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A Sewing Bucket List

Michelle Burke

Today I am going to share with you a sewing adventure that I undertook that has nothing to do with a bag, but it did get something off my bucket list! Yes, I have a bucket list, but my bucket list looks very different than most bucket lists I hear about. Most people’s bucket lists have items on them like, ride in a hot air balloon; visit all the continents; have lunch with someone famous; swim with a dolphin in the wild; be an extra in a film. My bucket list, on the other hand, is a sewing bucket list! 

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I love to sew and I am pretty good at it, but I am always wanting to learn new things and improve so I have a sewing bucket list to help me do this. My sewing bucket list is ever changing and growing. I may never check everything off my list, but I love it when I can check something off and recently I was able to do that.


A few years ago I decided I wanted the challenge of making myself a wool coat. I have made clothing (for myself and my daughters mostly), I have made window coverings, I have made quilts and I have made bags of course. But sewing a wool coat for myself was a challenge, especially since I wanted it lined and I wanted it to have a hood with faux fur trim.

I am excited to say that my wool coat is complete and I love it! I bought the wool, the silk lining and the faux fur from Mood Fabrics and I used the Pepernoot Hooded Coat pattern by Waffle Patterns. The pattern was easy to follow and I was really happy with how easy it was to sew with the wool. The silk was a little more difficult as it shifted quite a bit as I was cutting and sewing with it, but I like the way it turned out so it was worth a few frustrating moments.

I followed the pattern almost exactly. One change that I made was to line pocket pieces with the silk so that there were not any raw edges on the inside of the pocket once it was sewn in place. I also wanted a slightly more fitted look, so I took the coat in at the waist by about a half inch.


This coat took some time to make, but it was worth going slow and getting it right. I had fun challenging myself by making this coat! 

Are you wondering what else is on my sewing bucket list? Here is what is on the list at the moment:

  • Make myself a pair of jeans

  • Make 80% or more of my wardrobe for a season

  • Make a quilt with curves (I love the Sew Kind of Wonderful quilt patterns, especially Urban Candy, Lattice Revival and Chic Country!)

  • Make a few mini quilts

  • Give only handcrafted gifts for Christmas one year (this can include food items, crocheted items - all the gifts just have to be handmade)

  • Dress shirt for Brian

  • Make a new or redesign an old wedding dress

  • Design a sewing pattern for a piece of clothing for myself

  • Add some embellishment (see @wildboho on Instagram) to a piece of clothing

Can you guess which item on my list scares me the most?

What is on your sewing bucket list? Please share by commenting below!