Make Shorts (or Pants) a Bigger Size: A DIY One Minute Video

I always have the best intentions every spring.

“I’m going to lose those extra pounds and fit into my favorite shorts again.”

But somehow July rolls around, it’s hot and the shorts don’t fit yet.

I could just give them away, or better yet, how about adding some fun fabric to the sides and calling it good.

Check out my latest eHow video that shows you how to do this.

Here’s the Youtube version, because I just realized that if you’re not on Facebook, you couldn’t see my other videos.

Here’s the Facebook version.

It just aired 9 hours ago on Facebook and has over 240,000 views. That’s almost a quarter of a million! Wow. So. Much. Fun!!! (I know my cute model Rylee has a lot to do with all those views. Thanks again for being such a good sport, Rylee!)

You can click here to see the original article on how to make your shorts a bigger size.

For more of my one minute how-to videos click here. (I promise to update this page with Youtube videos so you non-Facebook people can enjoy them, too.) 🙂

For more refashion and sewing inspiration/tutorials click here.

Happy Sewing,


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DIY One Minute Video: Off-the-Shoulder Shirt

Sometimes, I worry about myself.

Katie used to remind me quite often that it wasn’t the 70’s anymore.

Maybe she was right, perhaps I haven’t moved on.

I’ve always had a thing about off-the-shoulder blouses. I think they are so cool. I think they have summer written all over them. I think they would look great with bell-bottoms. (Oops, did I really say that last thing out loud?)

The beauty is, you can easily make your own super cute off-the-shoulder blouse from any old shirt you may have in under an hour.

All you need is enough 3/4 inch elastic to go around your shoulders and a  shirt with a pattern you like to get started.

Check out my new video starring the beautiful Rylee!! Click on the triangle to get started…

Click here to see the entire tutorial.

Happy Sewing!


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DIY Cool Fabric Labels: A One Minute Video

Well yes, a sharpie WOULD work….

but, why not amp up your labeling game with these custom fabric labels? I mean all the cool kids will have them at camp this year…

And yes, you COULD get carried away and label ALL of your child’s belongings before those field trips and camp outs. Lord knows it’s important to label their undies just in case they drop them on the bus, so the teacher can hold them up and announce the owner of said undies to the world… :/

So maybe… just maybe, misplaced whitey-tighties SHOULD stay anonymous. 🙂

Happy Summer!


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More REAL TINY DIY: Make a Pallet Sofa

My good friends at eHow are at it again. Creating these amazing REAL TINY DIY videos for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

And this time they’ve created a REAL TINY Pallet Sofa complete with a tiny circular saw and drill that actually work. You’ve really got to see it to believe it.

This is so much fun to watch, makes me want to make it in real life. 🙂



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How to Make a Tutu: Newest One Minute Video

 Ok now really, is there anyone out there who can resist a cute little baby in a tutu?

Check out my newest one minute eHow video for all of your little “squishies” out there.

If you’d like to make a tutu for an older child, click here for the full article which shows the dimensions for more sizes.

For more one minute videos, click here.

Have fun!


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The Newest Trend: Tiny!!!

You guys!

Have you seen the new tiny videos? They are so compelling, intriguing and just plain cool.

I could watch them all day long! I mean seriously, how DO they cook on that teeny tiny little stove? And those teeny tiny cooking utensils! And that teeny tiny kitchen. I’m totally smitten.

And now my favorite people over at eHow are getting in on the fun with their new series: Real Tiny DIY.

Inspired by the the tiny trend started by the
Japanese mini food videos and Tastemade’s Tiny Kitchen, eHow has launched this amazing new series on their Facebook page and it launched today at 9 am.

Get a load a’ that tiny caulking gun! And it really works!!

Isn’t this the best thing EVER!!!

You’re welcome!


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How to Turn a Crew Neck T-Shirt Into a V-Neck: A Fun One Minute Sewing Video

For those group shirts you get from school/company/race/sport etc. that come with a high crew neck that seems to choke you and you’d like to feel like you had a little more breathing room….

Many women also choose a V-neck because it draws the eye up toward the face and creates a heart shape. It can also create an illusionary effect that elongates the body — and who doesn’t want that? Even if you’re not an experienced sewer, you can transform your crew necks into flattering V-neck shirts in just a few simple steps.

Click here for the full tutorial.

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Happy Sewing!


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New One Minute Sewing Video: How to Make An Apron From Shirts

Make a new, bright and cheerful spring apron for someone you love or maybe even yourself. So many colors to choose from…
Check out one of my newest videos from eHow.  I can’t tell you enough how much fun I have making these short videos… I hope you like it….

Click here for the full step-by-step apron tutorial.

For more tutorials click here.

Happy Sewing!


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A New Video Series to Binge Watch: The Renegade Seamstress Show

Need a new video series to binge watch? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

OK, so it might not be the next Downton Abby or This is Us, and it really isn’t called The Renegade Seamstress Show (although I think that would be super fun), but I’m pretty proud to announce that eHow has asked me to produce 1 minute how-to videos for them. You know, the kind you’ve been seeing all over Facebook for cooking. Yeah, like those.

And. They. Are. So. Much. Fun. To. Make.

I know they’re fast, but if one of these videos piques your interest, you can click on the title for the full instructions.

So get your popcorn ready and have some fun……..

How to Make a Blanket Coat

How to Reattach An Original Jeans Hem

How to Take in the Waist on a Pair of Jeans

How to Make a Rope Rug

How to Sew a Zipper

How to Make Sweater Slippers

How to Make the Waist Bigger on Jeans

God’s Eye Craft Tutorial

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My Latest Obsession: God’s Eyes or Ojo de Dios and a Giveaway

You guys!

Remember those fun yarn weavings from summer camp?

Yah, those colorful God’s Eyes. (Did you just have a flashback?)

 Well, they’re back in a big way but they’ve grown up a bit.


I’m obsessed with making these little beauties right now. There is just something mesmerizing and calming that happens when you make one.


It’s no wonder I love them, considering the history of the Ojo de Dios.

Wikipedia says “Ojo de Dios have traditionally been created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home. The spiritual eye of the Ojo de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye. Young people in the mountains of New Mexico have made Ojos de Dios in learning circles (wisdom circles) with their elders.”

So, of course I had to teach my kindergarten kids how to make them, and what do you know, they love to make them, too!


Even the complex God’s Eyes are easy to make.

And to make it even easier for you to learn how to make one, in addition to the step-by-step photo tutorial, I created a video to help you. Which, I think, is super mesmerizing, too, if I do say so myself 🙂



since I’ve been making so many of these lately and I haven’t had a giveaway for awhile, I’d like to give the big God’s Eye that’s in the first picture to one of you. All you have to do to be entered is click here, read the article, watch the 1 minute video, and share it on one of your Pinterest boards or your Facebook page. Then leave me a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 25th so be sure to check back to see if you are the winner.




I hope you have fun making these for present toppers, gifts and decorations. Too bad Christmas is over, because they’d make great ornaments, too. Maybe next year…


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