Cut and Paste Biker Jacket and a Giveaway

You know, a girl who marries a ruggedly handsome man with a taste for adventure shouldn’t be at all surprised when he announces he wants to buy a couple of Harleys, throw on some leathers and ride across the country Easy Rider style.


I’m sure he’s envisioning this…

Easy Rider Movie Poster

he and Peter Fonda cruisin’ free and easy down the highway.

And this…


me, totally comfortable in my skin tight leather pants, totally rockin’ the Sturgis scene.

Well, in reality, I’m pretty sure it’d be more like this…


“Sweeters,” spoken with a slight Minnesota accent, “I hate to ask you and Peter to stop those cute bikes again, but I just have to take a few more snapshots of those pretty wildflowers. And do you think you boys could take a few after shots of me in my  little refashioned leather jacket that I made before we left? And I made some sandwiches for you boys. Let’s go over to that picnic table and have a little lunch.”

And of course, he and Peter would totally take time out of their free and easy riding to accommodate all of my wishes.

(He’s not the only one with fantasies, you know.)


Even if you’re not planning a wild ride across the country with your sweetie and Peter Fonda on some Harleys, I’d love it if you would check out this Cut and Paste Leather Jacket tutorial over at eHow. I’ll be giving away another copy of The Refashion Handbook to one person who pins and comments.


You really don’t have to be in Sturgis to rock this look.

(Pretty sure, this tote bag would look great on the back of a Harley, too. Don’t you think?)


Do you recognize the sleeves from last week’s Winter Tote Bag project?

A big biker thank you hug to everyone who pinned and commented on the tote bag project last week.

The winner of The Refashion Handbook is…

The Refashion Handbook

Carissa Browning! Thanks for your nice comment. Send your address to me at and I’ll send it out to you right away.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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88 Responses to Cut and Paste Biker Jacket and a Giveaway

  1. Alison Wheelock says:

    Wow! I love it!

  2. Diane Ramey says:

    Beth, pinned and off to hunt for the perfect jacket (suspecting there’s one in my daughter’s closet)! No need to ask for the ‘Pin’ – done before I even saw that – this is absolutely fantastic! (and the bag – that’s just the icing!)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am soo happy I found you, the things you refashion are great. Love them all. That coat is right up my alley.


  4. Meg F says:

    Wow! Neat idea! I have a leather vest just like the one you used! I think I might just have to try this out! Love the look!

  5. regina dobbins says:

    I LUV IT!!!! I’ve passed up too many leather jackets.

  6. I don’t get the joke- you look TOTALLY at home amidst those rough and tumble types! You may want to give the book to someone who sews, I’m very into glue and staples, the Cut and Paste heading made me stop and read, but I still love the jacket! 😉

  7. Gaylene Ortega says:

    Sooooo cute!! Love the story! Great work. I pinned and commented on pin. Is that correct? On Jan 3, 2015 8:37 AM, “The Renegade Seamstress” wrote:

    > The Renegade Seamstress posted: “You know, a girl who marries a > ruggedly handsome man with a taste for adventure shouldn’t be at all > surprised when he announces he wants to buy a couple of Harleys, throw > on some leathers and ride across the country Easy Rider style. > WHAAAATTTTT!!!???!! “

  8. Sue Cryer says:

    Love this idea! Going hunting in my local thrift stores to find what I need to make this.

  9. Ann in PA says:

    Great idea! I have an old suede jacket with worn cuffs – this might rescue it from the back of the closet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Adorable. I always find leather sleeves really cold but love leather jackets. This is a brilliant idea which I’m going to have to try out. Thank you so much. Your work is inspirational.

  11. Molly Watson says:

    Hi Beth,
    I love waking up on a relaxing morning to find your awesome project emails in my inbox…Talk about inspiring! I loved the houndsooth tote and wondered whatever you would do with the sleeves. Was thinking of some cozy boot socks or something, but paired with leather is even better! I am thinking thrift store selections of houndsooth and leather are going to be scarce after reading your tutorial 🙂 Thanks for always coming up with new, fun and fashion forward ideas that we can all feel comfortable doing on our own!! Can’t wait to see what is next…

    • You really brightened my day, Molly! Thank you. May your new year be as nice as you are!

      • Molly Watson says:

        Thank you, Beth! Happy new year to you as well 🙂 I can’t wait to see what ideas the new year brings to you. I pinned your jacket and am already hunting the perfect sweater for that and a bag. I have always love repurposing and appreciate your creativity in re-using all kinds of fabrics. My husband laughs when I buy something (that is sometimes bizarre) and say I am using it for something else! Happy Sunday…

  12. Janet Carpenter says:

    So cute on you! I’ve never sewn leather before, but would like to try maybe a leather bag. A local fabric shop always has a table of leather hides pieces that I’ve been tempted by ( but never bought). Is leather all that difficult to sew on?

    • Thanks so much, Janet! Leather can be super fun to sew with. I just use my regular machine and make sure that I’m using a leather needle (110/18). Did you see the leather fringe bag from a couple of months ago? Have fun and let me know if I can help you in any way.!

