Ticking off that bucket list

My sewing bucket list bucket

I don’t know about you, but it inspires me to see things other people are doing while in isolation at home, whether it’s sewing their stash, perfecting bread making, learning an instrument, Marie Kondo-ing their house or setting a new world record for non-stop Netflix viewing.

I thought I’d review my sewing bucket list, written about 2 years ago, which is a way of feeling like I’m doing something without actually doing anything.

Here’s the list with updates:

Kilt. Liz Haywood has yet to “Action” on this particular item.

Some simple shoes. Ditto.

The perfect oven mitt. Ditto. This probably won’t happen until the current mitts fall apart, then I’ll quickly rise to the occasion and punch out a pair of perfect mitts.

Chanel jacket. Best intentions. Started the Australian Sewing Guild’s sew-a-long back in February. Got waylaid launching a book. They tell me there’s no time limit with this jacket, but I don’t want to be the person who takes 4 years. Here’s my fabric, btw. (The tweed is a bit pinker in real life.)

Chanel jacket materials

Coat made from a blanket. Big Tick!! Not only did I make a coat, it was zero waste and ended up in Zero Waste Sewing. I bought this blanket some years ago from the op shop and always wanted to make a coat from it. It’s now my favourite garment in the book – a case of the right fabric, right garment and right time.

My sewing bucket list Checked blanket
Coat from a blanket zero waste

A new ultimate trouser pattern. Tick! Tick! I did two! One with a jeans cut (red) and the other with a classic trousers leg (brown). The jeans pattern was later used to cut a pair of zero waste jeans.

Bucket list trousers
I’ve also used the jeans pattern to make a taupe corduroy bootleg pair.
zero waste jeans
The zero waste jeans.

A garment that combines fabric/sewing with either knitting or crochet. Not there yet but I’ve started a Pinterest board with some ideas. Think the key is to match the colours. It could be a candidate for an interesting zero waste garment.

A triangular bicycle bag that fits inside the frame. Not yet but I’ve just bought some (real) oilskin fabric which I think will work well for it.

Really great handsewn buttonholes. Nope. Was hoping to tick this one off at the same time as the Chanel jacket.

A sewn, rather than knitted, winter hat. Nope. Maybe this winter.

A design or pattern with an humanitarian application. Nope, regrettably.

A jumpsuit. Tick. Behold the Tuta.

A fabulous jacket/cape combination to wear cycling. This zero waste cape could be what I’m looking for.

zero waste hooded blouson cape 4

So of the 13 projects on the list, there are 4 done and 4 pending, leaving 5. Plenty to keep busy with.

Do you have isolation sewing plans? Sewing bucket list? Feel free to share in the comments.

Take care everyone, and Cheers!


  1. Kim on March 30, 2020 at 1:42 am

    I do have a list of sewing projects planned – which includes a couple of things from your book – but I keep finding jobs/small tasks that just NEED to be done right now. Hopefully I will run out of those soon and get on with the sewing.

    • lizhaywood on March 30, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Alas, I too am dragged down by the shackles of domestic responsibility, but we’ll get there!

  2. Carmen Grantham on March 30, 2020 at 8:30 am

    A sewing bucket list is a great idea. I’ve done MakeNine challenges but that is for the year and is more realistic (or maybe not), whereas a bucket list you can dream a bit bigger as there’s no time restriction.

    • lizhaywood on March 30, 2020 at 9:44 am

      I’m sure you could come up with a good list of things, and it’s fun to do 🙂

  3. Julie Postle on April 4, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Liz,
    Love your philosophy on zero waste patterns. I live in Brisbane where the summers are getting longer & the humidity higher.
    Maybe you could do your next book for natural fabrics with sun protection but cool designs.
    During lockdown I’m making a patchwork quilt from garments I no longer wear & embellishing & appliquéing as I go.
    Julie Postle

  4. lizhaywood on April 4, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you. I’m all for sun protection…I’ve spent my life slip-slop-slapping! Didn’t really think about sun protection for the clothes in Zero Waste Sewing though.
    Your quilt is going to be quite memorable, both for the old garments in it and the situation you’re making it in. Enjoy the time. Cheers, Liz

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