A $50.00 Giveaway for Writing an Amazon Review for The Refashion Handbook

Thanks to all of you, my new book, The Refashion Handbook has been getting a wonderful response. This whole book writing adventure has been an amazing experience. From the moment I sent off my proposal, to the publishers acceptance, to the California photo shoot, to receiving my advance copy, to the book launch party. It’s all been so much fun for me and to share it with you makes it a million times better.

Could I ask another favor of you?

If you’ve enjoyed your copy of The Refashion Handbook and would like to write a 5 star review over at Amazon. I would be forever grateful!

Amazon 5 star reviews are really important because of Amazon’s mysterious and almighty algorithm. The more 5 star reviews the book gets the better it sells.

You all are always so supportive and I really do appreciate the time you take to help me get the word out so to thank you for taking the time to click on 5 stars and write a review, I’ll be giving away a $50.00 gift JoAnn Fabric and Craft Gift Card to one reviewer. All you have to do is go here , scroll down to the Customer Review section and click on the Write a Customer Review link.

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Here are some of the nice reviews that are already posted:

(Publishers Weekly, September 16, 2014) wrote:

“The author’s blog is devoted to refashioning her lumpy thrift-store finds into more attractive (although by no means trendy) outfits, so it makes sense that her first book showcases 19 of the concepts she’s used in her sewing for herself. A frumpy three-quarter-sleeve T-shirt turns into a cute fitted top, while the Emerald Petals Dress takes a frequently found style (the sleeveless, bulky dress) and reworks it into a stylish cap-sleeve dress. The book uses written instructions and color photographs to show the techniques Huntington uses, which should be helpful for readers who clearly can’t count on finding the exact same clothes that she did. A basic techniques chapter is adequate, covering a few trickier skills such as hemming a pleated skirt,…This book is a great inspiration for those who like to make one-of-a-kind garments for women.”(Publishers Weekly, September 16, 2014)

Jennifer R. Lewis wrote:

“If you are refashioning for fun or necessity, this is the book to have. If you are a regular reader of her site, this book is still worth purchasing.

This book explains techniques for the absolute beginner in a clear, concise manner, so anyone who is starting out with sewing can understand how to perform various techniques. If you are already familiar with sewing and refashioning, you can skip that chapter and dive into the projects.

My favorite part about her book (and her site) is her projects result in timeless, classic and stylish pieces that are wearable for women of all shapes and sizes. The issue I have with most (not all) refashion books and sites are the projects are either too simplistic (using the same technique for the garment refashion), too “out-there”, or too confined to a particular demographic. If you have the same issues with refashioning sites and books, you WON’T have that issue with this book or her site.

This book also renders well on the Kindle Fire, so if you have a Kindle Fire and have had bad luck with how the how-to books show up on it, you shouldn’t have a problem with this one because it works great on my Kindle Fire AND Kindle Fire HD.”

Pam in Michigan wrote:

“Refashion ideas with polish and sophistication. Excellent explanations of techniques useful for beginners as well as those with sewing experience.”

Michelle M. wrote:

“My refashion handbook arrived today. I was thrilled with it. My favorite project is decorate a denim jacket! Whoever does the photos for Beth is very talented! Beth makes it look so easy, so doable, so fun. I cannot wait to get started on my own, first, refashion. Bring it on.”

Bobbie Miner wrote:

“Great book such wonderful ideas. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to sew. She has a wonderful website with more great ideas. I wish my eye was as good as hers for seeing what could be.”

Thank you all so very much!!!

Beth

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Six Easy Ways to Finish a Seam Without a Serger and Another Refashion Handbook Giveaway

Back in junior high school, I made my tall, blonde, guitar playing boyfriend a western style, woven, plaid shirt. Oh, I was so proud of how well it fit him and it was one of the most involved sewing projects I had mastered at the time. I concentrated on getting all the seams to match up perfectly, measuring the hems to perfection and not to mention all the buttonholes I had to make. It was truly a labor of young love.

However, I did neglect to finish off any of the inside seams. Which, thinking of it now, I’m sure horrified his couture seamstress mother. Norma never said a word about the unfinished seams, in fact, she was quite gracious and raved about the shirt to me. But the next time I saw the shirt, all of the inside seams were lovingly finished with double fold bias tape. So this tutorial is for you, Norma, wherever you are! Thanks for finishing that shirt for me so long ago and I promise, I’ll always remember to finish my seams because of you.

