Sewing Challenges and hashtags to follow

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


2017 Make Nine – This has been thought up by @Rochelle_new on Instagram where you post the patterns you plan to make in 2017. Follow along with the hastag #2017makenine and see what everyone is planning to make.

#SewTogetherForSummer – Instagram sewing challenge until 21st June 2017. Sew a shirt dress and share your makes on Instagram. Find out all the details here.


Me Made May – Quite possibly the most well known sewing challenge and has sewers participating all over the world. At the start of May you pledge to wear only your handmade clothes for the whole of May (or one handmade item every day, for example). You can also use it as an opportunity to tackle those UFOs! Zoe Edwards, who started the Me Made May movement to help sewers reconnect with their handmade wardrobe. You can join in with other sewers taking part using the hashtag #MMMAY16. If you want to carry on with Me Made May, you can follow the hashtag #memadeeveryday.


Vintage Pledge – organised by Marie (A Stitching Odyssey) and Kerry (Kestrel Makes), Vintage Pledge encourages you to dust off the covers of those vintage patterns and actually use them! You can pledge here and post your makes on social media using the #vintagepledge. Any pattern printed before 1990 can be included and the challenge runs for the whole year. There are also lots of prizes to be won in July and a round up of the most inspiring makes at the end of the year


The Refashioners – created by Portia Laurie from Makery blog, the Refashioners challenges bloggers and indie designers to refashion a garment to inspire sewers to give it a go themselves. There are many benefits to recycling your old clothes and giving them a new lease of life. Check out all the refashioners taking part this year, including us! #therefashioners2016

Kid’s Clothing Week – challenges you to commit to sewing clothes for your kids for one hour a day for seven days. The challenge happens four times a year in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

MIY March 2107 – Month long Instagram sewing challenge to share themed makes and sewing haberdashery and fabric.


BPSewvember – created by Bimble and Pimble on Instagram, each November this sewing photo a day challenge runs for the whole month. Share your themed photos with #bpsewvember and @bimbleandpimble


#LocalWoollenCoatSAL – An initiative by Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet is encouraging you to sew a coat from local-to-you wool fabric to promote to use of locally produced fabrics in the sewing community.


One Week One Pattern – created by Hannah at Cinderellis Sews. OWOP is a group sewing challenge, where participants wear variations of one pattern every day for a week. Celebrate the patterns you love the most and inspire others with all the variations and fabric options! Sign up here and use #OWOP16


#1year1outfit – One Year One Outfit is a challenge to make a locally sourced outfit in a year.

Sew Photo Hop – 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. There are also prizes! #sewphotoshop runs for a month and covers lots of creative themes.

Dressmakers 52 – started by Emma Miles, founder of Dressmakers Social in Brighton, UK. This is a year long project which gives sewers a theme every Sunday to post a picture. The theme is written on a playing card and shared on social media with #dressmakers52.

Simplicity Sewing Challenge – Simplicity are on the hunt for the UK’s most creative stitchers. You can request a pattern for free to make from the challenge collection. Share your make on social media with #SimplicitySewingChallenge.

MIYMarch16 – a month long social media photo challenge organised by Wendy Ward from MIY Collection. Sewers can post images inspired by daily themes and there are prizes to be won. Use hashtag #MIYMarch16



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


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 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.


This is all about selfless sewing, making for others and the joy of giving. To take part, pick two friends and make them something, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Share your creations for your friends on social media with a picture of what you’ve made and ask your friends to do the same with hashtag #make2share