New Video: Make a Cozy Little Girl’s Sweater Skirt From an Old Sweater

The snow is falling, fireplaces are lit up, and the smell of hot chocolate is in the air. It’s the perfect time to pull out an old sweater from the bottom of your closet and create a cute and cozy sweater skirt for a little girl in your life.

You can watch the Facebook video here:

You can watch the Youtube video here:

Love those little toes!!

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

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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How to Make a Travel Neck Pillow: DIY Video and Tutorial

In-flight snoozing on those red-eye flights just got easier and much more fashionable. When sleeping upright is your only option, this soft and comfortable DIY neck pillow will help you get the Zzz’s you need. Make one to match your luggage or make one to match your traveling clothes. Whatever colors you choose to make this pillow, it most certainly will ensure sweet dreams during your next trip.

You can watch the Facebook video here:

Or, you can watch the Youtube video here:

Click here for the step by step photo tutorial.

Happy Travels!

Beth

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Easy Last Minute DIY Gift: Flannel and Fringe Scarf (Tutorial and Video)

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Little did my mom know that when she declared the Christmas of 1971 as a “Handmade Holiday,” she changed my life forever. I can still remember feeling so honored and loved when even my dad, who was Mr. Busy and Mr. Uncrafty, spent time putting together presents he thought we would enjoy.  The huge mosaic he made from our shag carpet remnants hung on the wall above the piano for years. The fabric-covered hanging lamp he made for me hung above my bed until I went to college. It was this Christmas that began my own “Handmade Journey.”

Today, I’m still on that journey. It has become such a part of who I am today. All seems right with the world when I’m able to design, create and share my sewing adventures with you.

If you’ve declared your own Handmade Holiday this season, a flannel fringe scarf is an easy, stylish gift to make for anyone on your list.

You can see the Facebook video here:

Or, if you don’t have Facebook, you can watch the Youtube version here:

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Click here for the step-by-step photo fringe scarf tutorial.

Happy Holidays!

Beth

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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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Pin Me!!

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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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