to austin in 4 days!!!! Yikes! I have two kiddos 2 and 5 and need recommendations for a nanny, daycare, preschool…… You get the idea. We are looking at the north pflugerville area or round rock if that matters. Thanks!!!!

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148 Erika November 16, 2013 at 6:48 am

Hi, what program you use to draw the pattern? Thanks ;)

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149 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Adobe Illustrator

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150 Anna Vancell November 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

Hi Dana,

I love your projects, I have many desires to make the baby doll basket for my little princess Ona, I would like to give it on Christmas.

Tanks to your projects and your sewing blog!!!

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151 Melanie Kennedy November 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I had found your website about a couple months ago. There was a recipe that had half dipped cookies and I was hoping to make them. Now I can’t seem to locate it on your website. Thank you in advance.

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152 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm

ooo yummy. Now I want one! :)
Those are the Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Softies with Chocolate Nibs:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/12/because-everythings-better-with-dark-and-white-chocolate.html

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153 Karen December 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi Dana,
I purchased the baby doll basket pattern last week. I have read it thoroughly 3 times and highlighted info I needed to not forget. I just printed out the pattern pieces and was getting ready to cut.
I have two questions.
You said to cut the pattern twice for the side and the center. I am making the small size first. Do I cut on the small outer line for both times? The other question- I noticed that the lining line is one half inch smaller than the outer line. Do I want it smaller? I thought it needed to be the same size as the outer fabric so that when you stitch them together they fit. What am I missing here?

I am looking forward to starting this as soon as possible. Christmas is creeping up quickly and I am making two — two granddaughters.
Thank you for the pattern and your assistance,
Karen

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154 Susan December 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

Hi Dana!

Quick question…what sewing machine would you recommend for a beginner+ sewer?

Thanks!!!
Susan

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155 karen orsua January 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi Dana,
I lover your site!! I downloaded the bootie pattern before Christmas and was waiting til after the holidays to watch the tutorial. I am unable to find it. Did I miss it? I purchased a bunch of fleece remnants from Joanne’s and want to make a few pairs for my 2 grandsons ages 8 months and 3 1/2 years.

Thank you for your help,
Karen Orsua

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156 Kim January 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

What do you think is the best elastic for baby leggings waistbands? There are so many options… Knit, knit non-roll, knit braided. So confused! ;)

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157 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

I prefer Knit elastic over other kinds because it stretches well and doesn’t roll in a waistband.

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158 anne January 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

hi dana,
my friend is looking for a very large chevron print to make a duvet cover and I thought might know where to find it. where might she find such a thing? thanks,anne

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159 Yvette January 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

I love your kid pants pattern, but I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on pants for a knock kneed kid : )
All of my son’s pants just don’t fit right. I tried researching how to change the pattern but was overwhelmed.
Thanks for your free tutorials! So helpful!

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160 Claudine February 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

when making the tee shirt you really rushed when showing how to put the band around the neck, could you explain how it is done in more detail? Thank you

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161 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Sorry about that. I have a detailed tutorial that walks through that part here:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/02/tutorial-and-free-pattern-5-steps-to-the-basic-tee.html

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162 Maria February 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hi Dana!

I want to order some fabric from Spoonflower, but I can’t figure out which is the best kind of fabric for children’s clothes :/ ?
There are 3 types of cotton and I want to sew a simple and soft T-shirt, so can u tell me which kind of fabric is best?

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163 Dana February 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Sorry I can’t really help you there. I’ve only used their knit fabric once and have never tried the other ones. I’m sure you could google your question and find some answers, or maybe look on their FAQ page.

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164 Latisha Farley February 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hello Dana. I just purchased your kids shorts pattern, and I was wondering how much extra seam allowance I should add to make French seams? Thank you.

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165 Dana February 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I’ve never sewn with french seams, so I’m not sure on that. The seam allowances are included in the pattern so I would so a google search for more info on french seams and go from there. Sorry!

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166 jenny dow February 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

Hi i wonder if you can help me. I love sewing for my grandchildren and daughter and sometimes i sew for friends. It is my hobby now i am retired. I thought it would be nice to have my own little label but do i have to register any name i decide on?
Thank you

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167 anita February 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

Will this pattern fit girls also

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168 Nika February 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

Hello Dana,
I love your blog and I have been sewing all my life I recently got into sewing clothes when my daughter was born in 2009. I want to make my own patterns and was wondering what if any program do you use to make your patterns. Is it completely DIY because right now that is the route I am using plus the vintage patterns I buy.

