Blog Party: that Baby Romper + Ice Cream Pillow + FREE pattern

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard

We’ve got about one more week of the Boardwalk Blog Party.  So let’s keep the soft serve coming!

If you’re looking for shops that carry Boardwalk Delight Fabrics, check out this post here.
And when the Party wraps up, I’ll share a post with links to all the fun projects so they’re easy to find.

Okay.  Back to Ice Cream Cones.
I talked out the I Scream, You Scream print here, and how it’s quickly become the favorite print in the collection.  Maybe it’s that icy mint background?  Or maybe just that we all want ice cream?  All the time?  Yea, that’s probably it.

And how darling is this little dress by Adrianna of Hey June??

First Day Dress pattern on MADE Everyday

She used the First Day Dress Pattern, which means I definitely need to try this out for Clara. And oh that hat, and the shoes, and the smile. The photo is so darling. Love it Adrianna!

And since we’re talking cones, how about your favorite flavor?
This Flavor of the Day design is also a favorite in the collection.  And surprisingly, it took me the longest to create!  Haah.  Probably due to my novice Illustrator skillz.  But we’re getting there.

And you know, handlettered graphics are a mysterious creature.

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

If you’re like me I’m wondering….did they actually write that? With their own hand?  Or is that a font they found somewhere?  Did they draw it on paper first and then scan it into the computer?  Many good questions.

Well.  Nothing mysterious here.  I did handwrite the flavor names (and a bunch more that we didn’t use)  I used a paintbrush in Illustrator and wrote them digitally on my Bamboo Pad.  But some designers choose to write on paper first and then digitize.  It’s just personal preference.

And the overall look was based on this photo I took while in Victoria, BC last summer visiting Butchart Gardens.  His and Hers cones.

Ice Cream Flavor of the Day fabric inspiration on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Please excuse the chipped nails and dim lighting.  And please, if you ever go to BC, Canada visit Butchart Gardens and stick around for the fireworks.  You will love it. And get the Pineapple Coconut and the Wildberry ice cream as you stroll the beautiful flower gardens.  YUM.

I wanted the background color of this fabric design to be charcoal gray, like a chalkboard menu, with bright pops of volor.  And after creating the design I totally envisioned it used for all sorts of children’s items—onesies, crib sheets, receiving blankets, bibs, etc.

So I was super happy when Caroline of Sew Caroline used it for this:

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection with Art Gallery Fabrics by Dana Willard

What a happy photo!!  Her daughter Tinsley is a doll.  Ahhh.

Caroline is a fellow Art Gallery designer and also loves to create colorful, cherry fabrics….like her Happy Home collection which I used here.  And the Gleeful Collection I used on these two shirts here.   And I love what she did with both the Flavor of the Day print and the Ice Cream Shop knit.  Check out more pics on her blog!

Now how about Flavors and cones together??
As I’ve mentioned before I love see what quilters do.  And look at these cute pillows that Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook made for her daughter’s bed.  So much fun!

Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery fabrics

And that Ice Cream Cone pillow she “free handed”?  Delicious!  Oh Andrea, you’ve got so many good ideas in that notebook.  Thank you for sharing.
Head over to her site for more info.

The Eat-it-All print.

Eat it All fabric from Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

This was one of the first things I drew….because my childhood was full of cheap “eat-it-all” cake cones from Thrifty’s….which is now Rite Aid, but still sells Thrifty brand ice cream. But you can’t buy it at all Rite Aids….mostly only in California?  I think?

Well, this summer we stopped at Rite Aid for a treat and Lucy looked at me, MOM!  Look at what the cone says!  Eat. It. All!  Haah.  I guess she needs more ice cream exposure in her life.

So, with the Eat it All fabric print, Shannon of Very Shannon made these awesome Pocket Potholders.  And she has a FREE pattern on her site.

Pocket Potholders FREE pdf pattern by Very Shannon on MADE Everyday

She even has a shot of her husband in there.  I love it when the dads get in the mix.

And Shannon.  Oh Shannon.  Love her.  We go way back to when I first started blogging in 2008.  We check in on each other every so often….and last summer when I went to Canada, guess what??   We met up for lunch!  It was so awesome.
And funny enough, I mentioned in our lunch conversation that I was hoping to create a fabric line, all about ice cream and treats but that it was just in the early stages.  And she gave me great advice about pursuing the things that make me happy and to go for it!
So thank you Shannon.
This cone’s for you.

Boardwalk Delight Fabrics on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Okay, check out other Boardwalk Blog Party posts here, here, and here.
And stayed tuned next week for a fabric giveaway!

VIDEO: How to turn Pants into Shorts, and how to Hem

How to Turn Pants into Shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

I’m totally in denial about summer being over.
I mean, it’s still 90 degrees here in Texas.  And I’m still wearing shorts.  So summer hasn’t quite disappeared.  But I guess I’m more in denial about waking up early for school with the kids, which really means: less late-night-Netflix binges.

But let’s talk about shorts.
I love shorts.

And if you have a hard time finding the length of shorts you want in the store, then just create your own!  This is the semi-homemade version.  I’ve shared some of these steps before HERE.  But now you get the video version!

I start with a cheap pair of pants or jeans (from H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, etc):

How to make shorts from pants and how to hem pants on MADE Everyday

And transform them into this:

How to turn pants into shorts and how to hem all types of Pants on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Super simple. Super fast.
I’ll show you some tricks for all types of hemming….on pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc.

