Sewing challenges

There’s always sewing challenges and swaps popping up all over the place on the sewing-related internet. Want to know what’s coming up, or going on at the moment? Here’s a list of everything I know about.

(Got a challenge or swap or meetup or the like happening that’s not on the list? Email me (macska at gmail dot com) or comment below and let me know about it so I can add it!)


  • The seventh Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge, Tops and Toes, is due on April 15.
  • Ooh la la!! It’s the first Sexy Sew Along! Happening from March 9 – April 14, it’s time to add a bit of spice to your me-made wardrobe!
  • The April challenge over on The Monthly Stitch is Sewing Double – all about using a pattern twice, or for the second time. (Seeing double / sewing double – get it? ;-) )
  • Time to get all inspired by movies! Or one movie in particular – The Notebook. There’s a The Notebook sewalong happening during March and April. Your challenge: watch the movie and sew something inspired by it!
  • 2 April is kick-off day for the sewalong for the new Flora dress from the By Hand London team.
  • Got a bunch of gorgeous vintage sewing patterns? Now’s the time to use them! The Vintage Sewing Patterns Pledge runs all year – sign up and commit to making up some of those vintage beauties.
  • Speaking of fabulous things, have you seen the Sew Dolly Clackett sew along? In celebration of Roisin’s upcoming wedding, make a dress inspired by her creations. Heck, there’s even some prizes to be won! Running until 23 April.
  • And for something to wear under your dresses, there’s a slip sewalong happening from 1 April.
  • It’s time for the second annual Sew For Victory! Running from 15 March to 30 April, get involved by sewing up anything 1940′s.


  • It’s time for the next round of Project Sewn! With a challenge a week over four weeks, here’s the themes if you’re keen to sew along and take part in the reader competition:
    • Week #1 (May 5th): The Leading Ladies Challenge—make a look inspired by a leading lady from the movies. (This doesn’t mean it has to be an exact replica, although it can be, but it only needs to be “inspired” by your feature film leading lady!)
    • Week #2 (May 12th): Floral Frenzy Challenge–florals are all the rage this spring, so make an outfit that is inspired by this Spring trend.
    • Week #3 (May 19th): Going Global Challenge—make an outfit inspired by a country. (Again, there is no need to make a native costume…it can be a look inspired by the look, feel, culture, food, architecture, etc. from the country of your choice.)
    • Week #4 (May 26th): Signature Style Week—make an outfit that is all your personal signature style. (Showcase your style, your strengths, and your personal sewing preferences.)
  • The May challenge over at The Monthly Stitch is Sew Stretchy! Time to get your knit-fabric sew-on happening, folks.
  • Got a bunch of gorgeous vintage sewing patterns? Now’s the time to use them! The Vintage Sewing Patterns Pledge runs all year – sign up and commit to making up some of those vintage beauties.

44 responses to “Sewing challenges

  1. Thanks for compiling this list Kat, it will be hard to work out which great sew alongs not to get involved with! I can see I’m going to be able to stay busy even without Sew Weekly this year.

    I’ve got two happening this year – one for March, a David Bowie inspired sew along, and in November a few of us will be combining forces to do a Doctor Who sew along to mark the show’s 50th anniversary, but details on the later are to come. I’ve just posted a teaser about the Bowie one:

  2. Oh wow, this is very helpful! I participated in Jungle January (so fun!) and I see some of the other buttons on people’s blogs and wonder how they knew about them. Thanks for posting!

    • You’re welcome! :-) I just started putting this list together a few days ago, so I’m probably missing a few things….. I’ll be updating it every time I spot a new challenge / meet up / swap / etc.

  3. Thank you Kat for compiling all these challenges…. I guess I better get in gear and tackle some of them!!! see ya at them!

    • You’re welcome! I was finding it so hard to keep track of what was coming up, I figured other people were likely to have the same issue. ;-)

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  5. What a great idea to compile all these challenges! I love it!!!

    • Thanks! :-) Hope your sewalong is going well! I was very tempted to join in, but not enough time. :-( Hopefully I’ll be able to join in the next one!

  6. Thank you for the mention to my copy cat challenge on your blog! This is wonderful, your a great help for putting this together. Looking forward to checking out all the other challenges.

    • You’re welcome! :-)

      It’s amazing how many fabulous challenges there are out there this year – so much sewing fun to be had!

  7. There is also the Celebrate the Boy challenge taking place this week and next : and Sew in Tune which ends March 4

  8. One more: Sewing for men which also ends this week:

  9. And Kids Clothes Week Challenge (kcwc) will take place at the end of April.

  10. Hi Kat, another for the list, Miss Crayola Creepy is running a Great Gatsby Sew Along in May:

  11. Thank you so much for the shout out for the spring clean your Sewing Space challenge over on my blog :D this made my day.
    What a brilliant way of keeping track of all the sewalongs and challenges. this will certainly come in useful

  12. Hi Kat, just been thinking – this is a great resource for sewists – you should make a button for it, to link back to this list and get people to add it to their blogs….like Vicki Muise did with her Mapping the Sewcialists map.

    • Oh, that’s a brilliant idea! Thanks Tempest!! :-) I’ll see what I can come up with and get one made in the next few days.

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  14. I have started such list but yours is much better – more events. Thanks! I will check the challenges :-)

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  16. What a great list! Thanks for this… I love that Selfish Sewing week falls on my birthday… I may have to participate in that one! Oh, and the Vintage pattern month… better start planning! ~Laurie

  17. Hi! I just came across a sewalong on this blog of a very talented lady from Serbia: Nougat dress
    It’s an exclusively beautiful dress, but way too complicated for me.. :)

  18. The Stashbusting Sewalong challenges for the next couple months are:
    November – The Charity Challenge
    December – Gifts for You and Gifts for Me!

    There is also a Purse Palooza 2013 that runs until November 11.

  19. Thanks for the mention Kat!

  20. The Sewcialists are also doing a Grunge Sew-along until the middle of December I believe:

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  22. What a great list! Thanks for adding the shift dress sew along to the list!

  23. Do you know Project Sewn? It is an awesome sewing challenge and sew-along! It will take place in February, one theme per week. You can check it here: :)

    • Oooh, thank you, I’d forgotten about that one!! :-) (Sorry for the late reply – had no laptop for a couple of weeks. :-(

  24. We are hosting a sewing contest over at, and we’d love it if you add it to your April list. In fact, why don’t you join the fun?

  25. what a great list Kat! Thanks for the Auckland Meet Up mention :-)

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