We have decided to close out 2018 with a challenge that a lot of you were probably thinking about taking on anyway: with the gift-giving holiday season upon us, what better time for an Un-selfish Sewing challnge?
People who marke garments for other people without getting paid for it are an absolute enigma to me, personally. I have waaaaay too many idea for things I want to make for myself to make time for unpaid un-selfish sewing! So maybe this is just the challenge I need to motivate me to make those matching father/daughter plaid wool shirts I promised my partner & our daughter?
Maybe you require a similar push to get those gift ideas out of your sewing room & in the hands of your grateful recipients. Or maybe sewing for friends & family is second nature to you! Either way, your challenge this month is to sew something (preferably a garment, but we’re not picky) for someone other than yourself & share it with the Monthly Stitch community here on the blog.
As if basking in the satisfying glow of being generous with your sewing wasn’t reward enough, December’s challenge is being sponsored by Seen & Sewn Patterns! All eligible entries posted on the blog by 11:59pm on December 31 will be entered into a drawing & one lucky winner will win two free Seen & Sewn Patterns! They are also offering a special discount code to our community: enter the code “Monthlystitch18” at check-out for 25% off throughout the month of December! Do you need some un-selfish sewing inspiration? I got you covered!
- Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns made some fantastic jeans for her boyfriend!
- Denise (pimp_slapped on Insta) just launched The People’s Sewing Army, which is a creative way to use up scraps & sew for others at the same time!
- Catherine from Thread Snips blog sewed a coat for a friend when she realized the style didn’t quite suit her own needs/style!
- Anya converted RTW jeans into maternity jeans for a pregnant friend!
- Andie from Sew Pretty in Pink has sewn costume pieces for members of her improv group!
- Sewing for kids is always fun. Look at these teeny little jeans that Sweet Alchemy made for her son!
- Not a garment, but I made a doll for my daughter last year.
These are just a few ideas of MANY! Get creative & think about how you can use your sewing skills for the benefit of others this month!
Also, a big congratulations to contributer Celine, who won November’s sponsored prize, a free account from MyBodyModel, for her post “A slow make”. Yay! Just a reminder that prize winners are selected at random by an online random number generator, & all eligible entries for a given month are entered. All you have to do is sew to the theme & post about it here at the Monthly Stitch before the month is over!