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Using a serger is one way to get beautifully finished seams, but if you don’t happen to have a serger, there are many ways to finish your seams with a regular machine.

Click here to see how to easily finish your seams with your regular sewing machine. While you’re there, if you’d like to pin the post and leave a comment, I’ll put your name into another drawing for my new book, The Refashion HandbookI will announce the winner next Saturday. Thank you so much for taking the time to pin and comment. You all really know how to brighten my day!

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Congratulations to Barbara Heathcote, you are the winner of The Refashion Handbook from last week’s maxi skirt post. Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com so I can get your book to you ASAP.

For more refashion inspiration:

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Weekend Reading: Upcycled Fashions for Kids and a Giveaway

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Cynthia Anderson is a girl after my own heart and she has some of the luckiest children on the planet. Her new book, Upcycled Fashions for Kids, is filled with ideas for creating one of a kind, upcycled creations for kids. If you enjoy refashioning and have some children in your life, then you’ll love this book. She shows you 31 ways to upcycle sweaters, t-shirts, scraps and linens into clothes that both boys and girls would be proud to wear.

My favorite project is the Ivory Wood Sprite Dress that she created from nothing but white and ivory scraps, bits of ribbon and some pearls from a broken necklace. I’m so inspired by the beautiful fabric roses on the sash, and crushed silk bodice. I want to make one for myself. :)

Cynthia wants to graciously give away a copy of Upcycled Fashions for Kids to one of you. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below explaining why you would like to have this book. I will announce the winner next Friday.

Thanks for checking out this book and supporting the sewing community. It’s such a friendly and encouraging group of people!

Happy Upcycling!

Beth

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DIY: Make a Maxi Skirt with a Yoga Style Waistband, a Refashion Handbook Winner, and Another Book Giveaway

Last winter, I declared that I could wear my upcycled sweater dress everyday if I thought no one would notice. Well, this week’s maxi skirt project is definitely right up there in my “wear every day if I could” category.

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It was so quick to make and uses easy to find thrift shop items. All you need is a long shapeless knit dress and a coordinating t shirt.

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Click here for the full tutorial and another chance to win a copy of The Refashion HandbookTo be entered in the drawing simply pin this project to one of your Pinterest boards and make a comment to let me know what you think. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday.

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This week’s book winner is………

Gloria Benson!

Congratulations Gloria! Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll get it out to you ASAP. Thanks for playing!

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For more refashion inspiration:

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The Refashion Handbook: Launch Party Photos

Like I said the other day, at one point during the book launch party, I looked around and became so overwhelmed by all the love and support that filled the studio. I was amazed and touched by how far many of you came to celebrate the release of The Refashion Handbook. Friends and family came from Portland, Walla Walla, Boise, Bend, Baker City, LaGrande and even California. I am one lucky girl!!!

Thanks to my friends Kris and Justinn for taking pictures throughout the night! I had a great time going through the pictures and reliving the evening. I hope you all enjoy this glimpse into the night.

I mean really, who wouldn’t feel loved surrounded by all these wonderful people!

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Linda and Rick did a great job with the door prizes!

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Connie was one happy door prize winner!

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I was so honored that my friend and very special guest, Jerri Farris came all the way from California to help us celebrate! She was the “rock star” of the party. :)

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The sewing themed cocktails and mocktails were a big hit and The Bodice Ripper was a big seller! My daughter in law, Heather, did such a nice job writing the menu. It’s a work of art in itself! Thanks, Heather!

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Who wouldn’t want to hug the handsome bartenders. I’m sure hugs were their favorite tips.

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Kaitlin and Brie rockin’ book sale table!

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And seriously now, how many parties have you been to where you were served hors d’oeuvres by dressed up handsome high school football players in ties? Thanks guys!!!

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Of course, I love all these boys. They’ve been a big part of our family since they were three years old, but my favorite dressed up high school football player is my youngest son, Cooper!!! Isn’t he handsome!

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Rick and Evie’s beautiful music filled the studio throughout the evening.

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John Lennon said it best when he sang: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The night was a big success because of a lot of help from my friends! My friend Cindy made these amazing strawberries!!!

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Some of the “Creative Cocktail Attire” of the evening! Lookin’ good Ruth!

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My beautiful daughter Katie…

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my son in law, Adam and my grandson, Conner!

