Look Cooking-Show Chic in This Apron Made From a Shirt

Pretty sure my future is much more likely to include my own sewing show and not my own cooking show. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a few dishes that my sweet, ruggedly handsome husband is sure could make us millions, like my Ham and Cheese Chowder or my Wild Rice Meatballs. But my repertoire of edible meals is definitely much smaller than my sewing portfolio.

But even if you’re like me and have limited cooking skills, there’s no reason not to at least 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.




You can see the complete tutorial here. I’d love to know what you think of it, so if you leave a comment and pin it on one of your Pinterest boards, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of The Refashion Handbook

The Refashion Handbook

Thanks to everyone who pinned and commented on last week’s refashioned shirt tutorial.

The winner of the Refashion Handbook is:


Tami Geiken Lee!

Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Give a Boxy Shirt and Sweater A New Feminine Silhouette

Why, oh why, do I do this every winter?

Those snacks and treats that I would NEVER pay any attention to, much less have a relationship with in the summer keep finding their way into my life and into my mouth this time of year. French fries, donuts, and yes, even large quantities of cheese puffs seem harmless to me when it’s cold and dreary outside.

Until one day, my little “I Can Eat Anything I Want” fantasy turns into a “Getting Dressed in the Morning” nightmare. As one outfit after another is rejected and thrown on the floor and the pile becomes bigger and bigger, I wonder who’s body has taken me hostage. Each outfit is abandoned as it literally stretches the limits of appropriate work wear and my options become very limited.

That’s when I reach for those boxy shirts and sweaters.

Although they may be comfortable and hide a multitude of sins, let’s face it, for some of us– they do nothing for our well fed figures. But if you combine two boxy shirts you can create an entirely new look. By adding a little elastic to the waistline, you can create a shirt/sweater combo that is both comfortable and has a more flattering silhouette.



So set down that bag of cheese puffs and wear off a few calories by clicking here to see the entire tutorial: :)


To wear off even more calories and for your chance to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook, just leave a comment and pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards. I’ll announce the winner next week.

The Refashion Handbook

The winner from last week’s Sweater Slipper post is…


Tamara Greetham Krick!

Congratulations and please send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com so I can send it out to you.

For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

DIY: Sweater Slippers


Most days I wake up and when my feet hit the floor, I’m accomplishing things. Whether it’s laundry and dishes, heading to work, or creating some content for eHow, there is always something on my agenda. Most of the time, I love being busy, it’s who I am. But there are those days, like yesterday, when I force myself to stop, slow down, and breathe. I didn’t even get out of my pajamas. Gasp!

There was something very comforting about giving myself a day off and wearing these soft, handmade, sweater slippers all day long.


And no, I didn’t knit them. Knitting and I haven’t become friends yet. I made them from an old sweater a few weeks ago and I gotta say, they are so cute and comfy, I wish I could wear them everyday!



If you’d like to make a pair of upcycled sweater slippers for yourself or for someone you love, click here for the full tutorial.


And if you’d like to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook, just pin the tutorial and leave a comment. The winner will be announced next week.

The Refashion Handbook

For more refashion inspiration, click here:


Stay comfy,


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 83 Comments

DIY: Deer Head Silhouette Sweater

I have a love/hate relationship with deer.

When twenty of them are milling around the field in front of my picture windows with the snow covered Eagle Cap mountains rising up behind them, I’m totally in love.

But, when they are munching on my tomatoes, the love leaves quickly and Cooper’s pellet gun starts to look like a very good idea.

So instead of target practice, I asked that ruggedly handsome (and artistic) husband of mine to draw a deer head silhouette, grabbed a sweater and some plaid, and got right to work making a deer we can enjoy all the time and, I promise, it will never eat your garden.


To see the full tutorial and for your chance to win a copy of  The Refashion Handbook, click here. Just visit the tutorial, pin and leave a comment so your name will be entered to win.

You can download the pattern here:

deer head silhouette

The winner from last week’s pom pom sweater hat post is:


Mother Deer!

Congratulations and please send your address to bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you right away. :) Thank you so much for all of your nice comments!

Well, I was very busy last weekend with a new exciting adventure that I can’t wait to tell you about very soon….

