I had such success with my #makenine challenge in 2019 that I decided to go for it again in 2020! You can read all about my 2019 goals and my 2019 reality in my past blog posts. I didn't finish everything on the list, but I did at least make progress!
So let's take a look at what I have planned for this year!
1. Avocado Fabric - It was one of my goals last year to naturally dye some of my fabric stash using avocados! It worked out brilliantly. But now I want to actually use the fabric! I currently have no idea what I'm going to do with these pieces! Suggestions are welcome!
2. Weave Something - Again, last year I had my goal of spinning yarn. And this year I want to create something with my yarns, by weaving it. Not sure what, but I'm gonna say even a potholder counts. This photo is from a beautiful blog series weave along from The Weaving Loom that you can find here.
3. My Body Model - I've been eyeing everyones my body models enviously for a while now, and I'm ready to finally give it a try! I just bought a credit yesterday since they were having a sale, and now I just need to find a time to bust out all the measurements to try it out!
4. The Wedding Quilt - This was also on my list for last year, and most likely will continue to be on the list for a few more years.... maybe by our 10th anniversary...
5. A Huxley - Some would think that the three Huxleys I have would be enough for me. But no! I want to make a new one, and hack it to be a mostly waterproof bag! I say mostly, because I feel that anything that is actually sewn (aka has needle holes in it) can't claim to be 100% waterproof. But, I'm going to hack the pattern to be a roll top, and add in some other waterproof specific details, and I'm going to use this heavy duty waterproof material I have in my stash. The fabric is actually weldable! So it could be used to create an actual 100% waterproof bag. But I don't have the tools to do that. Yet.
6. A Leather Tote - I've identified a hole in my collection of bags, and that is a simple brown leather tote bag. My brown leather Huxley bag seems to go great with everything I wear, and I absolutely love it. But it only holds my essentials (because I have a lot of essentials...) and I think a tote would do nicely for when I need to carry around more stuff! I already have the leather, which I purchased from Textile Discount Outlet this past fall. This should be a super fast project, I just need to whip it up! I've included this beautiful photo of a couple of leather bags from KMM & CO. as inspiration. Seriously, if you are thinking of buying a leather bag, or just want to go drool over some beautiful bags, go check them out.
7. Two Kelly Anoraks - I had this pattern by Closet Case Patterns in my make nine from 2019, and I didn't get it done. So this year, as punishment, I'm going to have to make two! ha just kidding! kind of. I decided to make a wearable muslin, which morphed into this huge project, which totally sidetracked me. So, my wearable muslin is 90% done. And I want to get to the real one (and finish them both) this year.
8. Spool Buttons - I love wooden spools of thread! And since most of the time when I get old wooden spools the thread is no longer good, I've started using them in other ways. I've made some Christmas ornaments out of them, and now I'm going to make buttons! Well technically my dad is going to be the one doing most of the work. But maybe I'll manage to do one or two as well! But my goal is to make a set of spool buttons and then actually use them on a garment this year as well. I'm super excited about this one!
9. Zero Waste Pattern - I would love to create a pattern with zero waste! This has been in the back of my mind for years, but I'm finally going to put some work behind it this year. I'd love to do a dress. But if that turns out to be too much, I could also see myself making a cool zero waste bag. We shall see! For inspiration I included a cool picture of a zero waste pattern from Holly McQuillan that you can find here. I love studying zero waste patterns like this, and trying to piece it all together in my mind.
Overall, I think I've challenged myself a little more in 2020 than in 2019. But also, some of the projects are already started. We shall see what I can do. At the very least, this post stands as a record of the 9 projects that I was most interested in doing at the start of the year. Tune in in 365 days to see how I did!
creative business owner. designer. hoosier. crafter. runner. sewer. swing dancer. outdoor enthusiast. entrepreneur. wife. material hoarder.
My Instagram Feed:
Madeline Stage firstname.lastname@example.org
"Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
- Earl Nightingale