Make Your Own Flannel Sweater

I have been making these for a couple of years.  I call them flannel sweaters but I’m sure someone else has named them differently and have been making them a lot longer than I have.  So I thought it would be fun to show you how I did it in hopes that you would try to make one for your own.

I begin by shopping at local thrift stores looking for a knit sweater that isn’t wool.  I look for a color that I like and right now I am looking for turtleneck styles.  I usually don’t buy a sweater that is too form fitting but in this case that isn’t an issue so don’t pass one up if you think it might be too form fitting around your middle.

Next, you need to be looking for a flannel shirt that will match the color of your sweater and in a size that will fit loosely around your hips. This is so much fun for me.  The hunt to find matching sweater and shirt has been easier than I thought it would be.  Hopefully,  you will have the same results.

Now you bring home your finds and throw them into the washing machine.  I put them in on a hot wash, cold rinse, and dry them on high heat in the dryer.  Now you are ready to begin creating your own flannel sweater.

The first step is to lay the sweater out on a flat surface and measure 1 inch down on both sides under the armpit seam. You need to make sure that you cut this line straight across so use a long straight edge of some sort and if you have a rotary cutter it makes cutting a whole lot easier, if not then scissors work just fine.

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The colors are kind of wonky from picture to picture and I’m sorry but I had to take them with my cell phone and it was early in the morning without a lot of light to help out.

The next step is to do exactly the same thing to the flannel shirt.  Button all the buttons up the front and lay the shirt out on the flat surface and cut straight across directly under the armpit seam from one side to the other.  Again make sure you use some sort of straight edge to get a nice straight cut.


So you will take the top part of the sweater and the bottom part of the flannel shirt and lay them out flat like I did in the picture.  As you can see the flannel shirt bottom is a lot wider than the sweater top.  But that is not a problem so don’t worry.  And I know that the button placket needs to be ironed but I wait until I am done with the whole repurpose before I do the ironing.

Now comes the tricky part, at least it has been for me.  Putting the two together correctly to sew.  You need to turn the flannel shirt bottom wrong side out, take the raw edge end and open it up so you can feed the sweater top into it so that the raw edge of the sweater top matches up with the raw edge of the flannel bottom.  I hope that makes sense to you. Here is a picture of what it should look like.


The two raw edges need to be together with right sides of both top and bottom facing each other.  You will need to fold the sweater sleeves across the sweater to get them to fit inside the flannel shirt bottom so they are out of your way.  Now you are ready to pin the two raw edges together.


The way I do it is this:  pin the two side seams of the sweater and the flannel together first so you know they are matched up.  Then you can put your hands inside the sweater at the side seams you just pinned and stretch it till both sweater and flannel edges are the same.  Eyeball the spot where the button placket meets in the center and pin that spot together.  Next, you can stretch the fabrics between the center front and put as many pins as you want to to keep the edges together.  Now do the same stretch to the back and pin the center and the rest just like you did on the front.

Take the whole thing to your sewing machine and stitch the whole raw edge with whatever size seam allowance you normally use, I used a half inch, and make sure you keep the fabrics flat as you sew.  You can gently pull the fabric toward you as it feeds through the machine to keep it flat.  Just don’t pull too much or it will make the edge not lay well.

When you get to where you started,  do a few back stitches to keep the stitches from unraveling. Remove the top from the machine, remove the pins if you haven’t done it while you were sewing, and turn the top right side out.


Your top will look something like this.  Now you have your own flannel sweater.  Mine needs to be ironed, which I should have done before taking the picture, but I wanted to get this typed up and chose not to wait.

I hope you make one for yourself or to give as a gift to someone.  I would love to have you share pictures of your finished top. I love comments and if you have questions I will do my best to answer them.

Until next time be blessed,



Cut Out And Ready For Stitching


I’ve got a pair of ladies mittens cut out, and a pair baby booties too, ready and waiting to be stitched together and join the others in my shop.

See that adorable little pin cushion in the tea cup?  That was made by Rachael of bachestinks  I bought it last weekend when I went to the Apple Fest in Ithaca. She had some wonderful items in her booth.  I loved the way she had it decorated too.  And she creates by repurposing also, which is great.  So go check out her stuff and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you find something you love.

I also want to mention that I visited a booth that was selling hairsticks.  I loved what I saw and was drawn in, but I couldn’t help but think that there was any way these would work in my thick curly mass of different length hair.  I was glad to be wrong about that.  Karaline, the owner of this store which is named Two Twigs, was extremely nice and was able to show me in a very short time that not only would they work in my hair, but that I could do it myself at home too.  Plus she has some helpful videos as well, on her Facebook page that show you how to do it yourself.  So I recommend you go check out her page too.  Lots of photos of hairsticks there to drool over.

