The Make Nine Challenge

Hello old friends and new readers! Welcome to the Make Nine Challenge.

The Make Nine challenge first came to light back in December of 2015 on my old sewing blog, Lucky Lucille. I was inspired by the hugely popular “Best Nine” hashtag that was circling around Instagram, but instead of sharing my best nine photos from the past year, I looked to the future and decided to share nine projects I wanted to make in the new year.

You can make more than nine things in a year if you want to! I usually do. But this challenge is especially helpful for those looking to practice more slow-fashion making habits (like me), or maybe you’re pressed for time (also me), or maybe you just want to make a mini collection of projects under a particular theme.

Pro Tip! Set yourself up for success by selecting types of projects or project themes, not necessarily specific patterns.

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Need some help narrowing it down?

Here are 9 questions to consider when choosing your 9 projects:

  1. What do you want or need? Be forgiving about pattern choice but get specific about what you want/need to make this year.
  2. What did you learn from last year’s successes and “failures”? If you didn’t finish something on last year’s list, ask yourself why.
  3. What values are important to you? Are you working towards a capsule wardrobe? A more ethical one? Are you on a budget? Being practical about what you choose to make is not boring or against the spirit of a challenge. There is success in logic.
  4. What’s in your laundry basket right now that you wear all the time? Are you interested in trying to recreate it?
  5. What types of things do you really LOVE making? What do you dislike making? If you hate making pants, you don’t have to put them on your list just to feel like you conquered some new technique.
  6. Are you a seasonal maker? Maybe your Make Nine list only includes summer patterns. Or winter knits. That’s totally okay!
  7. Look at your calendar. Time isn’t found, it’s made. How much time can you make for each of the projects on your list?
  8. Do you want to stash-bust? Why or why not? Don’t force yourself to make something just because you’ve owned the pattern for years. If you haven’t made it yet, maybe your tastes have changed. That’s normal. No need to feel guilty about that. Maybe it’s time to re-home some patterns that no longer speak to you and start fresh.
  9. Is there a completely new-to-you type of project that you want to explore? Do you have the time and patience to explore it, knowing it’s possible you won’t like/wear it in the end? If yes, by all means, branch out and try new things! That’s how you grow and get better.

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This is a gentle challenge. It’s not one that you can fail. It’s meant to be flexible, a tool you can use to evaluate your motivations and needs for working towards specific things as the year goes on. This is meant to be a challenge focused on learning more about yourself and your making habits while achieving goals. Work at your own pace and join in at any time. – That’s it!

After you decide on your nine projects, be sure to share them on Instagram using the hashtag #MakeNine. Follow and tag @makeninechallenge as well so I can see what you’re making!

PDF Download: Printable Make Nine Worksheet

And! Brand new for 2020, I’ve just made an official Ravelry group!

You can use a free app Instagram’s Layout app, or stylize your own way to share your nine projects. Be sure to tag and give proper credit to all pattern-makers when you share!

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@makeninechallenge) so I can see what you’re making, and use the hashtag #MakeNine so we can find each other easily.

I can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks for making along with me 🙂
-Rochelle

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