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The 12 most popular Sew Can She tutorials of 2012


It’s been such a fun year here on Sew Can She that I got kind of nostalgic looking back through the facebook photos to see which ones got the most likes… yup, our facebook fans were the judges of which tutorials were the most popular in 2012. I realize that that’s not the most accurate indicator. I’m sure not everyone who visits the site is also following on facebook. And there’s not exactly a correlation between how many fb likes a tutorial gets and how busy the website is that day. Nevertheless, it seemed the most impartial way to judge since the other way might simply be a list of my own personal favorite tutorials :). By the way, all of the following photos are linked to the actual tutorials… so click away to see the how to make them. And don’t miss our site Archives where all of the tutorials featured this year are listed in semi-Pinterest style.

This is Ayumi’s fabric basket. Okay, okay, this is the one tutorial that breaks my judging rule (I know someone was going to email me about that). It did not get the most fb likes that month, but so many of us have sewn it (judging by the flicker photo pool) that I had to give it the honor of being January’s most popular tute. {And by the way, if my fb told me different numbers than your fb does, it must mean that something got a lot of likes in the meantime. I love my fact-checky fans. They email all the time.} Moving on…

Jessica’s awesome eReader tutorial. Still very popular… I just had someone message me looking for this.

Maureen’s fabric lover’s apron. Maybe we all ‘liked’ this because we are all fabric lovers at heart.

The Purl Bee’s strawberry pillows. Sweet enough to eat, I swear!

Amy’s travel sewing kit. Perfect for any one of us.

Sara’s urban jungle bag. This list would not be complete without at least one of Sara’s bags. I’m so happy she emails me whenever she writes a new tutorial.

Update: One of my readers just emailed to tell me that the designer of that lovely little dress shown in the picture above for ‘July’ has decided to charge for the pattern. That’s unfortunate for us because it used to be free! So here is the next most popular tutorial for July 2012, the Chevron Chenille Blanket. So grab some of those Riley Blake Chevrons (there’s lots at Fabric Tree) and make this blanket!

Amy’s cathedral window playmat. So perfect for little fingers and toes.

Joanna’s bean bag chair – in two sizes. We really can make anything.

Ruby’s kids messenger bag. Love, love, love this tutorial. My son made me put a snap on the front of his and it’s now his school lunchbag. This little bag would be perfect for so many things.

Emily Taylor’s parcel pincushion. Did I mention that I met Emily Taylor at Quilt Market? She was utterly charming and said I could feature any of her tutorials that I wanted. Good thing because everybody wanted to make this one!

And here we are at the Herringbone Quilt. The most liked tutorial in December was also the most liked tutorial ever… 257 likes (so far) and the day it was featured we also had the most visitors ever.

Since this tutorial was for a super-versatile quilt block (the quilt above takes 20) Sarah and I are toying with the idea of using it for a sew-along next month. What do you think? We could all make a few (or a lot of) blocks and use them for a quilt, pillow, tote bag, or whatever! Then we could show off all of our creations on facebook and in the flickr group. Leave a comment below if you’re game for it. We’ll do it if there is enough interest.

Happy sewing in the new year everyone! I can’t wait to see what I’m going to make. If you want to be the judge of next year’s most popular tutorials, be sure you’re ‘liking’ them on {facebook}!


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  1. I love the idea of a sew along for the herringbone quilt!! Count me in, seems like a wonderful way to use up some fabric scraps. 🙂

  2. Great idea! Count me in. I might make some Library totes.

  3. The sew along sounds great! My muse has been gone for about 5 months, maybe this will help bring her back. 🙂

  4. Thanks for this helpful list and for your wonderful work all year long. You’re wonderful tutorial sleuths! Happy New Year!

  5. I would definitely be up for a sew-along! I’ve got a few scrappy quilts planned for 2013 and this would be a great block for them!

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