Pink scissors on pink background with grey text overlay that reads 2020 Maker Challenges, a global directory of monthly contest and inspirational challenges for makers and diy-ers, petitefont.com2020 Maker Challenges continues a tradition I started 2 years ago to keep track of all the wonderfully inspiring contests, prompts, and prize-driven challenges I found around the internet.

With a new decade comes even more inspiration! If you have or know of a maker challenge that isn’t listed, leave a comment below so it can be added to the list. This is continuously updated, so check back frequently! Or better yet, subscribe for the monthly reminder directly to your inbox.

A lot of these challenges are Instagram-focused, which is why you’ll see a lot of hashtags on this list (the little pound sign). But if there is a post explaining the challenge or contest in more depth, the link will take you there. Explore, get inspired, and enjoy! I can’t wait to see what you make in 2020.

Want to see what happened in previous years? Check out the archives:


Ongoing/Year-Long

#HandCraftedChallenge: join @woolandwow in a year long crafting challenge. Open to any craft, you make your own pledge to create more and explore new skills. Follow her for inspiration, join her Facebook group, and get the workbook. Make more in 2020!

#KillerKitschSewAlong: join @br0ck_n_r0ll and @killerkitsch13 in making a vintage dress each month in 2020. It’s a dress-a-month-a-long! There’s also a Facebook group. Runs monthly through 2020. (See also #SewADressEachMonth)

#M3MAL2020: the @emtothethird year-long Make Along! Check out her video, and then join her Slack channel and subscribe to her YouTube knitting podcast for all the info.

#MakeNine/MakeNine2020: a gentle self-guided challenge for makers. Choose your own 9 goals for 2020 and follow @makeninechallenge.

#ReadingWomenChallenge: a year-long reading challenge based on 24 prompts from the Reading Women Podcast (@thereadingwomen). There’s also a Goodreads group and forum. Get your prompts here.

#SewADressEachMonth: join @br0ck_n_r0ll and @killerkitsch13 in making a vintage dress each month in 2020. It’s a dress-a-month-a-long! There’s also a Facebook group. Runs monthly through 2020. (See also #KillerKitschSewAlong)

#SewingBingo2020: @patsypoomakes is taking a different approach to #makenine with a bingo card of themes. Join whenever you’d like.

#SlowFashion2020: choose your own sustainable clothing-focused challenge for 2020. Join @frivolousatlast in the fight against fast fashion.

#SewThePrecious: presented by @sewcialists to encourage everyone to use their “special” fabric this year. Runs all year.

#SewSomeFun2020: join @pinkhollybush in a year-long, month by month challenge that also comes with a free poster. Details and prizes available at this blog post. Runs all year.

#SewYourWardrobeBasics: @seaofteal is dedicated to making more basics in 2020 and will post a monthly theme if you’re interested in joining in. Are you a blogger or on Instagram? Add your post to the link party on the 29th of each month. See each month’s listing for the monthly theme.


January

12 Patterns Plus: a monthly “challenge for plus-sized ladies” 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. December’s patterns are open to any pattern from The DIBY Club. Runs until January 20, 2020.

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. January’s themes are:

  • Week 1, Jan 1-5: Organize Your Sewing Space
  • Week 2, Jan 6-12: Sew a WIP/UFO
  • Week 3, Jan 13-19: Sew Something Related to a Healthy Lifestyle/Fitness
  • Week 4, Jan 20-26: Sew Something in Sweater Knit or Swim Fabric
  • Week 5, Jan 27- Feb: 2 Upcycle Something

#BookishBingo: for voracious readers, Bookish First is hosting a January Book Bingo that requires at least 4 books! Download your card and read the rules. Then try to fill a full row by January 31.

#JanuaryJacket2020: an annual self-guided event with @lonestarcouture and @julie_starr to sew a French-inspired jacket. Think Chanel! Check out this post from @goodbyevalentino for great resources. No prize, but it does end January 31 per the hashtag.

#MadeWithWoolContest: hosted by @rylissbod this international contest is a chance to make any garment (knit, sew, crochet, weave) and post to themes throughout January. Ends January 31, 2020.

