Do you love our detailed tutorials?
Well now you can watch them come to life in our new show—MADE Everyday, with Dana
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GO-TO BABY BLANKET - It’s my favorite blanket because it takes about 20 minutes to make!  Sew one for your baby, as a gift, for a doll, ….even for a pet!

SIMPLE SKIRTsingle layer and double-layer

BASIC T-SHIRT – sew one in just 4 simple steps!

PLACEMAT BIBS – turn a $1 placemat into a simple, darling, bib.  Great for your kids; great for gifts!

2 WAYS TO SEW A PILLOW – basic throw pillow and envelope pillow sham

HOW TO MAKE YARN LAMPSHADES, LANTERNS AND GLOBES – light a room or decorate a party with a classy spin on an old favorite

BIAS TAPE – understanding the details and how to make your own

RUFFLED STREAMERS – easy and perfect for any party or Cinco De Mayo!

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1 Megan S! January 2, 2014 at 5:06 am

Um…this is a total creeper comment but Golly I think you are fabulous!


2 Kevin February 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I must be a “creeper” for I feel the same – Dana is fabulous! I love the simple, no fuss no muss way she just gets to the quick of things and GETS IT DONE! Super duper Fab!


3 sona January 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hi Dana, love your enthusiasm and enjoyed your video on you-tube. I did have a hint that may be helpful to those new to sewing. There is a difference between ironing and pressing. When working with knits it is best to press seams (lay the iron in an area then pick up….no sliding back and forth (ironing) as it may stretch the fabric out of shape.


4 Maggie January 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

Dana, I have been looking at that tutorial for years now, and would have never tried it on my own. After seeing your video, I know I can do it!!! Yay!! Thanks :) and more please (After the holiday rush!! :)


5 Sydnie January 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

This is awesome! I can’t wait for more.


6 Lynette January 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I tried making a few shams a year or so ago, but they definitely weren’t this easy! I think I got stuck and the math part. I will need to get me some pillow forms, and some fabric and get to it! I found with my old ones, that I like a heavier fabric. I have some light fabric that I’ll add interfacing to so I can still use it! :)


7 Dubbie February 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Great video.. Love all your sewing ideas.. Great job..


8 Jenny Winnard February 8, 2014 at 4:08 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this T-Shirt video, I always thought making anything with sleeves would be too difficult but really feel i could have a go now after seeing this…thank you Dana x


9 aisha February 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

very nice videos. they are very helpful for people who like to sew their own dresses. Thanks a lot since you are encouraging me to start sewing :D


10 Lauri in Israel February 16, 2014 at 2:15 am

I have been following you blog for years, this is amazing fun and interesting we can’t wait for more video’s and absolutely love your web site.
Thank you,


11 Connie February 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I finally found a video that I really love. I sew for children so you have made it so simple for me. Thank you, looking forward to seeing more of your vider’s.


12 Marilyne February 28, 2014 at 1:55 am

Hi dana,
I have told all my friends even the non english speaking ones to go to your web site and subscribe to your videos!
Thank you so much for these video, the perfectly complete your tutorials!!!!!

You are my sewing STAR

Marilyne from Paris.


13 Sara Flo March 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Just a question… Do you sew over your pins? I am always tempted but never do it. Is it a special feature of your machine? Sorry if this sounds silly?


14 Dana March 11, 2014 at 12:40 am

I do!
That was just the way I was taught. Because the pins are round, your needle will (usually) slide right over them.
Every once in a while I break a needle but overall is easier to sew over them :)


15 Kathy May 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Having worked for a sewing machine repair shop for a number of years I can tell you that when your needle strikes a pin while you are sewing it does 2 things: causes your needle to have a burr and throws the timing off on your machine (this is especially true of the computerized machines).


16 Amanda March 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Great videos Dana! You make it look so easy. I love to sew, but I’m still a work in progress. These motivate me to pull out my machine and just go for it! I would love to see a video of sewing the bias tape onto fabric. Thanks!


17 Maija March 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I have a Bias Tape maker, and this method goes SO MUCH FASTER. I hate that little devil machine! Funny you say you never use Single Fold, I rarely if ever use double fold! Up here, we make Eskimo Shirts (Kuspuks, or Atikluks) and only ever use single fold for the trims and to make the fancy bottoms. :)


18 Miranda Sanchez March 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I just saw my first video from you and just can say I love it,,, I’m the third generation of seamstress in my family and sewing is best hobby,,,, thank you for all your awesome ideas please keeping coming I really enjoy.


19 Sheryl March 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Dana, I love the idea of using fat quarters for the bias tape!! So many lovely fabrics to choose from!! However, should I wash the fabric before making the bias tape?? Just concerned about shrinkage??


20 Kate March 30, 2014 at 6:21 am

Thank you so much Dana, you’re an absolute star- I love your gorgeous positivity and practical know how. These videos are fantastic! I’ve only recently started sewing after the arrival of my little boy, and you continue to inspire me to try new projects. Thanks a million for sharing all your wonderful ideas and tips :)


21 Janet Willerson April 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I can’t get the short pattern to add to my cart to purchase. Any help? Thanks! Love it!


22 treen April 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I just watched all 4 (so far) videos with my daughters – homeschool sewing class! Booyah! Can you please do something about zippers? I cannot figure out those stupid things! Thanks!


23 Jill Koch April 5, 2014 at 1:44 am

Wonderful tutorials thank you!