  13. Janet Carpenter says:

    I wanted to add, I too look forward to your Saturday morning emails of your posts!

  14. smenzmer says:

    Just pinned, but couldn’t see a way to comment over at e-how. Perhaps I am just missing the place to do so. I have to say, however, you have once again totally blown me away with your refashioning! Love love love what you did with this jacket, and I would have been totally afraid of ever sewing anything that was leather. Not any more–you have inspired me! 🙂 Love how you used the sleeves from the previous project as well!

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I believe you have to have a Facebook account to comment over at eHow. But, I always throw the names of the people who comment over here into the hat for the free book drawing, too.

      • smenzmer says:

        Thanks!!! That may explain things! I am SO hoping I win your book–I have been drooling over it ever since it came out!!!!

  15. smenzmer says:

    Question for you–any thoughts about the idea of making your own dress form using Duck Tape? I see the tutorials floating around and am tempted. I know I read one time that you have a Singer dress form, I believe? I am just not sure about sinking that amount of dollars into something that I am not sure I will use all that much. Then again, there are LOTS of refashion ideas for adjusting things that I just know would be a ton easier for me to do if I had a dress form! Stuck in the inbetween place of needing one but not needing it often enough to pay hundreds of dollars. . . do you think the Duck Tape dress forms would actually work?

    • I’ve never tried making a duct tape dress form. They look like they might work and plenty of people use them. It might be worth the time to try one out if you don’t want to buy one. I’d like to buy one made especially for my body. Maybe someday…….

  16. Tabitha Klucking says:

    You would HAVE to use the matching tote while wearing the jacket! Love it! As always, the tutorial is great.

  17. Pam says:

    Pinned and searching for the perfect jacket and sweater now. Love it! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

  18. Libby Vignes says:

    Beth, your looking great in leathers. So clever in all your re-purpose clothing. Enjoying your book and looking forward to your 2015 works.

  19. Deb says:

    Love your ideas!

  20. Deborah Echaves says:

    Absolutely love this refashion! I have sweaters just need to find a vest or jacket I bet something in corduroy would also be nice.

  21. Mother Deer says:

    Love that jacket, Beth. Another great idea.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  22. Lou says:

    Pinned and way cool!

  23. maxine says:

    Love how you cover all the slices of life!!

  24. julisews says:

    This is great! And now you still have the sleeves to fashion into something cool. Can’t wait to see what you drum up next.

    (I went over to eHow, but couldn’t comment there, seems I need a facebook account?)

  25. I like the way you think!

  26. MiceWork says:

    You’re amazing and a real inspiration! How can you manage doing all this beautiful things and still have time for you, your family, your job?!?! I definitely have to get some tips & Triks! 😉 My refashions are waiting in the closet for some free time and a nice friend photographer :)))

  27. duchick says:

    I love recycling clothing and making something new and fashionable! My husband rides a Harley and he often wants me to hang on behind. If I had that shnazzy jacket, I would look so cool! I do prefer riding across the country in our Jeep, tho. We just returned from Florida putting on over 3200 miles. (Wish the weather had been nicer.) Over the past summer, we drove to southern Utah and went 4-wheeling with the Jeep…so much fun!
    (I’ve pinned your project here:

  28. Niecy says:

    I love the leather jacket my daughter said the other day how cool it would be to still wear her leather jacket and she has a fav sweeters too that for some reason something for on them

  29. Dawn Jones says:

    This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing. You really are an inspiration. Have a wonderful day.
    I pinned on Pinterest:

  30. While I’ve never been to Sturgis, I do ride a Harley!! I’m sue I have a couple of vests already…just need to go hunt down the perfect sweater!! Thanks for this great redo….always look forward to what you’ll do next!! 👏👏👏

  31. I love how you made the leather jacket look all warm and fuzzy! Pinned to my giveaways and sewing boards on pinterest (Sandy Hardman skh44215).

  32. Joen says:

    What a great chic rocker look! I will have to be on the look out for a biker jacket!

  33. emadethis says:

    Fantastic! Leather is SO expensive–genius move using existing leather jackets and freshening them with cozy sleeves!

  34. Donna in VA says:

    Thank you – I think this is the first time I laughed today (it is 8:30 pm here.) Cute but I don’t think my old sewing machine could handle leather.

  35. Trish F says:

    Wow, love this! Makes me want to run out and go to the nearest thrift shop. Thanks for sharing this. I pinned this from your eHow article here:

  36. jenny_o says:

    Beth, you are a riot! Just catching up here after Christmas. Love the tote and now this jacket. About 30-35 years ago I actually bought something similar, in suede with knit sleeves, collar and bottom band. I wore it forever, but It didn’t look NEARLY as nice as this! Great job.

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  38. kathy says:

    never ending creativity! I love it…

  39. I LOVE THE BOOT SWEATERS! Love love love the way they look! ❤ What a great idea!

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