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Top 16 Projects of 2016

Every year I look forward to plunging into my Google Analytics and figuring out what were my top projects for the year. I actually don’t track it during the year because I like to be surprised at the end (silly I know).  After I make my “best projects of” list for that year, I carefully go through the list and try to figure out WHY they were the most popular projects, then try to plan my content for the next year accordingly. My goal each time I sit down at my computer is to create something of value for you, my readers. I figure if it was popular then you liked it. I don’t usually share statistics, but I noticed when I was compiling the list that over 3 million unique people visited during 2016- to me, that is absolutely crazy.

In years past I’ve broken down my top lists by the “best sewing projects” and the “best DIY & Craft projects”, this year I’m just putting them all in one list. I feel like this site moves seamlessly back and forth between the two categories and it just makes sense to combine them. I love to sew, but I also have a WHOLE house of projects to tackle, and figure you guys are the same.

Here are the most viewed projects during 2016 – each of these projects was created during 2016, and a few of them worked their way into my top projects of ALL TIME,  (I may do a top projects of all time at some point).

Judging by this list you guys really like kitchens, Disney, Harry Potter and the color pink *wink*

Tips and Tricks and what NOT to do when painting your kitchen cabinets

1- How to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets

Learn how to sew a pillow case dress with this Pillowcase Dress Tutorial. Includes full instructions and a chart to help you resize the dress for various ages. The quickest dress you'll ever sew!

2- Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

DIY Harry Potter Hogwarts Notebooks; with free printable covers for each house on polkadotchair.com

3- DIY Harry Potter Hogwarts House Notebooks

How to sew a cute Kimono Jacket - by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

4-How to Sew a Kimono Top

Learn a quick and easy way to sew a pillowcase on polkadotchair.com

5-A Simple Way to Sew a Pillowcase

How to add a Disney Monogram to your Yeti (or other stainless steel) Tumbler. Includes lots of tips and instructions!

6-DIY Disney Monogram for a Yeti Tumbler

Retro Travel Bag Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson; makes a cute weekend bag and can be made with leather straps or sewn purse handles. Would be a cute DIY summer travel bag.

7- Refreshed Retro Travel Bag Sewing Pattern Release

Free Sewing pattern for a Mickey Mouse inspired earbuds case / coin purse. This would be so cute to make before my next Disney vacation!

8-Mickey Earbuds Pouch Sewing Pattern

Tips for surviving long airline flights, along with a free printable airplane carry on packing list

9- Airplane Travel Packing List

How to sew a personalized reading pillow with a pocket and handle - free sewing pattern and tutorial on polkadotchair.com

10- How to Sew a Reading Pillow

The June Quilt Block of the month; a free quilt tutorial and pattern for a Grandma's Favorite Quilt Block on polkadotchair.com

11- June Block of the Month

Cute Angel Christmas Mason Jar Gift Ideas and printable Christmas tags and angel wings on polkadotchair.com

12- Angel Mason Jar Christmas Mason Jar Idea

Learn tips and trick to make it easy to sew with pom pom trim or fringe. Like how to add pom pom fringe to a pillow

13- How to Sew Pom Pom Trim

Cute and Clever Sewing Room Organization Ideas; fun ideas for storage and ways to make your sewing space more functional

14- Sewing Room Makeover


15- January Block of Month

Cute idea for friend and neighbor Christmas gifts! A snow globe gingerbread house made with a simple mold. Post includes a link to the free printable tag.

16- Gingerbread House Snow globes


The best sewing and DIY projects of 2016 - so many cute ideas and free tutorials!

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