TUTORIALS

Click an image below for step-by-step instructions and easy sewing projects. Don’t worry…we won’t leave you hanging! We’ve got all the nitty gritty details. So click around and have fun.

NOTE: If you’re looking for PATTERNS, they’re in the SHOP.
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This is a series of tutorials which accompany the KID Shorts pattern found HERE.





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1 Samantha January 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hello, I am looking at your new site and have enjoyed your older ones and kept coming back. Your instructions are very easy to follow. I also looked at your labels and who you went to. As I recall, I contacted the same label company for some labels for my self to start out with and the same label company you use wanted a minimum order and a lot of money. They did send me samples but they were not in my budget at all, being that I am not in the clothing manufacturing or selling clothes now, but needed them for what I do sew and create. My budget was not over one hundred dollars at tops. All of these label companies insist on minimum order and a high dollar price beyond my budget. You have very good information on labels that I was not aware of , thank you.

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2 Cassie March 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I also researched this website for fun personal labels and many many others, I found
http://www.namemaker.com/ and am awaiting my order from them. Also if you go to retailmenot.com you can usually find a % off coupon as well. Good luck!

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3 JESSICA March 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Cassie- Thanks so much for the reference to http://www.namemaker.com! I ordered some today. Dana- LOVE your stuff. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

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4 Ariane January 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

Hi,

I have read almost all of your tutorials and you are making thing easy to look at.
Bravo to your tutorials as they are very informative and easy to follow. I have thought of starting an online dress shop but I am afraid to fail because I do not know much of sewing and the like; but you have encouraged me again! I wasn’t able to find a good seamstress here in our area, moreover I would want a personal touch to my products. It would be so overwhelming to see others wearing my dresses. I am very willing to read and study (online) more about sewing so I could start my own business sooner. Please do not stop adding easy tutorials. I really enjoyed reading them!

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5 Kim C January 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Love your new site ;o) Hugs, Kim C ^i^

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6 Karen January 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

love your site – thank you for your great tutorials & pictures. I can’t wait to try the pj pants for my grandkids:) Thank you bunches for sharing:)))

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7 shibbie January 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi Dana! Just wanted to thank you for your very well written tutorials for the kid pants. I always thought trousers were complicated to make, but thanks to you I have made three pairs in two days for my little boy. He’s 19 months old and your pattern fits him exactly. I am so glad your little boy is also tall and thin :-)
shibbie (in the Netherlands)

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8 shibbie January 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hi again!
Just wanted to share the pants I made using your tutorial. I wrote about them on my blog (http://shibbiesays.blogspot.com/2012/01/creashibbie-21-nieuwe-broekjes-voor.html). But most likely you don’t speak Dutch, so you can go straight to the photos: http://shibbiesays.blogspot.com/p/creashibbie_12.html
thanks again!
shibbie

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9 Nisa February 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hi there, u inspired me to try every single things u thought in here and do it for my weddings! I’m a bride to be from Malaysia and I’m using your wallflowers version to create my ”bunga telur” which in Malay tradition, a flower with an egg and we will give it to close relatives and friends.. I made a small version and love it so much.. tq so much!! Lots of love from Malaysia. =)

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10 Raquel February 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hola Dana!
Lo primero de todo felicidades por este maravilloso blog, yo estoy empezando a coser hace muy poco y gracias a ti estoy aprendiendo a coser y a hacerlo bien,muchas gracias .
Tambien quiero decirte que he hecho una de las falda que tienes en el tutorial y la he colgado en mi blog , que hace poco empece(esta casi vacio) te dejo el enlace por si lo quieres ver http://hechodetela.blogspot.com/ , gracias.

Rakel

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11 Laurie February 11, 2012 at 12:55 am

Wow. All I can say is WOW! I LOVE your site. I will be a big fan from this day forward. Please continue to do what you do. You really do it so well. I cannot wait to get started on the tutorials and to purchase patterns… XOXO

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12 Rinoma February 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’m so in love with your tutorials…

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13 Naomi February 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I just started sewing and am looking for easy projects. I found quite a few here(some for later too) on your site. I am going to make the easy pants for my daughter based on your great pattern and tutorial. It’s my next project. Thanks so much!

