The Newest Trend: Tiny!!!

You guys!

Have you seen the new tiny videos? They are so compelling, intriguing and just plain cool.

I could watch them all day long! I mean seriously, how DO they cook on that teeny tiny little stove? And those teeny tiny cooking utensils! And that teeny tiny kitchen. I’m totally smitten.

And now my favorite people over at eHow are getting in on the fun with their new series: Real Tiny DIY.

Inspired by the the tiny trend started by the
Japanese mini food videos and Tastemade’s Tiny Kitchen, eHow has launched this amazing new series on their Facebook page and it launched today at 9 am.

Get a load a’ that tiny caulking gun! And it really works!!

Isn’t this the best thing EVER!!!

You’re welcome!


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How to Turn a Crew Neck T-Shirt Into a V-Neck: A Fun One Minute Sewing Video

For those group shirts you get from school/company/race/sport etc. that come with a high crew neck that seems to choke you and you’d like to feel like you had a little more breathing room….

Many women also 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.

Click here for the full tutorial.

Click here for more fun sewing and refashioning tutorials.

Happy Sewing!


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New One Minute Sewing Video: How to Make An Apron From Shirts

Make a new, bright and cheerful spring apron for someone you love or maybe even yourself. So many colors to choose from…
Check out one of my newest videos from eHow.  I can’t tell you enough how much fun I have making these short videos… I hope you like it….

Click here for the full step-by-step apron tutorial.

For more tutorials click here.

Happy Sewing!


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A New Video Series to Binge Watch: The Renegade Seamstress Show

Need a new video series to binge watch? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

OK, so it might not be the next Downton Abby or This is Us, and it really isn’t called The Renegade Seamstress Show (although I think that would be super fun), but I’m pretty proud to announce that eHow has asked me to produce 1 minute how-to videos for them. You know, the kind you’ve been seeing all over Facebook for cooking. Yeah, like those.

And. They. Are. So. Much. Fun. To. Make.

I know they’re fast, but if one of these videos piques your interest, you can click on the title for the full instructions.

So get your popcorn ready and have some fun……..

How to Make a Blanket Coat

How to Reattach An Original Jeans Hem

How to Take in the Waist on a Pair of Jeans

How to Make a Rope Rug

How to Sew a Zipper

How to Make Sweater Slippers

How to Make the Waist Bigger on Jeans

God’s Eye Craft Tutorial

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My Latest Obsession: God’s Eyes or Ojo de Dios and a Giveaway

You guys!

Remember those fun yarn weavings from summer camp?

Yah, those colorful God’s Eyes. (Did you just have a flashback?)

 Well, they’re back in a big way but they’ve grown up a bit.


I’m obsessed with making these little beauties right now. There is just something mesmerizing and calming that happens when you make one.


It’s no wonder I love them, considering the history of the Ojo de Dios.

Wikipedia says “Ojo de Dios have traditionally been created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home. The spiritual eye of the Ojo de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye. Young people in the mountains of New Mexico have made Ojos de Dios in learning circles (wisdom circles) with their elders.”

So, of course I had to teach my kindergarten kids how to make them, and what do you know, they love to make them, too!


Even the complex God’s Eyes are easy to make.

And to make it even easier for you to learn how to make one, in addition to the step-by-step photo tutorial, I created a video to help you. Which, I think, is super mesmerizing, too, if I do say so myself 🙂



since I’ve been making so many of these lately and I haven’t had a giveaway for awhile, I’d like to give the big God’s Eye that’s in the first picture to one of you. All you have to do to be entered is click here, read the article, watch the 1 minute video, and share it on one of your Pinterest boards or your Facebook page. Then leave me a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 25th so be sure to check back to see if you are the winner.




I hope you have fun making these for present toppers, gifts and decorations. Too bad Christmas is over, because they’d make great ornaments, too. Maybe next year…


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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!


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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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