49-Cent Friday Refashion: Cashmere Sweater Scrap Hat

For today’s refashion, I wanted to make something quick and easy because let me tell ya’, this week has been nuts!

It all started last Friday, when the transmission went out on the Hubs’ van while he was driving 3 hours home from work. Luckily Miraculously, he somehow made it all the way home, but wound up leaving me car-less  all week.  We were planning on moving into our new house this weekend, but now I think we’ll end up spending it looking for another vehicle instead. :(

To get my mind off my woes, I decided to refashion something.

My daughter wanted a cashmere hat, so she sorted through my cashmere sweater stash and found these:

Cashmere Hat Refashioned From Sweater Scraps | Diary of a MadMama

Can you believe I found this cashmere sweater (that she’s wearing) for 49-cents?!!?! Sooooo soft!

The first thing I did with them is cut a bunch of strips…

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Mom, BurdaStyle is on the Phone for You!!!!!


My friend Beth (The Renegade Seamstress) is doing a Live Web Seminar for BurdaStyle!!!!
Check out this post and make sure to sign up! :)

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:


This has definitely been a year of firsts for me.

Just when things start to get comfortable, I’m thrust into a whole new realm. A whole new opportunity comes my way.

Last Thursday, Alicyn Stensaas, the eMedia Production Coordinator for BurdaStyle.com contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a live Web Seminar for them.




BurdaStyle wants ME to do a live Web Seminar for them?

Oh my gosh,


So here I am, pinching myself and announcing my first ever live Web Seminar.

I hope you’ll join me on Monday, March 31 at 11:00 am EST for

 Refashion: Inspiration and Projects to Revamp and Recycle Your Wardrobe

I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to present with BurdaStyle and I truly hope you’ll come along with me. There will be loads of new inspiration and it promises to be lots of…

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Fabulous Felted Wool Slippers

Ugh, I am so SICK of winter! I don’t think spring is ever going to get here!

This snow and cold stuff is really starting to get on my nerves!

I know I know, nobody likes a complainer… but nobody likes cold feet either, and that’s what I’ve had for months now!

When it’s freezing outside, I just want to lounge around the house in comfy clothes and slippers with a nice hot cup of cocoa (or a mocha) and snuggle up under a blanket.

The problem is, this winter has been so cold, I’ve worn out my slippers and my poor, cold feet have been paying the price.

I finally decided to do something about it and make myself a new, even cozier pair.

I drafted a pattern from a pair of my cousin’s slippers that she always lets me borrow when I come to visit.

Felted-Wool Slippers Refashion Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Paper bags make great pattern pieces!

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Winter Maxi Skirt Refashion Tutorial: Gladness of Heart Guest Blogpost!

My friend Desarae from Gladness of Heart asked me to do a guest post on her blog for her Blog Everyday in February Challenge.

I got to know Desarae from the Refashion Runway Challenge. I was on season one and she was on season two!

She is quite the talented refashionista.

Here are just a couple of my favorite refashions she has done:

Peplum Refashion | Gladness of Heart

Halloween Refashion | Gladness of Heart

Pretty cool huh? I don’t know if I would have the patience to do such a detailed refashion as the last one. AMAZING is the only word I can use to describe it!

The refashion that I chose to do for the guest post was a maxi skirt out of the leftover sweater pieces from my last fingerless gloves refashion.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Winter Maxi Skirt Refashion Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Head on over to Gladness of Heart now to see the full tutorial!

Have a great week!


49-Cent Friday Refashion: Fingerless Gloves Tutorial

I’m so excited to show you today’s refashion. I have been wanting to make these for the longest time, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have a serger…that is until now!

My parents got me a serger for Christmas and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I’ve been wanting one for forever!

I know you might be thinking, “Jen, Christmas was almost 2 months ago, why are you just now getting around to using your serger?”

Well, I’ve never used a serger before. I couldn’t just start using it without reading the entire manual and watching all of the informative dvd’s that came with it (twice).

I also had to purchase thread, and practice multiple times on scrap fabric before I felt comfortable enough to be able to use it on a real project.

To be quite honest, I also put off using it because I was a bit intimidated, but once I finally forced myself to try it out, I realized how silly I was being.

This machine is the bomb!

Fingerless Gloves Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Isn’t she pretty?

The first project I made with it was 2 pair of leggings for my daughter.
That was a great first project because the stitches were hidden on the inside of the leggings, so it made it easier to get used to the machine without worrying that my stitches would show (They got a bit wonky here and there while I was warming up to it).
Once I finished sewing those I was confident enough to work on something where the stitches could be seen.

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Valentine’s Day Rose Clutch

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought a festive refashion was in order.

Unfortunately, since I’ve been sick with the flu all this week, I didn’t plan ahead for this post, like I usually do, so a quick refashion was the only way there would end up being one.

But who says we can’t have a quick and festive refashion?

To start, I grabbed a bunch of festive-colored wool garments and scraps from my wool stash:

Refashioned Rose Clutch Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Pretty festive ‘eh?

Um, in case you were wondering, yes the top I’m wearing also came from the wool pile. Not very flattering I’ll admit. But it didn’t make the cut for today’s refashion. Instead, I decided to go with this:

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