Coming Soon……..

I just said the big “Y” word.

Not Yakima, yellow or yacht. And certainly not Wyoming, silly.

I said, YES!

Yes to a new studio space. Yes to a new beginning. Yes to yet another adventure.


Isn’t this window cool!

The space has great ghosts. It was an artist’s studio for many years. Not only is it going to give me lots of room to spread out and sew, take photos, and film sewing classes, but it’s going to be a great place for the book launch party in September.

I’m beyond delighted and I can’t wait for you to see it. I plan on doing loads of DIY projects and sharing with you along the way. So stayed tuned…..

Thanks for being excited with me.


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The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 5: Recover an Old Pillow with Handmade Corded Piping


Oh my gosh, I am such a sewing geek.

Seriously? Five posts on bias tape?

But it’s so much fun and now that I’m pretty sure you’re addicted too, let’s bring our bias tape to a whole new level today and make our own custom…



So gather up some cotton clothesline, your fun fabrics and head on over to my post at eHow this morning to learn how to make your own corded piping AND how to make new summer pillows with it.

(You might even win some bias tape while you’re at it, just leave a comment and your name will be entered into the hat to win some bias tape on Saturday, June 14)


Congratulations to today’s bias tape winner:

Tamika from over at Clouds Full of Rain

You can email your address to me at and I’ll send it as soon as possible.

Just a reminder…..

I’ve been having fun creating a new BurdaStyle web seminar for you,

Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success


I hope you’ll be able to join us this Thursday, June 5 at 11:00 EST. If you aren’t able to be there for the live version, that’s OK you can still sign up and get the recorded seminar.

Click here to sign up, I’d love to have you there.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Be on the back cover of my new book


A big thank you to everyone who already submitted a testimonial to be considered by my publisher for the back cover of my book.

They would like me to send them the quotes to them tomorrow, so if you were thinking of writing one, now is the time. :)

Click here to fill out the form.

PS. They would like both your first and last names.

Thanks again!


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The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 4: Summer Flip Flops


 Here’s an idea for the next time you blow out your flip flop in Margaritaville. Don’t throw it away. Instead, fix it up with some of that cute bias tape you’ve been making and look for your lost shaker of salt in style.


 Click here or on one of the pictures to see the “how to”.

To thank you for taking the time to check out the tutorial, if you pin and leave a comment your name will be entered into a drawing to win some more of this cute handmade bias tape.


Congratulations to:

Cindy Riley

You are the winner of the bias tape wash clothes. YAY!

Send your address to me at


Check out these other ideas on how to use the mountains of bias tape I know you’ve been making. :)



Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!


PS. Go here to find out how to get your name and testimonial on the back of my new book coming out in September.




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Be in My New Book


Have you always wanted to see your name in print?

Would you like to have your comment on the back cover of my new book that will be coming out in September?

 All you have to do is write a few sentences about anything from The Renegade Seamstress blog and what you thought about it.  Did you try something from the blog? Was it easy and achievable? Did it save you any money?  Was it fun?  Were you inspired? Or anything else you’d like to comment on would be great.  

C&T Publishing will then choose a few comments to place on the back cover along with your name. :) YAY!!!

Just fill in the form below with your comments.

Thank you!


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The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 3: Summer Shorts and Some Winners


Well, he-llooooooo…………summer! So nice to have you back.

Here in Eastern Oregon the grass is green, the lilacs are blooming and the sun has been shining. Time to break out the shorts and get ready for those glorious warm summer days.


Head on over to eHow by clicking here for some more ideas on how to use all that fun handmade bias tape we made a few weeks ago. I’ve been making so much of the stuff, my stash is overflowing. So this week, I’d like to give more away to thank you for all of your comments and pins.


Congratulations to the first two bias tape winners:

Wendi Marconette-Meisenheimer


Kerry Livingston

Send a quick email to me at to let me know where to send your bias tape.

And don’t forget about my new BurdaStyle web seminar, Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success, coming up on Thursday, June 5th at 11:00 (EST).

We had such a good turnout at my last seminar and I’m so pumped and flattered that BurdaStyle has asked me to share my ideas for creating a successful sewing blog. Wow, who’d a thought? I do hope you’ll be able to join us!


For more refashion inspiration:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

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Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success

Blogging has been such a healthy part of my life for the last few years. When I started my little sewing blog, I never dreamed of the wonderful places it would take me, I never imagined the opportunities that would come my way and I never thought I would meet so many amazing people.

Blogging has been such a fun adventure for me and I really want you to join in on the fun.

When BurdaStyle asked me to do another web seminar, I thought this would be the perfect time to share what I have learned along the way with you.


I hope you can join us on Thursday, June 5th at 11:00 am (EST) for

Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success

You will learn:

How to determine who you want to be in the blogging community
How to develop friendly alliances with those who can help you grow your blog
Ways to attract readers to your blog
Ways to manage your time
How to improve your photography
Ways to manage your time
How to develop your creative vision
About self promotion and networking
Ways to increase traffic to your blog
How to develop new career opportunities using your blog
Ways to make money from your blog

Sign up here if you’d like to get the tools to create and carry out your own unique vision for a successful sewing blog or if you want to learn how to develop a blog that inspires and keeps people coming back for more.

Hope to see you there!


PS. If you aren’t able to make it for the live version, you can still sign up and you’ll have access to the recorded version of the seminar.

