November 08, 2010

Patterns Winners AND Belt Pouch with Ali Foster

First off, here are out 9 winners from Friday's Pattern Giveaway:

Dana's Pattern Winners:

Andrea who said:  All great giveaways, hope I win.  Have a great weekend!

Sweeter Hours who said: Hooray for giveaways Hooray!  Love the bowties & the stockings :)

Ashleigh who said:  I want like a bazillion of Dana's patterns! Crossing my fingers!

Stephanie's Pattern Winners:

Emily who said:  This week just keeps getting better and better! Love Refashioning!  Thanks for the chance to enter!

Susanm who said:  I have just started sewing again after many years so it would be fun to win a funky new pattern.
Danielle who said: wonderful giveaway! Thanks

Bowtie Pattern Winners:

Cassandra who said:  This giveaway is quite lovely!!!!
Bullseye who said: I love your blog and everything you do! I really love the refashionista event! Hope I win!

Felicia who said:  I'm working on the t-shirts to dress refashion for my niece's birthday. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! Would love to win the bow tie patterns for my boys.

I have all your e-mail addresses (except for Ashleigh) and I'll get you your patterns asap!  Congrats!


Now on to today's tutorial and guest.  Ali has a lovely blog and she also has an etsy shop full of really cute patterns.  I came upon her blog recently and loved her refashions.  Like this one, for example:
She's hip, gorgeous, and talented.  Here she is with a quick refashion idea.  Welcome Ali!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this Refashionista Event! I absolutely LOVE to refashion. Today I am going to show you how to make a handy belt pouch out of an old pair of jeans (or any pair of pants with a button closure and belt loops).

Let’s get started…

1. Measure up 7.5” from the hem on one leg of your jeans and cut.

2. Get out your seam ripper and remove 2 belt loops from your jeans. Sew them to one side of your pant leg 2.5” from the hem. I used a small zigzag stitch.

3. Turn the pant leg inside out. Create the bottom of your pouch by stitching a seam ¼” from the raw edges.

4. Cut off part of the waistband, including the button hole and at least 1.5” above the button hole.

5. Pin the button loop/waistband piece, centered between the sides, to the side of the pouch with the belt loops and stitch it in place.

6. Fold the pouch over to determine button placement. Sew the button to the front by hand or by using a zigzag stitch on your machine.

7. You are all done! Slip a belt through the belt loops and you are ready to go!

Thanks for the idea, Ali.  You can all find more from Ali at her blog.

See you tomorrow!


  1. I love the handy pouch bag. I have 2 grandaughters who I think would just think these are so cool~! Christmas is coming. I could even embellish them with all sorts of stuff. Then put in $20 in the bag and they could go and buy something extra..
    Thanks for the good idea.. I'm getting into this refashioning things. ta ta for now from Iowa.

  2. This is awesome! I just went through my drawers and I have 3 very old pairs of jeans that need recycling. Thanks for the idea! :)

  3. Thanks for the fun give-aways. My boys (3 & 4 months) are looking at me like I'm crazy because of the excited happy dance they just witnessed! I love the denim pouch. I just made a simiular refashion out of an old pair of jeans. Removed the pockets and sewed them together to make a little girls purse. With cute embelishments and ribbon. The dress and the purse were a big hit!

  4. My favorite is that red dress refashion!

    Just Better Together

  5. Big oops on my part!!! Keep on Keeping on and realize I am a giant dork!

  6. All of the refashioning ideas you have featured have been amazing! That red dress is just breath taking!
    I did a project today that I think might be the easiest refashion of all time, turning a sweater into an Anthro-inspired skirt. If you want to check it out I blooged about it here:

  7. The new red dress is amazing!
    And a lot of thanks for the tutorial. It´s perfect! Good idea for the Christmas presents for my niece.

  8. the pouch is adorable and I love that dress!!

  9. i love this bag ;) nice recycle, congratulation

  10. That is so cute and would make taking all the trim in my house (and storing snails) much more fun and organized! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  11. The pouch thing is brilliant! I love upcycled things.

  12. Lovely project!!
    Laura from Italy

  13. I liked this tutorial. Quick and easy to make and very useful.

    Thank you.

  14. I have a pair of jeans with an interesting embroidered type design on the bottom. I was going to do donate them but now I think I may try to make this. I can not use a sewing machine though... I have tried. Hopefully it would still hold. I am getting so sick of heavy shoulder bags! I love this idea. :) I can make something else to match with the other leg.

  15. Cheri, thanks for sharing the genious ideia of the handy pouch bag :) I love it!!!!!!!
    Ana from Potugal


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