Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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raslaliqueFirst top

I taught my friend how to sew her first top. She did it by hand and it was wonderful! She’s so excited and so am I. 2 years ago


I’ve got 1000 yards of elastic thread. Our house gets really hot and if left unused this elastic may eventually melt and be useless if it’s poor quality. I’ve given myself the challenge of using it in as many ways as I possibly can this summer. So far I’ve given away about 200 yards (which brought it down to 1000 yards approximately) and I have made 4 simple shirred sundresses. I’m looking around for more creative yet tasteful styles to try out. 2 years ago

raslaliqueLess basting

My mother taught me to baste everything. I don’t mind basting because it means less time with the seam ripper. The negative side if that it makes my sewing take much longer.I’m getting more confident so now I am using pins more than I baste. I have saved so much time and sewing is now less of a chore for me. I don’t know why I never thought of this before. 2 years ago


  1. Currently working to improve my technique for bias binding. I saw a tutorial on how to make it in one continuous loop which I’m going to try next time.
  2. I want to move darts. 2 years ago

raslalique 4 years ago


I have decided to push myself further by :
  1. Making a garment for someone I am not related to as a gift.
  2. I am going to teach some colleagues of mine how to sew in a couple of weeks time. 2 years ago


I want to make more stylish, complicated things. Sometimes I fall in the rut of easy and sacrifice style in the process. 2 years ago

raslaliqueTeach somebody

I helped my sister make a dress for a wedding this week past.

Sewing with satin
Invisible zipper
Attaching binding
Making sashes
Seam finishing without a serger

I also made myself a maxi dress in which I:
  1. Practiced inseam pockets
  2. Cut into fabric I really loved right away instead of putting it away for the “perfect” project for fear of ruining the fabric. I think I have enough skill at this point not to generally ruin fabric. 3 years ago

Chatoyant 3 years ago


I made my first ruffle neckline! I love ruffles but have always been too scared to make them in case they didn’t come out perfect. They didn’t and I made an avoidable mistake but I fixed it as best as I could then I went and loved my new dress. I love it so much that I washed it so I can wear it again this week! Hah! 3 years ago

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