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).
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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 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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49-Cent Friday: How To Make a Produce Bag From A Shirt

Hey everyone!

I found this awesome shirt a while ago from Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift store) for a mere 49-cents (of course).

How To Make A Produce Bag From A Shirt | Diary of a MadMama


As you can see, this thing is odd-fitting and just all around odd.

Don’t get me wrong, I clearly saw potential in it or I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

I loved the bright colors and the fruit is kinda fun and funky.

The thing is, I’m really not into wearing my fruit.

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49-Cent Friday: Men’s Dress Shirt To Summer Top Refashion

I’ve been doing some deep cleaning and organizing lately, trying to get my house ready to sell.

While cleaning out my closet, I noticed I’m in need of some more summer tops.

Most of the shirts that were in my closet had either shrunk or faded or for whatever reason I just didn’t wear them much anymore.

With the heatwave we’ve been having around here lately, I decided a cool sleeveless top was just what I needed.

I grabbed these…

Men's Dress Shirt to Summer Top Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Lots of blue

These were all shirts that used to belong to my hubby before he lost weight and donated them to me.
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49-Cent Friday: Easy No-Sew T-Shirt Refashion

Hi there everyone!

I’ve been doing a lot of canning lately.

My cousin and I have canned zucchini relish, two different kinds of salsa (one being peach salsa), and then we took the peach pits and skins (that otherwise would’ve been thrown out), and used them to make peach jelly.

I’ve had so much fun that I decided to can the leftover half of watermelon that was being neglected in our fridge, by turning it into watermelon jelly. I couldn’t let the rinds go to waste, so I made some pickled watermelon rinds. Then I remembered the frozen peaches and strawberries that I had in my deep freezer so I canned some peach pie filling and strawberry freezer jam.

I just love seeing my pantry fill up with cans of yummy goodness!

My cousin and I are getting together next week to put some more stuff in cans. I’d like to make some spicy salsa next, and maybe some pasta sauce.

I know by now you’re probably thinking  “I thought this post was about refashioning, not canning”, and you’d be right about that.

It’s just that I’ve been so busy in the kitchen, I neglected to do my refashion for this week. 😦

I told my 14-year-old son how bummed I was that I might have to miss my Friday post for the first week since starting the series, and he sweetly offered to do it for me! Can you believe that?

He started out with this decent green t-shirt that I so kindly bought him for 49-cents (of course).

No-Sew T-Shirt Refashion | Diary of a MadMama


There wasn’t really anything wrong with this shirt, and I thought that for 49-cents, it was a shirt that he needed to have, but once I got it home, apparently he thought otherwise. Continue reading

49-Cent Friday: Refashioning Baggy Pants Into Skinny Jeans

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week!

For this week’s refashion I wanted to show you how I easily turned a pair of too-big and baggy pants into some nicely-fitted, skinny jeans.

I began with this pair of ever-so-slightly stretchy, coral jeans I snagged for a measly 49-cents…

Refashioning a too-big and baggy pair of pants into skinny jeans | Diary of a MadMama

Big and baggy.

I really liked the bright, cheery color, but I didn’t like the baggy legs and the fact that the pants were 3 sizes too big for me. Continue reading