Create a Cute Tassel Christmas Tree Skirt

If your Saturday includes holiday decorating and you want to make a new, modern tree skirt, here’s one that you can literally make in minutes from a round tablecloth.

And it has tassels!!!

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Click here for the directions.

Happy Holidays,

Beth

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Mittens Made From Old Sweaters: Another Great DIY Holiday Gift Video and Tutorial (If I Do Say So Myself :) )

You need to be careful what you wear around me. Be very, very careful. Each sweater I lay my eyes on these days becomes a potential mitten fantasy to me. While you think I’m listening to you talk about your elf on the shelf adventures, I’m most likely envisioning myself cutting up your sweater to make more SMITTENS!!!! You can’t say you haven’t been warned…

If you’re looking for the perfect DIY gift, you can make a pair of cozy, warm, fleece lined mittens from a couple of outdated sweaters in under an hour. I like to call these “Smittens.” Your friends and family will love receiving a unique pair of earth friendly, handmade Smittens this holiday season.

Here’s the Facebook video: (be sure to turn on the sound, it’s more fun with the music.:))

For those of you not on Facebook, you can watch here:

 

 

Click here to see to the full tutorial.

Happy “Smitten” Making!!

Beth

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Easy to Make Festive Faux Fur Collar So You Can Attend Your Holiday Parties in Style

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It’s no secret that I love parties!

The bigger, the better. The more the merrier. So many reasons for a party, so little time. I truly am a walking party cliche. 🙂

To me, one of the best things about the holiday parties (besides the cranberry salsa) is the opportunity to dress up. A faux fur collar is such a festive holiday accessory and they are super easy to make.

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So, grab some faux fur, lining, newsprint, scissors, a measuring tape, a marker, come with me to eHow and I’ll show you how easy it is to make.

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Happy Holidays!

Beth

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Sweater to Hat and Mitten Tutorial

There’s a crackling fire in our wood stove and the fresh snow in the mountains is inspiring me  to refashion an ill-fitting sweater into a festive pair of mittens and a warm hat.

How about you?

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

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Felted Wool Coffee Cozy (Great for Gifting)

Brrrrrrrr… I woke up the other day to the first frost, reminding me that winter really is on its way. Definitely time to bring out those warm sweaters and bundle up. How about making a sweater for your favorite winter drink cup, too? Make your own felted wool cup cozy for the cutest cup of coffee this winter.

Start with a felted thrift store vest or sweater.Lucky for us, some people forget they can’t wash and dry their wool sweaters, donating them when they shrink.

I see this as a big score for me!

You can even make your own wooden buttons by thinly slicing a branch and drilling a couple of holes.

For the complete instructions, click here.

Happy sewing and gifting!

Beth

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Throwback Tuesday: An Upcycled Sweater Just in Time For Christmas

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

Thrift store clothes amaze me.

Even after all these years of shopping second hand, I’m still thrilled when I find quality clothing for very little moolah. And even better, they don’t even have to fit when you know how to alter and refashion.

All it takes is an eye for possibilities.

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

Take this thrift store sweater and shirt for example:

The shirt was stained and the sweater was too big. Each cost fifty cents on half price day at my local thrift store. YAY!

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

  The sweater was a quality brand and I loved the colors together. Perfect for a cardigan with plaid elbow patches.

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

I wanted to keep the existing raglan sleeves so I took it in using the existing seams. Just pin, sew and trim to fit. I also took in the side seams the same way.

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

Pullover sweaters don’t do too much to flatter me, so I decided to make this into a cardigan using the red plaid shirt for trim and elbow patches.

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

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

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

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

Then, since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought a plaid heart elbow patch would be fun.

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

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

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

And there you are, a new sweater just in time for Christmas!

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

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5 Holiday Gifts You Can Make This Weekend

It’s Black Friday and the big question is…

Should you shop or should you sew?

You know what my answer would be…

Sew of course!

#1 This Adorable Cookie Bag is Perfect For Your Cookie Exchange

Give your delicious cookies the presentation they deserve with a festive handmade carrier. Using a holiday-ready fabric, you can tote your cookies to the party with care and present them in style. By the end of the night, everyone will want your recipe — and the tricks to making your cookie bag.

Click here for the complete directions to making this cute holiday cookie bag.

Adorable diy cookie bag for your cookie exchange

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#2 Easy Hand-Sewn Felt Gift Bag

Move over paper gift bag, there’s a new bag in town!

When it comes to holiday get togethers, there’s nothing quite like showing up at your gathering with a nice bottle of wine. Bring your gift-giving game up a notch when you present your vino in this felt gift bag featuring a cozy blanket stitch.

Click here for the complete how-to instructions.

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#3 Turn Your Old Leather Jacket Into a Chic Bucket Bag

You can create your own chic bag from an old leather jacket that’s been collecting dust in your closet.

Click here to find out how to sew together your new favorite accessory for a fraction of what a labeled alternative would cost.

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#4 DIY Upcycled Clutch

You can upcycle an old thrift store blanket into a beautiful clutch in under an hour. This project is a perfect DIY holiday gift that is both affordable and practical. Your friends and family will appreciate the fact that you spent the time to make them a unique, earth-friendly gift this season. Even beginning sewists will be able to create this fun clutch.

Click here for the complete how-to instructions.

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#5 These Cute Holiday Trees Are Made From Upcycled Sweaters

If you’ve noticed that some of your cold-weather layers aren’t fitting as well as they used to, then turn the most festive ones into “sweater trees” to place on your mantel this season.

Click here for the complete how-to instructions.

Stay tuned this week for more holiday crafting ideas!

Beth

 

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How to Sew a Weighted Blanket: A New Video

The next time you’d like to catch some serious z’s, snuggle up with a weighted blanket and wake up on the right side of the bed every morning. If you have insomnia or sensory integration issues, a weighted blanket just might be the drug-free sleep aid you’ve been waiting for.

Applied pressure from a heavy blanket throughout the night has a relaxing effect which is soothing and calming. A weighted blanket will relax the nervous system and encourage dopamine and serotonin production, which later converts to melatonin to make you sleepy.

Although these hefty blankets are quite effective in resolving many sleep issues, they can be very expensive to purchase and ship. Making your own will not only save you money but you can also get creative and design a unique blanket with any color or pattern to match your own decor.

Click here for the entire tutorial.

The phrase “sleep tight” will have a whole new meaning when you wrap up at night with one of these weighted blankets.

For more sewing inspiration, click here.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Costume Week: Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Are you a good witch or a bad witch

I’m pretty sure Susan, from Second Chances by Susan is a good witch. She used her powers for good during the second season of Refashion Runway and won the Halloween Challenge with this stunning refashioned witch costume.

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Starting with this menagerie of thrift store clothes,

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She created this:

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Thank you so much, Susan, for sewing into the wee hours of the morning to bring us some incredible inspiration! You can see her whole process here.

And remember:

Always match your pumps to your broom

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Costume Week: Glinda the Good Witch

Welcome back to Costume Week!

If you tend to be more of a good witch than a bad witch, you can create this classic Glinda costume for Halloween from an outdated formal dress found at a thrift store. Just add a few handmade accessories to complete the look, and before you know it, you’ll be looking just like the most powerful sorceress in the land of Oz.

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Your Glinda the Good Witch costume wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential tall crown. Find out how to make one here.

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Click here to find out how to make a Glinda the Good Witch costume.

As usual, thank you for viewing my eHow articles, all of your nice comments and for clicking on the “Yes, I found this helpful” button over at eHow. It means more to me than you’ll ever know. 🙂

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