Awesome website.

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14 Linda Parnell March 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thank you for your amazing blog! These are great tutorials and I am totally impressed!!

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15 ruth March 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

hola, me encanta este sitio siempre encuentro ideas muy bellas lo unico esque hasta hace tiempo yo entendia todo porque lo podia traducir pero ya no puedo crees que sea problema de la compu o que paso?

gracias y saludos

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16 Bärbel March 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Greetings from Estonia.
Your blog is just amazing. So many grate ideas. Just love it. I got so many ideas what to do by myself and it seems so easy. Thank you for it!
Best wishes!

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17 Mary March 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hello!

I found your site through Craftzine and I’ve been looking at all of your ideas for quite awhile. See, I’ve been trying to figure out how to take my little clothing designs and make patterns for them. This is all really helpful! Not to mention all of the girls clothes are super cute (I’ll probably be making some for myself, I won’t lie). Keep making the awesome tutorials!

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18 Audrey Sabin March 24, 2012 at 2:47 am

Hi Dana,

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been an avid follower of yours since I first started sewing about three years ago. You have given me so much inspiration and courage to try new things over the years, not to mention so many fun project ideas. I can honestly say that about 85% of the skills that I have now are due to working on projects that I have discovered here. Thank you so much for being here for all of us self-taught sewers! You rock!

Audrey

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19 Laurie March 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hi, I just found your website this evening. What a nice site it is. You have wonderful ideas. My husbands nephew is having twins (identical). I’m hoping they are girls so I can make them matching diaper covers.
Happy Easter,
Laurie

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20 Katerina April 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I love your site…so easy to follow instructions…and you have such a good taste. Is there a way I can be notified on additions via mail? Thnx again. Your site is a treasure

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21 Rise Weaver April 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I love your site and the tutorials that you do, great work. Hope to see more of your great work.

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22 Carol Lynn April 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Love your site. thanks for all the great tutorials.

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23 Ade April 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Owh….
Love….Love… Love… you site
Thx u for share you cretifity

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24 Megs April 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

I totally saw you featured in the Family Fun magazine! It was for your daughter’s valentines shirt. I knew it was you from cute picture of your girl. I was excited to see you in there…..I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your creative self!
Meeghan
Liberty, MO

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25 Erin May 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I just started sewing and your tutorials are so easy to follow. I just used your Simple Skirt tutorial to make a skirt for my 2 year old daughter using the dust ruffle of her old crib bedding for the fabric. It turned out amazingly cute!!! Thanks for making a beginner feel like a pro!

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26 shibbie May 10, 2012 at 3:30 am

I love your layered skirt tutorial, thank you!
I made my first layered skirt (check http://shibbiesays.blogspot.com/2012/05/creashibbie-27-een-dansrokje.html), but I reckon loads more will follow!

Shibbie (from the Netherlands)

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27 Jessica May 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Thanks for the tutorials and all the ideas. I am trying out the diaper covers tonight! You made it look super easy so I hope it is when I start lol.

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28 ika May 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

hi dana, i’m ika from indonesia..
dana, i’m so in love with your hand made.. it’s so cute and easy to learn..
you really know how to mix and match things.. from the colour to the pattern of fabrics their so eye catching.. hopefully there still more of your idea of making kids clothes.. i’m can’t wait to see more tutorial and also free pattern from you..

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29 Kerry June 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

Love your site. So easy to understand and follow. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and obvious love with the word. Did I mention I love your site!!! Lol.

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30 Janina June 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hi

i love your site and your very nice tutorials! i make the market skirt. my friends translate me this tutorial because my english is not so good :)

maybe i make some more of your tutorials too! :)

have a nice day
best wishes from germany

janina

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31 Brigitte June 16, 2012 at 5:01 am

hi dana,
i really love your site! wonderful pictures that make me want to sew all day and rearrange my entire house!
it happened only reacently that i became really good friends with my sewing-machine. now that i have read through several of your tutorials it seems, that if i want this relationship to prosper, it might be a good idea to become friends with my iron as well… that’s a tough one… i’ll let you know how things turned out.
have fun, from now on i will be checking your site regularly, thanks for the inspiration! :D

