Updated August 7, 2022

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Welcome to the 2022 Maker Challenges list. Looking for DIY inspiration? You’re in the right place! This is the most comprehensive list of making challenges on the internet.

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. Or email me here.

This is continuously updated, so check back frequently. Or better yet, subscribe for the monthly reminder directly to your inbox. You’ll also get a nifty free fabric stash inventory sheet.

I can’t wait to see what you make in 2022.

Note: some links may show crossed out because of an issue with Instagram, but they should still work!

Ongoing Maker Challenges

Make 22 in 22: join @Deb of @sew_myself_a_capsule_wardrobe for a year long affair in making. Her goal is 22 garments, about 2 per month. Sewn, knitted, crocheted, and machine knitted garments all count. Tag the host and use hashtag #Make22in22 all year.

Sew Wonderwear 2022: an underwear sewing challenge from Nancy @maker.mother.crone to make any sort of DIY underwear throughout the year, either for yourself or loved one (even animals!). Follow Nancy and use the hashtag #SeWonderwear2022 throughout the year.

Sew Your Colors/Colours 22: join Hales Moore Sewing (@halesmooresewing on IG) sew clothes in colors that suit you or make you feel good. Use free color analysis apps if you’d like. There might be prizes! See all the details on this youtube video and post on Instagram using either hashtag #SewYourColors22 or #SewYourColours22. Tag the host if you’d like your post re-shared. Runs through 2022.

The Mendy Project: join me as I try (for the 3rd year in a row) to finish mending my stack of jeans…and other stuff. Use hashtag #TheMendyProject on Instagram or wherever you post your mending. Runs through 2022.


January Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 1 Jan 3 – 9: Sew Your Oldest or Newest Fabric
  • Week 2 Jan 10 – 16: Sew Something with a Button or a Zipper
  • Week 3 Jan 17 – 23: Sew a Bathing Suit/Outerwear
  • Week 4 Jan 24 – 30: Sew Something for the Home

Jango January: play along with fashion blogger Jango Junio (@jangojunio) by styling your outfits with the daily prompts provided here. Interpret as you see fit! Use hashtag #JangoJanuary. Ends Jan 31.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for January is “Juicy January.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney and guest host @sewmanyflower and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends Jan 31.

My Makes for the Month – January: join host Lou of @sewmuchtodesign for this monthly challenge with prizes. The theme changes each month but the rules remain the same: follow the host and sponsors, share the monthly post in stories for an extra entry, comment what you’re planning to make (tag a friend for an extra entry), then on or before the end of the month, post a one-page collage of all your makes using the hashtag #MyMakesForTheMonth. January’s theme is Joyous January. Ends Jan 31.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. January has 2 themes: My Style and Style Swap. Use the first one to post your style and the second to swap a handmade item. Post using the hashtags #pfMyStyle or #pfStyleSwap on Instagram for a chance to win prizes from sponsors. Ends Jan 31.

Sewn with New Look: Minerva is hosting a challenge to show off anything you’ve made with a New Look pattern. 10 winners will win a £50 Minerva vouchers and 5 New Look patterns of their choice, courtesy of the Simplicity McCall’s Group. Use hashtag #SewnWithNewLook when posting on the Minerva site (Instagram posts don’t count!). Read their post for all the details. Ends Jan 31.

Sew Your View: for January, make the Elliot Cape pattern by Jessica @the_fashionable_therapist. Tag @sewyourview and use the hashtag #SewYourView to show off your garments. Ends Jan 31.


February Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 5 Jan 31 – Feb 6: Sew Something Red
  • Week 6 Feb 7 – 13: Sew Something with Hearts
  • Week 7 Feb 14 – 20: Sew the First or Last Pattern you made
  • Week 8 Feb 21 – 27: Sew Something for your Sewing Space

BHM Pattern Designers: celebrate Black History Month with Nateida of @sewnaturaldane to highlight Black pattern designers and fabric companies. Full details can be found on the website, including posts must be made through Instagram with the hashtag #BHMPatternDesigners AND tag @sewnaturaldane to be counted, patterns can be from any Black designer (indie or Big 4), and the garment must have been made in the month of February. Winners will be announced by Nateida on her YouTube channel. Ends Feb 28.

Deer & Doe Magnolia Sew Along: join Ann @annsewsmart in a sew along to make the Deer & Doe Magnolia dress just in time for spring. Comment on this post to be added to the Instagram group. No hashtag for this. Starts Feb 15 and runs to March 27.

Dress Like a Chameleon: join Kate @in_a_haystack and Liz @x_sewingpunk_x in a challenge to match your outfit to your surroundings. Post on Instagram using hashtag #DressLikeAChameleon. Runs through February.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for February is “Fit February.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney, and @sheilawhosews and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends Feb 28.

My Makes for the Month – February: join host Lou of @sewmuchtodesign for this monthly challenge with prizes. The theme changes each month but the rules remain the same: follow the host and sponsors, share the monthly post in stories for an extra entry, comment what you’re planning to make (tag a friend for an extra entry), then on or before the end of the month, post a one-page collage of all your makes using the hashtag #MyMakesForTheMonth. February’s theme is Fabulous February. Ends Feb 28.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. February is all about seam finishes. Post using the hashtag #pfBondage on Instagram. Ends Feb 28.

