How do I join The Monthly Stitch?
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, as well as for sewists with blogs to share their creations with a wider audience.
If you’d like to be a part of The Monthly Stitch and post to our blog just fill in the short contact form at the bottom of this page.
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. If you have any trouble or do not receive these emails please contact us again through the contact form below 🙂
How do I write a post?
We’ve put together a bunch of tutorials and tips on how to write a great Monthly Stitch post, how to upload images, adding your post to the right challenge category, how to use WordPress, and all sorts of other useful things.
Each month there’s a different challenge to sew along with. The challenges are announced a month ahead of time, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan what you want to make. You can find out more about the challenges, and how they’re chosen, over here.
It’s up to you how many challenges you sew along with – you can sew along with as many or as few as you like. (And if you feel like sewing more than one thing for a challenge, go right ahead!) Once you’ve created something for a monthly challenge, write a post about it for The Monthly Stitch blog so everyone else can see what you’ve made.
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.
The challenge categories are there for you to be inspired by – it’s up to you how you want to interpret them. For example, in the ‘sewing double’ challenge, contributors made two of the same pattern during the same month, re-made a pattern they’d made in the past, made mother-daughter creations, and so on.
What goes where – the blog vs. the Facebook group
There are two parts to The Monthly Stitch – the blog and the Facebook group.
The blog is where you can post your finished creations. To post on the blog, you need to be set up as a contributor. This is super easy to do – just fill out the little form at the end of this page and you’ll get an email from us with all your details and some tips on how to post.
The Facebook group is where you can have conversations about ideas, inspirations, sewing in general, ask questions, all that sort of good community stuff.
To keep it simple – if it’s finished, put it on the blog. Everything else, put it on the Facebook group. 🙂
How do I get added to the Collective page?
Over on the Collective page, you can see all the amazing people who are contributing to The Monthly Stitch. Once you’ve posted your first creation on the blog, you’ll get an email from us asking for some of your details so we can add you to the list of contributors.
We include a thumbnail image (of you or an avatar if you prefer), a link to all your posts on The Monthly Stitch and a link to your own personal blog (if you have one). We also like to include a short ‘about you’ blurb, it doesn’t have to be long and can include anything you like about you or your sewing.
How do I get a button/badge for my blog?
Want to show off on your blog that you’re a contributor to The Monthly Stitch? We’ve made buttons, just for you!
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.