DIY ‘Poltergeist’ Haunted TV Halloween Decoration

Talk about a Halloween decoration that will send chills up your spine and scare the living daylights out of your trick or treaters. They might even spill their candy buckets as they flee past the creepy hands inside this glowing TV set — so much fun for the ‘Poltergeist’ movie fans that come to your door looking for treats on Halloween night. Grab a big cardboard box to create your own haunted TV and you’ll be well on your way to frightening all your friends and neighbors.

DIY Poltergeist Haunted TV Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions for the Haunted TV.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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How to Make a Giant Spider Halloween Decoration

A gigantic, creepy, crawly, scary and formidable spider crawling on your wall: It’s what nightmares are made of. But, what could be better to frighten all those ghosts and goblins creeping up to ring your doorbell on Halloween night?

Add some spine-chilling sounds, an enormous web, and a spooky jack-o-lantern to create the perfectly eerie front porch. Just grab a few pool noodles, some wire, a couple of foam balls and a little duct tape to get your ghoulish game on this Halloween season. The whole neighborhood will be talking about your amazing arachnid display for years to come.

DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration

If you can’t wait for pumpkin lattes, sweater weather, and all the ghosts and goblins roaming your neighborhood, then it must be time to start your autumn decorating. Begin with this quick DIY giant spider web on your front porch that’s sure to catch a few oohs and aahs from your neighbors. All you need is a staple gun and a roll or two of clothesline to add some fall fun and whimsy to your front porch.

DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Spider Web Pillow: One Minute Video

If you enjoy the change of the season with the cooler air, the autumn colors and the feeling of a little danger lurking around every corner, then you’re ready to start bewitching your favorite digs for Halloween. It could be as simple as changing up a few pillows and this not so itsy-bitsy DIY Spider Web Pillow will create that spooky vibe you’re going for.

Just grab your broomstick and head to the nearest market for some black felt and a little white thread and your couch or front porch will be “spiderrific” in no time.

finished spider web pillow

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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Costume Week: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out a few thrift store finds from the bottom of the pile and create a fun costume for Halloween. My motto is quick and easy these days so I kept it pretty simple.

I started with a homemade fake suede skirt and a Roper dress that was a little too much of a good thing, but perfect for a sheriff costume.

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First, I simply cut off the bottom of the dress to make it into a shirt.

Notice the horseshoe fabric and the fake leather trim? Perfectly cheesy!

Sheriff Costume

Sheriff Costume1

I then used my rotary cutter to cut fringe around  the bottom of the skirt.

Sheriff Costume4

Add a belt, bandana, badge, some boots and wha-la….. a sheriff costume is born.

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

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Of course a sheriff costume wouldn’t be complete without a corny tin foil badge. 🙂

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Whadda ya think- will I be able to keep those kindergarteners in line at our Halloween party now?

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Thanks to my Ruggedly Handsome Husband for takin’ some time out outta his busy day to snap a few photos for me today.

Yeehaw, lookin’ good, honey!

ruggedly handsome husband

PS. This is a rerun post, but I thought you might like to see it again for Costume Week.

Have a great day!

Beth

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Costume Week: DIY Shark Costume Hooded Fleece Blanket: One Minute Video

If sharks are your thing and Shark Week can’t come soon enough in your book every year, then you’ll want to dive into this fun, cozy, hooded blanket project. It’ll just take an afternoon to create some snuggly fun for you or that that special person who just can’t get enough shark action. Made from soft fleece, the shark lovers in your life can wrap up in jaw-dropping comfort and transform to a cuddly shark at the same time.

DIY Shark Hooded Fleece Blanket
DIY Shark Hooded Fleece Blanket

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

DIY Shark Hooded Fleece Blanket

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration and tutorials, click here.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Costume Week: Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, and Dorothy

Welcome Back to Costume Week!

Whether you’ve been invited to a costume party or you’re lucky enough to be able to dress up at work, it’s never too early to be thinking of this year’s Halloween costume. Here is a week’s worth of ideas to help get you in the mood and to hopefully inspire you to put together the best costume EVER.

Enjoy!

Costume week at The Renegade Seamstress

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DIY Wicked Witch of the West

If you’re feeling a bit more bad witch than good witch this Halloween season, you can put together a Wicked Witch of the West-inspired costume faster than you can call out your army of flying monkeys.

Wicked Witch of the West Costume

To find out how to put together this iconic witch costume, grab your broom, click here and fly on over to eHow for a wickedly good time.

See you over there, my pretty………

DIY Wicked Witch of the West Coatume

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Glinda The Good Witch

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.