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I love that Dawn left the $3.00 price tag on her beautiful thrift store cocktail dress.

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There was even a bit of dancin’ going on…..

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I just wish it would’ve lasted all night long.

Thanks to everyone who celebrated with me!

Hugs,

Beth

For refashion inspiration:

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 Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

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Upcycled DIY Leather Fringe Bag and Another Book Giveaway

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Ok, so maybe, just MAYBE, listening to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones in the studio influenced this week’s project just a little bit. I have to admit, I totally think I’m so cool now loading up my laptop and flaunting this bag with all the fringe flowing back and forth behind me as I walk. :)

About a year ago, this huge leather coat found it’s way into my stash after a bag sale at my local thrift shop.

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But the leather was a bit stiff for a coat, the buttons were hard to button, and it simply needed a new life.

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I know what you’re thinking. But there really is no reason to be afraid of sewing leather on your regular machine! Just make sure you are using a leather needle (110/18) and your machine will do just fine. I promise.

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Click here for the rest of the tutorial.

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To thank you, once again, for taking the time to comment and pin this week’s Leather Fringe Bag Tutorial over at eHow, I’d like to give away another copy of my newest book, The Refashion Handbook to one of you. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday.

Have fun channeling your inner hippie!

Peace,

Beth

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The Interview With Pat Sloan Today Was Super Fun!

OK, now that interview on the American Patchwork and Quilting Show with Pat Sloan today was SUPER fun!

I know it was in the middle of the work day for many of you, so if you’d like to listen to the recorded interview (and hear my silly voice :) ), you can click here.

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Happy Monday!

Beth

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Live Interview Today on the American Patchwork and Quilting Show

Just a reminder that you can catch my live interview with Pat Sloan on The American Patchwork and Quilting Show today at 4pm Eastern,  3pm Central, 2pm Mountain and 1pm Pacific time here:

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American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Beth Huntington 2014

We’ll be chatting about sewing, refashioning, thrifting secrets, The Renegade Seamstress blog, and my new book, The Refashion Handbook. I hope you can join us!

See you there!

Beth

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A Few Pre-Book Launch Party Photos

Wow! At one point last Saturday night, I looked around and became so overwhelmed by all the love and support that filled the studio for the Book Launch party. I was amazed and touched by how far many of you came to be there. Friends and family came from Portland, Walla Walla, Boise, Bend, Baker City, LaGrande and even California. I am one lucky girl!!!

This morning I’m getting ready to go to Conner’s very special 2nd Birthday Party, but before I go, I thought you might enjoy a few pre-Book Launch photos.

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My adopted sister Susan made this beautiful stained glass for the studio.

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Of course, only my friend Linda would happen to have a string of thread spool lights.

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I’m pretty sure they probably sampled a few treats.

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Heather’s amazing chalkboard writing!

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The handsome bartenders getting tutored by the drink designer before the party. :)

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The Bodice Ripper was a big seller.

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More during the party pictures coming….

For refashion inspiration:

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone Once Again

Oh. My. Gosh!

Here I go stepping out of my comfort zone once again with another first.

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On Monday, October 13 at about 1:20 Pacific Time, Pat Sloan will be interviewing little ‘ol me on the American Patchwork and Quilting Show. Holy Smokes!  It’s a live interview and we’ll be chatting over coffee about sewing adventures, refashioning, The Renegade Seamstress blog and my new book The Refashion Handbook. It would really roll my socks up and down if you would be able to join us. :)

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast

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I also wanted to let you know that The Renegade Seamstress was lucky enough to be the featured blogger in Country Woman Magazine this month. You can read the article here:

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It’s so fun for me to be able to connect with so many people around the world who also enjoy sewing. It’s such a supportive, encouraging and giving community of great people. I’m so honored to be a part of it.

In other news:

The Book Launch Party was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came last Saturday night. Thanks to all of my wonderful friends who helped with food, set up and clean up. Thanks to Cooper and his friends for taking time out from hunting and football to dress up in their nice clothes and ties to serve the hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to Heather for her beautiful chalkboard writing. Thanks to Tom and Steve for serving all those hundreds of wonderful sewing themed cocktails and mocktails.

When I looked around and saw everyone who was there, It just felt like family. It was so heartwarming, I wanted to cry tears of joy.

The pictures are still being edited and when they are finished I’ll be sure and share them with you.

Have a wonderful week!

Beth

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