#Make3In3: sometimes it’s easier to plan in smaller chunks than a whole year out. @craftandthriftshop invites you to join them by only planning your making 3 months at a time. Whatever your craft, follow @craftandthriftshop for more inspiration in 2020.

#MAGAMSewalong: Make A Garment A Month! Tag @suestoney@sewing_in_spain, and @hportemanteau in your posts with the hashtag for your self-makes only (sewing for others is not allowed). January’s theme is Genuine January (#genuinejanuary). Runs through January 31.

#SewFancyPants2020: get ready to sew fancy pants (whatever that means to you)! Follow @nf_merritts@katiekortmanart@thelittlepomegranate@sierraburrell, and @bradschultzdesign for inspiration and read this blog post for more info. Get ready for a dance party at the end of January!

#SewFrosty: help @sakijane populate the hashtag with your best cold-weather makes, hacks and necessities to survive winter. Lasts until the weather turns warm!

#SewJapaneseInJanuary: a community event from @bloglessanna and @craftyjane_makes to sew from Japanese pattern books or use up Japanese fabric in your stash in January. Repeats in July! Runs through January.

#SewSuitUp: hosted by @crumpetsteaandsewing and @andreanaturally to encourage everyone to custom make their own suit. Check out this post for guidelines. Runs until January 31, 2020.

#SewSweaty: in contrast to the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere is currently experiencing summer. Join @maxcalifornia_ in figuring out what to wear and sew during the scorching summer months. Lasts until the seasons change!

#SewTwistsandTies: a casual challenge hosted by @cookinandcraftin. Make a garment with a twist or a tie in it. Runs through Jan 31.

#SewUncoventional: ready to emulate Project Runway and make a garment out of completely unconventional materials? No fabric, ribbons, or yarn allowed and only ONE closure can be used. Think you can do it? Tag @tabithasewer, @lynnwardrobesews, @sewingbloggers and use hashtag #sewunconventional. See this post for more rules and the weekly schedule. Ends Jan 31.

#SewYourBooks: got lots of books full of patterns you still haven’t made? Join @vladivos and @timetosew for some time to focus on just that in January 2020.

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. January’s patterns are the Rad Patterns Kortney Bodysuit and Megan Nieslsen Tania Culottes. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.

#SewYourView: a monthly sewalong, for January the pattern is Simplicity 8532. Pick your view and use hashtag #syvsubmission to be featured as well as #sewyourview to participate. Submit by January 31.

#SewYourWardrobeBasics: @seaofteal is dedicated to making more basics in 2020 and will post a monthly theme if you’re interested in joining in. Are you a blogger or on Instagram? Add your post to the link party on the 29th of each month. January’s theme is denim.

#SummerofBasics2019: for those in the southern hemisphere, enjoy making 3 summer basics in 3 months. Follow @fabricdrop for details. Runs through January 2020.

#SurgeCardiFest: @surgefabricshop is hosting a cardigan contest for their customers through January with 5 different categories. Make any cardi in Surge fabric for a chance to win a $20 store credit. Ends January 31.


February

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. February’s themes are:

  • Week 6, Feb 3-9: Sew Something for the Kitchen
  • Week 7, Feb 10-16: Face Your Sewing Fears
  • Week 8, Feb 17-23: Sew a Toy
  • Week 9, Feb 24- Mar 1: Sew a Free Pattern

#SewcialistsDenim: the @sewcialists have a theme for Febraury: make something out of denim. Maybe jeans? A denim jacket? They will post inspiration, techniques, and more leading to the kickoff. Stay tuned.

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. February’s patterns are the Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket and Cloudsplitter Bags Summit Pack. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


March

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. March’s themes are:

  • Week 10, Mar 2-8: Sew Something to Make Reading Easier
  • Week 11, Mar 9-15: Use a Fabric New to You
  • Week 12, Mar 16-22: Sew Something with Scraps
  • Week 13, Mar 23-29: Sew a Pinspiration
  • Week 14, Mar 30- Apr 5: Sew Something for Travel or Vacation

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. March’s patterns are the Laela Jeyne Willa Vest and Liesl + Co Gelato Dress & Blouse. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


April

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. April’s themes are:

  • Week 15, Apr 6-12: Sew Something with a Challenging Notion
  • Week 16, Apr 13-19: Sew Something Green or Environmentally Friendly
  • Week 17, Apr 20-26: Sew Something Unconventional
  • Week 18, Apr 27- May 3: Sew Something for a Teacher

