Simple Tips For Sewing With Leather

Sewing with leather on your home sewing machine is totally possible. There is absolutely no reason to fear leather. As long as you remember to make a few adjustments to your regular sewing, you’ll be sewing leather projects like chic bucket bagscrossbody bags and even journals with leather covers in no time. All it takes to get started are some new needles, a little planning and a few things you probably already have around the house.

simple tips for sewing with leather

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Sending You Some Love With These Valentine’s Day Projects

How to Make a Rose Heart Pillow and a Love Story

DIY felt rose pillow
diy felt rose pillow

Feelin’ the Love in my Valentine’s Day Refashion

Easy Valentine's Day Sweater refashion

Ruffled Heart Shirt Just in Time For Valentine’s Day

(Love, love, love this sweet girl!!!)

DIY Ruffled heart t-shirt

Upcycle a Thrift Store Sweater Just in Time For Valentine’s Day

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress
Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

DIY Felt Flowers Bouquet

finished DIY felt flower bouquet

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Beth

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DIY Felt Flowers Bouquet: New Video and Tutorial Just in Time For Valentine’s Day

finished diy felt flower bouquet

‘Tis the season to give flowers. It’s no wonder that in February, during the depths of winter in some places, we’ve made a holiday that includes flowers. Flowers just have a way of brightening up an otherwise dark and dreary day. Our faces light up with joy when we’re handed a bouquet of beautiful flowers, and our mood and spirits are immediately lifted. Even being on the giving end of a bouquet can fill us with positive vibes and help us express feelings of love and admiration for those we care about most.

finished diy felt flower bouquet

These delightful felt flowers will not only be a heartfelt and charming expression of love or friendship but they’ll last forever. It just takes a few minutes and a little bit of craft felt to recreate some of nature’s prettiest blossoms and make someone’s day a little bit brighter.

finished diy felt flower bouquet

Check out the video here:

finished diy felt flower bouquet

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo tutorial.

finished diy felt flower bouquet
finished diy felt flower bouquet
finished diy felt flower bouquet
finished diy felt flower bouquet

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Beth

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The DIY Sweater Mitten Making Mansion and Tutorial: A Blast From the Past: 2012

All of the attention and fun that has been coming out of Bernie Sanders Sweater Mittens has inspired me to look back at a fun sweater mitten making class I taught in 2012 and some pictures of the finished mittens these talented ladies made.

Before we start, I want to share my favorite story from the mitten class. Marie was using a sweater that belonged to her grandmother. She was making mittens for all 5 of her sisters from the sweater, so they could all have a memory keepsake of their grandmother.

Sniff, goosebumps, smile. Love it!

Mitten mansion

Welcome to the Mitten Mansion!

Thank you so much, Mari, for  graciously opening your beautiful home to all of us on Tuesday. And a big thanks to everyone who came to make mittens and those who shared their expertise. I do believe there are a few more people in the world who, now along with me,  are “Smitten with Mittens”.

Here’s a glimpse into our evening:

sweater mitten making party

Door Prizes!

sweater mitten making party door prizes

Wine Tasting

sweater mitten making party wine tasting

Snacks

sweater mitten making party snacks

Friends

sewing sweater mittens
sweater mitten making instructions
making sweater mittens
sweater mitten making instructions

Hard at work

making sweater mittens
making sweater mittens
making sweater mittens

        Boot Socks anyone?

upcycled sweaters
upcycled sweaters
making sweater mittens

Fruits of our labor

finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
sweater mittens in progress
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
sweater mittens close up
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens
finished sweater mittens

Our exhausted and beautiful hostess Mari!

sweater mitten making party

If these beautiful mittens make you want to make your own pair, click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

Happy Mitten Making!

Beth

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Upcycled Sweater Mitten Tutorial and Pattern, Just Like Bernie’s

You guys!!

All of the fun memes of Bernie Sanders and his upcycled sweater mittens have just been crackin’ me up!!

I couldn’t help posting links to all of my Sweater Mittens patterns, tutorials and videos throughout the years, just in case he has inspired you to make some for yourself.

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here for the very first tutorial from years ago. 🙂

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here to see the dress and mittens made from the same sweater.

DIY Sweater Dress Instructions
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here for the complete step-by-step tutorial for the flannel shirt mittens.

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Happy Smitten Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Fleece Pocket Scarf: New One Minute Video and Another Giveaway

Wow, I’m counting my blessings this morning and boy, I have so many!

