2020's Monthly To Do List

2020 is upon us and it is time to start the monthly to-do list. Like last year, I will update once a week and at the end of the month will add the next month's list at the top. That way the current month will be visible.
Stash Shrinker is set up and I'm doing more color coding this year. 
- Black - in the stash and my fabrics
- Red - in the stash and Daughter's fabrics
- Blue - fabric purchased for a project (new or to finish)

I am also going to inventory the fabric. As I use a piece of fabric it will go into the Purchase (Inventory) column and what I use will go into the Sewn column. The goal is to have the same amount in both columns so nothing goes back onto the shelves. I have the multiplier set to 100 meters to be sewn so, technically I can't buy fabric. 
I am also setting some days aside to sew only Halloween and Christmas fabrics. 5 3 days per month from January to November for Christmas fabrics. Halloween fabrics will be 3  2 days per month only in the months having 31 days. I'm stealing an idea from another person. 23-25 of month is Christmas sewing and 30-31 Halloween sewing. 

Fabric Out Of The Stash 2020

January - 10.6 meters. I had 13.1 meters of fabric that was inventoried. The 2.5 meters is left from the cat bag and the Snow wall hanging. 
February - 10.1 meters. I had 11.85 meters that was inventoried. The 1.75 meters left is mainly from the doll's coat, one dress, and the bag I made. I'm working my way through those pieces though. 
March - 9.25 meters cut out and tried to be sewn. I have to wait until I can go out and buy a piece of cotton to finish one project. 
April - 10.65 meters cut out and sewn. I used up a lot of scraps and a few pieces of yardage this month making masks. 
I am adding this for a reference about mask effectiveness. 
May - 3.9 meters of fabric sewn with one item trashed. 


May was a turning month for me. Rather than "sew down the stash", I spent my time sewing less and enjoying the process more. I am planning on taking that forward with me. I only sewed 3.9 meters giving me a total of 45.5 meters. 

The Goal

  • Enjoy the sewing process more which means sewing less. I've begun to appreciate the stash more rather than less. 
  • Begin to draft my plans for Christmas sewing. Gifts, items for us and family. 
  • Think about 1 more item to sew for Halloween. 

Sewing Projects

June's sewing will be in spurts as we have to do landscaping. Choosing ideas has been based on the amount of time we will be outside and how tired we will be. I have chosen to take a leave of absence from testing patterns due to some issues in May. If something comes up and I want to sew it, I will. 
  • Kit's sewn wardrobe for a Ravelry contest. I don't think contest, I think fun. And Kit will get a wardrobe. 
    • Bella Blouse in blue print cotton
    • Simplicity 1086 in check print (one of the two shirts)
    • Simplicity 1086 skirt in check print
    • Simplicity 1086 capris in blue chambray
    • Leggings in a blue chambray knit fabric
    • Sunhat in blue chambray
    • T-shirt in the chambray knit fabric
  • Design a surplice bodice for both American Girl and Gotz dolls using pattern pieces from patterns I own. The objective is to show others how to hack a pattern. 

Knitting Projects

I am not sure what is coming for test patterns. If it is slow here is my list. 
  • Sweater from a pattern I bought 4-5 years ago. This is to be a slow knit as it is an intermediate/advance pattern. 


April was a sad month but I did accomplish sewing 10.65 meters of fabric. I didn't get a lot done on my list as I was asked to make masks. We had Blursday, we had sorrow, and we felt the stress and strain of all that has happened. 

The Goal

  • Sew down the stash but it may not be 10 meters. I've decided to enjoy the process as who knows when the fabric stores will open. 
  • Sew Christmas and Halloween fabric.
  • Finish the binding on two projects. 
  • Start to digitize the tulip picture (Started but not finished)
  • May 1-4 - .6 meter
  • May 5-11 - 3 meters on the cutting table as I make a shirt for the Spousal Unit. 

Sewing Projects

  • Shirt for the Spousal Unit. It is the first thing I want to make. 
  • Four Christmas bowl cozies.
  • Doll dress (test or otherwise) (Done May 4, 2020)
  • Piping 
  • 2 masks for us (Done May 13, 2020)

  • Tulip Embroidery for us. 


  • Test pattern (Done May 7, 2020)

  • Patterns of my choice (Done between May 7 and May 21, 2020)

  • Scarf, hat, and slippers in red yarn. (Done May 28, 2020)



With self-isolation comes some sluggish behavior. I'm trying to keep positive and sew up the stash. We are at home and we are safe. 