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. April’s patterns are the Sinclair Patterns Nova Sweatshirt and 5 out of 4 Patterns Redwood Vest. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


May

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. May’s themes are:

  • Week 19,  May 4-10: Sew Something Purple
  • Week 20, May 11-17: Hack or Mash a Pattern
  • Week 21, May 18-24: Sew Something for Storage
  • Week 22, May 25-31: Sew a Bathing Suit or Undergarment

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. May’s patterns are a yet-to-be-released pattern from True Bias and the Love Notions Game Day Tee. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


June

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. June’s themes are:

  • Week 23, Jun 1-7: Sew Something with a Unique Stitch
  • Week 24, June 8-14: Use a pattern from a designer you haven’t tried before
  • Week 25, June 15-21: Random Act of Kindness
  • Week 26, June 22-28: Sew a WIP/UFO
  • Week 27, Jun 29-July 5: Organize Your Sewing Space

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. June’s patterns are a yet-to-be-released pattern from In The Folds and the Sew House 7 Free Range Slacks. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


July

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. July’s themes are:

  • Week 28, July 6-12: Sew Your Favorite Pattern
  • Week 29, July 13-19: Make Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Week 30, July: 20-26 Sew Pants or Shorts
  • Week 31, July 27- Aug 2: Sew Something for a Man

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. July’s patterns are the Sew Different Scoop Pinafore and Millicent Joy Honeycomb Bag. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


August

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. August’s themes are:

  • Week 32, Aug 3-9: Sew Something for School
  • Week 33, Aug 10-16: Sew Something with a Unique Seam or Hem
  • Week 34, Aug 17-23: Repurpose Something
  • Week 35, Aug 24-30: Sew an Adult Pattern
  • Week 36, Aug 31- Sept 6: Sew Something You’ve Never Sewn Before

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. August’s patterns are the Pattern Scout Lulu Cardigan and Laela Jeyne Reed Trousers. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


September

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. September’s themes are:

  • Week 37, Sept 7-13: Sew Something for Your Sewing Space
  • Week 38, Sept 14-20: Sew Something without a Pattern
  • Week 39, Sept 21-27: Sew with a New Technique
  • Week 40, Sept 28- Oct 4: Sew Something Inspired By this group

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. September’s patterns are the Sew Liberated Lichen Duster and Blank Slate Marigold Dress/Blouse. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


October

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. October’s themes are:

  • Week 41, Oct 5-11: Sew a Costume
  • Week 42, Oct 12-18: Sew Something Related to Sports
  • Week 43, Oct 19-25: Embroider or Hand Sew Something
  • Week 44, Oct 26- Nov 1: Sew with Fleece or Rayon Spandex

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. October’s patterns are the Helen’s Closet Pona Jacket and Rad Pattern Men’s Long John Jammers. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


November

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. November’s themes are:

  • Week 45, Nov 2-8: Alter or Mend Something
  • Week 46, Nov 9-15: Quilt Something
  • Week 47, Nov 16-22: Sew Something for a Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Week 48, Nov 23-29: Sew a Gift
  • Week 49, Nov 30- Dec 6: Make a Stocking for Someone

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. November’s patterns are the Sew Altered Style Dionne Duster and Sew DIY Ali Sweater. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.


December

52 Week Sewing Challenge: a Facebook-only challenge with weekly themes. For an in-depth explanation of how it works, check out the Facebook group. December’s themes are:

  • Week 50, Dec 7- 13: Sew an Accessory
  • Week 51, Dec 14-20: Sew a Kid’s Pattern
  • Week 52, Dec 21-27: Sew A Gift for Yourself

#SMS20: the Sew My Style challenge you know and love is changing hashtags! Use #SMS20 to be found in the sea of Instagram. December’s patterns are the Made by Rae Rose Pants & Shorts and 5 out of 4 Patterns Rita Skirt. Join the mailing list to get the patterns at a small discount.   Pin for later: Pink scissors on pink background with grey text overlay that reads 2020 Maker Challenges, a global directory of monthly contest and inspirational challenges for makers and diy-ers, petitefont.com