How to Make an Easy Breezy Caftan for Your Summer Beach Cover Up

It’s true what they say: Life IS better in flip flops…

…and sunglasses, and hats, and caftans.🙂

Yes, easy-breezy caftans.

With just two yards of fabric, you too can make this summery, beach cover-up in less than 30 minutes. Click here to find out how.


Doesn’t Rylee look great in it!!


She was such a good sport to head down to the creek on her lunch break to model this cute caftan for us.




Work it Rylee!!!


Behind the scenes…. crackin’ each other up:)



I felt a bit like the Paparazzi after the photo shoot when Cooper was helping Rylee walk through the water in her flip flops. (I think she totally looks like a movie star🙂 )


Plus my heart just swells watching my son be a gentleman.


Click here to see the full instructions to make this adorable caftan.


Oh yes, and the fun fabric was Paradise Palms from Spoonflower.


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Happy Sewing!



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Refashion Runway Season Four: Meet the All Stars and Challenges Announced


And what an adventure it will be!

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars has officially begun. (Cue in the trumpets)

Here’s your line up of creative All Stars for this season. I’m so honored that they will be sharing all of their inspired expertise with us again.

Welcome to Gema, from Sequins and Slippers. She will be joining us again from across the pond in England. She wowed us with her amazing refashions last season and I’m so glad she included the cool bag she made from a hat in her picture. (And her cute dog, Rod.🙂 )

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Carissa from Carissa Knits comes back to us with all of her inspired sewing tricks from the second season of Refashion Runway. As you can see she’s one talented girl!

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The adorable Marisa from The Refash Stash will be amazing us with her creative takes on each challenge again from last season.

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We are so lucky to welcome back Jen from Diary of a Mad Mama. We had so much fun seeing what she had up her sleeves way back in the first season.


The talented Susan from Second Chances by Susan was the winner of Season Two. I feel so fortunate that she’s joining us again, even in the middle of a new house project.

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The beautiful Miche, from Buttons and Birdcages, is coming back to us from the first season. Not only does she always look amazing but I love how she photographs her fun creations!!


And a big welcome back to fellow teacher and blogger, Mary from Thrifty Chic. She joined us in the very first season of Refashion Runway and I’m really looking forward to seeing how she interprets each challenge again.


Well every one, I hope you’ll sew along with us and vote for your favorites each week.

So you can all start thinking about your projects, I’m announcing all the challenges today.

Week One: Velvet

Week Two: Metallic

Week Three: Buttons

Week Four: Tunic

Week Five: Pantone Color of the Season: Riverside

As you can see, I’ve left the challenges fairly open ended. Just remember, each garment must be original (in other words not posted on your blog already) and have a before and after picture. Also, please remember, this is a “refashion” competition so your garment must be constructed from a previous item of some kind.

I’ll be sending a schedule via email to all the contestants.

If you are “sewing along” with us, send your before and after pictures to We want to see your creations, too!

One last item, if you are competing or sewing along, and you have a blog, so we can get the word out, please place a link to The Renegade Seamstress in your sidebar with this image:

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Good luck!

And your challenge starts………RIGHT NOW!!

Stayed tuned for next Saturday, August 6. We’ll post the before and after pictures for Velvet Week and you’ll get to vote for your favorite.

Happy Sewing!


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Refashion Runway Season Four: And We Have Another Generous Sponsor!!

The talented and creative seamstresses of Refashion Runway are super lucky this season to have so many generous sponsors step up and donate prizes.

In addition to all of the great businesses that I wrote about the other day, Annie’s has graciously become a prize sponsor, too.

I hope you’ll show your appreciation by checking out some of their great on-line classes, they have so many, I’m sure you’ll find something you like.🙂

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Stay tuned for Saturday, when the Refashion Runway All Stars friendly sewing competition begins. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Refashion Runway Season Four: Meet the All-Stars Edition Sponsors

I’m giddy with excitement about Season Four of Refashion Runway and from what I’m hearing, you are, too.

Much like Project Runway and The Great British Sewing Bee, we’ve chosen seven of your favorites from the first three seasons of Refashion Runway to compete in weekly challenges. The refashions will then be scored by a panel of judges and open to a popular vote. The scores will be combined to find a weekly winner and one competitor will be out (not without a prize for participating though). At the end of the series, whoever is left will not only receive a nice prize but will be crowned the winner of the Refashion Runway All Stars Edition!!

It’s so much fun to be behind the scenes, arranging everything for you, knowing how much you love this friendly sewing competition.

We’ve had some amazing people step up to be prize sponsors for Refashion Runway this season and I hope you’ll let them know how much you appreciate them by visiting their sites and supporting their businesses.

