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!
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.
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.
#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. Find out more and sign up 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
2018: Sewing the Seventies: It is a sewing and knitting challenge to make clothing inspired by the fashions of the seventies in February and March.
#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.
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.
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
The first week of January is #FightFastFashion with Ethical Consumer magazine. Avoid the January sales and instead share the clothes you love the most on Instagram.
The Refashioners 2017 – The theme this year is Suits You. There will be a month long of blogger inspiration and a community challenge too, find out more here and use the hashtags #suitsyou #therefashioners2017
The Wardrobe Builder – The #WardrobeBuilder will be running throughout 2017 and is a way of creating a balanced and wearable collection that suits your personal style. It is organised by Laura from The Petite Passions blog and you can find out the full details here. You will plan to make one garment a month, over the course of one year, building up a handmade collection of wardrobe essentials. Here is a list of the pattern types for each month and January’s link up and inspiration post from Laura on making Jumpers and Sweaters.
#SewTogetherForSummer – Instagram sewing challenge until 21st June 2017. Sew a shirt dress and share your makes on Instagram. Find out all the details here.
#MonetaParty – Organised by The Triple Stitchers (a.k.a Elle from Sew Positivity, Rach from Rach Against the Sewing Machine and Abigail from Sew Abigail), this year there will be a #MonetaParty. So how does it work? Well it’s a party on Instagram and all you need to do is post a picture of your handmade Colette Patterns Moneta dress. There will be loads of prizes from lots of businesses and the chance to win a Sprout Patterns Moneta dress!
#SewingCommunityGives – Erin from sewing blog Seamstress Erin launches a community sewing campaign today to bring the sewing community together and make a positive change in the world. The idea is to pledge to support a local charity or cause during this week (16th – 22nd January), either with your time or raising funds and in turn making the world a better place. Although Erin is based in America, anyone around the world can take part. Also in support of this great idea, over 25 independent designers (including us) have given PDF pattern prizes and 5 sewists can win a pattern bundle! Head over to Erin’s post to find out more and some suggestions of charities you can support.
One Week One Pattern 2017 – Using hashtag #OWOP17, this year Sewisfaction is organising this sewing challenge. Using one pattern, make a different version of the pattern for each day of the week. Use any pattern you like! 25th November – 1st December 2017. Sign up here.
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.
BpSewvember 2017 – A month long photo a day challenge in November. Share your favourite sewing things with @BimbleandPimble
MIY March 2017 – Month long Instagram sewing challenge to share themed makes and sewing haberdashery and fabric.
Me Made May 2017 – It’s the 8th year of #MMMay17 ! A global hashtag to encourage you to wear your handmade clothes and refashion items in your wardrobe to give them a new lease of life.
Vintage Pledge 2017 – Starting in 2014, #VintagePledge encourages you to sew with your vintage patterns and use them more regularly. Over 200 people joined in 2016 making nearly 400 garments! Read more and make your Vintage Pledge 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
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
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