FAQ/Guidelines

What is The Monthly Stitch?

The Monthly Stitch was started in July 2013 by KatMel and Juliet. Each month we post a new challenge theme and encourage participants all over the world to sew one or more items in that theme and share it here on The Monthly Stitch Blog.

Read more about The Monthly Stitch on our About page.

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How do I sign up?

Join us as part of The Monthly Stitch Collective!  Whether you already have your own blog or not, wherever you are in the world, we’d love to have you join the monthly sewing challenges.

The Monthly Stitch Blog is a great opportunity for non-blogging sewists who want to share their creations with the online sewing community but are not sure if they are ready to maintain their own personal blog.

If you’d like to be a part of The Monthly Stitch and post to our blog please use the contact form below.

After you request to sign up you should receive two emails – one from us welcoming you to the collective with a few tips, and a second email from WordPress.com with the invitation link. You need to click this link and follow the instructions to complete your sign up. I fyou have any trouble or do not receive these emails please contact us again through the contact form 🙂

Read on below for tips on how to post.

How do I write a post?

The Monthly Stitch is a WordPress blog.  For new WordPress users, the WordPress toolbar and dashboard can seem a bit daunting but with our help we’ll get your posting in no time. Please click here for a quick tutorial on how to get you started writing your first post.

Unsure of what to write about? Here are some tips on what to include in your post.

If you have your own blog too you can easily copy your post across, further down we explain how.

Feel free to link back to your own blog but please still include details and images of your make, rather than just a link to your original post.

What can I post on The Monthly Stitch?

We’d love to see what you’ve made for the current theme! (You can find out what the current and upcoming themes are over here.) Show off what you made for the current challenge, tell us about it, show us photos!

Posts are only for completed creations though – please don’t post any work in progress posts, or anything to do with advertising.

We don’t have advertising on The Monthly Stitch. You’ll see occasional posts about patterns, designers or stores – these are only able to be posted by the editors so that we can be super careful about making sure all posts are valuable to the Monthly Stitch community. (I.e. behind-the-scenes interviews with sponsors who have donated prizes for the Monthly Stitch community.)

How do I post images?

As an Author on The Monthly Stitch you are to able to upload images directly to the blog. We have a limited amount of free server space so we ask that you only upload one image for your post as the “feature image” and all other images in your post should be inserted using the image URL/HTML code from a photo sharing site such as Photobucket, Pinterest, Flickr, Picasa, etc.  The image you upload as a feature image must be no bigger than 500 pixels across it’s largest dimension.  There’s a quick tutorial on how to resize images here.

To learn how to upload a single feature image (which will automatically appear at the top of your post and on the tiles home page) please click here. Feature images should be 440 pixels wide and 300 pixels high so that they display nicely without distorting.

To learn how to insert more images to your post using URL codes please click here. Your inserted images should be a 500 pixels across at their largest dimension, read the tutorial for how to do this.

We also have a quick tutorial on using PicMonkey (which is free!) for editing your images, check it out here.

Published posts that do not meet the image guidelines above will be removed by the Administrators and you will be asked to resubmit the post using these guidelines.

When should I post my completed challenge, what are the deadlines?

Ideally we’d love you to post the current challenge during that month. For example, if the March challenge is “green fabric” then try and post your “green fabric” make during March. However we know that things don’t always work out as planned and don’t mind if you post during the first week of the following month, you might sneak in a bit later occasionally too 😉 Just make sure you add your post to the right category.

Every December is “Amnesty Month” when you can post your very late completed makes or chose to try any other challenge from the past that you might have missed out on. Make sure you add your post to the correct past category and also tag it “Amnesty Month”.

I’ve already written a post on my personal Blogger/Wordpress blog, can I just copy that post to The Monthly Stitch?

Absolutely!

WordPress blogs: Edit your personal blog post on WordPress, click on the “text” tab and copy the entire code from that page. Now start a new post on The Monthly Stitch and paste the code into the “text” tab. Now you can click onto the “visual” tab or preview the post to check it has copied correctly. Feel free to change the title, any images, links or text before publishing. You still need to upload your feature image and don’t forget to click the right category for the challenge you are posting.

Blogger blogs:  Edit your personal blog post on Blogger, copy your entire post from the “compose” tab. Now start a new post on The Monthly Stitch and paste the code into the “text” tab. Now you can click onto the “visual” tab or preview the post to check it has copied correctly. Feel free to change the title, any images, links or text before publishing. You still need to upload your feature image and don’t forget to click the right category for the challenge you are posting.

Where can I get a badge for my personal blog?

Here! 🙂

How can we interact and discuss the challenges/share our WIPs? 

We have a Facebook Group Page! Click on through and request to join, we look forward to some great discussions and amazing WIP photos!

Share your instagram pics with #TheMonthlyStitch and look out for theme specific hash-tags on the challenge pages/buttons.

Can I suggest a theme for The Monthly Stitch?

Of course you can! Use the form below to suggest a theme. We have a lot of theme ideas but we’d love to incorporate a few from our readers/participants.

New sign ups: Please keep in mind that we process your sign ups manually, this means it can take up to 48 hours to receive your email with sign up link. You must click this link to activate your privileges.

Last page update: 18.06.2015 by thecuriouskiwi

3 thoughts on “FAQ/Guidelines

  1. Hi ladies, I just wanted to apologize for a posting mix-up with my blog!! I accidentally posted here instead of on mine (also a wordpress blog). I deleted it immediately but if it caused any problems I am so sorry! Oh, technology….

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  2. How fun to have a place where I can get encouraged to keep up my sewing in a consistent manner. A wardrobe doesn’t make itself and having friends to sew “with” and a place to encourage and be encouraged is wonderful. Thank you.

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