Maybe Matilda: Top 10 Projects of 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 Projects of 2012

In a cruel twist of fate, my favorite projects are without fail the least popular posts here on my blog. So instead of sharing my top 10 most viewed posts of the year, I’m sharing the 10 I personally enjoyed making and sharing the most. They might not be the ones that are getting pinned and commented on the most, but they’re the projects I found the most joy in creating and using.


Sidewalk Shawl—possibly my favorite crochet project to date. It was an enjoyable challenge to crochet, it’s fun to wear, and I love the look and feel of it.

Sidewalk Shawl by Maybe Matilda

Turning Bootcut Jeans into Skinny Jeans—by no means a complicated project, but one of my most practical this year, since I was able to turn a pair of rarely worn flared wonders into one of my favorite pairs of perfect-fit skinnies.

Turn Bootcut Jeans into Skinny Jeans

Pink Granny Square Blanket—I spent a long time resisting granny square blankets because they seemed so, well, granny. But this fun pattern made up in bright happy colors has changed my mind about granny squares. Just like grannies, they can be cool.

Pink Granny Square Blanket by Maybe Matilda

My DIY kitchen makeover—as a new homeowner who has tackled numerous DIY home projects, I can honestly say I don’t enjoy working on home projects. But the agonizing work was worth it to transform my kitchen.


Winter Ripple Blanket—I don’t seem to be capable of going too long without trying out a new blanket pattern. It’s a weakness I don’t mind indulging. This blanket was one of my first projects of 2012, and I still love looking back at the photos of it.

Winter Ripple crochet blanket

3-Step Infinity Scarf—sometimes the quick projects really are my favorite ones. This quick and simple infinity scarf is a breeze to whip up. I’ve loved wearing it this year, and always have an eye open for cute clearance fabrics so I can make more.

3 Step DIY Infinity Scarf

Queen-Size Lacy Ripple Blanket—you saw this one coming from a mile away, I’m sure. I loved making this blanket, and now I love seeing it in my bedroom every day. I’m very proud of this one!

Crochet Bedspread

Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Shirt—another quick and easy project that was both fun to make and fun in action. Forrest and I actually had a good time making it together (shock and awe), and he looked so adorable on Thanksgiving, wearing his little turkey shirt.

Turkey Handprint Shirt

Speaking of quick and easy kiddo projects . . .

30-Minute Baby Lounge Pants—another easy one that is so useful! I used an old t-shirt to make a pair of jammie pants for the little guy, and it was a great way to give new life to an item that otherwise would have ended up in the trash while stocking the pj supply for this fellow. I actually have a stack of shirts in my craft room right now that I need to turn into comfy pants, because a certain 2-year old in my house has developed an inexplicable hatred for his footie pajamas and refuses to wear them. New PJ pants on the way.

T-shirt into Baby PJ Pants

Crochet Camera Strap Cover—I came up with this easy pattern on a whim one boring afternoon, and I’ve been so happy with it! A simple, cute way to perk up a plain camera strap, and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear around with your camera. Win.

Crochet Camera Strap Cover

Happy New Year, folks!


  1. I love all your projects and posts ;) I wish I shared your love of making big blankets. I don't mind them but blankets of any sort I tend to get bored with quickly because a like quick progress I guess. I better learn to love them soon I have 2 baby blankets I'm working on for one order & just got an order for a bed sized blanket and a throw just waiting on color choice. Sorry I'm babbling via comment now. How do you manage it all?

  2. Way to go with your gut and not the numbers. Numbers was easier than my gut. :P

  3. I love all the projects - somehow I missed the camera strap cover! Now I need to figure out how to knit it!!

  4. Happy New Year to you. I should also get my procrastinating ass off the coach and start scratching the list of projects-to-do off my list.

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  5. Love all these posts, your shawl is beautiful!

    Happy New Year


  6. Way to buck the system and post your favorite posts instead of your most popular posts. I love everything, but my favorite is your kitchen. Such an awesome transformation!

  7. I love all of the crafts and projects you share! I originally found you searching for cute pixie cuts. Your posts are heartfelt and humorous. Because of that I have included you as one of my “Very Inspiring Blogger” awards. Thanks!!
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  8. The shawl and the winter ripple are 2 of my favorite projects I've ever seen you post about. They are so pretty, and I'm in awe every time I see them. It might have something to do with my crochet envy since I am the slowest...crocheter...ever! Or they could just be gorgeous. Whichever makes you feel better. ;D

  9. These are all so awesome! And I loved reading about the ones you loved best :)

  10. I am new at your blog, and I love your favorite projects!!! I will start following. You have great ideas and nice photos to share them. Te shawl is amazing, and tha granny blanket is super sweet. Keep the good work, and have a wonderful year 2013...
    Ana BC

  11. You have the right idea Rachel. The only projects that matter are the ones you love! Those baby lounge pants are adorable by the way. Happy new year lady!

  12. You had such an amazing and jam-packed year. I love your kitchen so much. So much life to it. Happy 2013!

  13. I like these projects! And you should know that I'm planning to steal your kitchen scheme for my kitchen makeover this coming year, although I plan to use cobalt blue or bright teal for the accent color. I never would of thought of using gray (I'm a bright colors kind of gal) until I saw what you did with it. It's exactly what my kitchen counters need!


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