Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day.

I’m still stuffed from all the yummy food the hubs and I made. 🙂

There’s no refashion to share with you this week, but I wanted to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

I’m very thankful for all of you awesome peeps and I feel blessed to be able to get to know you all and interact through this blog.

God bless!


Happy Thanksgiving | Diary of a MadMama

Happy Thanksgiving!

49-Cent Friday Refashion: Felted Wool Christmas Stocking

I’m very excited to show you today’s refashion.

After completing last week’s winter infinity scarf, I couldn’t wait to show you all the other ideas I had for those cast-off sweaters from my huge wool stash.

If you’ve never refashioned wool, I’d highly recommend it. It’s so much fun!

Felted wool is wool fabric which has been washed and dried with a lot of heat. That process shrinks the fabric to make it thick and soft. It’s a really cool transformation. Once wool fibers are felted, they are woven so tightly together, it really makes for a durable material.

While searching through my sweater stash I saw this festive find…

Christmas Stocking Refashioned From A Wool Sweater | Diary of a MadMama

Love the closures.


This sweater just screamed Christmas, what with the snowflakes and reindeer and all. I knew it would make a perfect Christmas stocking.

I wanted to use a pattern I found in this awesome book: Continue reading

49-Cent Friday Refashion: Winter Infinity Scarf

I found this awesome, dark-green, angora sweater (for only 49-cents) not too long ago and I had the perfect idea for what to do with it.

Angora (or rabbit hair) is super soft (just like cashmere).

I have a huge stash of sweaters with the specific purpose of refashioning, so out of that stash, I picked a couple more sweaters that would coordinate with my dark green one…

Winter Infinity Scarf Refashioned From Angora Sweaters | Diary of a MadMama

Angora and cashmere sweaters

I wanted to turn these super soft sweaters into a scarf, but rather than a regular winter scarf, I thought it would be fun to make a winter infinity scarf.

First, I cut all of the sweaters into 7″ x 8″ rectangles… Continue reading

49-Cent Friday Refashion: Leather Owl Purse


Can you believe that Christmas is only 47 days away? EEK!!!

My family started a tradition (quite a few years ago) of making most of our gifts for Christmas.

The point was not only to save money (although that was a big plus!), but also to force us all to put more thought into the gifts we give each other.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I personally prefer handmade gifts over store-bought ones. There’s just something about knowing that the person giving you the gift took the time (and talent) to create something just for you.

With that in mind, I decided to get started on my gift-making by refashioning something my daughter has been hinting about wanting for a while now.

Luckily for me, this gift consists of all scraps!

I started with some leather scraps from my leather pants refashion, a zipper from my Easter skirt refashion, and some felt scraps and buttons.

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Hmm, what are we gonna do with these?

I trimmed a large scrap of leather to a 7″ by 13″ rectangle. Continue reading

49-Cent Friday: Refashioned Witch Costume For Your American Girl Doll!

Happy Friday everyone!

For this week’s 49-cent Friday refashion, I wanted to show you the Halloween costume I refashioned for my daughter’s American Girl doll.

First, we started with these two articles of clothing…

Refashioned Halloween Witch Costume for American Girl Dolls | Diary of a MadMama

Very Halloweeney (is that a word?)

I was lucky enough to find each of these items for 49-cents several months ago.
I really liked the skirt for my daughter, but it had some issues.
The main issue was the fact that it was too big!

I could’ve just taken it in to fit her, but I had forgotten that she actually had a very similar skirt already (which fit her just fine).
The other issue the skirt had was this… Continue reading