The Goal

  • Sew down the stash. Try for 10 meters. We will see how that materializes. 
  • Sew Christmas fabric for 3 days
  • Complete the Chatty Chicken challenge
  • Week 1 - .45 meters sewn
  • Week 2/3 - 8.7 meters sewn
  • Week 4/5 - 1.5 meters sewn

Sewing Projects

  • A shirt for the Spousal Unit
  • Four Christmas bowl cozies
  • Child size Tote
  • Doll coat (Test pattern) (Done April 26, 2020)
  • Doll's dress (Done April 28, 2020)
  • Piping 
  • Masks - 43 total (Done April 20, 2020)


  • Test sweater pattern (Done April 17, 2020)
  • Test sweater pattern (Done April 23, 2020)
  • Doll sweater pattern


The Goal

  • To continue to sew down the stash. Try for 10 meters once again. 
  • Sew Christmas fabric for 3 days
  • Sew Halloween fabric for 2 days
  • Week 1 - 1.65 meter sewn
  • Week 2 - 2.4 meters sewn
  • Week 3 - 1.05 meters sewn
  • Week 4 - 3.25 meters -- not all sewn. 

Sewing Projects

  • Reading Pillow for library (need to buy some fabric for this project) (Done Mar 11, 2020)
  • St. Patrick's Day Spring wall hanging (embroidered) (Done March 21, 2020)
  • Shirt for the Spousal Unit (on hold)
  • Halloween Wall hanging
  • Christmas - antique server runner done to hand sewing (Done Mar 3, 2020)

  • tree skirt for daughter - on hold due to fraying. I need to underline the burlap. The 360" of ruffle has been rolled hem and gathered. 

  • Doll dress (Regency era) (Done March 20, 2020)
  • Doll's dress (Done March 4, 2020)
  • Doll's play suit (Done March 17, 2020)
  • Bag for library 
  • Doll's Portable Closet

  • Piping left from last month. (Done March 29, 2020)

Knitting Projects

  • test pattern for Joan
  • test patterns (Done March 17 and 31, 2020)



The Goal

  • Sew down more of the stash. Try for 10 meters but will be happy with 8 meters. 
  • Sew Christmas fabric for 3 days. 
  • First two days of February - 1.05 m sewn
  • Week One - 1.05 meters sewn
  • Week Two - 4.15 meters sewn
  • Week Three - 2.6 meters sewn

Sewing Projects

  • Reading Pillow
  • Valentine wall hanging (embroidered) I have to buy fabric for this one. (Done Feb. 9, 2020)
  • Doll's dress (test)
  • Piping

  • Tree skirt for daughter. 
  • Table topper and runner for our dining area
  • Reusable bag that a person wants (Done Feb. 12, 2020)
  • Second Snow wall hanging (Done Feb. 9, 2020)


  • Escarpment cowl (Done Feb. 2, 2020)
  • Baby hat out of worsted weight yarn (Done Feb. 18, 2020)
  • Doll's sweater from sport weight yarn (Done Feb 22, 2020)
  • Doll's shawl from sport weight yarn (Done Feb. 4, 2020)
  • Dog sweater for Colt (Done Feb. 17, 2020)


The sewing room is clean and ready for me to start sewing. All fabric in the sewing room officially becomes stash on Jan. 1, 2020. 

The Goal

January's focus is on 
  • Christmas fabrics for 5 3 days
    • 2.5 meters of fabric cut out waiting to be sewn starting Jan. 23.
  • Halloween fabrics for 2 days 
  • Piping
  • At the end of Week 2 - of the 5.6 meter taken out, I have cut out or sewn 4.9 meters.
  • At the end of Week 3 - of the 4.25 meters taken out, I have cut out/sewn 3.55 meters.  
  • At the end of Week 4 - of the 2.5 meters taken out, I have sewn 1.4 meters. 
I pulled out a pile of matching Christmas fabric and I'm going to sew it first. Tree skirts, table toppers, runners, and what ever else fills the bill. 

Sewing Projects

This should be a high yardage month due to the winter weather. If it isn't done, I'm not going to beat myself up. 
  • Tree skirt for myself (Done January 24, 2020

  • Table toppers (Done Jan. 26, 2020)
  • Table topper (Done Jan. 26, 2020)
  • Reading pillow (February - may need to buy some fabric for this one.) Fabric is bought. 
  • Animal print purse (new pattern to try out for my reusable grocery bags.) (Done Jan. 19, 2019) 

  • One embroidery project - wall hanging (Done January 22, 2020)
  • Piping (How much will be the end of the month's tally -- 2.0+2.7 meters) Fabric used .3  Dark blue piping is 3 meters and .15 meters of fabric used. (Total fabric used is .45 meter)

  • One doll's outfit (test or otherwise) I'm almost done the dress - (Done Jan. 12, 2019)
  • Wall hanging (One done Jan. 2, 2019)

Knitting Projects

  • Doll's dress - Jazz that Kit is wearing. (Done Jan. 9, 2020)
  • Doll sweaters and hats from sports weight yarn
  • Doll sweaters from sock yarn
  • Sweater 101 course - Size 1 child's sweater. (Done Jan. 22, 2020

  • Messy Bun hat (Done Jan. 27, 2020)

1 comment:

  1. Great sewing plans for 2020. I will take parts of your ideas and merge it with other ideas I have for 2020. Starting the year off with sewing Christmas projects is a great idea, especially for me, who sewed very little in 2019.