Upcycled Sweater Mitten Tutorial and Pattern, Just Like Bernie’s

You guys!!

All of the fun memes of Bernie Sanders and his upcycled sweater mittens have just been crackin’ me up!!

I couldn’t help posting links to all of my Sweater Mittens patterns, tutorials and videos throughout the years, just in case he has inspired you to make some for yourself.

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here for the very first tutorial from years ago. 🙂

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here to see the dress and mittens made from the same sweater.

DIY Sweater Dress Instructions
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress
Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Click here for the complete step-by-step tutorial for the flannel shirt mittens.

Instructions for Sweater Mittens by the Renegade Seamstress

Happy Smitten Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Fleece Pocket Scarf: New One Minute Video and Another Giveaway

Wow, I’m counting my blessings this morning and boy, I have so many!

In addition to my family, my friends, my beautiful home, and my health, I’m so blessed to be able to create tutorials for eHow and I enjoy every minute of sewing, crafting, filming, photographing and editing. It’s like play to me and satisfies a very deep desire to create.

Quite often, I realize as I’m editing, taking photos, or filming that, even though I’m alone, I have a smile on my face. All of this and what I get to do brings me so much joy. And to thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the way, I’d like to give this Fleece Pocket Scarf away to one of you. 

To put your name in the drawing, just click here to go to the article over at eHow, scroll to the bottom and make a comment. Or click here to watch the video and make a comment there. 

finished fleece fringe pocket scarf flat lay

There’s just something special about pockets. You can create some unexpected pockets of beauty by adding them to a fleece scarf. Not only will they keep your hands warm but consider how nice it will be to grab your phone, lip gloss and some spare change and slip them into your snuggly scarf pockets before you head out into the cold looking fabulously casual. No bulky purse is needed to enjoy some time outdoors watching a local football game or just walking your dog through the park. All you need is your favorite fleece (you could even get some in your beloved sports team colors) and a little yarn to get started on this cozy yet practical project.

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

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

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf
finished diy fleece fringe pocket scarf

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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The Winner of the No-Sew Fleece Hat and the No-Sew Fleece Fringe Scarf

I’ve been so blessed through this blog, through eHow, through my book, through my videos, webinars and classes and through your support and encouragement. Your interactions, clicks, comments and well wishes have helped to bring me opportunities and helped to allow me to do one of the things my heart desires most, create.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Congratulations to Lori Baird!

You are the winner of the no-sew hats and the no-sew scarf.

three diy fleece hats
diy fleece fringe scarf

Click here for the no-sew hat step-by-step tutorial.

Click here for the no-sew scarf step-by-step tutorial.

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Happy Sewing and No-Sewing!!

Beth

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DIY No-Sew Fleece Fringe Scarf Plus Another Giveaway

Baby, it’s cold outside, and a fringe scarf will not only keep you cozy and warm but will also make a nice accent for any outfit. You don’t even have to know how to sew for this piece-of-cake project. Just grab 1/4 yard of fleece and a little bit of yarn and you’ll be creating your own scarf in no time. With all of the cute fleece available now, it will take you longer to decide which fleece to use than actually making this scarf.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to win this scarf, all you have to do is click here, read the article, scroll to the bottom and leave a comment then click here , watch the video and make a comment on the video. Then last but not least, make a comment at the bottom of this post to let me know you’d like to be considered to win the scarf. Thanks so much, your interactions help me more than you’ll ever know. And it’s free!!!! 🙂

diy fleece fringe scarf flat lay
diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf

Click here to see the entire step-by-step photo tutorial.

diy fleece fringe scarf
diy fleece fringe scarf

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Happy No-Sewing!

Beth

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DIY No-Sew Fleece Hat Plus a Giveaway

Get ready for winter and keep your noggin warm with a delightful DIY fleece hat. Even if sewing isn’t your thing, you can still make a cozy, soft hat to match every outfit. It’s a simple project, and your biggest problem will be choosing which fleece to use from the wonderful selections available at your local fabric shop. All it takes is 1/2 yard of your favorite fleece and about 15 minutes of your time, and you’ll be toasty warm.

And, since I haven’t had a giveaway in FOREVER, I’d like to give all three hats away. All you have to do to be entered is click over to eHow to read the entire article, click over to YouTube to watch the video and make a comment on the video, then make a comment below letting me know you did those things. It really helps me when you click over to eHow and YouTube, all it takes is a little bit of time and it’s FREE!

I’ll announce the winner next week on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Thank you so much for being so supportive and encouraging to me throughout the years, it’s allowed me to do what I love to do and continue to bring you free tutorials.

