How to add DIY Sleeves to any top

Make a summer top fit for all seasons with my next groovy webisode

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The DIY Upcycled Scarfigan & my new channel!

That’s right my lovelies…I am now the proud producer of my very own series of diy refashionista webisodes!

In addition to my regular crafty blog posts I’ll be sharing my adventures in upcycling with step-by-step video tutorials featuring everything from clothing & accessory refashions to thriftilicious home decor…

Enjoy ’em and I’ll catch ya on the zigzag!

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Confessions of a Refashionista: Life on the ZigZag

Hooray! My fancy schmancy revamped Confessions of a Refashionista: Life on the Zig Zag e-book for Amazon Kindle & tablet readers is now available worldwide!

*Don’t have a Kindle or tablet? Me neither…I simply use the oh-so-convenient-&-absolutely-free Kindle App on my computer…

Click on your local Amazon link below to be taken directly to the download page:

United States     Canada     United Kingdom     Germany     Italy     France     Spain     Japan     Brazil     India

Confessions of a Refashionista: Life on the Zig Zag

Contains over 50 projects with easy to follow tutorials & full colour step by step photos for everyone from first-time upcyclers to experienced Refashionistas!

The e-book version includes:

17 terrific tops
12  beauteous bottoms
5 delightful dresses
5 cool coatlets
15 awesome accessories
+ a thriftilicious just-your-size dress form tutorial

…all created from items you already have lurking in your closet!

…and I still have a few Wire-O bound limited edition copies of the printed version available as well:

 The original print edition of my book is available direct from the publisher…me! How completely awesome is that?!

I created, photographed, wrote and designed each & every tutorial and each & every page of this pretty bundle of Refashionista goodness and also made sure it was printed with a lovely Wire-O binding which allows the book to lay flat beside your sewing machine for easy reading-while-making.

In addition to my Wire-O bound, completely self-produced first edition, (jam-packed with over 50 full-colour refashion tutorials, tips n’ tricks, sewing gear basics & my own unique writing style) I’ll also include a get-you-started-refashioning-item & personally sign each copy of the book purchased before wrapping it up pretty & sending it on its way with insured, registered post! *making it a fantastic personalized gift for the refashionista in your life!

Sounds fabulous! But what’s it all about?

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from mommy to munchkin: a cozy kid refashion

Can ya guess what single item of mine I used to create the four groovy kidlet threads pictured above?

Read on to find out…

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I Hoot Doilies DIY Owl Pillow- an Ikea Hack Attack

Another quick use for Oma’s old doilies…

…they make fantastic owl eyes!

Create your own hoot-y pillow in under 30 minutes:

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The Amazing Apron Top

What’s so amazing about this top? Aside from the fact that I created it using something I pinched from Oma’s kitchen…it turned out exactly as I had imagined! (a rare occurrence in my world of refashioning)

Go pilfer your own Oma’s kitchen drawers & create your own…

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Lighten up…

How über cool is my new denim shirt?

You can easily funk-up your own using a lil’ something you have under your sink…

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The Refashioned Boho Baby Tunic

a what-was-I-thinking vest + a bit of hand stitching = a funky new munchkin tunic!

here’s how to effortlessly make your own in about 15 minutes…

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Thriftilicious Man Makes

After 5 years of loyal service the dude’s laptop has gone to the Great Gig(abyte) in the Sky…and just what does that have to do with thrifty man makes? Well, as the guy cannot function without a computer – and he’s not allowed anywhere near mine – the money set aside for his mini-holiday-birthday-extravaganza went straight into a fancy-schmancy-new-computer. I was commanded not to spend any money on b-day gifts – he claimed his froufrou new laptop was more than enough  – but come on…everyone needs prezzies to open their birthday! So, I sneakily created these beauties without spending a penny:


8 completely free yet totally awesome gifts that actually brought a wee tear to his eye!

onto the how-to’s:

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The Patchwork Rainy Day Cap

We’ve been having one of the grossest summers ever…

…this has been our daily view at noon.

30°C + thunder storms = hot, humid, muggy ew = frizzy, huge hair for me – blech

the only solution to tame my unruly locks?

jam a hat on & hope for the best

here’s how to cute-up your own frizz-cover in 10 minutes flat

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