Until next time have a blessed day.


A Repurposing Twin

Coming Soon…..

*UPDATE:   These are now available in my shop along with three other pairs.  Adult sizes coming soon too.


This is one of the new products I will be including in my shop soon.  They are made of 100% repurposed, recycled, soft wool.  I hand sew these because they are just too small for my machine.  They have ties around the ankle part so they will be adjustable and so moms can gently snug them up around baby’s ankles to keep them from being kicked off.

These will certainly keep precious little toes and feet nice and warm in the cold weather.

Have a blessed day!


A Repurposing Twin


Three New Pairs Of Mittens In My Shop



Here is a look at the newest additions to my Etsy shop in the wool mittens section. This first pair are the same color all over.  Most of the ones I have in my shop have different colors. I love the ribbing on this pair.  And as always these are lined with warm, soft and cozy fleece. So if you look at my wool mittens and think, “Yeah they are very cute and I would love to own a pair, but I could never wear wool it’s too itchy/scratchy.” Then rest assured, the lining will keep the itchy/scratchy from touching your skin so all you feel is soft and warm.

Here is a look at the other two pairs.

Blue Floral 
Gray, Blue and Green

And I have many more in my shop with more being added soon, plus my fabric flower pins, so keep checking back.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a blessed day!

Green and Lace-Top #5

Well here is the newest project.  I had this pretty green top for a year and have worn it a couple of times but again, I sound like a broken record, I wanted it longer.  So I did the same process for this one that I did on this blouse.

I think this top turned out better than I expected.  I was very pleased with it and was able to get it done in a couple of hours and wear it that same day.  I will show you the steps without all the details in a fun little slideshow.

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Hope you enjoyed viewing this new top and if you have any questions about this project or any of my others I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed day!

Top Re-Do #3

I hope you aren’t getting tired of seeing these top re-do’s that I am sharing.  I just am having so much fun doing them that I really enjoy sharing the process with you.  I hope to give you enough information to encourage you to try doing one for yourself or for someone you know who would love to receive one.

My next top re-do starts with this dark purple cotton top that I bought at a thrift store because I loved the color and the style.  But, again it wasn’t as long as I prefer my tops to be.  But that didn’t stop me from buying it because I knew I would find some fabrics to make it the length I wanted it to be. 🙂

You can see the two different fabrics that I chose to add to the blouse.  The light purple in the floral fabric matched the lighter purple in the blouse.  And lace just goes with anything. 🙂

4 cutting line marked with pins

This shows where I marked to cut the lace fabric.  I just measured and pinned where I wanted to cut and cut along the line of pins the entire length of the fabric. I used the folded hem edge of the lace fabric, which used to be a curtain, so I would not have to hem it myself. If your fabric doesn’t have a finished edge that you can use you will have to put a hem in it.

be sure to keep the lace fabric tucked under far enough to ensure it is completely sewn to the floral fabric.

Next I cut a 6″ wide piece off the lavender fabric, which used to be a dress liner, and was lucky enough to be able to use the hemmed edge again. And if you aren’t careful as you sew the two fabrics together they can slip and you will find that you will have a space where you have to go back and sew it again like I did in the picture above.

shot of stitching the gathered fabric to the hemline of the top following the gathered stitch line.

Stitching the gathered sheer floral fabric to the bottom of the blouse and following along the line of gathering stitches so they don’t show on the right side.

Top stitching the seam down on the outside of the fabric.

And then top stitching the floral fabric down on the right side of the blouse.


This is how it looked when I was finished.  See how the seams lay flat where I stitched along them on the right side?  And it took me a minute to realize why I was seeing lace behind the sheer floral fabric.  It is because I am seeing the back of the blouse through the sheer fabric.  Just thought I would add that in case anyone else noticed that.

So here is the finished blouse front and back.


Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope I have inspired you to try to re-purpose on your own.

Have a blessed day!




How to Make a Reusable Snack Bag

This is great for this time of the year. And I love the fabric that she chose.

The Renegade Seamstress

We interrupt this season of Refashion Runway to bring you this important DIY…

New school clothes? Check!

New school supplies? Check!

New lunch box? Check!

Megabox of ziplock snack baggies? NOPE!

This year, instead of throwing away mountains of baggies each day, try out these easy-to-make reusable snack bags. You don’t even have to buy special oilcloth. You can make them from any fun fabric you’d like.





Click here to find out how to make these cute reusable snack bags.

And click here if you haven’t had a chance to vote for your favorite tunic refashion from Refashion Runway this week.

Happy Sewing!


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