New From Annie’s Publishing: My Refashioned Sweaters On-Line Class and a Giveaway

I’m super excited to announce the release of my new on-line and video class for Annie’s Publishing.


And, it’s just in time for the holiday gift giving and present making season!

I had so much fun getting this class ready for you when Laura Scott from Annie’s Publishing invited me to come to Indiana last June and film with them.

You can click here to watch a preview and check out my new class.

Once you get to Annie’s site, just type Refashioned Sweaters into the search bar and you can watch a preview.


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To thank you for purchasing the class, I’ll be reimbursing the class fee and sending a free Refashion Handbook to one person who leaves a good🙂 review about the class on the Annie’s site.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 19th.

Happy Sewing!!


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How to Make an Anthropologie-Inspired Laundry Hamper

WARNING: Corny joke ahead!

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging her laundry outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she says. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her laundry to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder how that happened?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

Ahahahahahahahahahahaha! Knee slappin’ funny!

Well……… all joking aside, because we all know that laundry is no laughing matter, but

what do you get when you cross some trendy new fabric with some wooden dowels and an old belt?

Why, this new functional and chic laundry hamper, of course! Perfect for the halfway point between your closet full of cute clothes and the laundry room.

I’m really diggin’ this hamper.🙂 And I hope you like it, too.





Click here to see the full hamper tutorial. And I’ll try to stay away from the corny joke aisle. I promise!

Happy Sewing!


PS. For more sewing and refashion inspiration, click here.

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9 Halloween Costume Tutorials (Even if You Don’t Sew)

 Halloween is just around the corner which can be a scary, scary time of year if you don’t sew. But have no fear, The Renegade Seamstress is here!!🙂


If you need a costume or two, and sewing isn’t your forte, just head to your local thrift store with an open mind and you’ll be amazed at what you can find. With a couple of snips of the scissors and a little glue, you can transform some previously loved clothes into the best costume EVAH!

Here are a few tutorials to get your inspiration on:

Sheriff Costume

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Gypsy Costume

Thrift Store Gypsy Costume

Wicked Witch of the West



Glinda the Good Witch


Dorothy Costume


If you do sew, here are some amazing costumes to check out from some former Refashion Runway contestants :

Witch Costume

Susan went from this:


to this:



Cinderella Costume

Carissa went from this:


to this:


Jane from Tarzan Costume

Desarae went from this:


to this:


Butterfly Costume

Trisha went from this:


to this:


Happy Halloween!!



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How to Make a Rope Rug With Fabric Scraps

I don’t know, call me weird, but Jeff Bridges cracks me up as “The Dude” in the Coen Brothers cult classic movie, “The Big Lebowski”. He’s just a laid back, pot smoking bowler, who gets caught up with some mobsters, when all he wants is a replacement rug for the one they ruined. He’s thrown into impossible situations and isn’t equipped to deal with any of it. He just keeps insisting that “the rug just really tied the room together” in his not-so-tidy living room, but no one seems to care.

Well, this rug is for you, Jeff.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these rugs FOREVER! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to make.

If you’d like to make a rug to “tie your room together”, click here for the full tutorial.




Maybe I’ll even bring this rug to the next “Lebowski Fest”. Ha! Some people have way to much fun…

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration, click here.

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The Winner of the Insulated Lunch Bag and Snack Bag

There are some weekends that you need to stop working and just hook onto the boat and head to the river with your ruggedly handsome husband. Well, that just what we did last Saturday and we had a blast!

Needless to say, the winner of the Insulated Lunch Bag and the Reusable Snack Bag didn’t get announced on Saturday like I’d hoped, due to my irresponsible, spontaneous weekend adventure.🙂


Thanks ever so much to everyone who pinned this fun project and the winner is…..

SallyAnn from Sew Re-Purposed. Send your address to and I’ll send the lunch bag and the snack bag out to you ASAP.🙂



Have a wonderful week!


PS. For more sewing and refashioning inspiration click here.

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How to Make Your Own Insulated Lunch Bag and a Giveaway

Ah, the humble lunch bag…

and when you pair that with some of Dana Willard’s fabric from her Boardwalk collection,

I think you have a winner!



To learn how to make the insulated lunch bag, click here.

To learn how to make this equally adorable reusable snack bag, click here.



And to thank you for over 8 million views to the Renegade Seamstress, I’d like to give the lunch bag and the snack bag away to one of you. All you have to do is pin this article to one of your Pinterest boards and leave a comment. The winner will be announced next Saturday.

Thanks so much for subscribing to The Renegade Seamstress and being so much fun!

Happy Sewing!


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Refashion Runway: Sew Along Winner

Well, the votes are in and the Sew Along winner is….

Molly from Molly Made It who sewed along with every challenge this season.

Molly will get a prize package from a unique new card company, Send Out Cards




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Thanks so much for sewing along with us Molly!!!

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Refashion Runway: Oops… One More Vote

Oh, man.

We were so lucky to get one more Refashion Runway sponsor a couple of weeks ago and I totally forgot to include them in the prizes yesterday.


I thought it would be fun to have one more vote to decide who should get this prize and since we had so many sew alongs this season how about we give it to one of them?

Marnie Keith was kind enough to offer 10 free greeting cards from Send Out Cards


Vote below for your favorite sew alongs.

(After you click next to a name be sure to click on the vote button at the bottom so your vote gets counted.)

The winner will be announced next Saturday.

Happy Sewing!



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Refashion Runway: All Stars Winner of the Pantone Challenge and the Overall Winner Announced

Well, here we are already at the end of the fourth season of Refashion Runway: The All Stars Edition.

It’s been a fun season of transformations and I’m going to miss opening the emails of all of these talented women to see what they’ve created each week.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated this season, from the competitors to the sponsors to all of you who voted and commented.

It always warms my heart to see a community full of such kind and encouraging people. I’ve truly enjoyed every minute.


Let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for.

Congratulations to Susan of Second Chances by Susan the winner of the Pantone: Riverside challenge. You, once again, blew us all away with your coat, purse AND dress refashion.

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And now, onto the overall winners of Refashion Runway: All Stars.

I’m so glad you guys are in charge of determining the winners. I would have such a hard time deciding because I love them all.


Our third runner up is Gema from Sequins and Slippers. Let’s take a look back at her beautiful creations this season:

The Velvet Challenge:


The Metallic Challenge:

before and after

The Button Challenge:


The Tunic Challenge:

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The Riverside Challenge:


Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to share all of your hard work and creativity with us again this season!

Gema will be taking home a $30 gift certificate from My Fabric Designs

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and free class of her choice from Annie’s

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Our second runner up is Marisa from The Refash Stash. Let’s take a look back at all of her beautiful transformations:

The Velvet Challenge:

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The Metallic Challenge:

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The Button Challenge:



The Tunic Challenge:

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The Pantone Riverside Challenge:


Thanks, Marisa, for being such a sunny, fun part of Refashion Runway again!

She will be taking home a $50 gift certificate from Create for Less

Save on Sewing & Quilting Supplies at CreateForLess!

and a free class of her choice from Annie’s

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Our second runner up is Carissa from Carissa Knits

Let’s look back at her amazing creations from this season.

The Velvet Challenge:

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The Metallic Challenge:

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The Button Challenge:

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The Tunic Challenge:

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The Pantone Riverside Challenge:

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Your sewing and photography skills are simply amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with us again!!

She will be taking home a Pattern Master of her choice from Wild Ginger Software,

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a $50 gift certificate from Accuquilt,


and a free class of choice from Annie’s

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And congratulations to the winner of Refashion Runway: All Stars….

Susan from Second Chances by Susan!!

Let’s look at all of her beautiful transformations from this season.

The Velvet Challenge:

Before_After Susan

The Metallic Challenge:

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The Button Challenge:


The Tunic Challenge:


The Pantone Riverside Challenge:


Thanks for always going above and beyond the challenges each week, Susan! It’s been so much fun to see your creations!

She will be taking home a $75 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop,


a free Craftsy class,

Online Sewing Class

and a free class from Annie’s

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Thanks again everyone for making the fourth season of Refashion Runway another successful and fun season.

Until next time………

Happy Sewing!


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Refashion Runway: Pantone Riverside Sew Along

Good Morning! Here we are already with the last sew along of the fourth season of Refashion Runway.

A big thank you to everyone who sewed along. It’s been fun to see your creations.


Just one quick tunic sew along from Laura at Accidental Seamstress before we go into the Riverside sew alongs.




Stine Larsen from Denmark

“A white T-shirt with lace front ind size XL. It dyed just as I had hoped.
I put it around my lower body and measured, and pinned, and stitched, and pinned,
and stitched, untill it was just the way I wanted it to be.