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169 Dana March 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

I don’t use a specific pattern-making program…..I draw them myself, then scan them into my computer, and then I trace them digitally in Adobe Illustrator to make them look nice.
Hope that helps!

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170 Nika March 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thank you that helps a great deal.

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171 KITA February 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I MISS DANA IM A BEGINNER SEWER. WHERE DO I START WHAT IS THE FIRST THING I SHOULD DO?

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172 Jessica February 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I am newbie to this beautiful world of sewing (when I say beginner, I mean like I am struggling to thread my machine, haha). Do you or have you ever considered making videos on sewing for beginners? Or do you have any that you would recommend?

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173 Kevin February 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I only want to learn to sew garments for myself (I’m a meanie. ha) I have no serger at this time. What sewing machine thread would you recommend for sewing men’s garments? I love your site, btw. Thank you for all you do to help your fellow sewists.

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174 Jenny February 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hi there!
I would like to sew decorative ribbon onto the circle skirt ( the one that has thewide elastic waistband). I am not sure how much ribbon to use and what happens when the elastic stretches?
I want the ribbon to follow horizontally around the waist band ( like stripe, if you will)

PLEASE HELP!! THANK YOU!

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175 Rachel Robinson March 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Okay Dana, I’m obsessed with the Gauze baby swadling blankets. BUT… there is no cute gauze that is printed! I need gauze that has designs and patterns in it. Are these people stamping the patterns on white gauze? I need to know the secrets!

Perhaps there’s a paint you can buy to stamp a design on? Or some secret supplier in China has all the secrets! Any ideas?

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176 Aundrea March 4, 2014 at 2:43 am

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177 Aisel Flores March 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

Hi Dana,

I saw your new vieo while searching a tutorial of making t-shirt in Youtube then I came a cross to your channel. I liked your teaching method and finally visit your website.

By the way I am a mother of 2 boys and planning to resign in a corporate word of doing 8-5 work everyday. I plan to make business at home but in a small capital only ny the way I am here now in middle east in Doha Qatar but we will be going home soon… that is why I keep on searcing for a good home business that will be my career in my home country Philippines. My question is what kind of machine should I buy? I will plan to do all your stuff and make market there in the Philippines. Please help. Thank you and God Bless Dana.

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178 Sunshine clemmons March 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

I’m an 11 yr old girl. I’m trying to make t-shirts for my brothers and sisters and cousins. Could you post one about an apron?

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179 Katelyn Smith March 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Hi Dana,
Summer is coming soon and I was thinking if you could do a video on a cute SUMMERY dress! I hope you choose my suggestion.

Thank you
Katelyn Smith

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180 Pam Stewart March 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

Hi Dana,
I love your website. I have not tried to sew in about 25 years. I am staying at home now trying to learn how to sew again. I want to sew for the oversized children. I am having a hard time finding just a plain elastic waist pants (no pockets, no zipper)pattern for a child that is over the size of 14 in a pattern. The child is only 10 yrs old and I would like to help this child look cute just like her friends. I would like to also know where would there be a good place to buy material online without spending a fortune. The parents of this child does not have a lot of money. Please help me!!
Thank you for your help,
Pam Stewart

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181 Lynda Kennedy March 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Hi Dana is there. Limited production license for the Rollie polled
Regards lynda

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182 Janet Willerson April 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I can’t get your short patterns to add to my cart. Any help? Thanks!!! Love your site and work.

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183 Georgia April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Hello Dana…absolutely love your site and videos!! I’m currently in the process of gathering all my materials to make the tutorial you have for elastic skirts for my daughter. I have a serger and have yet to learn how to use it. Do I serge the pieces first before sewing it together? Sorry…newbie here.

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184 Hip Hop Beat Makers April 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

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185 Laura G May 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I got a jersey maxi dress and it ended up being too small – and I can’t return it! I was thinking about ripping up the seams on the sides and either making slits or adding a strip of cool quilter’s cotton to give it a little more room. Do you have any thoughts for combining jersey and cotton? Would it help to sew it on a diagonal to use some of the stretch in the quilter’s cotton?

