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Top 20 Projects of 2017 - Which Are Your Faves?

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It’s time for our annual re-cap. Our task is to go through the past year and add up all the traffic counts, the likes/loves/pins/shares/etc./etc, and read through the comments again. Of course, we love all our projects, so it’s always hard to limit the number. But, no one is probably interested in a Top 200 list to wade through! That’s what our Project Index is for. Hard as it was, narrow it down we did, and we invite you to take a trip down memory lane to see them all. Each and every one is linked, so you can jump over to the project page to make sure you’ve added new favorites to your must-make list… just in case you missed them the first time around. 

This year, one of our personal goals is to be more inclusive, less judgmental. To that end, this year’s Top 20 list is organized in alphabetical order rather than by any kind of ranking. Like we said, “we love all our projects.”

We also love to hear your opinions! If you are so inclined, leave us a comment below to let us know which of these were on your Most Popular list, which you think we missed, and as always, give us your thoughts on projects you’d like to see in the future.

Animal Buddy Blankets: Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Luxury Fleece

These adorable blankets feature a lightly stuffed animal head and ears in one corner.

Go to the Buddy Blankets project tutorial

Beach Duffle Backpack: Tokyo Milk Presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

It’s a duffle and backpack in one and features some stunning fussy cutting.

Go to the Beach Duffle project tutorial

Canvas Weekender Duffle: Dritz® Gunmetal Hardware

A super-stuffable duffle that cinches down to a compact, easy-to-carry box shape.

Go to the Weekender Duffle project tutorial

Car Caddy & Waste Bin: Dritz® Hardware and Elastic

A great organizer for anyone who spends a lot of time driving.

Go to the Car Caddy project tutorial

Classic Zipper Pouch

One tutorial that provides all the basics for zipper pouches galore.

Go to the Zipper Pouch project tutorial

Drawstring Apron with Wraparound Ties

The classic one-piece cut of this apron is a great style for most body types.

Go to the Drawstring Apron project tutorial

Grommets & Rivets Starburst Bag: Designing with Dritz® Hardware

Move hardware from function into fashion; use it to embellish a zipper-top bag.

Go to the Starburst Bag project tutorial

Guitar Strap – The Trendy Bag Accessory: Janome America

A striking way to update the look of any bag that uses a removable strap.

Go to the Guitar Strap project tutorial

How to Crinkle Gauze: Extra-Long Scarf in Crinkled Embrace® Metallic Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics

Learn the technique, then make your own high-fashion scarf; we added tassels.

Go to the Crinkle Gauze project tutorial

Knit Baby Bib with Ruffles

Cute ruffles near the shoulders make these bibs look like they have fancy cap sleeves.

Go to the Baby Bib project tutorial

Measuring Tape Neck Strap Sewing Caddy

Turn a measuring tape into a mini caddy: scissors on one end, pincushion on the other.

Go to the Neck Caddy project tutorial

Modern Two Tone Tone with Tandy Leather Accents: Fabric Depot

The bold light/dark contrast gives a sleek simplicity and sets off the real leather handles.

Go to the Two Tone Tote project tutorial

Monogrammed Travel Trio – The Device Case: Janome America

The panels and pockets are layered with foam to create a soft yet study carrier.

Go to the Device Case project tutorial

Quilted Accordion Pouch for Jewelry, Lingerie & More

The five expandable pockets are excellent for all types of small items and trinkets.

Go to the Accordion Pouch project tutorial

Quilted Travel Duffle with Rolling Case Sleeve: Dritz® Hardware

Perfectly sized for travel; slip the back sleeve over the handle of a rolling suitcase.

Go to the Travel Duffle project tutorial

Ribbon Wrapped Bucket Bag with Drawcord Top: Renaissance Ribbons

It’s a merry-go-round of color and design. Simply a stunner on all fronts.

Go to the Bucket Bag project tutorial

Sewing Patches Tote: Sulky 30wt Cotton

Super cute embroidered patches offered as free downloads in 6 major machine formats.

Go to the Sewing Patches project tutorial

Soup Bowl Cozy: Fast Fridays

Protect your hands from hot soup bowls or cold ice cream bowls. Microwave safe.

Go to the Bowl Cozy project tutorial

Ten-Pocket Purse Organizer: Get the Pro Look with Dritz® Hardware

Load up one super-organized pouch, then simply move it from bag to bag.

Go to the Purse Organizer project tutorial

Triangle Pencil Case: ScrapBusters

Zip open all the way for easy access. We offer a free pattern to create the cute shape.

Go to the Pencil Case project tutorial


Comments (19)

brenda henderson said:
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love all the beautiful projects you make. hope to make a couple of them. thank you so much.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Brenda - thank you for such a kind compliment. Do let us know which projects you end up choosing to make!

Anonymous said:
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Outstanding  I was just reading your post for BIRTHDAY gifts.  I found them in the top list. Thank you. Bowl and apron here I come.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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Those are two great ones to start with. Let us know how they turn out!!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Anne - It's a great tool. I'm not sure exactly where to send you in Australian. Here in the US, the kit is readily available at Amazon ( as well as at JoAnn Fabric. Just doing a simple "where to buy" Google search is probably the best way to find it in your area. The price ranges (again in the US) from about $17 to $20. 

Alaskapsych said:
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I would love to see a lovely wrist pincushion!  By the way, this is an amazing website.  I look forward to reading it every day!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Alaskapsych - Thank you for your kind words -- we're so glad to know you visit every day! We'll certainly put your request for a wrist pincushion on our You Asked 4 It list. Fun idea 

di said:
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I made one of the Animal Buddy Blankets for my 6 month old grandson and then heard from my daughter-in-law that it immediately changed his night time sleeping to more hours.  Can't tell you how happy Mommy & Daddy were.  Grandma then needed to make a couple more for back-up to cover the wash cycle so baby wouldn't be without.  To this day, he's now almost 1, he still has to sleep with it.  Wow - best thing ever - thanks for sharing this pattern - its adorable & the best!!  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@di - what a wonderful story - it really warmed out hearts. Thank you so much for sharing... and for loving out pattern! 

Marilyn PNW said:
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Is there one store where all of the fabrics and notions called for in these projects can be ordered from?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Marilyn - No, there isn't always just one store that has everything, every time. Sometimes with fully sponsored projects, we link to most items from that one sponsor, but that can't happen every time. That said, we do always try to give you where-to-buy links for the main components to help with your shopping. 

Ellen M said:
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Oh my! We made the list... TWICE! Excited to make the list again in 2018! 

Hugs xo 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Ellen -- just means there was lots of love out there for your scrumptious fabrics 

BarbaraJean said:
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This site is awsome!  You have so many different projects that keeps my interest fresh.  Your instructions are clear and easy to understand.  Some projects look difficult and come to find out they aren't.  Thank you for the time and effort you put into this site.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@BarbaraJean - Thank you so much for such a lovely compliment! We hope you continue to come back on a regular basis... and bring all your friends 

HopeAnn said:
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I made two aprons from S4H last year, but neither were posted in 2017! I love reading through every project, and even when I don't make them, I still get so many ideas. This is definitely one of my fave sewing sites. :)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@HopeAnn -- That's one of our favorite things: our ability to keep the majority of our projects live and always accessible. We're glad to hear you are finding so much to love!

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