Announcing the First Challenge of 2018!

Hi Monthly Stitchers! It’s almost 2018 and for some of you that means it’s time to start setting some New Year’s Resolutions.

According to the internet (which we know is never wrong…) only 8% of people actually manage to keep their New Year’s Resolutions 😮

But don’t you worry because The Monthly Stitch is here to help!

In January we’re challenging you to use your fabulous sewing skills to stay on track, yay!

Need some ideas? You’ve come to the right place – Here at TMS Headquarters Nikki and I have been hard at work analysing the most common New Year’s Resolutions and scheming some sewing suggestions to help you achieve them.

  • Healthier lifestyle – Make yourself some fabulous new active wear and a funky gym bag to keep it in.
  • Learn a new skill/hobby – There’s always a new sewing skill to learn or try: Quilting, smocking, zippers, make a garment you’ve never made before (pants, a coat, a bra!)…or teach someone else to sew.
  • Give more to charity – Ask your local charity what items they need and sew some love for them: Warm baby or children’s clothes, cloth nappies, soft toys, blankets.
  • Be more environmentally aware – Make some cloth grocery or produce bags. Sew with ethically sourced fabrics. Repair and reinvent old clothes instead of throwing them away.
  • Spend less time on Facebook/watching TV – That’s easy, just sew more! Then come and tell us what you’re sewing on our Facebook page 😉

What New Year’s Resolutions are you planning to make? How will you be sewing your way to success this January?

12 thoughts on “Announcing the First Challenge of 2018!

  1. My resolution is to drink more IPAs so I can learn to enjoy them 🙂 But my reSEWlution is to sew as much as possible and blog all my makes! Over on my blog I’ll have a post this week about what exactly I plan to do for January. If I can pull it all off, I’ll consider that a fulfilled reSEWlution!


  2. My husband has really embraced minimalism this past year, and I’m trying to be supportive. So I’m going to try to sew from my stash and repurpose older garments as much as is possible this year, so my stash takes up less space. (The main exception is that I need a new swimsuit, and I don’t have any suitable fabric.) For myself, I just want to sew more consistently, having young kids makes it hard!


  3. I will be trying to stash bush – not that the stash is huge, compared to some, but it is taking up too much space. I also need to do some repairs / alterations – I never seem to get around to these, how can I make repairing more exciting?


  4. I’ve joined two groups asking to make items. One is for women who had a breast surgeon for cancer. The other one is for people with few financial resources to make baby outfits. So I’ll make a few things for charity.


  5. Whoot! Love this … I need to go on a stash diet and I want to make more reusable shopping bags (our selection is pretty random at the moment!) so plenty of things I can do. Now I need to post my Dec speedy makes!

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  6. Just found your site today. That list looks pretty long but fun. Last year I decided to teach myself how to sew but didn’t do much. This year I’m gonna stop wasting time and get sewing. I’m glad I found this site because it will definitely keep me on track and motivated.

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  7. My resolution is to sew more and get some projects finished for the challenges & contests I sign up for — I’ve missed the deadline for most of the last few months’ challenges here so will be sewing up some of the things I missed the first time around 😉

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  8. I’ve signed up for the RTW Fast throughout 2018 (set up by “Goodbye Valentino” the blog created by Sarah Gunn), furthermore I will be “fasting” fabric and pattern buying since my stash has become crazily unwieldy 🙂 So 2018 will be a year of no garment purchasing either RTW or fabric or patterns. I know this is a tall order but I feel this will be what breaks some of my “accumulating” bad habits 🙂 If I’m successful in meeting this challenge in 2018, then I’m hopeful to carrying it on throughout 2019.

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