We’re all in this together and we couldn’t do this without them.

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The festivities will be starting on July 30 so it’s not too late to join in on the fun. If you’d like to be a Refashion Runway prize sponsor also, please email me at

Thanks so much!!


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YAY! Refashion Runway is Back!!!

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I’m excited to announce that Refashion Runway is returning for it’s FOURTH season at the end of this month!!

This time, I’ve asked a few of your favorite competitors from each of the first three seasons to come back to compete in this “All Stars” version of Refashion Runway. I’m really looking forward to sharing all of their amazing refashions with you.

We still need a few prize sponsors so if you’d like to support the creative efforts of our contestants by donating a prize or gift certificate, just email me at

Happy Sewing!!


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More News I’ve Been Busting at the Seams to Tell You

Don’t you just love it when you send an idea out into the universe and lo and behold it appears to you as if by magic?

Last fall, I was checking into the logistics of creating video classes for you. I’d pretty much made the decision to go ahead and redesign one of the rooms in my studio, hire some videographers, and take the plunge into videography but of course it was going to have to wait until summer vacation….

in the meantime, the stars aligned just right and

GUESS WHAT!!!!???!!

Laura Scott, the producer from Annie’s, contacted me back in January and asked if I’d like to film a class for them!!!!


“Why, yes! Yes, as a matter of fact, I’d LOVE to create a class for Annie’s!!!!”

And the rest is history…..🙂

This is one of the reasons I been a bit MIA lately. (That and Cooper’s senior year of high school, whew but that’s a whole different post.)

I just returned from filming in Indiana and I can’t wait to share my class with you. It should be ready sometime in September and you’ll be the first to know when it’s up and going.

In the meantime, check out some of the other high quality classes that they produce. They’ve got so many sewing, knitting, crocheting and craft classes available, you’re sure to find something you’re interested in.🙂

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If you see something you like and would like to purchase one of their classes, here’s a coupon for you to use:


I hope you enjoy and if you’d like some sewing and refashioning inspiration, click here.


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DIY a Simple Round Sit-Upon For All of Your Outdoor Fun

The kids are out of school, the weather is warm and it’s finally time for all of those fun activities in the great outdoors. There’s nothing like the joyful sounds of wild abandon as kids run through sprinklers, fly through the air on a rope swing or sail off on their bikes down the road. But there are also those moments in the hot summer months when kids will want to just sit quietly and relax. To provide lightweight and waterproof padding for anywhere a kid might want to sit, you can make one of these cute vinyl seat cushions from an old tablecloth. If you were a Girl Scout, you might remember this type of seat referred to as a “sit upon” (or, something to “sit upon” to stay clean). Whatever you choose to call them, these seats are so easy to make, you could make one for all the kids in the neighborhood.

Click here for the complete instructions.


For more sewing and refashion inspiration, click here.

Happy Summer!


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DIY Your Guy a Skinny Tie for Father’s Day

If shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift for that dapper father in your life has you fit to be tied, how about making a new skinny tie for his special day?


Popular in the 20s, the 60s, the 80s and today, skinny ties are an affordable way to keep a wardrobe looking chic — and you can even use a “vintage” piece to help construct your latest project.

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Whether you keep it conservative with a silk fabric or more casual with a cotton print, ties are a great way to personalize an outfit and make a style statement.

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And when it’s handmade with love, it could definitely be one of those ties that bind!


Click here to find out how to make a skinny tie.

And let’s give, Wyatt a big round of applause for being such a good sport and model. Look out GQ magazine, here comes Wyatt!! Thank you!!

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration, click here.

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Make an Embroidered Handkerchief for Dad this Father’s Day

Oh, the humble hankie: so much more than a way to wipe your brow. For many of us, these simple squares of cotton can hold memories of hope, heartache and happiness. Some handkerchiefs have been kept for generations to remind us of a loved one or a significant family event. They have been carried down the aisle with brides, tucked into the pockets of soldiers and offered in moments of joy and despair. This Father’s Day, bring back a momento of yesteryear and use this small canvas to create a fun embroidered design for that extraordinary man in your life.


 Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Sewing!


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How to Make Laundry Tags at Home

Football, baseball, 4-H, swimming, fishing, riding bikes: Cooper’s childhood has  been  filled with all kinds of fun adventures. I mean really, I should’ve been more understanding, with a schedule like that, who has time to keep track of sweatshirts, t-shirts and hats?


I soooooooo wish I would’ve known this super easy label trick about 10 years ago.

If your child is heading off to summer camp, or just needs help keeping track of clothes, this tutorial is for you!




Click here to find out how to make the tags at home, so those clothes are sure to make it home without a hitch!

For more sewing inspiration, click here.

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