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32 Megan June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I am VERY new to sewing! I had only made a pair of basic capri pants (last week) when I found your site! I had never even mended a tear in something by hand-sewing. : ) Yesterday I made the Warhol dress (I uploaded a picture to your flickr group). Of course there is a great deal of room for improvement…mine doesn’t look NEARLY as wonderful as yours does.
Thank you for sharing your talents with everyone. Your instructions are in “normal” terms & easy to follow. They make someone who is new to sewing (like me) really want to jump in & make things all of the time! Your tutorials have given me the confidence to tackle sewing with full force! : )

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33 sewolive July 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

i am falling in love with your tutorial.yours is such a delicacy work of needle that will keep bringing a sewer back again and again.
thank you

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34 Helen July 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

I’m a fan. Love your website. Thanks!

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35 Niki July 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Your tutorials are AMAZING! I am a beginner and have been able to easily follow them. I’ve had my machine for a week or two and have been turning out amazing outfits for my kids (both son and daughter)! I also love how organized your website is. Please keep adding, I love seeing the new things you’ve put up! Thanks again!

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36 Nancy August 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

this is amazing!!!! I´m your new fan! kisses from Argentina!

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37 Dianne August 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

From sewing clothing to homewares, to cooking – you are seriously amazing and very inspiring! I’ve already tried your basic pant tutorial, which turned out great and I’m so chuffed with myself :)

Can’t wait to try all your other tutes – and perhaps even try one of the cooking ones! God knows I need as much help as I can get in that department.

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38 Taryn August 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I frequent your site so often, I feel like I know you well enough to say “Hey Dana!” – I dropped by today because I remember reading a great little tip about elastic casings as I was struggling with one today, and it was there, waiting to help me figure out where I derailed . . . and got me back on track. I am a newbie seamster, and have completely fallen in love with the craft – cool by itself, certainly, but with a lot of credit going to your blog, tutorials, tips, photos, funny random interjections, etc. as well as a few other great blogs and seamsters out there. Thanks for being so generous with your incredible talent and creativity, and thanks for presenting it in a way that always puts a smile on my face!

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39 maria jose August 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Gracias por compartir los tutoriales con nosotras. Un abrazo y beso desde Argentina!

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40 Katie August 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I just came across this website and I just love it! Thank you for having such an organized, user friendly site!

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41 Cheryl Ellenburg September 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I have just found your web site. It is amazing. I may have overlooked the doll pattern skirt tutorial. Please help me find it. Thanks.

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42 Sarah K. September 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Sometimes I just want to reach through the internet and hug you. I’m back to the tutorials today to make new pants for my poor high-water, holey-kneed kids. (They don’t care that their pants are too short, but I do!) I made three pairs of your shorts last summer for my son and they are fantastic. I’m looking forward to an evening of pants making care of Dana. Many thanks for all these fantastic tutorials and for your blog. I always enjoy it.

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43 thoitrangtreem September 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

i love your tutorials

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44 Stacy B October 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thank you so much for you fabulous tutorial on circle skirts. I had to make whirling dervish costumes and 6 additional skirts for a school play. I have minimal sewing skills and thanks to your tutorial it was a breeze. I used round table cloths (from the reject pile) that a rental party place sold for $6 each. All stains were easily covered with fabric paint. All the skirts were white and I have no doubt that I will be able to dye them and use them for another play in the future. Thank you again!!!!

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45 Jody Stewart October 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I really like your blog! You are so creative and a very inspirational mum. Well done!

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46 Camelia October 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

It’s so great! thanks a lot for your sharing. keep going on pls.

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47 Chika November 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

God bless you real good for sharing, am coming across your tutorials for the 1st time and its awesome, uve made my day

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48 Mimi November 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

Bravo for all the great tutorials! I just became a (doting) grandma to twins and love all the gift ideas that I can make for my little ones ….used to be an heirloom sewer with smocks, but my daughter prefers simple and hip styles.
You are a very artistic and clever sewer, please keep on giving great tutos!

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49 Lacy December 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

What a beautiful blog you have!

