November 11, 2013

Refashionista Day 1 - Jess from the Sewing Rabbit

Today is the first day of our two week Refashionista series!  I am thrilled to have the help of so many ladies I admire.  Today is no exception.  Our guest is Jess from the Sewing Rabbit.  She is extremely talented.  I love the way she added a bib/yoke to this dress HERE or check out this beautiful upcycled dress from a men's shirt HERE.   If you haven't visited the Sewing Rabbit there are tons of fabulous projects and ideas there.  Welcome Jess!  

Hello everyone!

Can I just say how excited I am to be here today? I have adored Cheri for years now, and her refashionista Series is one of my faves.  I love using what you have, turning old into new, and giving life to what may otherwise have been an unwanted item. It can be fun to buy new fabric...but I find it can be equally as satisfying, if not more so at times, scoring a great thrift store bargain!

When I stumbled across this ivory winter jacket at the Salvation Army, I knew it was coming home with me.

Add Some Sherpa - Easy Jacket refashion DIY  ||

I am sort of addicted to winter whites, and the jacket was already fabulous in my opinion. But I wanted to have some fun with it.  With the latest fur and sherpa trends for Winter, I thought it would be fun to add some texture. A texture 'color' block if you will.

Just Add Sherpa

Do not let the photos fool you. This is actually a much easier project than it might seem!  You don't even need a sewing machine to do this. Adding sherpa to your winter coat is as simple as cutting out the sherpa and whipstitching it on (or using fabric glue for the truly daring).

How to Add Sherpa to a Winter Coat

  • Longer length winter coat (above knees works great)
  • Approximately 3/4 yd sherpa fabric
  • Thread & Strong thick needle
  • Heavy Duty Scissors


  1. Gather materials, as stated above.
  2. Lay your jacket out flat, you will notice that the bottom edge curves up on the edges. 
  3. Place your sherpa fabric underneath your jacket, and make sure both are completely flat. Cut around the curve of your jacket for the sherpa, adding approximately 3" in length.  Follow the jacket up on the sides of the jacket, cutting - adding about 5" in Width on each side. You are going to have to eyeball this next step, but you can make adjustments later as needed. Cut out the top of the sherpa, also along the curve - following the same curve of the bottom of your jacket. I cut the top of my sherpa so that it would fit exactly underneath the pocket flaps on the front of the jacket. 
  4. Give your cut piece of sherpa a good shake to get rid of any loose pieces of fluff, and lay on top of your jacket. Place the sherpa exactly where you want the top edge to be. Sew along the top edge, either using your sewing machine or whipstitching with a thread and needle. 
  5. Turn jacket over, wrong side up, and fold the bottom of the sherpa to the inside of the jacket and pin. Whipstitch to secure. 
  6. Fold in the side edges of the sherpa on the jacket, pin and whipstitch.
That was easy. 

You can be done right now if you want to! I wanted to go the extra mile and bring some of that texture up towards the top of the coat. After agonizing how to do this the easy way, a good friend suggested making a layered collar. Jackpot. 

Once again, this is so much easier than it looks! Like, super duper easy. Easier than the whole texture block bottom thing. Let me show you...


  1. Lay your jacket collar flat on top of a piece of sherpa. Once again, notice the curves all around. You want to cut the sherpa out all around your collar top and sides, adding about 1 - 2" all around.  Flip down your collar, and cut out the bottom of the sherpa the same curve as your current collar.
  2. You should have something that looks like this. 
  3. Take your new sherpa collar and pin it directly underneath your old collar, matching up the bottom edge. You are pinning it simply to keep it from slipping. 
  4. Whipstitch that bottom edge to the underside bottom edge of your collar neckline, and you are good to go!

As you saw in a previous photo, I added a little sherpa bow to the back of my coat. Needed to have a little bit of whimsy somewhere :). 

Thank you so much for having me here today Cheri! And to all of you I am Momma - Hear me Roar readers, Happy Refashioning!

Thanks for the great idea and tutorial, Jess!  And all of you can head over and see more from Jess HERE at the Sewing Rabbit.  Thanks for dropping in.


  1. I love it! I may have to do that to my white coat!

  2. *screaming a little* I love this!! I have a winter white jacket that needs some Sherpa treatment. I've linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip:

  3. What a fun update to a winter staple! And I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  4. Very cute! Great refashion!

  5. hihihi! that bow at the back is so cute !

  6. Wow I love the additions. Such a great way to update a coat.

  7. What a great idea! Not only looks good but now you're snuggly :)

  8. Oh I love it! I always love a good refashion and this just is. And of course it really doesn't hurt that these photos are to die for.


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