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The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 2: Freshen Up an Old Towel


I keep things for a long time.

I drive my cars until they have well over 200,000 miles on them and my kids tease me because I’ve held onto my basic flip cell phone for so long. It’s just hard for me to get rid of things when there is still some good use left in them.

I guess I’m just weird that way.

Did you know you can get at least a week more from your lotion bottle by just cutting it in half to access the rest of the lotion? You can even get another wash or two from your shampoo and conditioner by shaking up a little water in the seemingly empty bottle. Your toothpaste will last at least another five days if you cut the tube in half when you don’t think you could squeeze out another drop. So many ways to get a little more for our money by just getting creative.

You can even get more life from your old worn out towels by freshening them up with a little homemade bias tape to make some cute washcloths.


For the rest of the “how to” go here.

Wow, I am so grateful to all of you who responded so positively to last week’s bias tape tutorial. You guys are the BEST. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to me that you appreciate what I do here so I also want to giveaway these washcloths to one of you. All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is pin this week’s tutorial and leave a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, May 24th.

Stay tuned next week for more ways to use all that fun bias tape you’ve been making.

Happy Saturday!


For more refashion inspiration click here.

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The Beauty of Bias Tape Part One: Make Your Own

It's easy! The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own bias tape

For those of you who love to sew as much as I do, I see homemade bias tape in your future. Sure, you can go to the store and buy some plain trim, but why not make your own. It’s easy, fun and the possibilities are endless. That’s why I created this new bias tape series for you. Today, I’ll teach you how to make your own, and then, for the next few weeks, I’ll show you the fun things you can do with all that bias tape I know you’re going to want to make.

It's easy! The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own bias tape

The beauty of bias tape is, because it is cut on the bias (45 degree angle) of the fabric, it is super pliable, has stretch and it can curve around all kinds of shapes. It can be used to finish off a raw edge on almost anything — hems, armholes, necklines, ruffles, peplums and seams, just to mention a few. You can create your own in any color, pattern or size you’d like. Making your own saves loads of money. And homemade bias tape makes a great gift for all of your sewing friends. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s turn up some good music and get started!

It's easy! The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own bias tape

For the rest of the “how to” click here.

And since I haven’t had a giveaway in awhile, to thank you for supporting my creative endeavors, I’d like to send some bias tape to several of you who take the time to read my tutorial over at eHow, leave comments and pin to your Pinterest boards. I appreciate your support more than you will ever know. The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 17.

In other news:

Congratulations to Sarah Lewtas:

You are the winner of the Felted Jewelry Pouch!

Please send your address to me at

Also, to Susan from Georgia, you sent me a lovely email the other day asking for advice about dress forms and for some reason, my reply is not going through to your email. I didn’t want you to think I didn’t get your nice email so here is my reply to you:

“Oh my gosh Susan, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement! I’m so
excited for you. How many years did you teach and what grade level?

I’m also thrilled for you to be joining in the refashion fun. I know I
can’t get enough of it. So many thrift shops, so little time. :) As far as
the dress form goes, yes, I do use one from Joann’s. But having said that,
it is helpful in many ways, but I still have to try on my creations many
times as I’m working on them. My dress form will go to my measurements but
not my exact shape. There are some that are made to be your shape exactly but
they are out of my price range at this point. If you decide to purchase
one, I noticed Joann’s was having a sale on their forms last week.”

Happy Sewing!!!

Next week:

It's easy! The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make your own bias tape

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Let’s Get Pickled Again!

I’m not much of a gardener, but boy, do I love to can!

It’s asparagus season here in Eastern Oregon and you know what THAT means!

Pickled asparagus!

I thought you just might like to go along for the ride.

Pick up some garlic and jalapenos…..


and some asparagus.

As usual, it’s “go big or go home” here in the Huntington house.

I started with 30 pounds which made 25 quarts.

Gather your jars.

Wash the asparagus. I’m lucky to have a nice deep sink which is a perfect soak bath.

Wash your jar rings.

I use my dishwasher to wash the jars. It’s perfect because it sterilizes the jars, too and they stay clean until you are ready to use them.

Next you’ll cut the spears to fit in each jar.

Add a garlic clove, slice of onion and half a jalapeno. I left the seeds in.

Now for the brine.

Since most of you don’t live here in the Huntington house, I thought I’d pare it down a bit and make this recipe for a more realistic 10 pounds of asparagus. Of course if you live by the “go big or go home” motto, feel free to adjust accordingly. :)

This is what you will need for 10 pounds of asparagus:

10 cups white vinegar

12.5 cups water

5 Tablespoons pickling spice

10 Tablespoons canning salt

2.5 teaspoons dill weed

2.5 Tablespoons red pepper flakes if you like a bit of a kick

Combine in a large pot and boil for 15 minutes.

Of course this amount may vary due to how tightly you pack the jars.

10 pounds should make approximately 8 or 9 quarts of pickled asparagus.

Fill each jar with brine to 3/4 inch from the top.

Be sure to boil the lids for a few minutes before putting them on jars.

Next put on the hot lids and rings.

Process the jars for 15 minutes.

And before you know it you’ll be the life of the party when you show up with this beauty in your hands.


I originally posted this a few years ago, but here it is again, just in case you missed it the first time around.


And if you came to The Renegade Seamstress for refashion inspiration, click here.

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