2018 Sewing Challenges and Prompts

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sewing challenges 2018

Looking for sewing inspiration? Below is an ongoing list of 2018 sewing challenges and prompts within the online sewing community. All of these provide a great way to connect with the community and expand your skills.

I’ll update the list as I learn more!

Update Jan 9: now alphabetized irrespective of hashtag

CONTESTS (with sponsors and/or prizes)


PROMPTS (unsponsored challenges)

  • #2018MakeNine: “a gentle challenge for makers” was originally the brainchild of Rochelle New from Lucky Lucille and encourages a plan for 9 total garments a year, of your own choosing.
  • #2018SewingChallenge: created by Rachel Chilcott of Bunyip Crafts to improve her sewing skills! Anyone can join the Facebook group and follow along with the monthly prompts.
  • #2018TakeNine: “a gentle photo challenge for makers” is another work-at-your-own-pace prompt-based challenge also from Rochelle, but with a twist. Check out her blog post for more info.
  • #2018UseNine: an attempt to reduce your fabric stash, the concept is similar to #2018MakeNine but using the fabrics in your own stash. Play along on Instagram.
  • 365 Days of Sewing: Ciara is attempting to sew every day for the entire year and encourages you to join her!
  • #burdachallenge2018: a synergistic “no pressure” exercise led by Hila of Saturday Night Stitch to concentrate on BurdaStyle patterns
  • #bpsewvember: a daily Instagram prompt hosted by Amanda of Bimble & Pimble that takes place in November. More info and a review of the last four years on her blog.
  • Chambray Blues Sew Along: Jessica has chosen 12 commercial patterns to create free sew alongs around, with her assistance in making them.
  • #MAGAM Sewalong: stands for Make a Garment a Month and hosted by Sarah Liz on Instagram and Facebook, with a full explanation on her blog.
  • #Project333: an Instagram “journey through your closet” to inspire you to only wear 33 items for 3 whole months.
  • #SewingLeftovers: Shauni of The Magnificent Thread invites sewists to use up their leftover fabrics to build cohesion, reduce waste, or whatever your goal might be!
  • #SigCOTM: my personal monthly signature color challenge inspired by birthstones.
  • Seamless Pledge: similar to the 2018 RTW Fast above, but ongoing and you choose your own timeline. If you missed joining the Goodbye Valentino’s fast, this might be for you! Check out Sew Seamless for more info.
  • #SeptemberSewcial: a daily prompt throughout September to get to know your fellow makers a little better. Check the daily post by @FabricGodmother.
  • #StashShrinker: on a goal to shrink your fabric stash? The SewJourners challenge may be for you. It also comes with a free tool to assist with your endeavors. And dovetails nicely with #2018UseNine above.
  • The Monthly Stitch: monthly themes, only one of which is sponsored (Indie Pattern Month).


Check back next year for these retired contests and prompts.

