Why have monthly challenges? To increase our sewing productivity and creativity! With the added bonus of building an online, collaborative sewing community where we can all be inspired by and learn from others, and make new sewing buddies all around the world. And have a heck of a lot of sewing fun too!
Sewing challenges encourage people to get a bit more creative with their sewing by giving them a different starting point. Rather than looking at your stack of patterns and/or fabric and wondering what to make next, having a challenge will help you narrow down your sewing choices and save you from drowning in an avalanche of sewing stash. (Or maybe it’s just me that’s at risk of death-by-fabric-avalanche? Hmmm….)
Having a deadline to share your creations with an online community helps to encourage productivity – after all, there’s nothing like a bit of show-and-tell, right? 😉
How does it work?
Each month there’s a different theme to sew along to. These are announced at the start of the previous month, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan ahead what you want to make. You can read more about the challenges over here.
There are two community spaces for The Monthly Stitch – the blog/website, and the Facebook group. The blog is a place for everyone to share what they’ve made for the monthly challenges. The Facebook page is a place to talk about your plans and inspirations, ask questions, and discuss sewing tips and tricks.
We’d love to invite you all to sew along with us here at The Monthly Stitch. You don’t need to take part in every challenge – just choose the ones that inspire you. Want to join our group? Find out all you need to know over here.
The editors (and how to contact us)
Curious about who’s making the challenge buttons, managing the site and the Facebook group, and answering all of your questions?
The resident design guru, Mel makes the buttons for the monthly challenges, adds people to the blog and the Facebook group, writes challenge announcement posts, and runs the polls for the community to vote on which challenge to do next.
A customer experience geek in ‘real life’, Kat is online most days, answering questions on the Facebook group, approving requests to join, writing inspiration posts for monthly challenges, and coming up with tips and tricks for how to do things like write a great Monthly Stitch post.
You can find out more about us over on the Collective page, as well as find out who all of The Monthly Stitch contributors are.
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