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186 bleu June 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Regarding your recent post : Guest Room makeover 2

Since I do not want to enter the paint competition, I guess I will have to ask questions here?

Anyways, just wonder if Yellow is your favorite color and Do you mind telling us the source of the headboard and the matching sideboard? They are gorgeous!

Thanks and have a great summer

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187 Dana June 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The headboard is from West Elm. And the sidetables are from Target :)
There’s a bit more info about the decor items in the post here:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2014/06/guest-room-makeover-2-before-and-after-along-the-coast.html

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188 bleu June 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for your time. I knew it, I need a new prescription for a pair of new glasses! :P

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189 eva June 7, 2014 at 1:18 am

hi

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190 eva June 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

Ok, so my comment was uploaded. I love your site. I was trying to find a good explanation on how to add elastic to a circle skirt and yours was very detailed. I even saw the video for the simple skirt. I am now going to finish my daughters double circle skirt for her floklorico dance class. Thanks from San Antonio, Texas. Go Spurs Go!!!

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191 Reta June 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hi Dana. Love your work. Liuta Dienst has pinned a dress on Pinterest that leads to your website. It is a cream background with red circular pattern on the fabric. The dress has a slightly fitted bodice and a full skirt. I would love to find this pattern. Are you able to help? Thank you.

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192 Dian June 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

Hello Dana,

I’m dian from indonesia, i’m so interesting about your tutorial. your video is awesome, sorry my english so bad, dana i wanna ask you how make to long skirt. do you wanna share with me? hehehe…. thank you dana.

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193 Holly Waldrop July 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I’m just getting into sewing & I seen to have taken to it rather quickly. I watched your YouTube video on how to make the double layer skirt & it turned out SO cute! :) I was wondering if you could help me with making pajama pants for my two step daughters (ages 3 & 6)? Please & Thank you! :)

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194 mayum July 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

i absolutely loved your website.And tried alot of stuff. just wanted to say that i tried making the yarn ball and it came out perfect . just a little twike that when i pinched the ball the top of my yarn ball kind of squished. any tip on avoiding that.
THNX xoxo

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195 mayum July 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

hi dana,
i can’t really find the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe on your website.Do you have any.
TANKS :)

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196 Elaine Rundle July 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Hi Dana, can you tell me the measurement rules for adding a stretch fabric to a woven fabric hemline, as I do not want it to appear gathered or too loose fitted. Thank You!

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197 pamela holst July 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hi Dana – A friend has made two pairs of adorable pants for her grandsons, and I would like to purchase the pattern. My grandson is 4, short, and has a little tummy. Even though he wants to dress as Darth Vader at my daughter’s wedding, this little ring bearer would look much nicer in a pair of pants with the large, lined pockets. I have the fabric already, but not sure where to find the pattern on your website. Thanks, Pam

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198 nancy July 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

what is the best way to make a skort (SKIRT WITH SHORTS UNDERNEATH)

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199 sharon August 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

What is the brand of the stuffed kitten in the baby basket sample? Love the basket!

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200 Dana August 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

I can’t remember. I got it at Joanns about a year ago. Sorry!

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201 Mel August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

Hi Dana,
I’ve a new Mum to a 12 week old Baby girl and a total newcomer to sewing. I bought a sewing machine and want to learn to make simple baby clothes with nice materials. I need a Pattern/ Tutorial for Trousers without elastic bands, only Drawstring! Can you help?
Best wishes,
Mel from London

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202 Dana August 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

I actually think it’s easier to make pants with elastic in the waistband than a drawstring….but you can use my pattern and do a drawstring in them if you’d like:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-and-pattern-kid-pants-the-basic-pants.html
or this:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/06/sewing-kid-shorts-the-basic-shorts.html

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203 Kelly Lai August 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

A sewing beginner here. really fascinated by your home decor tutorials. I really want to try out all these different projects. For this, I’m planning to get a sewing machine.

Which sewing machine brand & model do you own? What’s the quality that you look at when you’re buying a sewing machine? and why?

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204 MacieH August 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Hi Dana, I am a newly found fan of sewing and love and appreciate your website and tutorials. I don’t have a serger and want to know if there is an alternative to using a serger. The only thing I have found on the internet was to use a zig zag stitch and then go back over it a second time. Any suggestions or do you think the repeat zig zag will do the trick?

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