You’re Invited to the Book Launch Party


I can’t wait to celebrate the release of The Refashion Handbook with 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’) :)

You are all invited! I know that many of you live too far away to be there in person, but I would still like you to be able to be a part of the big night. So I’ve set up an Instagram account for The Renegade Seamstress. Just go to the Instagram “Explore” tab and click on the search bar at the top of the page, then type in The Renegade Seamstress and you should be able to find me and click follow. We’ll be taking pictures all night and posting them so you can be there with us in spirit. I’ll be giving away some books that night to a couple of my Instagram subscribers so be sure to sign up.

Have a wonderful Sunday and be sure to check out my latest eHow post on how to recover an old ottoman cushion.


Hmmmmmm….. I’m sensing a color scheme theme here……..

And a big shout out to my good friend Kris for designing the Book Launch invitations. They are beautiful!!! Thank you!

For more refashion inspiration:

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Just a little more turquoise and orange for you. :)

Oh yes, and one last thing……


Congratulations to Susan Menzmer you are the winner of the Back to School Pencil Pouch! Email your address to and I’ll send it out right away!

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DIY: New Life for an Ottoman Cushion


 Every once in awhile, I look across the racks of clothes at my local thrift shop and lay my eyes on the perfect piece of furniture to refashion. Especially now that I’m trying to decorate the new studio. This “funky cheeseball” ottoman started out with a dark stain and this once loved cushion. Luckily, there were no nasty smells lurking within, so it was a prime candidate for a makeover.


 I don’t know if you’ve ever priced new high density foam, but YIKES, it’s spendy! I felt like I’d struck gold when I found this whole ottoman, cushion and all, for five dollars. All it needed was a little lovin’. I thought I took some photos of the “before” ottoman, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find them. But I’m sure you get the idea. :)

I think it’s now the perfect match for my funky orange thrift shop chair. What do you think?


My latest eHow post shows you the step by step process to recovering an old cushion. Plus, it really is a pretty tutorial, if I do say so myself. There is just something about turquoise and orange that rolls my socks up and down. :) I hope you’ll check it out…..

You can click here for the entire tutorial.


Well, I’m off to work some more on the studio. So much to do before the big Book Launch Party in October…..

For more refashion inspiration:

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The Secret to Removing that Dreaded Pilling From Your Clothes

The secret to removing the dreaded pilling from your clothes

What to do when you pull one of your favorite sweaters from the dryer and it’s covered in those nasty little pills? Or maybe you find the sweater of your dreams at the thrift store but those little fuzz balls have attached themselves everywhere. No need for despair, there is a quick and easy way to get rid of all that dreaded pilling.

The secret to removing that unsightly pilling from your clothes

Just click HERE for the secret to removing all that unsightly pilling to help make your clothes look like new again!

The secret to removing that unsightly pilling from your clothes

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DIY: Back to School Pencil Pouch and a Giveaway

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.
-Gary Zukav-

It’s just about that time to trade in those tote bags filled with swimsuits, towels and sunscreen for backpacks full of folders, books and new pencils. So this fall, let’s take Gary’s advice. Instead of being wistful and sad to see summer coming to an end, let’s celebrate by making some cute pencil pouches for those students and artists in our lives.


I LOVE how the end of this looks!


This is a great scrap busting project since you only need a 10″ x 7″ piece of fabric. I used a discontinued upholstery sample that’s been in my stash for a while and a long reclaimed zipper.


First cut a piece of 10″ x 7″ piece of fabric. If your fabric isn’t very heavy, you can iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the back to make it more durable.


Then click here for the rest of the instructions and your chance to win this cute pencil pouch. As usual, just pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards and leave a comment so your name will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 30th.

The winner of this doily shirt is……


Kelli Davidson!

Congratulations, Kelli send your mailing address to me at and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

For more refashion inspiration:

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It’s here! It’s finally here!

When I drove up the driveway, there it was, leaned up against the front door in all it’s red, white and blue glory. I instantly knew what it was. Even though it’s arrival was planned, my heart started racing, my eyes teared up and my smile was so big, it almost hurt my face. I couldn’t believe it was finally here!


I had enough sense to put the car into park as I threw open the door and ran up to the front porch. I wanted to tear open the Fed Ex package right then and there, but since no one was home to share the occasion with, I decided to set up the camera and share those first exciting moments with you.


It’s the advance copy of the book!!!!


Finally finished!

Finally here!


I’m beside myself with excitement and I can’t wait for you to see it! It’s filled with sewing techniques and projects to inspire your sewing adventures.

Even though, it’s still rolling off the presses and not available to get your hands on yet, you can get a sneak peek here and preorder it here at the wonderful and friendly C&T Publishing.

Or you can see it and preorder it here on Amazon.

It’s even available for pre-sale here on Barnes and Noble.

What a fun and wild ride this book thing has been. From the moment I pushed the send button and sent off my book proposal to C&T Publishing, to the trip to Nicaso, California last September for the photo shoot, to ripping open the Fed Ex package to see the final book. I’ve enjoyed every moment. Absolutely everyone I’ve come in contact with during this adventure has been so wonderful and helpful.

It’s my hope that those of you who want to write a book, will push that send button someday and be blessed with an amazing publishing company like C&T.

I can’t wait to share more excitement with you at the upcoming Book Launch Party. Of course, you’re all invited to help celebrate!

I’ll keep you updated…there will be prizes…. :)

And thanks for being excited with me!

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Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy (And Some Exciting News)

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Denim, so rugged and strong.

Doilies, so delicate and fragile.

Create a delightful dichotomy when combining these two completely different textiles by adding doily sleeves to an ordinary denim vest. 

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

My latest tutorial over at eHow will walk you through the step by step process of adding these beautiful doilies to a denim vest.

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy.

But before you click over to eHow to read the entire process, I want to thank you once again for taking the time to leave comments, tweet and pin to your Pinterest boards. Believe you me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be over at eHow. Because of you, they have now asked me to be the Resident Sewing Expert for Demand Media Studios!

Pinch me!

To thank you and to celebrate, I’m going to give this doily sleeve vest away to one of you on Saturday, August 23rd. Each time you comment, pin, tweet, share my eHow tutorial on Facebook or Google+, your name will be entered into the drawing.

 Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

You guys really are the best subscribers on the planet!

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Thank you!

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Thank you!

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Thank you!

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Back to School Dress Refashion

When that July page get rips off the calendar and August emerges, it can only mean one thing: back to school clothes. YAY!

It’s even more fun when you’re a kindergarten teacher like me. I love the cute new clothes and haircuts my students proudly wear into my classroom on those first days of school. They are all so cute!

Since I rarely buy new anymore, searching the thrift store racks for fun potential back to school refashions has become my tradition. I found this navy blue sailor dress wistfully similar to a dress of mine from long ago. A few changes were definitely needed though, I can’t go back to school trying to look like my own five year old self, you know.


With a few simple changes to the collar, the sleeves and the fit, this dress turned from five year old sailor dress to a more sophisticated nautical ensemble fit for a kindergarten teacher, if I do say so myself. :)


Click here to go on over to eHow for the rest of my tutorial for this dress refashion. I’d love to know what you think.

And when you keep getting photo bombed in the field trying to take advantage of some nice evening light, I say just go with it.



Happy Back to School Shopping!


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Summer DIY T-Shirt Series: Embellished Neckline


Well… drop me off at the new studio, crank up some Bonnie Raitt tunes and fill up a Fred Press with some iced seltzer. There’s been some sewing goin’ on!

This easy embellished neckline “tops off” the Summer DIY T-Shirt Series. Ha, no pun intended :) (I really shouldn’t be allowed to write under the influence of caffeine in the mornings, I think I’m so funny.)


Since my caffeine fueled frenzy is still active, I’d better finish getting ready to go camping. You see, my family and friends drug me down those 32 studio steps and loosened the death grip I have on my computer to take me down to the river to play for awhile. I love them!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll head on over to eHow and check out this latest tutorial. You can be sure that no matter how late it is or how sunburned I am when I get home, the first thing I’m going to do is turn on my computer to read all of your wonderful comments. You feed my soul. :)

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Studio Sneak Peek: Part One


I’ve been having a blast working on the new sewing studio.

Let me just sit here a minute or two and catch my breath before I take you back up those thirty two steps for a sneak peek.

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but the studio is HUGE! There’s a kitchen, a bathroom, two medium sized rooms and a HUMONGOUS space with 20 foot ceilings. I should also mention that it’s old and rather rough around the edges. So I decided to just go with the funk factor and decorate in what I’m calling “Funky Cheese-ball” which is actually thrift shop chic (of course) with a dash of vintage 60’s and 70’s thrown into the mix. Can’t take this sewing studio thing too seriously, you know.

But I’m totally in love with it and I have a hard time leaving at the end of each day.

Get a load of this great second hand curtain fabric that has been tucked away under the camper couch for years that was perfect for the kitchen.


And of course, you absolutely have to have a great big cheese-ball lamp to go with all those pineapples and peacocks, don’t you think.


Then there really is no better barware that goes with Funky Cheese-ball than these thrifted turquoise and gold beauties.

Fred Press Vintage Glasses

Just so you know, it hasn’t all been cleaning, thrifting, painting and decorating. There has been some sewing going on here, too.


And of course I had to find a spot for my most favorite typewriter EVER!


I wonder what I did to deserve all the generosity from the thrift store gods lately? Funky Cheese-ball lamps have practically been falling out of the sky.


It’s not all peacocks, barware and light fixtures. There is some evidence of sewing….


Now really, who do you know that has a blue oval mirror? And who would actually offer to lend you their blue mirror for your studio?

My friend Linda! That’s who!

And if you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you know how much I hate to mend. I know weird, huh! The words on the mirror are so ironic, but so fitting.


So, before we head back down those thirty two steps, I think it’s worth mentioning that I have a new man in my life. I’m totally enamored with his sexy turquoise, his masculine goldness and all his delicious designs. I just can’t get enough of…


…Fred Press.

Where has he been all my life?

I want it all. (Hint, hint)

Well, there is still a long way to go before the studio is ready for the big Book Launch Party, but I thought it would be fun to keep updating you as it is slowly transformed.

Next time… more funky lamps and some painted 70’s mediterranean cheese-ball goodness…. :)

If you came here for refashion inspiration and not visions of Funky Cheese-ball decor, click on this picture:

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DIY Summer T-Shirt Series: Add a Lace Doily


Believe it or not, lace doilies actually have a rich history and played a role in everyday life for over a hundred years. But not many homes display these incredibly intricate pieces of art anymore. Why not unearth your grannie’s doilies and show off her handiwork on the back of your summer t-shirt. She would be delighted, I’m sure!


I’d love it if you’d click here for the rest of the tutorial and enter for your chance to win this shirt by leaving a comment. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 2.

And congratulations to Susan Martin! You are the winner of the Peplum T Shirt. Send your address to and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

Now I’m off to work on the new sewing studio again.

Sneak Peeks coming soon……


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