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Top 16 Projects of 2016 — Plus Three Runners Up

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Looking back through the year’s projects is always one of our favorite things. It’s a little amazing, even to us, to see all the creativity that’s stacked up in just twelve short months. Picking the winners is a combination of votes from the Sew4Home team and our sponsors, plus likes from all of you on our various social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter - as well as your comments on the site itself. If you don’t follow us now, please join the fun! This year, each Top Project also carries a category award. We already revealed one: our Zip Zap Mini Pouch, which we featured on 12/29/16, was the winner of Fave Fast Bag. Read on to find out which others made the cut, then be sure to leave us a comment to let us know which ones you liked best as well as any you think we overlooked. Then… it's on to even more fabulousness for this year!

Third runner up and winner of Best of the New Fast Fridays Series

Napkin & Apron Set in Moda Toweling

Second runner up and winner of Freshest Florals Award:

Soft Floral Apron with Curved Skirt and Button Accents

First runner up and winner of S4H Staff Favorite Medal:

WordPlay Messenger Bag: Dritz Hardware & Notions

No. 16 and winner of Softest and Snuggliest:

Cuddle + Flannel Baby Blanket with Easy Binding: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

No. 15 and winner of Favorite Embroidery:

Gingham Fruit Machine Appliqué Kitchen Towels: Aurifil 80wt Thread

No. 14 and winner of Best Retro Bag:

Soft Slouch Shoulder Bag in Plaid Flannel & Denim: Fabric Depot

No. 13 and winner of the Pinterest Most Pinned:

Sweet Half Apron with Piping and Flap Pocket: In Handmade by Bonnie & Camille

No. 12 and winner of Best New Substrate:

The Big Shopper in Tropical Barkcloth: Fabric Depot

No. 11 and winner of Favorite Pillow Project:

Vintage Style Floral Bolsters

No. 10 and winner of Most Useful

Cuddly Seatbelt Pillow

No. 9 and winner of the Instagram Inspiration Prize:

Summer Sling Bag

No. 8 and winner of Best Full Pattern:

Diamond Girl Apron featuring Little Miss Sunshine: It’s Moda Moms Week

No. 7 and winner of the Clever Meets Cute Category:

Mini Bushel Basket Picnic Liners: Fabric Depot

No. 6 and winner of Most Innovative:

Aurifil Thread Box & Sewing Kit Carry Case

No. 5 and winner of Most Shared on Social Media

Compact Geo Pop Duffle with Rip Stop Lining 

No. 4 and winner of Best Use of Hardware:

Lace-Up Apron in Denim: Dritz Eyelets & More

No. 3 and winner of Miss Congeniality (because it made so many people smile):

Laminated Make-up/Toiletries Case with Wraparound Zipper

No. 2 and winner of Hardest Workin’ Project in Rock ’n’ Roll:

Industrial Style Oven Mitts

No. 1 and winner of it all:

Stylin’ Damask & Canvas Duffle: Fabric Depot

Yay for 2016! Don’t forget to leave us comment below to let us know which one(s) you liked best, as well as to hammer us for forgetting one of your personal favorites. You can also tell us about what you’d like to see in 2017. It’s going to be another amazing year.


Comments (20)

Cookie17 said:
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I always get this e-mail telling me what is coming up for the week, but do not get any daily e-mails with the project insructions in them.  Am I doing something wrong?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Cookie17 - We send out two emails each week. There is one on Monday that links directly to the Monday article and lists the other four articles coming up that week so you can make sure to go to the site for your favorite. We send another email on Friday that is a summary of the week with direct links to each day's article. We do not send daily emails, and the emails never carry the actual instructions - you need to come to the site for those. You can also visit home page of the site at www.sew4home.com any time to see all the latest articles. 

Betty G. said:
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Monday mornings are a little brighter when I check the Sew4Home articles and see all the goodies that are coming for the week.  I've made many of the items and look forward to the surprises for the new year.  Many thanks.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Batty - Thank you for such great New Year wishes!

lauretta6 said:
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I have made several of these patterns and loved them. All of the instruction were easy to follow and the end results were great.Keep up the great work and bring on more projects. 2017 will be even better.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@lauretta6 - Thank you so much! It's fab to know you had such great luck with all your projects. Yep, 2017 is going to be wonderful.

cathy said:
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I don't know how I missed number 6 but I will definitely be stiching this beauty in 2017!!  Love your site. Thanks for such wonderful tutorials. They are the very best!!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@cathy - So glad to bring that cute little case to your attention. It's great! Thank you for your kind words!

kaz said:
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15, 11, and 9 were just a  couple of things I made from your site last year. Your projects that you offer us are great and certainly keep the fabric shops in business and us busy!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@kaz - Thank you so much -- you had some great picks!

Wendy H. said:
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LOVE IT! I've made so many of S4H's projects this year and they just keep getting better and better! Love the list, love the site - you all truly rock <3

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Wendy - Thank you so much! Here's to better and better and better!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Georgette - Those are both super popular projects for sure, however, since they weren't brand new in 2017, they didn't get to participate. We still love them though - and are so glad you do too!

Ellen M said:
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Happy New Year!

Woohoo! We made #10 and #16 with super soft Cuddle plush fabrics :)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Rebecca - it's re-linked. Is that your favorite?

Denise D. said:
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Sorry, I can't choose just one. I liked all of them. You never cease to amaze me. Keep up the good work!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Denise - Thanks so much - there's always more on the way