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50 Charlotte E January 15, 2013 at 1:23 am

I’ve just discovered your site after googling for a simple children’s skirt. I’ve found just the thing here (simple skirt) and so many more tutorials for handmade goodie for my girl. Thank you so much. I’ll be a regular visitor from now on :-)

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51 Schuyler H. January 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hi,
What a fun site. Everything I was looking for is here, and you were so kind to share your patterns and ideas for free!! I wish I had found this site sooner. Thank you so much.

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52 Material para manualidades January 28, 2013 at 5:24 am

Me encanta todo lo que hacéis, voy a probar a hacer algunos tutoriales :)

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53 Latha January 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

love u & your site..god bless..thankyou..

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54 Linda February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I love you´re site!! All of your Tutorials are so beautiful and your tips doing it , so easy to understand! Thank you for that !!

cheers Linda

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55 hikarianna February 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

NICE WEBSITE ^_^
good tutorial

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56 varsha March 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

i liked your simple skirt tutorial. it was really simple and sweet. thanks a lot.

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57 kimbowest March 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

so i just switched to wordpress…and i’m trying to find a plug in that makes my tutorial page line up like yours (right now they are just in one big fat mess of a line–do you mind sharing which one you used??

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58 Lynnette April 11, 2013 at 6:06 am

Best site ever!

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59 Janice Hartley April 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

HI, I just ran across your website and I just want to say WOW!!!! I Love it! Thank you soooooo much for all the AWESOME and USEFUL tutorials. I will be visiting your site often. I found a few tutorials that you have posted that I had planned on buying patterns for. Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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60 Philippa April 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

So much inspiration!!! Brilliant blog – thank you so much!

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It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this outstanding blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your
RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my Facebook group.
Talk soon!

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62 Ryan Zanui May 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Great blog.Lot of information with valuable tips.

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63 tharana June 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

hey.i started having an urge to learn this wonderful craft of sewing since i started reading your blog. you make it look simple, easy to understand and give the feeling of “i-wanna-do-it-too”!! my hubby bought me a new machine few months back and thanks to you, and many other blogs, i’m putting it to good use.
i have sewn a few from your tutorials for my daughter (whose name is Dana too, shes 3 years old now). thanks a lot for the inspiration! :)

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64 Lucy June 20, 2013 at 7:07 am

Hi Dana, Just popping in to thank you for all your great tutorials. I recently used your diaper cover tutorial and it was so easy to make. If you would like to see my results, come check it out at http://flyawayhome-4am.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-house-divided.html
Thanks again for a great tutorial and wonderful blog.

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65 Antonovskaae June 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

I love this blog!!!!!!!

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66 Nikki October 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Hi Dana, I discovered your tutorials a few weeks ago. Just wanted to say thank you. I never knew it could be so easy!! I have made the layered skirt and the basic pants (I added the pockets ;) and they look fab. I am on the prowl to find material for my next project! I love that you instructions are so clear and easy to follow!!! Thanks again! Take care, Nikki

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67 Theresa November 11, 2013 at 12:24 am

Just wanted to say – you are AMAZING! Impeccable taste and talent! Thanks!

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68 Gemma November 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

LOVING your page

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69 Joaquin January 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Hey!

I’m totally in love with your site, you make things seem so simple!. Love your recipes, almost done everyone!. Please notice me if you know how to knit and all that stuff, because i would love to learn!

Regards from Chile!

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70 Kevin January 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Where is the section for men? Still, I enjoy this site and continually learn new stuff. Thanks!

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71 Amber S February 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

You have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your great ideas, pattern, tutorials and more. I enjoy your site so much.

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72 Asfia February 26, 2014 at 1:12 am

Just came across this wonderful site. Keep it up

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73 Great Photos March 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Nice page

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74 Sharon Campo March 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Dana – I’m in LOVE with your tutorials! I just discovered them through a friend and after watching your simple skirt video ONCE, I completed my first skirt for my darling daughter! Bias tape, with two layers and all! Thanks so much!!

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75 sunshine April 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

im so in love with your site ive subscribed your channel on youtube also im getiing a sewing machine for my birthday! may 2! i cant wait im do ready to learn to sew!!

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76 sunshine April 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

ill be 12 by the way!

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