Mend Those Jeans With a Sashiko-Inspired Stitch


Remember when I confessed that I hated mending?

It’s true!

In the past, when I glanced at my mending basket, I’d hear those high-pitched horror movie violins and run the other way.

I know it’s weird, for as much I enjoy sewing and refashioning, that I would fear mending so much.

But today, those violins are starting to play a different tune.

Today, I started to LOVE mending.

Today, I’m mending with a Sashiko inspired stitch and I liked it!





Click here for the complete directions on how to mend using a Sashiko inspired stitch.

Happy Mending!!!


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Turn Your Old Leather Jacket Into a Chic Bucket Bag

Whoa! I’m the first to admit that I love a good snowstorm. And I have to say, I’m partially to blame for this latest Snowpocalyse. I wished for a white Christmas. I wished for the cold so the snow would stay to cover the mud and brown dead stuff. But, geeze, who knew a Wyoming style blizzard would hit here in my little Eastern Oregon valley. The wind, the cold, the drifts! Plus, the second snow day of the school year. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! 🙂

Not wanting to let a good snow day go to waste, I was able to get in a little creative studio time yesterday and create a little potential project for you…


Bucket bags are all the rage right now. But they can be super pricey, so if you’ve you’ve been eyeing one of these, you can actually make one of your own for a fraction of the cost.




Click here for the bucket bag pattern and project directions.

Or perhaps pin for later……


Happy Sewing!


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Top 10 Renegade Seamstress Projects of 2016

Call me weird, but I love reading all of the top 10 lists that come out at the end of the year. Anything from the most popular nail polish colors to the best new books to read.

So, I thought you might enjoy the Top 10 Renegade Seamstress articles of 2016. It is my sincere hope that one or more of these sewing tips and tricks will help you in some way in the the coming year.

Just to keep you in suspense, here they are starting with the tenth most popular article.

10. How to Reattach the Original Jeans Hem

I don’t know about you, but clothing manufacturers must think by my hip size that I’m seven feet tall. My jeans are always too long. In this article, I’ve shared with you a trick to retain the authentic and stylish look of your jeans when shortening them.


9. Refashioned Denim Easter Basket

Ah, the wonderful basket. Not only is it a symbol of Easter, but it is also a symbol of spring. Both spring and Easter represent renewal, rebirth, and new life. Exactly what this project is all about. Give your old jeans new life by creating a fun, refashioned denim Easter basket that could be used all year long.


8. How to Sew a Zipper into Clothing

Zippers can be one of the most intimidating techniques for someone new to sewing. But honestly, there is nothing to fear. Putting in a zipper really isn’t as hard as it looks. Once you learn the tricks, you’ll be confidently sewing zippers into everything from dresses and pants to bags and pillows.


7. How to Make a Celtic Knot Headband Out of T-Shirts

This cute little face has been pinned over 176,000 times.

You can make this no-sew headband with a Shannon knot, which symbolizes balanced creativity, a fitting emblem because it makes creative use of old T-shirts.


6. 19 Clever Ways to Refashion Your Clothes

Did you know that your box of outdated clothing waiting to get dropped off at the thrift store could actually be a gold mine? That’s right! If you know how to sew a straight line, you can turn your old clothes into stylish new treasures.


5. How to Make Aprons From Shirts

Whether you’re a beginning sewer or an experienced seamstress, you can look cooking-show chic while you cook. Refashioned from an old button-down shirt, this apron features coordinating pockets and a colorful waistband for a fashionable twist. Go for flair when choosing the accent fabrics.


4. Sewing 101: Basic Clothing Alterations You Can Do Yourself

The secret to looking and feeling your best is wearing clothes that fit. No matter what your body shape or size, if your clothes fit you well, you’ll look like a million bucks. Before you hire an expensive tailor, check out these alterations. You’ll be surprised at how easy some of them can be to do yourself.


3. How to Take in the Waist on a Pair of Blue Jeans

If your waist is quite a bit smaller than your hips, you may suffer from “gaposis” when you buy jeans to fit your hips. This leaves plenty of room in the waistband, creating a clear view of, ahem, you know, your unmentionables. Well, there is a fix for your jeans to help keep those unmentionables unmentionable.


2. How to Turn a Crew Neck T-Shirt Into a V-Neck

Many women choose a V-neck because it draws the eye up toward the face and creates a heart shape. It can also create an illusionary effect that elongates the body — and who doesn’t want that? Even if you’re not an experienced sewer, you can transform your crew necks into flattering V-neck shirts in just a few simple steps.


And the number one article of the year is……..

1. How to Make the Waist Bigger on Jeans
If your favorite pair of jeans have become too small in the waist, don’t despair and definitely don’t get rid of them. Instead, be a smarty pants and alter the waistband to fit again even without advanced sewing skills.


Well, there you have it. The 10 Most Popular Renegade Seamstress articles of 2016. I truly hope at least one of these will be helpful to you.

Happy New Year!

May All Your Wishes Come True!



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How to Make a Totally Convenient Casserole Carrier

When it’s cold outside and you’re on your way to a potluck, the last thing you want to happen is to arrive at the party with a chilly casserole in hand. Instead of asking to reheat your recipe when you arrive, pack your dish in this convenient and stylish casserole carrier. Made from an on-trend fabric and a few sewing steps, including a feature that attaches serving spoons to the top, this carrier will turn heads as soon as you walk through the door. Share your how-to secrets over your delicious meal — if you really want to make your friends green with envy.



Click here for the complete instructions.

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Happy Sewing!


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

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DIY Cozy Sweater Slippers: Perfect Project For a Snowy Day

I just knew if I said it out loud, and said it enough times, it would happen.

And it did!

It’s officially a SNOW DAY!!!

I don’t have to go to school and I get to go to the studio and sew instead.

Life is good!!

If you’re stuck in the snow, and have a glorious day of sewing ahead of you, here’s a fun project:

Cozy Sweater Slippers

Super easy and fun to make.

Click here for the full tutorial.

Happy Snow Day!


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This Adorable Cookie Bag is Perfect For Your Next Cookie Exchange and a Winner

Now that the holidays are in full swing, cookie exchange season is upon us. But the last thing you should do is show up to the sugar fest with plastic-wrapped sweets resting on boring paper plates. Bah, humbug! 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.


I’d love it if you’d Pin Me! 🙂


Thank you to everyone who Pinned the Sweater Tree project,


the winner of my newest Learn to Upcycle & Refashion Sweaters DVD is
Virginia Maisterrena. Send your address to me at and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.



Happy Holiday Sewing!


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You Can Make a Cute Christmas Tree Skirt From a Tablecloth

Even though I’ve been sewing and creating Christmas projects for weeks now, this morning I woke up to the first snow that’s actually sticking, and now I’m TOTALLY in the Christmas mood.

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.





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Click here for the directions.

Happy Holidays,


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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!


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