It's that time of year again-  Make Nine Challenge!

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It's that time of year again- Make Nine Challenge!

Can you believe how fast that year went by!?  If you've been reading that long you'll probably remember the Instagram Make Nine Challenge we set for ourselves.   If you are new here-  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. So let's check-in, shall we?  How did you do?

Here is my make nine from last year-

1. Sew Stuffies-  I actually made 2 barnacle dolls and a little stuffed kitty.

2. Make a raincoat from that softshell-  well I made raincoat but not from that softshell.

3. Draft my own pattern.  When I made this one - I intended it to be a one-time use/only for me kind of wing it thing.  Well-  I kind of did this just in a different' way. I'll explain more in my 2020 make nine.


4. A bag-  I actually made quite a few bags and love it! 

5. Button and Buttonholes-  I succeded on half of this- I figured out how to use my button foot on my sewing machine! woohoo!! 

6. A chiffon dress- Didn't get this one finished yet!

7.  Tulle!  I still have a long way to go but I used tulle for real for the first time!

8.  Epic coat-  did not complete that yet

9. Lingerie-  Well honestly still coming off having a baby I never really felt the urge yet- maybe next year ;)

So not perfect but I'll take it.   I tried to be kind to myself this year as my goals, sewing life, personal life all seemed to continually shift.  I feel like I'm consistently evolving and changing and what's important to me is doing the same.  So while I love this challenge I try to keep it a light fun thing to help me push my boundaries!   

So for this year-  Here is mine.

1. Draft a PDF Sewing Pattern from scratch- Some of you know I took a job with a pattern company a few months ago and am learning to draft patterns- yay! While I obviously still love and support my favorite pattern designers it's been a fun new venture.  This year I want to draft something completely on my own!

2. Stuffies-  I made some fun stuffies last year but this year- I wanna go big with something epic!

3.  Speedwell Backpack-  I've had this on my list for awhile so hoping this year I can make an epic one!

4.   Cellphone/wallet holder thing-  Well.... I just need one so I wanna make an awesome one!

5.  The final step of my button ventures-  actual functioning buttons- the holes, and the buttons that work together- not just one or the other.

6.  The Jordis-  I've made this pattern before and while it's the coolest ever it almost killed me... so naturally I want to tackle it again??

7.  Videos-   I enjoy doing videos whether live, recorded, sped-up videos of my sewing etc, etc- I'd just like to add more of that content to my stuff.

8.  Organize-  I need to reclaim my garage by keeping up with my mess as I go.

9.  Sew my stash (except Rockerbye of course)   I have a lot of fabric.  While a lot needs to destash (old business stuff) the rest I want to sew.  So-  whether it be sewing that coveted print as a gift instead of hoarding it, using it for home items, clothes, anything- my goal is to use what I have the majority of the time! 

(10- visit Amber in MN and help pack orders <----fabric related) 

And there you have it!  I have other goals for myself of course but this is my "Make 9" for the year - Yes I know some are actually "making" things but it's what works for me.  So-  what's on your challenge?  It could be 9 patterns you've haven't sewn but purchased that you want to knock out, trying something new, conquering snaps, really whatever your heart desires we want to hear it and help you along your journey!  

What better way to help start the sewing fun than new fabric!?  We have a $25 retail credit to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Just post your make 9 goals either here in the blog comments or on our Facebook post and enter the raffle copter below. Did you do the Make 9 Challenge last year?  Let us know how you did for a bonus entry!  I can't wait to see all your goals!

Happy Sewing and Rocking,


P.S.  If you decide to do the actual make nine challenge don't forget to use the hashtag #2020makenine when posting! 

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  • Kellie Phillips

    After seeing others list, my list keeps going up! Sew many things I want to try this year. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Lori s

    This is such a good idea!

  • Nikki Ashley

    What a great idea. I really need to sit down and make my list!

  • Elena W.

    Wow! Such an inspiring list and so many achievements. Nine seems like a lot but I’ll try!
    1. Make a list 😬…

  • Melissa Terhune

    The doll is adorable! My granddaughter would love it.

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