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Let’s all raise a New Year’s Eve glass to our Top 9 Projects of 2019! It’s always hard to limit the number of articles to highlight each year, but even as an entire decade hovers in the rear view mirror, we know you’re unlikely to be interested in a Top 100 list to wade through. Instead, we’ve compiled a mini list to jog your memory and invite some new inspiration for a project you might have missed the first time around. 

This year, we’ve gone from earliest to latest in our display of the year’s favorites. Each one is linked, so you can click directly to the project page to add them to your 2020 Must Make List.

But what do you think? If you’d like, leave us a comment below to let us know which of these were on your own Most Popular list, which you think we might have missed, and as always, give us your thoughts on projects you’d like to see in the future.

Fast and Easy Gym Tote

Look sleek and stylish as you tackle your new fitness goals. This bag opens wide to be able to carry a pair of shoes as well as a change of clothes and all the extras you need for your workout routine. The lining is water-resistant ripstop nylon so you can easily toss in damp items. A magnetic snap holds the top closed and you can choose your carrying style: either a shoulder strap or handles – both in tough decorative belting.

Go to the full Fast and Easy Gym Tote tutorial

Slim Crossbody Shoulder Pouch

Smaller pouches, meant to hold just the necessities when you’re out and about, are one of our most popular project categories! The slim design of this one allows it to be worn either over or under a jacket. The strap is fully adjustable, so the pouch can be shortened to fit snuggly against your side. When worn under a jacket, it can also function as a travel document pouch, firmly held in place just under your upper arm, a little like a holster.

Go to the full Slim Crossbody Shoulder Pouch tutorial

Round Handle Pleated Handbag

This beautiful handbag is a modern take on a nostalgic style. The upper pleats allow a smooth curve to form along the bottom. And by selecting an extra-large motif with a bold splash of color, it’s a striking fashion statement. There is something inherently “happy” about this type of bag. Perhaps it’s because the shape itself almost looks like a smile. The project includes a full pattern set so you can get the perfect curved shape.

Go to the full Round Handle Pleated Handbag tutorial

Flowers and Dots Pleated Apron

With all its distinctive details, this apron seems pretty enough to wear outside the kitchen. It’s meant to have a soft drape so it wraps your shape and so the neck and waist ties are easy to knot or tie into a bow. You’ll add pleats across the bib and well as the top of the skirt. The strong vertical lines of these pleats match perfectly above and below the waistband. There’s also a sweet lace accent at the very top and two buttoned-flap pockets on the skirt.

Go to the full Flowers and Dots Pleated Apron tutorial

Rolled Clutch with Monogram

The classic rolled clutch is a warm weather favorite: lightweight, lovely, and just the right size. Often seen in woven straw, we created a version you can make yourself in fabric. Three flat panels cleverly wrap around and come together to produce the three dimensional roll. A solid exterior fabric combines with a patterned lining in the perfect combination to set off the cool monogram on the front flap.

Go to the full Rolled Clutch with Monogram tutorial

Reversible Cross Bib Apron

We were inspired by the unique colors and large, intricate motifs of Jane Sassaman’s Nouveau fabric collection to design a reversible apron with a flattering crossover bib. The full front and back panels showcase the fabric’s dramatic florals, giving you two unique personalties for your cooking and baking escapades. The diagonal edges of each bib panel as well as each pocket are bound with an accent fabric, the same fabric used for the ties and waistband. 

Go to the full Reversible Cross Bib Apron tutorial

Patchwork Linen Table Throw

If you’re used to table linens being long and narrow, it’s time to take a look at the Table Throw – also known as a Table Square. The square format gives this type of cloth much more flexibility for how it can be placed as well as the type of table on which it will fit. Ours finishes at a generous 50” x 50”, and is a showcase for a custom patchwork design in gorgeous 100% linen accented with a unique Kente African cotton print.

Go to the full Patchwork Linen Table Throw tutorial

Zippered Belt Bag

This style of bag, one that slips onto a standard belt, began showing up everywhere in 2019, including one we spotted at Nordstrom by Stella McCartney for a mere $675! Good news is: you can make your own custom Belt Bag for SO much less. To help insure the 3D structure of the bag stays intact, we use two layers of stabilization: a mid-weight fusible interfacing plus a fusible fleece. The full project gives you a complete pattern set and details all the steps for success.

Go to the full Zippered Belt Bag tutorial

Walkabout Corduroy Backpack

We used the new Dritz® Message Belting to create handles as well as the adjustable shoulder straps on a stylish corduroy backpack. There are a lot of great features in this project – from the wraparound zipper to the adjustable shoulder straps to the six handy pockets (front, back, both sides panels plus two inside). The shape and style of our custom design has just right blend of structure and slouch. It’s corduroy… ya gotta have a little soft slouch!

Go to the full Walkabout Corduroy Backpack tutorial

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