These Cozy Sweater Trees are Perfect For Your Holiday Decorating and a Giveaway

A funny thing happened on the way to holiday decorating this year, I started WAY before Thanksgiving. I know, I know, you’re supposed to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. The past few weekends I’ve been up in the studio  listening to Christmas music, putting up decorations, and making new ones.

These cozy sweater trees were so much fun to make and helped to transform my space into a winter wonderland with some quirky and unexpected charm.

Click here to see the entire tutorial.

Scroll to the very bottom of this post for the giveaway details…





To wish you a happy holiday season and to thank you for being such loyal readers, I’d like to give away a free DVD of my new Annie’s Crafts class, Learn to Upcycle & Refashion Sweaters to one of you. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway, is go to the tutorial, pin it to one of your Pinterest boards and make a comment. The winner will be announced on Saturday December 10, 2016.


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Thanksgiving Crafts For Your Kids Table

Keep them busy with these fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for your kid’s table.


Made with love and kid fingerprints, these vibrant and colorful turkeys will welcome all your family and friends to the table this year. Click here for instructions.


Kids and adults alike can get in on the fun this Turkey Day by creating these fun and colorful pinecone turkeys. Click here for instructions.


This fun personalized wreath would even keep those big kids busy. Click here for instructions.


Happy Thanksgiving!


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How to Twist Rope to Make a Rope Bag: One of My Favorite Projects of All Time

Get ready for one of my favorite projects of all time!

I absolutely LOVE how this bag turned out and it was super fun and easy to make.

If you’re looking for a great gift to make for someone 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.

Who knew????!!!?


Click here for the complete tutorial.





Happy Sewing!


For more sewing tutorials and inspiration, click here.

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How to Make the Waist Bigger on Jeans: Film Debut

You might not know it,  but Tuesday night was a big night in the film world.

Because, look out everyone, The Renegade Seamstress is taking the movie industry by storm. 🙂

Can you believe it? eHow asked me to make a few of my articles into short videos and my very first film debuted last night.

Filming, directing, acting and editing this for you really rolled MY socks up and down and I hope you like it.

Soooooooooo without further adieu, if your favorite pair of jeans have become a little (ahem) snug, try this simple trick to make ’em fit again!

Click here to see the whole article.

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How to Make a Vintage Dr. Zhivago (Faux) Fur Hat, Plus Removable Fur Cuffs and Collar

OK, so I just couldn’t help myself.

Rylee made this DIY fur hat look so amazing. And she did look like she should’ve been on the cover of Vogue, so I made a magazine cover for her. 🙂

And. It. Was. So. Much. Fun!



Plus, my ruggedly handsome husband and I have been watching the classic Doctor Zhivago up in the studio and now I want to wrap myself up in fur from head to toe.


Isn’t Rylee beautiful!!!!



You can use faux fur to make this hat or…………. if you happen to have a friend who gives you her grandmother’s real fur jacket that sadly had some moth damage, you could use that fur to make this fun winter hat. (Shhhhhhhhhhhhh, Christmas is coming and this might be a present for a certain friend.)



To see how to make this fur hat, click here.


If you’re like me and want to cover everything in fur now, here are a couple of other fun fur projects to make for yourself or they would make great gifts, too.

Removable fur cuffs



Festive fur collar



 Have fun with fur!

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New From Annie’s Publishing: My Refashioned Sweaters On-Line Class and a Giveaway

I’m super excited to announce the release of my new on-line and video class for Annie’s Publishing.


And, it’s just in time for the holiday gift giving and present making season!

I had so much fun getting this class ready for you when Laura Scott from Annie’s Publishing invited me to come to Indiana last June and film with them.

You can click here to watch a preview and check out my new class.

Once you get to Annie’s site, just type Refashioned Sweaters into the search bar and you can watch a preview.


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To thank you for purchasing the class, I’ll be reimbursing the class fee and sending a free Refashion Handbook to one person who leaves a good 🙂 review about the class on the Annie’s site.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 19th.

Happy Sewing!!


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How to Make an Anthropologie-Inspired Laundry Hamper

WARNING: Corny joke ahead!

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging her laundry outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she says. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her laundry to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder how that happened?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

Ahahahahahahahahahahaha! Knee slappin’ funny!

Well……… all joking aside, because we all know that laundry is no laughing matter, but

what do you get when you cross some trendy new fabric with some wooden dowels and an old belt?

Why, this new functional and chic laundry hamper, of course! Perfect for the halfway point between your closet full of cute clothes and the laundry room.

I’m really diggin’ this hamper. 🙂 And I hope you like it, too.





Click here to see the full hamper tutorial. And I’ll try to stay away from the corny joke aisle. I promise!

Happy Sewing!


PS. For more sewing and refashion inspiration, click here.

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9 Halloween Costume Tutorials (Even if You Don’t Sew)

 Halloween is just around the corner which can be a scary, scary time of year if you don’t sew. But have no fear, The Renegade Seamstress is here!! 🙂


If you need a costume or two, and sewing isn’t your forte, just head to your local thrift store with an open mind and you’ll be amazed at what you can find. With a couple of snips of the scissors and a little glue, you can transform some previously loved clothes into the best costume EVAH!

Here are a few tutorials to get your inspiration on:

Sheriff Costume

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Gypsy Costume

Thrift Store Gypsy Costume

Wicked Witch of the West



Glinda the Good Witch


Dorothy Costume


If you do sew, here are some amazing costumes to check out from some former Refashion Runway contestants :

Witch Costume

Susan went from this:


to this:



Cinderella Costume

Carissa went from this:


to this:


Jane from Tarzan Costume

Desarae went from this:


to this:


Butterfly Costume

Trisha went from this:


to this:


Happy Halloween!!



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How to Make a Rope Rug With Fabric Scraps

I don’t know, call me weird, but Jeff Bridges cracks me up as “The Dude” in the Coen Brothers cult classic movie, “The Big Lebowski”. He’s just a laid back, pot smoking bowler, who gets caught up with some mobsters, when all he wants is a replacement rug for the one they ruined. He’s thrown into impossible situations and isn’t equipped to deal with any of it. He just keeps insisting that “the rug just really tied the room together” in his not-so-tidy living room, but no one seems to care.

Well, this rug is for you, Jeff.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these rugs FOREVER! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to make.

If you’d like to make a rug to “tie your room together”, click here for the full tutorial.




Maybe I’ll even bring this rug to the next “Lebowski Fest”. Ha! Some people have way to much fun…

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration, click here.

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The Winner of the Insulated Lunch Bag and Snack Bag

There are some weekends that you need to stop working and just hook onto the boat and head to the river with your ruggedly handsome husband. Well, that just what we did last Saturday and we had a blast!

Needless to say, the winner of the Insulated Lunch Bag and the Reusable Snack Bag didn’t get announced on Saturday like I’d hoped, due to my irresponsible, spontaneous weekend adventure. 🙂


Thanks ever so much to everyone who pinned this fun project and the winner is…..

SallyAnn from Sew Re-Purposed. Send your address to and I’ll send the lunch bag and the snack bag out to you ASAP. 🙂



Have a wonderful week!


PS. For more sewing and refashioning inspiration click here.

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