3 diy no-sew fleece hats
diy no-sew fleece hat

Click here to read the entire step-by-step photo tutorial.

diy no-sew fleece hat
diy no-sew fleece hat

Ready or not, Winter, here we come!!

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Happy No-Sewing,

Beth

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DIY Felt Gingerbread Ornaments: New One Minute Video

Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the gingerbread man has become a holiday classic. It’s no wonder that so many people choose to make this cookie during the holidays with the delicious scents that fill the house when baking this treat. In addition, many versions of the fairy tale have been told throughout the years, making it a childhood favorite.

You can bring this story to life and let the kids help with the seasonal decorating by making cute felt gingerbread ornaments that are simple enough to get the whole family involved.

Run, run as fast as you can, you just might like this gingerbread man.

diy felt gingerbread men

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

diy felt gingerbread men
diy felt gingerbread men

Snip, snap, snout. This tale’s told out.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Beth

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DIY Gnome Bottle Toppers: New One Minute Video

Up your gift-giving game and present the gnome lovers on your list with a bottle of their favorite drink topped with a delightful handmade gnome. These little Nordic folklore creatures were originally thought to protect the homestead unless they weren’t treated well – in which case, look out because they could become very mischievous.

Nowadays, the gnomes’ pointy hats, round noses and long beards are quickly becoming a holiday decorating phenomenon. Made from old sweaters or felt, these little Scandinavian hooligans will make gift wrapping and staying “gnome” for the holidays fun again. (Gnome pun intended. Ha!)

diy gnome bottle toppers

Check out the one minute video (Gnomes are so much fun to film) 🙂

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

diy gnome bottle toppers

Happy Holiday Gift Giving!

Beth

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DIY Fabric Hot Dish Basket: New One Minute Video

A sit-down dinner during the holidays (or at any time for that matter) is a real treat, and eating family-style can make a shared meal feel even more warm and cozy. However, passing those hot dishes around the table with regular hot pads can make handing over straight-from-the-oven casseroles pretty awkward. This simple hot-dish basket made from a placemat will make exchanging those hot serving dishes easy and safe. Get ready for everyone at your table to be saying, “Please pass the hot dish.”

diy fabric hot dish basket

Check out the one minute video here:

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

diy fabric hot dish basket
diy fabric hot dish basket
diy fabric hot dish basket

Happy Holiday Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Mittens From an Upcycled Flannel Shirt = Shmittens :)

Hey all you Smitten people out there. Remember my Mittens Made From Sweaters posts and videos? Well, here’s another fun idea that I’m now calling:

SHMITTENS!!!

Hahahahaha! Get it? Shirt + Mittens = SHMITTENS!!!

Oh my gosh, sometimes I just crack myself up. 🙂

Take an old flannel shirt that’s been hanging around the thrift store or maybe even a loved one’s old shirt to create some shmittens. Not only will they keep your hands toasty warm, but they’ll look so cute, your friends will be asking which little boutique carries them.

All it takes is one of the shirt sleeves you saved after making this flannel shirt tote bag, two sweater sleeves you saved after making these holiday sweater trees and a little fleece. That’s it! Just a word of warning though — you might like making these so much, no one’s shirts or sweaters will be safe around you again.

DIY mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt
DIY mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt
DIY mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt

Check out the video here:

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo directions.

DIY mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt
DIY mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt

Click here for the complete step-by-step Tote Bag photo tutorial.

diy tote bag made from an upcycled flannel shirt

And, if you have a bunch of old sweaters hanging around and would like to make a pair of Smittens,

click here.

Mittens made from upcycled sweaters

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Tote Bag From an Upcycled Flannel Shirt

There’s just something so cozy and comfy about a flannel shirt. The weather starts to get cooler and we happily bring out our thermals. We layer them over turtlenecks and under vests, but why not bring that same snug feeling into a winter tote by creating this bag from a thrift store find, or making a super-special cuddly tote from the shirt of a loved one. One of the neat things about using an upcycled shirt for this project is the front pockets become part of the design and are totally usable. Also, with gift giving season fast approaching, this would make a wonderful, inexpensive hand-made gift. Trifecta in my opinion.

diy tote bag made from an upcycled flannel shirt
materials need for diy tote bag made from an upcycled flannel shirt

Check out the video and be sure to turn on the sound, they’re much more fun to watch with the music!

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

diy tote bag made from an upcycled flannel shirt
diy tote bag made from an upcycled flannel shirt

If you’d like to use the whole shirt, you can make some fun mittens from the sleeves.

diy mittens made from an upcycled flannel shirt

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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