Refashion Jeans

Spring cleaning is in full swing in my closet; I spent an entire weekend purging. I get that fashion repeats itself, but there is no way my style choices EVER should (I’m looking at you, neon pink blazer).  
I have denim capris which fit so well, but they were slightly flared at the ends. Yeah… so 2014 and so not flattering. I finally had time to make them skinnier, but during the refashion process, I loved the look of it’s raw denim hems! They worked so well for these jeans (and so 2017 🙂 ). 
If you want to refashion your jeans the way I did, follow along with these simple steps: 

Refashion Jeans 


Supplies
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Basic sewing supplies 

Directions

  1. Grab that seam ripper! You’ll need it to pick all those tough stitches at the hemline apart.
  2. Flip the jeans inside out, and iron the outer seamline as flat as you can. You’ll be sewing an angled line from knee to hem. This will make the jeans skinnier. Remember to sew the line on the outer seamline, not the inner. You don’t want to sew up any stitching that’s holding the seam allowance down. Usually this stitching is on the inner seamline, not the outer, but if it’s on both, grab that seamripper again. 
  3. Using a clear 6″ wide ruler, measure 17″ from the hem up and make a small mark at the top, near the outer seam. Next, make a mark from the hem measured 1″ in from the seam. Using the ruler, make a diagonal line connecting the two marks. The end of the line should blend into the old stitches. 
  4. Stitch directly on this line. Trim off the excess fabric, leaving around a 1/2″ seam. Finish the raw edge with a serger or zigzag stitching close to the edge of the fabric.  
  5. Finally, stitch a straight stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance all around the pant’s hem. Repeat for the other leg and enjoy your refashioned jeans! 

How to use a Serger

“Who here knows how to thread a serger? Anyone? Anyone…?”
*crickets*
If y’all thought sewing was a lost art, you clearly haven’t met it’s cousin: serging.

What serger do you recommend?





What is serging even used for?


How in the world do you thread that crazy thing? 

I’m about to answer all FAQ serger questions you’ve had. You’ll be using your serger like a pro before you know it!

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Chapstick Fobs

Please tell me that everyone else is also on the constant hunt for their chapstick. It seems that I can never find mine when I need it, yet when I clean out my purse out pop three Carmex! My cousin, who sells Rodan and Fields, asked me to make a bunch of these chapstick fobs as gifts for her loyal customers, and that was the first time I had ever heard of a chapstick fob. But when I saw them, I had to make one for myself. Now that I can find my chapstick, I can kiss those crusty-crusts goodbye!

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Embossed Leather & Flannel Coasters 

Today, I want to teach y’all how to sew these simple coasters.

Being newly engaged finds me dreaming of house decor, and lately my pinterest has been full of rustic, log cabin looks… along with the rest of the world.
(I like to think I don’t follow trends, but my love for top buns, buffalo check and brunch says otherwise.)


Although I never have seen the point of coasters (what is the purpose of a coffee table if it can’t be worn a bit from a cup ring?), I’d put my mug on these ones. 🙂 Continue reading Embossed Leather & Flannel Coasters 

Buffalo Check Quilt





I have been obsessed with buffalo check lately and I think Pinterest knows. I was scrolling through pins one day and this photo of a gorgeous buffalo check quilt by Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio was displayed.

It looked like she had buffalo check fabric and just quilt stitched over it. When I clicked on the photo, though, I discovered that she had actually pieced three different colors together to make a quilt in the buffalo check design.
Yeah, that’s how perfect her color scheme was.
I was in love!

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