all MADE patterns ON SALE till Christmas!

by Dana on December 18, 2014

What the hey?
Let it all come down….

That’s right!
Any pattern in my shop….only $6.
From now until Christmas night!
Buy one for yourself  • Gift one to a friend • Buy one for your child who loves to sew.

Then when the weather outside is frightful….sewing will be so delightful.
Check out all my patterns HERE.


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When I created the Baby Doll Basket pattern last year….before we all entered a space time continuum where phrases like, “Olaf! you’re melting” or “Let’s go kiss Hans!  Who IS this Hans?” became common phrases in any household….

I mean, has it only been ONE year since Frozen came out??….and my kids made their own ornaments….and kids started wearing Elsa dresses to the grocery store?
It feels like a decade.

Well, who knew when I made this basket last year that it would be the perfect color and size to hold an ice princess??  Or two.

Have you seen these dolls?
They’re maybe a little….creepy….But my kids love them.
Anna on one side, Elsa underneath; and vice versa.  So you can flip the dress over and decide which princess you want to be.  I guess it keeps kids from fighting over toys!  They can be either one.

And the medium size basket fits these dolls perfectly.

Have you made a baby doll basket?
Do you have some last-minute Christmas sewing to do?

Let me help you out!
(or give you more work??)
From now till Christmas, the Baby Doll Basket pattern is on sale!

Baby Doll Basket Pattern – $6
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I’m also giving away FOUR free copies!….one for each of your crazy flip-flop princess dolls.
Four winners will receive an email copy of the PDF pattern by Saturday morning, so you have plenty of time to sew (heh heh)

• Leave a comment, that’s it.
• Only one entry per person.
• Open to ANYONE!
• FOUR winners will be picked via
• Giveaway ends Friday 12/19/14 at 10pm Central time.


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Oilcloth + Leather roundup and winners

by Dana on December 17, 2014

Hi friends!
Thanks for joining us last week for our first—Don’t Fear the Fabric series with See Kate Sew.
This time around we talked about Oilcloth fabric and Leather.

Hopefully you feel ready to tackle all those projects you’ve been eyeing over the years, nervous to try…..but now you’ve got the skills….and the info.
You’re gonna make stuff!
I know it.

Here are the two winners of our final giveaway:
#279 – Patti, who said: The book looks fantastic! So many fun ideas! It would be great to give it a try!
#145 – Sarah R, who said: Wow, what a cool book! And what a better selection of laminated cotton than at my local fabric shop!
Each winner will be notified by email and will receive:
• The book Sewing With Oilcloth by Kelly McCants
• 4 fat quarters of Oilcloth fabric from the Modern June shop

And here’s a roundup of all the projects and info we shared this week.
Just click on a button to go straight to the tutorial—(you’ll also find these buttons on my tutorials page).

If you sew your own projects using these tutorials, please share them with us on Instagram!
Tag them to #dontfearthefabic and #oilclothandleather and @danamadeit and @seekatesew.

And now we’re just wondering….what fabrics would you like to tackle next??
Leave your vote in the comments!


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DIY Oilcloth Chains – NO Sew!

by Dana on December 12, 2014

Today is the last day of Don’t Fear the Fabric: Oilcloth + Leather.
But don’t worry…we’ll back in a few months with another fun fabric to explore.
And on Monday I’ll announce the winners with a little wrap-up post.
I hope you stopped by See Kate Sew today to see the adorable NO-sew wall hanging she made with canvas and leather.  Perfect for the holidays!

And here’s something else that’s fun for the holidays, or any time of the year….

It’s a modern twist on an old classic: the chain.
And it’s so easy to make!
Use one for decor!
Use it to countdown to your favorite holiday or vacation by removing a link each day.
It’s good old fashioned fun.

What I love about using Oilcloth for this project….
• You can reuse the links again to make another chain when the countdown is done.
• Some fabrics are a bit two-tone from front to back, so it gives you twice as many options for your chain.
• The fabric is waterproof.  So if you’re using your chain to decorate for an outdoor party or on a tree in your yard, you’re set!

So grab your favorite oilcloth prints and cut strips of fabric 1.5 x 9 inches.
Then follow the same steps you’ve always done….

You just need to decide if you’re going to STAPLE or TAPE your links of fabric together.

If you’re using this as a countdown down chain—use tape, so you can easily take a link off each day.
If you’re using this outdoors—staple them together, to give it a stronger hold.

And if you live in the desert, embrace what Mother Nature’s given you!
All those prickles make nice little “nails” to hold your party decor.

These chains would also be cute wrapped around a Christmas Tree, strung across a window, outside by your mailbox, anyplace you want to feel happy.

Have fun chaining.
And have a good weekend!

Don’t forget to see what Kate is up to…’s super Merry + Leather-y + Bright….

Don’t Fear the Fabric is an ongoing series on MADE and See Kate Sew.
We want to arm you with the info and confidence to try to fabrics and see where they take you!

Check out our other posts from this series:
How to Sew with Oilcloth  ••  How to Sew with Leather
Geo Garland
Simple Handmade Gift: Oilcloth Coasters  ••  Smashed fabric and Leather Pouches
Oilcloth Starter Kits Giveaway  ••  Win a free Leather Hide
Oilcloth Chairs and tips for recovering your own  ••  Pleather Circle Skirt tutorial
Oilcloth Planters–NO Sew! •• Leather and Fringe Cuff Bracelets
Sewing with Oilcloth Book + Fabric Giveaway •• Two-tone Leather Cosmetics Case 
Oilcloth Chains–NO sew! ••  Canvas and Leather Wall Hanging–NO Sew!


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