I’m a busy mom, wife, grandma and teacher who loves to create. I think refashioning and sewing is ridiculously fun. Through this blog, I hope to connect with those of you out there that love sewing as much as I do and possibly inspire a few of you to give it a try.
Another good tutorial worth unearthing from the archives:
I’ve never been a good clothes shopper.
Just ask my sister, Jan, who would painstakingly shop for the perfect outfits while I was off swimming, riding my bike, and hanging out with my friends. But when I needed something to wear, I’d go directly to her closet to find it. Needless to say, it would drive her crazy.
Last year, before my refashioning obsession and since I live 1800 miles away from my sister now, I shopped for months to find the perfect dress for my daughter’s Rustic Chic Wedding. I finally took the easy route and settled on a simple black dress.
Today I accidentally made my dream Mother of the Bride dress, almost one year later. The colors and style would’ve been just right!
I started with this thrift store dress. Not really that bad in the fit department, but I think with a few minor adjustments I can make it a little more exciting.
And here’s the new dress.
Wouldn’t this have been a perfect Mother of the Bride Dress for a Rustic Chic Wedding in a barn. If you check out the wedding post, be sure to turn up your volume and click the triangular music button before you start to scroll down. The music makes it all the more magical.
When a delicious smells like that fills your kitchen and the timer goes off, you’ll be ready to take your perfectly baked creation out and protect your hands with this cute double pot holder. Conveniently hang it on your oven door so you’ll never have to search for hot pads again. Make it in any color you’d like to match your kitchen, or sew a few to have on hand for the perfect hostess gift.
One of my earlier posts from exactly 5 years ago today… I still remember crackin’ myself up while writing this…
Today I feel like Bill Murray’s character, Bob, in the movie, “What About Bob”, one of my all time favorites. It is a hilarious laugh fest throughout every scene. In the movie, Bill Murray portrays a man riddled with anxiety who has every phobia in the book. He “accidentally” ends up on vacation with his psychiatrist, played by Richard Dreyfuss, and ends up driving his doctor completely out of his mind. My favorite scene in the movie is when he is covered in life jackets and tied to the mast of the sailboat joyously and triumphantly proclaiming,
“I’M SAILING! I’M SAILING!”
What does this have to do with today’s post you ask? Well, today I’ve forced myself to do something I don’t like to do so I’m feeling a bit like Bill Murray and I want to triumphantly proclaim:
“I’M MENDING! I’M MENDING!”
You see, as strange as this might sound, I hate to mend.
WHAT??!!?!!? Screeeeeetch…. Back the truck up! I can almost hear you shout.
The Renegade Seamstress hates to mend?
Yep, it’s true. I’ve never been much of a mender. In the past, I’d rather stick a needle in my eye. But today, I’m actually mending and much like Bill Murray’s character, Bob, I want to tie myself to my sewing machine and joyously shout out my amazing accomplishment to the world.
“I’M MENDING! I’M MENDING!”
It all started because I’m too cheap to go out and buy new jeans for Cooper. His jeans are wearing out quickly, but with summer fast approaching and school just about over, I’d rather not buy any new jeans now, since he’ll most likely grow out of them by fall. So here I am, actually mending a pair and finding it’s really not as bad I as thought. Not only did I mend Coop’s jeans, but I also made a tutorial for you just in case you also have a bad case of “Mendaphobia”.
It’s really not that horrific, you’ll see…..we’ll do this in baby steps.
First turn your jeans inside out.
See, that didn’t hurt. Now gather some scraps of thick fusible interfacing. I happen to have loads of scraps from all of the tote bags I make.
Next, place the jeans over the end of the ironing board and straighten the rip as much as possible so it lies flat. So far, so good.
Now iron on a piece of fusible interfacing directly over the rip. Baby steps… Baby steps…
Using a zig zag stitch, sew back and forth and all around the interfacing until you’ve covered the entire area. Just keep changing directions. No need to panic.
When you’ve finished sewing, this is what the patch will look like on the inside. If you find thin areas, don’t fret, just add more interfacing and continue sewing with a zig zag stitch over the next piece of interfacing. Continue until all of the thin ripped areas are covered.
Breathe deeply, count to ten and trim the excess interfacing.
There now. You successfully faced your Mendaphobia! See, it wasn’t so bad, was it!
Summer means backyard BBQs, fun in the sun, and beach parties, but your mom doesn’t want to slap pesky insects when she ventures into the great outdoors. She can wave bye-bye to bugs and look great doing it when you make her some of these fun insect repellent bracelets.
You can put these colorful books all around your mom’s house so she can record her thoughts, generate unique artwork, make lists or even document her travels. She never knows when a bright idea is going to hit her and she needs to make a note of it.
Your mom will look forward to her lunch break with a colorful, insulated lunch bag that you made for her. She’ll get to relax, visit with friends and recharge with great food: it’s exactly what she needs in the middle of the day.
Soup Bowl Hot Pads
I love the idea of this Soup Bowl Hot Pad. Use it for hot bowls of soup, or even cold bowls of ice cream. My friend Barb suggested using them to put between dishes in the camper to keep everything safe while traveling. BRILLIANT!
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