Stay warm…


For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

The Refashion Handbook: A Best Seller!!! WHAT?!!???!

The Refashion Handbook

I have to admit, I’ve become a bit of a numbers nerd.

Data and numbers never used to roll my socks up and down. As a matter of fact, I used to cringe when the word data was used. (Remember Marty ;) ) But, since I started blogging, numbers have slowly become my friend. Numbers and I have coffee together in the mornings, spend some time together for lunch and say good night to each other every night.

In addition to checking out my blog stats, once in awhile, I check out Amazon and see how The Refashion Handbook is ranking. They update the ranking every hour and this morning, thanks to you guys, it was in the top 100 books in Sewing and in Fashion/Crafts!!!! The Refashion Handbook was right there next to Amy Butler’s book, Style Stitches and Clinton Kelly’s book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget. 

How “Freakin’ Fabulous” is that!!!!

Thank you so much for writing those 5-star reviews, buying the book and being excited with me. This book writing thing has been quite the adventure and it’s been fun to have all of you along for the ride!!

The other day, I received a tweet from the fun and talented Jenniffer Taylor (from the The Great British Sewing Bee) saying that she had just promoted The Refashion Handbook, live, on the British show Create and Craft TV. LOVED listening to them talk about The Renegade Seamstress in their British accents. I REALLY want to hang out with Jenniffer Taylor, I know we are kindred spirits!! (If you check out the show, click on the UK popup (not the US one) and The Refashion Handbook appears around minute 13.)

Stay tuned for some more exciting news……

(How’s that for a teaser? :) )

Happy Thursday!


And don’t forget to check out this week’s post for your chance to win some prizes:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 57 Comments

Add Some “Hattitude” to Your Winter Wardrobe With a DIY Pom Pom Sweater Hat


Let’s face it, winter can be cold, dark and sometimes seem to last forever. But, growing up in Minnesota taught me to find ways to enjoy winter.

As kids, we didn’t let the sub zero temperatures stop us from having a good time. We laughed in the face of “Old Man Winter”. We knew how to bundle up and go outside to sled on the Mounds View hill, ice skate at our neighborhood skating rink, or ski at Afton Alps. We built snow forts and snow men. And yes, sometimes we stayed out too long and sat next to the fire holding our toes in pain as they thawed out. But that didn’t stop us from going back out and doing it all over again.

I may not spend quite as much time outside during the winter as I used to, but I still try to find ways to have fun during the long, cold, windy winters of Oregon. Like making these cute pom pom sweater hats.


They are super easy to make. All you need is an old sweater with a pattern you like, some yarn, a little cardboard and you’re ready to brighten up those dark days by making new sweater hats for you and all of your friends.


No need to just endure winter.

Embrace it, add some “hattitude, and go out there to enjoy winter while looking good in your new pom pom sweater hat.


Click here for the complete tutorial and for your chance to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook and the three sweater hats from this post.

The Refashion Handbook

All you have to do to be entered to win is visit the tutorial, make a comment and pin to one of your Pinterest boards and I’ll announce the winner next week.

The winner from last week’s Boot Sweater post is…


Marie Keller. Thanks for your nice comment! Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll get the book out to you ASAP.

BTW, if you have read The Refashion Handbook, and would like to write a 5-star review here on Amazon, I would be forever in your debt! The more 5-star reviews a book has, the more Amazon promotes it. Thanks to everyone who has already taken the time to write a review. You are all so kind!

For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Make Your Boots Happy With Some DIY Boot Sweaters (Plus a Winner and Another Giveaway)


Some people make sweaters for their husbands. Some people make sweaters for their dogs. Some people even make sweaters for their cats.


I like to make sweaters for my boots.

I mean really! If it makes them happy, WHY NOT!!!??


You can use any old sweater and a little faux fur to give your old boots a whole new look this winter.


Click here to see the full tutorial and for your chance to win a copy of The Refashion Handbook. Just check out the tutorial over at eHow and let me know what you think by pinning and making a comment.

The Refashion Handbook

The winner from last week’s Cut and Paste Biker Jacket post is:


Molly Watson! Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

Thanks so much for being a part of this wonderful adventure with me!!!