24 Lauri in Israel April 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Dana hi,
The episode about the bias tape was very well done thank you.
Do you have a tutorial/video about pockets? hidden ones and regular ones?
Your house is gorgeous I hope you having fun building it.
Thank you,


25 Arnie Isa April 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I’ve been secretly following you for awhile now… but this video bit makes me LOVEEEEEE you even more!!! You pretty much rock my sewing world, girl!!! The instructions are clear, easy to follow and I adore your infectious energy! Hey, your three cutie pies kinda help win me over too :)

Keep doing what you’re doing… really1000000x appreciate the awesome free tutorials!!!

Arnie-new mom who loves to sew :)


26 Cassandra Hale April 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

I love, love, love your video tutorials!! Keep them coming!!


27 Cassandra Hale April 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

FYI: My friends and I are having little sewing parties to make the skirts for our girls and some tee-shirts : ). I also loved the instructions on how to make bias tape. THANK YOU!!!


28 Silvia April 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

You are really awesome! Even if I’m italian I can really easily follow and get all of your instructions as you go through the project. Sometimes it’s hard to do when you’re not native to the language… perciò :-) grazie grazie grazie!!! …and now I’m sorry but… I just must run to the sewing machine ;-)


29 christy April 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Easter Bunny brought me a bias tape maker! Thank you so much for your great tutorials!


30 Danielle April 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

I think that I’m probably the happiest person in the world now that this tutorial was posted in video form! I just couldn’t get it right before. I am eternally indebted to you for this!!! Thank you for sharing your gift and beautiful family with the world Dana!


31 beachmama May 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

You are darling! I’m loving your videos. Your energy is infectious, your studio and filming is very professional and even the slightly annoying music really works! You make these projects look so simple and quick to do it’s re-inspired me to sew again. Thanks Dana!

BTW, I found you in a round about way through, then to ‘Stuff I Make’ blog (she linked to you as you may well know). So happy I found you : )


32 Jamie Bricker May 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Great tutorial, I was inspired to make bias tape for the first time! I am now on my second fabric and am in love! Thanks for the inspiration!


33 Veyona May 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Can you please apload more videos.?
You works are awesome I love it


34 Valery nelson June 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Love your work, can you make more videos though? I follow then easier, thanks :)


35 Hae Jung June 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

I love the tutorial! Easy to understand visually. Thank you Dana!!


36 Karen June 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

WOW! Now I’m looking at fat quarters in a whole new light! Thanks, and I LOVE the videos.


37 Sunita June 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi Dana,

I love your videos. They are fun and informative. I am new to sewing and keep wondering when your next video will come on youtube. I made the easy skirt for my duaghter and myself. Kep the videos coming.

Huge Fan


38 trudy June 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

I wish these videos were out a long time ago!!! So easy to follow and understand, and so uncomplicated! I love them all! I can’t wait until you post more! Thank you so much!!! :) x


39 Grettalaskey July 1, 2014 at 1:52 am

Hi Dana. I have been enjoying your blog for years and thoroughly enjoyed all of your videos! I have made many of your simple skirts for my nieces over the years. Love your presenting style. So friendly and fun. Can’t wait to see more videos!!Thank you from Australia.


40 sereba July 10, 2014 at 12:36 am

I am a father of two and never sew before, your video ‘SIMPLE SKIRT’ help me in making a pocket less school skirt for my daughter. My next plan is to make a maxi dress for my wife. Wish me luck. Thanks Dana.


41 krishnadas July 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

very very nice tutorial….i love it


42 nisha July 31, 2014 at 8:47 am

Hi Dana,

I made a simple skirt as per ur video tutorials of skirts for my 9 year old daughter, and it turned out fantastic. Thanks a lot.

God Bless


43 S. Ralph Boswell August 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

Dear Dana: I had no idea that you were doing this. I am really proud of you. I read an article in the Los Angeles Times this week about an Asian woman in her 20′s that will make $1 million this year because of her starting a web site a few years ago that gives beauty tips to teenagers. Lancome has offered her a new line of cosmetics in her name. It is amazing how many people are watching her videos. She is drawing more viewers than celebrity make up shows. I hope that you are getting some sponsors that make it worth your while financially to do this. I love you, and all of your family.


44 Leidi August 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

Hi my name is Leidi and I’m buying a house and I don’t wanna spend a lot of money on decorations if you have some ideas that could help me create my own decoration please help me thank you. I love your videos :-).


45 Charlotte Haraldson October 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Thank you so very much for the video on making bias tape!!! I have struggled with this for so long trying to figure it out myself. Your video did the trick!! I’ve made half a dozen now and love it. Looking forward to more of your videos. They are super and you do such a great job of explaining so a beginner sewer can understand. And you do it all with a smile!!! Love that. Going to try that globe light in the future. That is so neat. Thanks again.


46 Nancy October 28, 2014 at 2:16 am

Thanks so much for your bias tape video! It looks so fun and easy, and it inspires me to find projects to use bias tape, rather than avoiding them. Maybe you could do a video showing how to sew with the bias tape?


47 Mary December 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Your tutorials are the best because I actually get them! I’ve made about a zillion of your shorts, just ordered the first day dress pattern, and now I’m going to try some of these things on the videos. You are awesome!

ps) You were an awesome teacher at SNAP this year. Definitely my favorite class, which is an honor, because I loved all of my classes!


48 A'Mari December 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

Dana, I’m so excited. I just got my sewing machine yesterday and I’ll use your videos to do any of my sewing projects. You have inspired me to be myself and create something of my own. You rock. Kisses.


49 Candi January 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I just sewed my first pillow thanks to your video! you made it so easy!!

Have you done any tutorials on how to make a pillowcase dress?


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