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.

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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?

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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

49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Five – Halloween!

Happy Friday ya’all!

Can you believe there’s less than a week until Halloween? Yikes!

Unfortunately, my kids won’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year, because my daughter has dance class.

She does, however, get to dress up for her class, as long as her costume doesn’t hinder her from dancing.

We chose this costume that I scored for 49-cents several years ago from Mel Trotter (that she had since outgrown)…

Zombie Ballerina Halloween Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Hmm, this will do!

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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Four – Leather!

Monday was my beautiful daughter’s 10th birthday!

She is growing up so fast, I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since she first blessed us with her presence!

In honor of her birthday, I decided to fix my failed refashion from last week by making something awesome for my daughter.

Last Friday I tried (in vain) to refashion a too-tight pair of leather pants into a (or what was supposed to have been) pencil skirt.

Unfortunately, this is what it looked like when I realized I was in way over my head and decided to give up (or at least take a break for a while)…

Leather Shoulder Patch Refashion | Diary of a MadMama


Yeah, that ended up nothing like I had envisioned!
After taking several days off, I decided to go an easier route.
I started with this long-sleeved gray t-shirt that had shrunk and was now too tight for me. Continue reading

49-Cent FAIL!!!

I was so excited to find out that there was going to be a leather-themed refashion for Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition.
I’ve never sewn with leather before, but I was lucky enough to have found a pair of leather pants for 49-cents at Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift shop), several weeks before even knowing there was going to be a leather theme.
Leather refashion fail | Diary of a MadMama

Now, after getting home from the thrift shop, my 14-year-old decided to be helpful and take all of the clothing we had just purchased down to the laundry room and wash them right away for me. (What a sweetheart, right?)
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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Three – Peplum!

For this third week of Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition, the theme is peplum and I had the perfect thing to use…

Purple Peplum Shirt Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Oh dear!

Um, yeah.

So this thing is a bit large, but I really like love the fabric. I love the floral print and the fact that this fabric doesn’t wrinkle. (Did I mention how much I hate ironing?)

I decided to make a mullet shirt with an added peplum.

To accomplish this, I used the same technique as I did in my high-low dress refashion.

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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week One – Plaid!

For this week’s refashion, I wanted to sew along with the theme for this first week of Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition, which is plaid!

Since Season One of the Refashion Runway Competition has ended, I’ve really missed it, so I was super excited to hear that there would be a second season!

With the first week’s theme being plaid, I knew I could use the leftovers from my plaid bathrobe to infinity scarf refashion.


Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf Refashion | Diary of a MadMama
Since I only used the back panels for last week’s refashion, I was still left with all of this… Continue reading

49-Cent Friday Refashion: Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf

Howdy folks!

I purchased this bathrobe a year ago with a very specific refashion in mind…

Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Not too shabby for 49-cents, ‘eh?

Unfortunately, when the hubs saw it, he thought I had gotten it for him.
Not wanting to disappoint, I went ahead and let him believe that.
He wore it a lot at first, but lately, it’s just been collecting dust.
When I asked him if he would let me refashion it, he kindly obliged. Yay!

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