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.


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!

The Refashion Handbook

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 so I can get your book to you ASAP.

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Weekend Reading: Upcycled Fashions for Kids and a Giveaway


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!


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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.


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.


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.


This week’s book winner is………

Gloria Benson!

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

The Refashion Handbook

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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!


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


Connie was one happy door prize winner!


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. :)


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!


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


Kaitlin and Brie rockin’ book sale table!


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!!!


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!


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


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!!!


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


My beautiful daughter Katie…


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


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


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


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

Thanks to everyone who celebrated with me!



For refashion inspiration:

The Refashion Handbook

 Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

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Upcycled DIY Leather Fringe Bag and Another Book Giveaway


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.


Click here for the rest of the tutorial.


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!



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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!


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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!


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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.


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


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

thread-lights              The waiters getting psyched. They were a big hit.  I mean really, how many parties do you get to have dressed up high school football players serving you hors d’oeuvres throughout the night.


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


Heather’s amazing chalkboard writing!


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


The Bodice Ripper was a big seller.



More during the party pictures coming….

For refashion inspiration:

The Refashion Handbook

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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.

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Beth Huntington 2014

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. :)

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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:


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!


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DIY Sweater Pumpkins, a Book Winner and Another Giveaway


There’s a nip in the air. It’s time to get your sweaters out. Fall is coming! But if you happen to find a moth hole in one or more, don’t throw them out, instead, make some easy sweater pumpkins for autumn decorating.


Click here to see the “how to” tutorial.

Thank you to everyone who pinned and commented on last week’s shirt project. Thank you to all of you who liked my new Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who joined the_renegade_seamstress on Instagram. And a big thank you to all of you who ordered books!

The Refashion Handbook

The winner of this week’s book is:

Michelle McGuire

Send your address to and I’ll send your book ASAP!

If you didn’t win this week, maybe you’ll win the next book. There are several ways to enter:

1. Make a comment and pin this week’s post

2. Like my new Facebook Page

3. Follow me on Instagram. You can find me at        the_renegade_seamstress

I’m practically giddy with excitement about tonight’s Book Launch Party!  I can’t wait to celebrate The Refashion Handbook with you all. The food is ready, the wine is chilling, the studio is decorated, and all we need now is YOU!


It’s going to be a fun night! The champagne will be flowing as well as hors d’oeuvres, sewing themed cocktails and mocktails.  Rick and Evie Mugrage will be there to delight us with their beautiful music. (We enjoyed their beautiful music at Katie and Adam’s wedding.) We’ll be giving away door prizes throughout the night, including a few books. And of course, The Refashion Handbook will be available for that early Christmas shopping (just sayin’) :)

For those of you who live too far away to come, we’ll be posting pictures on Instagram throughout the evening so you can be a part of the big night. :) Join us at   the_renegade_seamstress. We’ll be using #therefashionhandbook     and  #therenegadeseamstress

For more refashion inspiration:

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

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