How to hem pants and turn pants into shorts on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Come watch!
Just hit the play button below and enjoy:

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Blog Party: Dresses and Dolls and Mini Popsicles

Boardwalk Delight Fabric by Dana Willard
(photo by My Sweet Sunshine and Little Lizard King)

We are officially back in Texas and back in school.
Which means back down to business.  And it’s a good thing because this week (and last week) there are tons of great Boardwalk Delight projects to share with you!

If you’re new around here, I’m hosting a Boardwalk Blog Party to celebrate the release of my first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Boardwalk Delight.  Throughout the month some of my favorite blogging friends and I will be sharing projects using these fabrics.

And right out of the gates….or the ice cream parlor?….is this darling doll by Kid Giddy.

Ahhh!  She’s so stinking cute!
Her name is Sprinkles.

Kid Giddy Doll with Boardwalk Delight fabric on MADE everyday

And I can’t handle the mini popsicle made from the Flavor of the Day fabric!  Kerry is so great at the details.  Her post even has a tutorial/tips for some of the clothing details (and maybe some shots of the tiny belly button), cause Kerry is just good like that.  Head over to see more.  Thank you Kid Giddy!


Next is the perfect end-of-summer project by Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit.  It’s a Memory Quilt.  And I just about died when she sent me this photo!

Boardwalk Delight Summer Quilt by the Sewing Rabbit on MADE Everyday

What a cool way to recap all the fun things you did as a family, mixing it together with Boardwalk fabrics.  I love this Jess!  Everything, and all of it. Especially his expression.   I may need to start this tradition as well!…after the photo book I said I would have finished by end of summer…
Head over to The Sewing Rabbit for the tutorial.


Next is a small tribute to one of my fabric prints in the group: Ice Cream Shop.
It’s so simple, which is what I love, and captures all the colors of the collection.
It reminds me of many mid-century tiled walls I’ve seen down by the beach and boardwalk.

Boardwalk Delight Ice Cream Shop fabric

And I was so happy when a few friends asked to try out the print in the KNIT version.
Yes! The collection has three prints in Knits.  You can see them all here.

—And NOTE— You can purchase fabrics from this collection in a variety of online shops and etsy.  Find a list of shops here.

So with this super soft Art Gallery knit, Kristin from Skirt as Top made this darling maxi dress.

Oh, I love Kristin.  She’s just normal and cool….and makes such classic, cute, good clothes. You can always count on a homerun from her.

I want this in my size!  Head over to see more.

Boardwalk Delight maxi dress by Kristin Timm

And if that dress wasn’t enough, here’s another Ice Cream Shop take by Jessica of Craftiness is Not Optional.  Love it!  Again, simple, to the point, and perfect.  That’s my kind of sewing!  And adorable photos as usual!  I got to room with Jessica at a blogging conference a few years ago and she is just fantastic.  Also down-to-earth like Kristin.  And I mean, look at these kids?!  Too cute.  Head over for more details.

Boardwalk Delight dress by Jessica Christian of Craftiness is Not Optional

And I hate to keep saying “I just about died when she sent me these photos”….but seriously, do you not love this photo??  Melissa of Melly Sews said she was going to make something for her backyard patio, and then she sent this!  A Boho Fringe Table Runner.  LOVE.

Boardwalk Delight Table Runner by Melly Sews

It’s just so pretty! And cool and fun.  Melissa is such a great part of this sewing community.  She is database of information and makes awesome patterns.  And she’s just fun to talk to.
Head over to her blog for the details!


And finally, I have to share a slew of photos from these two ladies: Alexis + Cassie.
Because they saved my stressed out life this spring when I realized I had to prepare a quilt market booth and make/take photos for the Boardwalk Delight Lookbook.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection Look Book

Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine and Cassie of Little Lizard King are both pattern designers, amazing sewers, and well, awesome photographers and ice cream wranglers as well.

When I needed help, the two of them jumped in and said they each wanted to sew a few outfits…and that they had a San Diego location in mind for photos, etc.  They totally nailed it!  Many fantastic photos in the Lookbook are by these two.  You can see Alexis’s creations on her site here.

Boardwalk Delight I Scream You Scream shirt by Alexis Wright

I love seeing what she sews for her daughter Taylor, who is one year older than Lucy, cause it gives me a glimpse of what’s coming.  Looks like KID Shorts still work!  Such beautiful kids.  And that toothless grin on her son is hard to beat!

Flavor of the Day shirt by Alexis Wright

But so are these sweet faces.  I LOVE these two outfits on Cassie’s girls.  I mean she had me at Eat-it-All skinny pants….but then she also threw in this Clara Top which is so crazy cute!  And it’s called Clara!  I have to love it.
You can find links to all of these patterns in the Look Book.

Boardwalk Delight Look Book on MADE Everyday

To add the cherry on top, Cassie just released a new pattern called the Double Scoop Dress and Top using all Boardwalk Delight Fabrics for the photos and inspiration!  There are many fun variations of this dress.  So head over for all the details!

Double Scoop Dress Pattern by Little Lizard King

Annnnnd.  That’s a candy shop wrap for now.
Thank you ladies for making so many fun things!
I’ll be sharing photos on instagram as well….you can find me @made_everyday.
And tag your photos with  #boardwalkdelightfabrics.

Read more about Boardwalk Delight here.
Find stores that carry Boardwalk Delight here.
Watch the Boardwalk Delight video here.

Have a yummy day!

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection BLOG Party on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard