DIY Washable Shopping Cart Handle Cover: New One Minute Video

When the time comes to venture out and stock up on essential groceries, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe. In addition to social distancing, wearing a mask and having a list to reduce your time in the store, attach a washable handle cover to give yourself one more line of defense. Keep it in a plastic zipper bag until you’re ready to use it. After sanitizing the handle with a disinfecting wipe, attach the cover. When you’re finished shopping, just fold the cover up and put it back in the bag. Throw it in the wash when you get home and your handle cover will be all ready for the next time you need to head to the store.

All you need is a couple of fabric pieces and some velcro.

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Happy sewing!


The Renegade Seamstress 🙂

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How to Preserve Pickled Asparagus: New One Minute Video

Spring has arrived! Trees are budding, birds are singing and asparagus is popping up all over. Time to pick up some fresh, local asparagus and get your pickling pants on.

Keep these handy jars of deliciousness in your cupboard for quick appetizers. Wrap up a spear in some ham or just simply place them on a relish tray along side some fresh vegetables. Pickled asparagus can also be warmed and served as a side dish with sausage, pork chops or roasted game. And let’s not forget to add a couple of tall, pickled asparagus spears to your favorite refreshing adult beverages this summer.

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Happy Pickling!


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15 Handmade Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day That She Will Love

The delight of creating and choosing joy no matter what.

My mom in a nutshell.

It is in her honor that I bring these projects ideas to you today, hoping that her legacy will live on through me and through you.

Cheers to projects that bring you and the others around you joy.

Casserole Carrier

Made from an on-trend fabric and a few sewing steps, including a feature that attaches serving spoons to the top, this carrier will turn heads as soon as your mom walks through the door.

Fabric Bowl Covers

Your mom’s salad bowls deserve so much more than plastic wrap. They deserve a cheerful, washable fabric bowl cover to keep those bugs out of her salads.

Zippered Pillow Covers

Decorative throw pillows are a great way to bring beautiful fabrics off the shelves and into your mom’s home.

An easy way to sew a zippered pillow cover

Chunky Hand Knit Blanket

Your mom will will love snuggling up with this cozy blanket, a good book and a steaming cup of cocoa.

Towel Robe

A handmade towel robe would make a luxe gift to go along with a spa treatment for Mother’s Day.

Embroidered Jeans

If your mom loves the look of embroidered jeans, but you don’t have the time to embroider them yourself, try out this trick…

Mosquito Repellent Bracelet

Summer means backyard BBQs, fun in the sun, and beach parties, but your mom doesn’t want to slap pesky insects when she ventures into the great outdoors. She can wave bye-bye to bugs and look great doing it when you make her some of these fun insect repellent bracelets.

Apron Made From a Man’s Shirt

Make a new, bright and cheerful spring apron for your mom or maybe even yourself. So many colors to choose from…

Hand Sewn Journals

You can put these colorful books all around your mom’s house so she can record her thoughts, generate unique artwork, make lists or even document her travels. She never knows when a bright idea is going to hit her and she needs to make a note of it.

 Insulated Lunch Bag

Your mom will look forward to her lunch break with a colorful, insulated lunch bag that you made for her. She’ll get to relax, visit with friends and recharge with great food: it’s exactly what she needs in the middle of the day.

Soup Bowl Hot Pads

I love the idea of this Soup Bowl Hot Pad. Use it for hot bowls of soup, or even cold bowls of ice cream. My friend Barb suggested using them to put between dishes in the camper to keep everything safe while traveling. BRILLIANT!

Ombre Rope Bag

If you’re looking for a great gift to make for your mom or if you want to make one for yourself, you can make this in a few hours and in any color combination you’d like. All you need is some cotton clothesline and thread.

Fabric Boxes

Combine your love of sewing and your mom’s need to be organized by creating these fun fabric bins. Make one for her silverware, surprise her with a fabric gift box, or organize her drawers.

Garden Kneeling Pad

Your mom can say goodbye to mud stained knees and say hello to a bright, comfortable kneeling pad that you made for her this Mother’s Day.

Citrus Pin Cushions

Your mom could just store her pins in the plain plastic container they come in, but why not give one of her hardest working sewing tools the presentation they deserve with a bright, handmade pin cushion?

Happy Mother’s Day!!


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DIY Cardstock & Yarn Basket Weaving: New One Minute Video

Today is my birthday!

Since celebrating together with my friends and family isn’t an option this year, I put together a fun basket tutorial for you instead. Hope it comes in handy when planning out your days in quarantine.

Baskets are great for storing, organizing or just to dress up an empty area of your home. They can be used as a versatile way to decorate your living space and when you make them yourself, you can choose the size, color and design. Fun for the whole family, this technique is an uncomplicated way to get introduced to the art of basket weaving. Just print off the template, grab a few skeins of yarn and before you know it, you just might have a new favorite hobby.

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Stay safe, stay healthy!



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How to Make Sleeves Bigger: New One Minute Video

Whether your sleeves are too tight or you’re just trying to create a statement with some billowy new sleeves, adding an insert is an adjustment that even a beginner can do.

You can choose your level of drama by varying the width of the insert. Keep the bottom of the insert around 6-inches for a subtle increase or amp it up to 10 or more inches for an exaggerated statement.

Whatever you choose to do, you can update a few pieces of your wardrobe in an afternoon with this fun and uncomplicated fix.

Check out the videos:

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Happy Sewing!


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DIY Cardboard Loom Bracelet: New One Minute Video

Friendship — one of life’s most precious gifts.

When you need a helping hand, a listening ear or a good laugh, our besties will always be there to help us through the good times and the hard times. Especially those friends who have been by your side since childhood, sharing memories like summer bike rides, sleepovers in the back yard, and making friendship bracelets.

If these fun bangles were a part of your childhood, now could be the perfect time to teach this simple weaving technique to the young people you love. It’s therapeutic, relaxing and fun.

Grab a little cardboard, some colorful yarn, find a comfy spot and get to work on a few bracelets for yourself or make a few to send to those sidekicks your children might be missing right now.

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Happy Weaving!


PS. A big thank you to KK for being my cute hand model. 🙂


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If you Can’t Find Elastic For Your Face Masks, Use T-Shirt Yarn

Shortage of elastic?

Yep, with so many DIY face masks are being sewn worldwide the demand for elastic has skyrocketed.

If elastic is in short supply where you are, t-shirt yarn could be a good, free and available alternative.

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If you’re not busy sewing masks, here are a couple of other ideas on what to do with your t-shirt yarn.

Wall hanging


I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and sound.


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How to Turn a Suede Jacket Into a Crossbody Bag: New One Minute Video

Yesterday, I posted how to make a journal cover from a suede jacket.

Here’s something you can create with the rest of the jacket:

When things go back to normal and you’re on vacation, shopping at the store, strolling through the park or enjoying an afternoon at the zoo, a cross bodybag will be a must have item. They are perfect for carrying the essentials and keeping your hands free at the same time. You can even make your own from an old thrift store suede jacket or shirt to put your own personal touch on a bag that just might become a new favorite.

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Happy Sewing!


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How to Make a Journal Cover From a Suede Jacket: New One Minute Video

For many of us, our normal days have been temporarily halted.

It would be so interesting, for the sake of history, if we kept journals of what life is like now and what we learn through these unprecedented times. Each of our individual perspectives are important when recording our experiences.

Keeping a journal is also a wonderful way to clear your mind or help you to destress. Writing each day can also be a great tool for self-improvement or just a way to keep track of important events. Even though we can’t travel right now, you could make one to document your future travel adventures.

To source the suede for this project, I used an unwanted suede jacket that had been hanging around the thrift store for awhile.

(I got some comments on Facebook about destroying a perfectly good jacket for this but let me assure you, I only buy the unwanted, on-sale items. We all know what happens to the unsold thrift store clothing… on to the landfill they go. Plus, I have another project for you that uses the rest of this jacket.)

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We are all in this together.


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Sewing Competition Hosted by Wayward Threads Author, Lorri Scott

If staying home has got you looking for creative ways to pass the time, here’s a sewing contest that could be just the ticket.

One of our Refashion Runway sponsors, Lorri Scott, who wrote the book Wayward Threads,

is hosting a sewing contest.


Here is the information about her contest:

“I have started this Facebook page to share upcycled garment design with other like minded souls. I have recently written a book on this “wayward threads” and know that several people have already purchased it.

Because the world seems to have come to a halt as far as socializing and entertainment because of Covid-19 I am going to host a contest for those who want to create a garment using an idea or technique from my book. If you haven’t purchased it but want to join in you can find the book at Amazon…

We can all stay home and create!

“wayward threads” garment contest.

Starting today, March 14th 2020 I will be hosting a contest for people to create an upcycled garment using a technique or an idea from my book “wayward threads”. If you have not purchased the book yet you can get it through Amazon here…

Take a photo of the shirts/materials you gather to upcycle! In the next couple of weeks work on your project and take photos of the final garment you create. Post the photos on this page along with your full name.
The deadline to finish garments and post photos is April 1 (don’t be fooled, lol!).

I have a team who will help me choose the top ten contestants. On April 4th I will post those top ten photos and names on my website for the public to vote on and choose the top winners. Voting will end April 6th and winners announced on April 7th.

I have a prize for everyone who enters! It is a downloadable tutorial on special treatments for upcycled garments, pocket, neckline and sleeve(less) ideas.

I will have prizes for the top 3 contestants but will keep them as a surprise, believe me they are items you will want, I want them!

Happy designing and sewing! Can’t wait to see what is created!”


Happy Sewing!


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