April 2019 Maker Challenges

Blurry bokeh background with text overlay April 2019 maker challenges and prompts,

Blurry bokeh background with text overlay April 2019 maker challenges and prompts,

The continually updated master list of all the maker challenges is always up in the menu bar. But if you want the list for just April’s challenges, here you go! This also includes challenges that are ongoing and those ending this month that may have started earlier in the year.

As always, if you know of more please leave a comment below or send an email.

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April 2019 Challenges

#12patternsplus2019: a monthly challenge to sew the same pattern as the rest of the community and reveal the garments on the same day. Join the Facebook group for more info. April’s pattern is the Athina Kakou Kimberly dress.

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. April’s are:

  • mend something
  • sew something from a paper pattern
  • sew a bathing suit/undergarment
  • sew a v neck
  • sew your newest fabric

#100DaysProject: an annual event to encourage everyone to choose an action they can perform for 100 days. 2019 details haven’t yet been announced.

#BlazerofGlory: join Closet Case Patterns in making the #JaskiaBlazer over an 8-week timeline with weekly prizes. Follow @closetcase.patterns for the weekly prompts.

Fashion Revolution Week 2019: taking place Monday 22nd April to Sunday 28th April. Follow @fash_rev for details.

#HOCBreakTheRules: @houseofcurves hosts monthly challenges that break the “rules” of what curvy bodies “should” wear. April’s theme is color. Follow @twinkletoesandco for more details.

#LetsSewThisTogether: @havingsewmuchfun and @makerheart are planning to organize a sewing swap.

#MAGAMSewalong: with a year-long capsule theme for 2019, there is also a monthly theme. April’s theme is Foolproof.

#MakeYourStash: 3-month challenge to use the older (possibly neglected) fabrics in your stash, with prizes from various sponsors. Follow @timetosew and @pilar_bear for sustainability-inspired prompts every Monday through June 2019.

#SewApril2019: 30 days of sewing prompts, and the most popular posts will be reposted on @Sewing_and_Design_School’s feed of over 200k followers (plus prizes)

#SewingAnimalApril: sew a garment using animal-themed fabric (either animal print or with animals on it) and use hashtags using the hashtags #sewinganimalapril and #sewingpatternsandprints and tag @voiceofacreative, @sewn_on_the_tyne, and @purplesewingcloud for prizes. Ends April 30.

#SewingChallenge2019: a monthly theme prompt. April’s theme is draft your own. Join the Facebook group for more info.

#SewMyStyle2019: each month brings a new theme and potential sponsor prizes. April’s theme is trousers featuring Alina Sewing & Design Co Chi-town Chinos and Wardrobe by Me Hepburn Pants. Join the Facebook group for more info.

#SewThatPatternNow: find your neglected patterns and make them already! Tag @coffeeandthread@sewitcurly and @e_shimokawa with the hashtag to win prizes. Runs through April 2019.

#SewYourView: a monthly sew along, for April the pattern is the Style Sew Me Erin Dress. Pick your view and follow along with @stylesewmepatterns.

Shirt and Shirtdress Sewalong: a Facebook-only contest, there are very tight definitions of what constitutes a shirt or shirt dress. Submissions must be posted in the Facebook album. Join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests Facebook group to see full details. Ends April 30.

#SOISelflessSewing: Sew Over It‘s annual month of sewing for others. Weekly themes and info on their blog.

#TMSSmallThings: The Monthly Stitch’s April challenge is to make undergarments. Tag #themonthlystitch & #TMSsmallthings on Instagram for a chance to win a free pattern from Emerald Erin.


#30DaysofCreativePractice: artist Wendy BrightBill’s free 30-day course to enhance your creativity. Join anytime.

#30WearsChallenge: an ongoing prompt to make you think about the next thing you make. Will it receive 30 wears? Start anytime.

#31x31Challenge: a twist on the popular 10×10 capsule wardrobe exercises.  Join in anytime.

#BurdaChallenge2019: the fun continues in 2019, set your own goals for using Burda patterns and join all year.

#BurdaStylePlus: if you use a plus-size BurdaStyle pattern, use this new hashtag!

Comment4Comment Challenge: not a hashtag challenge, but an effort to connect with other writers across the blogosphere. Find more bloggers and info at Elgee Writes.

#DressLikeaCrayon: a twist on monochromatic outfits, this idea from @whatkatiesews is to wear the same color from head to toe

#HandmadeHappyDance: started by @amynicolestudio to encourage makers to don their favorite handmade garment while dancing to their favorite song. Join on Instagram anytime.

#LetsDiscuss2019: for the book bloggers, to engage in lively debates all year long

#MakeNine: a low-key year-long prompt to encourage the making of garments (sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc), using either this or #2019MakeNine. Join anytime.

#PoseLikeTheModel: born out of @annachristinasews feelings “about how ridiculous it is that I can’t find patterns with a realistic variety of models,” this draws attention to the very real lack of diversity on pattern models in terms of size, age, and skin color.

#SewingLeftovers: a gentle nudge to encourage sustainability in fabric waste. Check out @shaunimagnifique‘s post on The Magnificent Thread. Join anytime.

#ShowMeYourMachine: a fun hashtag started by @lovetosew.podcast to show off your sewing machine

#TheYearofSlowSewing: Amy Nicole’s year-long project to be more intentional in her making. Join her newsletter for more info.

#UseNine2019: another year-long prompt to encourage you to use up 9 stash fabrics.  Join anytime.

Ending Soon

#ColourInThirds: sew a garment using @tessutifabrics‘s newest Japanese polyester crepe de chine currently 50% off and win a chance at cash and prizes. Note the spelling! Contest closes midnight AEST April 14 (time zone converter for non-Australians).

#SewBibs: post any bibs, dungarees, overalls, pinafores that you make between March 1 and April 12. Follow @terridodds1, @cookinandcraftin, @jessamyb, and @heidi_handmadefrenzy for giveaways. Ends April 12.

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