Stay warm…


For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Cut and Paste Biker Jacket and a Giveaway

You know, a girl who marries a ruggedly handsome man with a taste for adventure shouldn’t be at all surprised when he announces he wants to buy a couple of Harleys, throw on some leathers and ride across the country Easy Rider style.


I’m sure he’s envisioning this…

Easy Rider Movie Poster

he and Peter Fonda cruisin’ free and easy down the highway.

And this…


me, totally comfortable in my skin tight leather pants, totally rockin’ the Sturgis scene.

Well, in reality, I’m pretty sure it’d be more like this…


“Sweeters,” spoken with a slight Minnesota accent, “I hate to ask you and Peter to stop those cute bikes again, but I just have to take a few more snapshots of those pretty wildflowers. And do you think you boys could take a few after shots of me in my  little refashioned leather jacket that I made before we left? And I made some sandwiches for you boys. Let’s go over to that picnic table and have a little lunch.”

And of course, he and Peter would totally take time out of their free and easy riding to accommodate all of my wishes.

(He’s not the only one with fantasies, you know.)


Even if you’re not planning a wild ride across the country with your sweetie and Peter Fonda on some Harleys, I’d love it if you would check out this Cut and Paste Leather Jacket tutorial over at eHow. I’ll be giving away another copy of The Refashion Handbook to one person who pins and comments.


You really don’t have to be in Sturgis to rock this look.

(Pretty sure, this tote bag would look great on the back of a Harley, too. Don’t you think?)


Do you recognize the sleeves from last week’s Winter Tote Bag project?

A big biker thank you hug to everyone who pinned and commented on the tote bag project last week.

The winner of The Refashion Handbook is…

The Refashion Handbook

Carissa Browning! Thanks for your nice comment. Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you right away.

For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 87 Comments

Create a Winter Sweater Tote From an Old Houndstooth Sweater


New Year’s Eve is on the way.

Ring in the new year with this adorable DIY winter sweater tote.


Along with all of the self-improvement resolutions you make this New Year’s Eve, be sure to include a declaration to make a new sweater tote to go with your winter outfits. If they all turn out this cute, it’s a resolution that’ll be easy to keep.


All you need is an old thrift store sweater….

winter sweater tote before

a couple of wooden handles and some cute fabric for a lining.


It’ll take you less than an hour to make and when you’re finished you’ll have a cute winter tote perfect for carrying your laptop and your favorite book. ;)


Click here for the complete tutorial and for your chance to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook.

The Refashion Handbook

All you have to do is pin and comment to be entered in the drawing.

Last week’s winner from the Cozy Cardigan Cowl post is…


Della Carr Bryan!

Congratulations and thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Send your address to bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you right away.

For another chance to win a copy of TheRefashion Handbooksend a picture of yourself with your copy of the book to bhunting@eoni.com to be posted on Where in the World is The Refashion Handbook throughout the month of January.

For more refashion inspiration:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Where in the World is The Refashion Handbook? Send Your “Selfie” and Win!

Apparently, The Refashion Handbook is traveling worldwide!

It made it’s way all the way into Siegrid’s hands in Austria last week.

Back in October, Jennifer let me know that she received her copy of The Refashion Handbook in Australia.

Lyn spotted it in her local library in Golden, Colorado.

And my friend Cathy, sent a picture of herself next to The Refashion Handbook on the “Editor’s Picks” shelf at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.

Which got me thinking about how fun it would be to post your selfies with The Refashion Handbook here on The Renegade Seamstress.

And of course to make it even more fun, I’ve made a giveaway contest out of it. One of you will be chosen to receive a signed copy of The Refashion Handbook to give as a gift, the Felted Wool Cup Cozy, a Flannel Fringe Scarf and a Faux Fur Collar.

So take a picture of yourself with your copy of The Refashion Handbook (get as creative as you’d like) and send it to bhunting@eoni.com and let us know where in the world you are. I’ll be posting your pictures throughout the month of January.

Of course, you remember my selfie, back in August, the day I received the advance copy on my doorstep.


I hope you have fun with this, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of your “selfies”!

Happy Holidays!


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments