2019 Make 9 Sewing Goals- Get out of that Creative Rut!

2019 Make 9 Sewing Goals- Get out of that Creative Rut!

So I've been sewing for around 3-4 years now and as I continue to grow in my skills I've also realized I tend to get comfortable.  With comfortable comes burn out and boredom, at least for me.   It's so easy to fall into our favorite patterns and comfort zone.  While that's not a bad thing,  it can kill our creative side.  The side that brought us to sewing in the first place!  So this year I've decided to try for the Instagram make 9 challenge.   Basically, you choose 9 things (sewing or craft related) that have been on your "to try someday" list and put them on your goals for the year.  It's a very low key way to bring to light some important projects with very little pressure attached.

I figured all of us probably have some goals we want to hit right? So, I want to know, What are yours?

Want to do the full make nine?? Make a college and go for it!   Too many? Just share your top 3 things you want to try this year.   Either way, let's set our creative brains on fire and push ourselves (even better if it includes your favorite Rockerbye prints)!

Need some inspiration?  Here is mine!  I know I'm having a baby in about a month so I might not hit all of them but I figured why not give it a try. So, here we go, my make nine-

1.  Sew some stuffies!  Now that my kiddos are getting older I really want to make some "toys" for them that they'll love and cherish

2.  I have this magic softshell I've had in my stash forever and I want to finally use it for a raincoat for my kiddo.  Something I've never worked with! Of course, it'll need to be lined with my favorite Rockerbye Coordinate.

3. I'd love to draft my own clothing item- even if it's simple

4. A bag- this one is scary for me- I'm so in awe of bag makers and really want to try one sometime!

5. Buttons- It sounds ridiculous but buttons scare me.  I can do the button holes but lining everything up and actually sewing buttons with my machine.  EEK!  So definitely need to conquer this.  It's only been on my list for years! 

6. A woven Chiffon Dress.   

7.  Another silly thing- Tulle scares me.  Now that I'm having a girl I figured I need to get over that and make all the fun tulle skirts!

8.  A really cool edgy wool coat.

9.  My own lingerie

There you have it! My goals for 2019.

Now I know some of you are new seamstresses, so if your goals are as simple as sew with woven for the first time, install a zipper, try a new pattern you've had in your stash, anything like that let's hear it! 

We've decided to help you jump start your goals with a $20 retail fabric credit giveaway!  New fabric is always a great way to get started.  Want to win?  List at least 3 of your goals either here in the blog comments or in the group on this blog post!  I'd love to see some make 9 collages though.  Come back and enter the raffle copter below. We can't wait to see all the ways you want to push your creative boundaries and jump out of your sewing/crafting ruts! 

Happy Sewing and Rocking


P.S.  If you decide to do the actual make nine challenge don't forget to use the hashtag #2019makenine when posting! 


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Very in-depth and useful posts. I don’t remember reading such a useful post dedicated to the art of humility in comments.

Lily Martin

This is a GREAT idea and I’m in such a rut I don’t even know where to start! But goals are always a great thing.
1 – Sell 4 sewing machines
2 – Sell a serger
3 – Cull the fabric so it fits in the cabinet
4 – Clear stuff out so I have space to sew


Learn how to successfully sew an invisible zipper in.
Finish last years Christmas Pjs
Do some selfish sewing
Make chair cushions

Pam Holloway

Eek. Well I’m finding this post almost halfway through the year but I can tell you a few of my goals were to start sewing with knits, make clothing for myself, use tulle, use my heat press, and make a bag. I’m proud to say I made 6 knit pieces for myself for our Disney trip and felt great in all of them. Plus I’ve started making raglans for my son and am buying more knits to use for my daughter. I also made a tulle dress (with a knit bodice, what??) for my daughter, pressed gorgeous shirts for my mom for Disney, and made her a wonderful backpack that actually held up the whole trip AND washed up well.

6. Learn to use my Coverstitch
7. Learn to use my Embroidery machine
8. Procrastinate less (this one probably isn’t gonna happen folks)
9. Make more gifts

Aubrey Mak

My 9 sewing goals for 2019. #1 Use up a lot of my knits stash before buying tons more! #2 Make some purses/bags that would use my woven stash! #3 Make a stuffed animal for each of my grand sons with voice message buttons in them with my voice telling them how much I love them! (We don’t see each other real often.) #4 Practice-practice-practice sewing! #5 Save $ up, buy and learn to use Serger! #6 Get back into up-cycling more (the hunt was half the fun!) #7 Buy pattern, sew something outside my comfort zone every now & then #8 Learn new skills and practice them!!! #9 Create and have made, my own fabric then create my own clothing item from it!

Julie Carter

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