Glinda The Good Witch Coatume
DIY Glinda The Good Witch Costume
DIY Glinda The Good Witch Costume

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

DIY Glinda The Good Witch Costume

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

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Homemade Dorothy Inspired Costume, Ruby Slippers and All

You can Follow the Yellow Brick Road and click your heels three times to find out how to make the iconic Dorothy costume.

DIY Dorothy Costume from The Wizard of OZ
DIY Dorothy Costume from The Wizard of OZ
DIY Dorothy Costume from The Wizard of OZ

Click here for the complete instructions.

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Stay tuned this week for more costume ideas.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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Costume Week: DIY Spider Web Poncho: One Minute Video

Embrace your spooky side, add a little mystery to your wardrobe and catch some fun in your web when you wear this simple, no-sew, felt spider web cape.

Just grab your cauldron, stir in some creepy black felt, a little ghostly white chalk, a pinch of scary ribbon and you’ll have no toll or trouble creating the perfect spider web poncho potion.

Oh, what an eerie web you will wear.

finished diy spider web cape
finished diy spider web cape
finished diy spider web cape
finished diy spider web cape
diy spider hair barrette

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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5 Amazing Autumn Sewing Projects

I don’t know about you but when the air gets cooler, the sky bluer and the leaves start to change, I get in the mood to create. Here are some fun fall project ideas to get you in the mood for this colorful change of seasons.

Plus, I’m so proud of myself for learning how to create an animated image with sound!!

If the soft feel and vibrant colors of felt get your creative juices flowing, here are a few fun fall felt projects:

The cornucopia and Thanksgiving go together like turkey and cranberry sauce, like mashed potatoes and gravy, like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Symbolizing wealth, prosperity and abundance, it’s just one of those fall staples we see on tablescapes every autumn. You can modernize your “horn of plenty” centerpiece this season by painting the basket white and creating some delightful felt gourds and flowers in any color you’d like to fill it.

Modern Felt Cornucopia

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Fall: A time of crisp mornings, toasty backyard fires, and best of all, jumping into piles of multicolored leaves. Bring that colorful fall feeling into your home by creating a few vibrant felt coasters. Not only are they beautiful, but they’ll protect your coffee table from those steaming cups of hot cocoa you’ll be sipping now that the weather is cooler. Made from two layers of thick felt and a little stitching on the sewing machine, they will dress up your end tables and help you embrace autumn in style.

Fun Fall Felt Coasters

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It’s time to get ready for the holiday entertaining season. Not only could your guests be marveling about your juicy, cooked-to-perfection turkey, the creamy mashed potatoes and your delicious pies, but they just might be talking about your delightful table scape for years to come. This colorful DIY felt fall leaves table runner is fun to make, will brighten up your fall table and make all your meals feel special.

Fall Leaves Felt Table Runner

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Did someone say pie?

If you want to bake people happy this holiday season, make a pie. There’s just something comforting about a fresh, hot pie with a flaky crust and flavorful filling. From pecan to apple, please your friends and family with a fresh, golden, homemade pie.

And when you show up carrying it in this stylish and handy fabric pie carrier, everyone is going to want to know which boutique sells them. They’ll be surprised when you tell them you made it yourself!

Fabric Pie Carrier

Happy Fall Sewing!

If you’d like to see the videos that go with each project, click here.

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Homemade Zucchini Cobbler

Zucchini cobbler

What do you do when one of the most prolific players in your garden game becomes unmanageable?

It happens to all of us who like to garden – we plant a few zucchini seeds in the spring and marvel when they start to produce. We get out the spiralizer to make zoodles, shred them for breads, roast them with onions, fry them, and even hide them in brownies. And then, seemingly overnight, these cute little versatile veggies become huge 7-pound monsters that take over our garden. (Cue the scary music.)

Basket of large zucchinis

What then? Throw them away? Add them to your compost pile? Place them on your neighbor’s front porch, ring the doorbell and run?

Happily, you don’t have to do any of that because we have the perfect win-win solution. Use those gigantic squash in this delicious dessert that is not only easy to make but will leave your friends and family swearing up and down that you made this cobbler from apples and not zucchini.

We’re here to tell you that you truly won’t believe your taste buds when you eat this cobbler.

zucchini cobbler
zucchini cobbler

Click here for the recipe.

When you take your first bite, you’re going to have to remind your taste buds that you peeled and diced those zucchinis with your own hands because you’re going to swear this is an apple cobbler. We’ll try not to say “we told you so.” Enjoy!

Happy Zucchinis!

Beth

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