A white top, I never used,
also got the blue treatment. It turned out fine, except that the lace became an
odd pale red. Off it went. l I replaced it with the upper part (neck,
shoulders and sleeves) of a striped dress I once refashioned. I love the


Blogpost with five more garments from the same dye bath:


Elizabeth from

“I had another whirlwind week. Fabric Mart selected me to compete in their
Fashion Challenge that they run on their blog this year, and I’m also
working right now sewing new garments from recycled materials for a local
boutique here in Denver. The challenges start on Wednesday for me, so I’ve
been sewing like mad to get all of my collection put together before I put
it up for sale. As luck would have it, 2 of the t-shirts I made fit the
challenges! I didn’t get before pictures because things went straight from
the thrift store to the cut table my time is so crunched right now!

The first one is my un-tunic tunic. As I mentioned, the denim trench coat
that I was working on last week took away my time to make a tunic, so I was
glad to have found a little this week to throw it in. The purple and navy
tee was made from a plus sized purple tunic with the really cool beading
and pretty classic tunic slit neckline. Tunics are often proportionally a
difficult length for my short frame–too long to be a top, too short to be
a dress, I usually end up looking pregnant or just really as short as I
am. I knew pretty quickly that I would cut it down to a better length for
me (approximately at my high hip). When I went to cut it, I realized that
I could cut everything while keeping the neckline entirely intact. It sure
saved me some time to not have to finish the neckline or shoulders. The
sleeves came from a long sleeve navy tee, and I trimmed the sleeves with a
strip of striped jersey from another tee. To top it off, I added some hand
embroidery with a vivid mossy embroidery floss around the beading.

I loved the Riverside challenge. I happened upon a long sleeve tee that
was pretty close to Riverside. I cut it up into 2 t-shirts. In addition
to the Riverside sleeves, the first has a brown ponte yoke, a navy stripe
cut from a maxi dress, and a big floral applique cut from my vast
collection of vintage napkins. The 2nd tee has a yoke cut from the same
navy striped maxi dress, the body of the tee is the Riverside tee, and the
sleeves are from another navy tee. I added strips of a fun orange and grey
home dec fabric that I used for a project for my best friend some time ago.

Thanks again for organizing this challenge. It’s been so fun to work
through the challenges these last few weeks and see my brain taking things
apart and putting them back together in ways I wouldn’t have thought to do







Charlotte from New Zealand has a happy little girl this week.🙂






Claudia from Sew lil time:

“Hi there. Last one this year ! It has been a blast and I can’t believe I kept up
with all of the themes ! I love to push myself with hard challenges, which this one
was for me… I don’t particularly wear blue so I was taken aback with this week
theme… Riverside blue ? I found an old pair of pants that my mom has given me
YEARS ago, which were SO ugly but the right shade. Once I cut the legs, open them
and put them on myself, horizontally, I knew what to make. I did not have enough
fabric for sleeves so, tank top it is ! Of course, WAY too simple and easy for
me… So I grabbed a couple of more-or-less-matching ties from my stash and
proceeded to decorate my new asymetrical tank top. It really turned out as a tunic
! This fabric is SOOO confortable, perfect for the last days of summer ! Peace.


PS: A great big THANK YOU to Beth for hosting this wonderful event ! Hopefully she
can host one next year and I’d love to participate again !”






Molly from Molly Made It

“In capturing the Riverside Blue, I have refashioned a few different items
(including some faded denim).
I cut up the silky top and made a scarf, using the cuffs of the blouse as
the ends of the scarf. I layered the lace top over the blue tank, changing
the buttons on the lace top with some darling Riverside Blue buttons. I
fit the jeans with a couple of darts in the back, and “distressed” them
with my cheese grater and some 40 Grade Sandpaper. (That was messy, but
For the XL Men’s shirt, I removed the sleeves, took in the sides and also
the sleeves, then re-attached the sleeves. I removed the button down
collar to create just a stand up collar.
I turned the jean skirt into a denim purse by sewing the bottom closed and
giving it width. I went into my stash of fabrics and made a lining and some
pockets. I used a denim belt (from another item in my stash) to make the
In one of the photos, I removed the scarf and tied it through the belt
loops of the purse.”







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Thanks to everyone who sewed along with this season’s challenges.

Up next, the winner of the Refashion Runway Pantone Blue Challenge.

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