Retired Contests


Retired Prompts

  • #2018sve: 2018 Secret Valentine Exchange is a lovely idea hosted by Sanae and Ute to “spread love and cheer through handmade goods.” Sign up by Jan 10 to be part of the exchange at Sanae’s blog. 
  • #CashmeretteChallenge: what started as a dare between Gillian (@gilliancrafts) and Jennifer (@weboughtamanor) to only wear Cashmerette patterns through the month of February, is now open to the Instagram community as a whole who can play along by using the hashtag.
  • #GreatBigPatternSwap: post a pic on Instagram of any patterns you’re willing to give away, choose some to receive from others participating, mail your patterns off and make something from your received pattern by August 18.
  • #JustSewJan: a twist on the daily Instagram prompt for January, started by costumer Pauline Loven (@periodwardrobe) and Martha from @jukiclub and doled out in 10 day blocks with extended explanations of their prompts
  • #MakerMarch2018: “a daily [Instagram] photo challenge meant to bring together makers across crafts and across social media platforms” hosted by Sew Altered Style
  • #MarchMeettheMaker: hosted by Joanne Hawker on Instagram, this is for any small business involved in the creative space.
  • Miss Bossy: the April 2018 theme from The Monthly Stitch, requiring your readers to choose either your next project, fabric, or both!
  • #MMMay18: an annual Instagram event started by Zoe Edwards to encourage makers to enjoy their handmade items as possible throughout May. Sign up at Zoe’s blog: Zo So What Do You Know?
  • #OrganizedSewing: a daily Instagram prompt throughout January, brainchild of Seamstress Erin Designs to inspire everyone to start the year off organized.
  • #SewPhotoHop: an annual month long prompt-based Instagram challenge created by Rachel of @HouseofPinheiro. Takes place in September.
  • #SewStripes: the Sewcialists are reprising this fun prompt throughout February, just sew anything with stripes and post on Instagram using this hashtag.
  • #SOISelflessSewing: the gals at Sew Over It are encouraging makers to dedicate April to sew for others this month.
  • #Summer10x10: started by Lee Vosburgh of, this is a challenge is a very flexible approach to a capsule wardrobe. Next round start July 27.
  • #SummerofSelvedgesal: hosted by @OakBlueDesigns on Instagram to encourage makers to use up their fabric edges

If you know of others, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add to the list. These are great for inspiration and making New Year’s ReSEWlutions! If you’re interested in making your own sewing goals for 2018, Helen and Caroline of the Love to Sew podcast have a great episode about this exact topic!

Happy sewing!
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Paulette Erato
Paulette Erato
Feb 27, 2018 9:53 pm

I love this idea!! So creative–and a perfect excuse to read more. I'll add it to the list so others can find it (in case they don't scroll down to the comments) 🙂

Feb 27, 2018 5:46 am

Hi Paulette, This is a great roundup! Lots to join in on, for sure 🙂I am running a variable ongoing challenge on my blog, which will happen a few times a year — it's called The Literary Sewing Circle (hashtag #LiterarySewingCircle) and is essentially a bookclub for sewists. We read a book together & then sew something inspired by it. Runs about 6 weeks, with an additional 3 for project posting. We are just finishing up Read 1 of 2018, but the next will likely be starting in late April. It's an unsponsored, low key sewalong and open to anyone… Read more »

La Karibane
La Karibane
Feb 9, 2018 3:33 pm

Thank you! And obviously, I have nothing against you. Sorry if that came across as so. English isn't my native language. Instead, I am pissed of at Hila of Saturday Night Stitch and at Burdastyle US. This level of brazen intellectual dishonesty is just off-putting. Hila knows what she did. If you look up her name on Pattern Review, you can see her posts on the last 2-3 years of the Burda challenge on that forum. Why can she not have the decency to say "I am doing this challenge I learned about on Pattern Review"? Versus "I invented this… Read more »

Paulette Erato
Paulette Erato
Feb 9, 2018 1:01 am

That was an easy fix, thanks for pointing out the error, La Karibane. May I ask what pisses you off? Is it that I gave her undue credit or that she is receiving exposure?

La Karibane
La Karibane
Feb 9, 2018 12:59 am

I just want to point out that The Burda Challenge 2018 was not "created" by Hila of Saturday Night Stitch but she joined this challenge on Pattern Review and took it to IG (which landed her a deal with I have proof that I posted on both my personal IG and to's announcement page. Please use "lead by" in the name of accuracy and truthfulness. (Yes, it pisses me off!)

Paulette Erato
Paulette Erato
Jan 3, 2018 2:41 pm

Oh that's great!! And so happy you're finally out of the cast and can sew again. It must feel wonderful.

Jan 3, 2018 2:33 pm

I'm doing my own personal challenge (though I certainly encourage others to try it!) that I'm calling 365 Days of Sewing. Pretty self-explanatory: I just try to do something related to sewing every single day for the whole year. My plan is to post a daily photo on IG using the hashtag #365daysofsewing, & to post a weekly update on my blog at