In addition to my family, my friends, my beautiful home, and my health, I’m so blessed to be able to create tutorials for eHow and I enjoy every minute of sewing, crafting, filming, photographing and editing. It’s like play to me and satisfies a very deep desire to create.

Quite often, I realize as I’m editing, taking photos, or filming that, even though I’m alone, I have a smile on my face. All of this and what I get to do brings me so much joy. And to thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the way, I’d like to give this Fleece Pocket Scarf away to one of you. 

To put your name in the drawing, just click here to go to the article over at eHow, scroll to the bottom and make a comment. Or click here to watch the video and make a comment there. 

finished fleece fringe pocket scarf flat lay

There’s just something special about pockets. You can create some unexpected pockets of beauty by adding them to a fleece scarf. Not only will they keep your hands warm but consider how nice it will be to grab your phone, lip gloss and some spare change and slip them into your snuggly scarf pockets before you head out into the cold looking fabulously casual. No bulky purse is needed to enjoy some time outdoors watching a local football game or just walking your dog through the park. All you need is your favorite fleece (you could even get some in your beloved sports team colors) and a little yarn to get started on this cozy yet practical project.

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo tutorial.

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf
finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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The Winner of the No-Sew Fleece Hat and the No-Sew Fleece Fringe Scarf

I’ve been so blessed through this blog, through eHow, through my book, through my videos, webinars and classes and through your support and encouragement. Your interactions, clicks, comments and well wishes have helped to bring me opportunities and helped to allow me to do one of the things my heart desires most, create.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Congratulations to Lori Baird!

You are the winner of the no-sew hats and the no-sew scarf.

three diy fleece hats
diy fleece fringe scarf

Click here for the no-sew hat step-by-step tutorial.

Click here for the no-sew scarf step-by-step tutorial.

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Happy Sewing and No-Sewing!!

Beth

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DIY No-Sew Fleece Fringe Scarf Plus Another Giveaway

Baby, it’s cold outside, and a fringe scarf will not only keep you cozy and warm but will also make a nice accent for any outfit. You don’t even have to know how to sew for this piece-of-cake project. Just grab 1/4 yard of fleece and a little bit of yarn and you’ll be creating your own scarf in no time. With all of the cute fleece available now, it will take you longer to decide which fleece to use than actually making this scarf.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to win this scarf, all you have to do is click here, read the article, scroll to the bottom and leave a comment then click here , watch the video and make a comment on the video. Then last but not least, make a comment at the bottom of this post to let me know you’d like to be considered to win the scarf. Thanks so much, your interactions help me more than you’ll ever know. And it’s free!!!! 🙂

diy fleece fringe scarf flat lay
diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf

Click here to see the entire step-by-step photo tutorial.

diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf

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Happy No-Sewing!

Beth

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DIY No-Sew Fleece Hat Plus a Giveaway

Get ready for winter and keep your noggin warm with a delightful DIY fleece hat. Even if sewing isn’t your thing, you can still make a cozy, soft hat to match every outfit. It’s a simple project, and your biggest problem will be choosing which fleece to use from the wonderful selections available at your local fabric shop. All it takes is 1/2 yard of your favorite fleece and about 15 minutes of your time, and you’ll be toasty warm.

And, since I haven’t had a giveaway in FOREVER, I’d like to give all three hats away. All you have to do to be entered is click over to eHow to read the entire article, click over to YouTube to watch the video and make a comment on the video, then make a comment below letting me know you did those things. It really helps me when you click over to eHow and YouTube, all it takes is a little bit of time and it’s FREE!

I’ll announce the winner next week on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Thank you so much for being so supportive and encouraging to me throughout the years, it’s allowed me to do what I love to do and continue to bring you free tutorials.

3 diy no-sew fleece hats
diy no-sew fleece hat

Click here to read the entire step-by-step photo tutorial.

diy no-sew fleece hat
diy no-sew fleece hat

Ready or not, Winter, here we come!!

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Happy No-Sewing,

Beth

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DIY Felt Gingerbread Ornaments: New One Minute Video

Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the gingerbread man has become a holiday classic. It’s no wonder that so many people choose to make this cookie during the holidays with the delicious scents that fill the house when baking this treat. In addition, many versions of the fairy tale have been told throughout the years, making it a childhood favorite.

You can bring this story to life and let the kids help with the seasonal decorating by making cute felt gingerbread ornaments that are simple enough to get the whole family involved.

Run, run as fast as you can, you just might like this gingerbread man.

diy felt gingerbread men

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo instructions

diy felt gingerbread men
diy felt gingerbread men

Snip, snap, snout. This tale’s told out.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Beth

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