Sewing Challenges and hashtags to follow

Are you looking to take part in a sewing challenge? Chat with like minded makers and share your projects with a sewing hashtag? Or perhaps be inspired to get creative with your sewing patterns. We’ve compiled lots of sewing challenges from bloggers and sewers in our community. This page is bursting with inspiration!


Sewing Challenges 2019


Ongoing Challenges:

#SewPhotoHop – organised by Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro blog, the #sewphotoshop is a daily photo challenge, where sewers are encouraged to post daily pictures related to a theme on Instagram. #sewphotoshop runs for a month and covers lots of creative themes.

Me Made May – One of the biggest sewing challenges of the year, Me-Made-May ’18 organised by Zoe Edwards of ‘So, zo…’ blog, is all about improving your relationship with your handmade wardrobe. Zoe says “Me-Made-May’18 (#MMMay18 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them and aim to fulfil that pledge for the duration of May 2018.”

2018 Make Nine – This was thought up by @Rochelle_new in 2015 on Instagram. Post the patterns you plan to make in 2018 and follow along with the hastag #2018makenine to see what everyone is planning to make.

#sewover50 – Have you seen the hashtag #sewover50 started by Judith Rosalind? Get inspiration and support from fellow sewists to share your makes. Follow @sewover50 on Instagram.

2018 Color Us Creative is a DIY:  inspired daily photo challenge which participants are encouraged to post daily pictures for one month. Every week in the month of April, you will be introduced to a DIY blogger who will share a fun, new project that we hope will inspire you to join in and start creating.
At the end of each week, a random participant will be selected to win one of our amazing prizes. Participants can play all month long or as they feel like it. All we ask is that you have fun, enjoy yourself, and meet fellow creatives in the process.
2018 The Ogden & Ida Swap – The True Bias Ogden Cami and Kylie and the Machine Ida clutch Swap is organised by Jen (@Jenlegg4) and Laura (@cottonreelstudio). It is an International stash busting swap for the summer. Join here, sign ups close 27th May.

#handmadesummerdress –  Make a summer dress of any kind that makes you feel good, tag Andréanne, @mtl_yogagirl and Lisa, @lisakisch, on Instagram or Youtube so they can see what you have made. Prizes from Smyly, Closet Case Patterns, Jalie Patterns, Blackbird Fabrics, and Amy Nicole Studio.

#SewTogetherForSummer 2018 – Sarah of sewsarahsmith, Monika of rocco.sienna and Suzy of sewing_in_spain bring a new challenge to Instagram dressmakers this year and it’s all about wrap dresses! Until 21st June, find out more on Sarah’s blog.

#alittlelawnparty– Between March 15th and and May 15th, join Atia (@thebrightblooms) and Mel (@handmadebyditsytulip) for a Spring themed sewing challenge. All you need to do is sew a Spring themed item in cotton lawn or similar fabric! Check out the sewing prizes here.

#makeyourstash – Between March and May, join Kate (@timetosew) and Pilar (@pilar_bear) for a sustainable sewing party on Instagram! They will be buying nothing and sewing from their stash. To join in, turn something that’s been in your stash for more than 6 months into something you’ll love to wear. Take a photo, tag Kate and Pilar and use the hashtag #makeyourstash. There are pattern prizes up for grabs each month from like minded pattern designers.

Do You Use Sewing for Self-care? Laura from Sew For Victory is creating a space for anyone who is interested to share their account, in their own words, of their experience with sewing and self-care. Whatever sewing has provided you, if it has helped you to tend to yourself and your needs, Laura really want to hear from you.

Who We Are: Sewing and mental health. The Sewcialists are sharing stories about sewing and mental health.

Sewing Makes You Love Yourself – A new challenge for 2018, #SMYLY2018 is organised by Athina, Hattie and Lisa. The idea is to sew a garment that makes you feel great and to tell your story about how sewing has changed your life. Find out all the ways you can share here.

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Coffee and Cocktails is organised by Elizabeth Made This! The day and night dress challenge will have 2 parts: 1. A blogger/vlogger portion and a community challenge with prizes.

The Ready-To-Wear Fast 2018: organised by Sarah from Goodbye Valentino blog, this pledge commits you to not buying and ready-to-wear clothes in 2018! Find out more here and join the conversation about this in the forum.

2018 Secret Valentine Exchange (now closed): Follow this non-traditional Valentine’s handmade event on Instagram with hashtag #2018sve and take part by signing up to the exchange. It’s based on the Scandinavian Secret Santa tradition called Julklapp. Now closed for this year, check back again next year to take part.

2018 Dress Like Your Grandma! A vintage sewing pattern challenge, follow hashtag #dresslikeyourgrandma

#soiselflesssewing – Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It is dedicating her makes for April to others. She will be sewing for her family instead. Join in!

2018 – This is your chance to design and make a showstopping stage costume for Gabby Young (Gabberdashery blog) for her upcoming music tour, photoshoots and videos! Find all the details here.

#sewingleftovers is a challenge which aims to put meaningful use to the bits of fabric leftover at the end of a project and hopefully create a more cohesive wardrobe along the way (challenging waste, lay plans and fabric requirements in the process too)! There are no prizes, pressures or time constraints, this is purely a personal challenge. Members of the sewing community are welcome to get involved by sewing their own leftovers at their own pace! You can follow the hashtag #sewingleftovers on Instagram for inspiration and use it to share your own ideas and makes, with regular round ups and inspiration posts, Find out more here.


We set up this hashtag a few months ago and you guys love using it! If you see an outfit on TV, in a movie, magazine or on Pinterest, for example, but can’t find a pattern like it, fear not! You can share a picture of it with us on Instagram and we will suggest sewing patterns that are as similar as possible. Just use the #findmypattern and leave the rest up to us!


This is fantastic if you want to have a look at what other people have made and get inspired. It’s being used really regulary and always ahs lots of new stuff to search.


This is not sewing specicifc but always has lots of interesting things to look at the the making community.


Created by possibly the nicest person you could ever meet, Allison Sadler, #makeitsewcial is a hashtag to share your creative projects on Mondays. The aim is to kickstart your creativity for the rest of the week. With over 33K images shared, there is loads of creative inspiration to be had. Post your latest project, fabric purchase or share a tip on Instagram with the hashtag #makeitsewcial


This is one of the most used hashtags by sewers, with over 44K images shared on Instagram. It’s a great way to share what you’ve recently made with the sewing community and see what everyone else has been up to! It’s also the best hashtag to use for sewing advice on any stitchy problems you might be having. Share your image or post your questions on social media using the hashtag #sewcialists.


If you like being creative with sewing and hand stitching, share your makes with #feelingstitchyig and blogger Amy Byrne will pick her favourites and share them on a Friday as part of Feeling Stitchy’s Friday Finds. It’s a great way to get your products noticed by a stitchy audience.

#SewMyStyle 2018 – following on from a successful year last year this challenge is back. In each month of 2018, there will have a specific pattern that is featured. The aim of the challenge is to end the year with a lovely capsule wardrobe of handmade clothes.

Sewing the Seventies: It is a sewing and knitting challenge to make clothing inspired by the fashions of the seventies in February and March.