49-Cent Friday Refashion: Wrap Around Skirt to Infinity Scarf

When I saw this skirt at the thrift store I couldn’t pass it up.

Wrap Around Skirt to Infinity Scarf Refashion Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

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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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Giveaway Time!

It’s finally here!

That’s right, it’s GIVEAWAY time!

I’m super happy to announce the winner….

(ahem, drum roll please…)


Giveaway Winner | Diary of a MadMama

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: How To Turn a Bulky Sweater Into a Skirt

How to Turn a Bulky Sweater Into a Skirt Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

What you see here is a bulky sweater I purchased for…you guessed it…49-cents!

I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with this sweater when I purchased it, but I liked how thick and warm it is…and the buttons are pretty cool!

What I didn’t like about it was this:

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