Re-Feb-ulous: a sustainability challenge by Mariles @madebyLIESL to inspire you to repair/refashion/reuse clothes and make them REFEBULOUS (or just fabulous!). There are weekly themes so check out this post. Use the hashtag #Refebulous. Runs through February.

Sew Your View: for February, make the free Avens Bodysuit pattern by Mood Fabrics. Tag @sewyourview and use the hashtag #SewYourView to show off your garments. Ends Feb 28.

Whole 30 Fabric Challenge: join host Jacinta @pinkmimosabyjacinta in using up (or giving away) your fabric stash. The goal is to use 30 yards of your existing fabric before buying anymore. And if you do buy some, then you have to start over. Jacinta even provided a link to a tracking spreadsheet. Use hashtag #Whole30FabricChallenge. Runs all of spring (fall for the southern hemisphere).


March Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 9 Feb 28 – Mar 6: Clean Your Sewing Space/Complete an UFO/WIP
  • Week 10 Mar 7 – 13: Sew Something Practical or Impractical
  • Week 11 Mar 14 – 20: Sew Something Geometric
  • Week 12 Mar 21 – 27: Sew Something Vintage Inspired
  • Week 13 Mar 28 – Apr 3: Repurpose Something

Break the Bias: join @so_so_sew in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th with the theme Break the Bias. Sew anything you want and use hashtags #BreakTheBias and #IWDSewChallenge.

Coloricombo: a color challenge for all artists. Hosted by @lorisiebert.studio and @estemacleod, the challenge includes prompts of color combinations every 3 days. The official hashtag is #ColoriCombo, but also add #ColoriFlori to be considered for prizes. Runs through March 30.

Deer & Doe Magnolia Sew Along: join Ann @annsewsmart in a sew along to make the Deer & Doe Magnolia dress just in time for spring. Comment on this post to be added to the Instagram group. No hashtag for this. Starts Feb 15 and runs to March 27.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for March is “Memories in March.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney, and @crazydenimlady and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends March 31.

Mend March 2022: a daily prompt challenge hosted by @visiblemend to encourage you to mend mend mend! Interpret however you like. Use hashtag #MendMarch2022. Runs through March 31.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. March is focused on your naughty list. Post using the hashtag #pfNaughtyList on Instagram. Ends March 31.

Sew Recreate the Look: join hosts Jen @jenlegg_teescreatives and Sharlene @sosewdressmaking. There are weekly prompts and categories are Best Basic, Best Copy, Best Interpretation, and Best International, Best Duo. Tag the hosts and use hashtag #SewRecreateTheLook. Runs through March 26th.

Wear Happy Color 2022: follow @katiekortmanart for weekly color prompts. Use hashtag #WearHappyColor2022 and tag the host for a chance to win weekly prizes. Runs all of March.

Whole 30 Fabric Challenge: join host Jacinta @pinkmimosabyjacinta in using up (or giving away) your fabric stash. The goal is to use 30 yards of your existing fabric before buying anymore. And if you do buy some, then you have to start over. Jacinta even provided a link to a tracking spreadsheet. Use hashtag #Whole30FabricChallenge. Runs all of spring (fall for the southern hemisphere).


April Maker Challenges

30 Day Sewing Space Challenge: join Lindsey of the Inside the Hems YouTube channel to organize your sewing space in April. Get on the mailing list to download the workbook and daily tracker. Runs through 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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 14 Apr 4 – 10: Sew Something for Travel
  • Week 15 Apr 11 – 17: Sew Something that Twirls
  • Week 16 Apr 18 – 24: Sew Something for an Animal
  • Week 17 Apr 25 – May 1: Sew Something Floral

Earth Day Act of Kindness Event: celebrate earth day with makers Lisa @asewinglife, Giada @flora_makes_me_smile, and Beth @sunny_bee_art_studio by making a nature-inspired creation. Open to all arts and crafts! Tag hosts and use hashtag #EarthDayActsOfKindness. Runs April 18-24.

Fun with Faces: a prompt-based art challenge hosted by artist Charly Clements. Sign up to participate and receive the prompts at their website and use hashtag #FunWithFaces. Runs through April.

Literary Sewing Circle: part sewing circle, part book club! Read children’s book Premeditated Myrtle and draw inspiration from it to make your own garment. Use hashtag #LiterarySewingCircle on Instagram to find fellow readers and watch for weekly posts on Following the Thread for more information. Runs until May 9.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for April is “Advancing in April.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney, and @conlon.jan and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends April 30.

My Makes for the Month: join host Lou of @sewmuchtodesign for this monthly challenge with prizes. The theme changes each month but the rules remain the same: follow the host and sponsors, share the monthly post in stories for an extra entry, comment what you’re planning to make (tag a friend for an extra entry), then on or before the end of the month, post a one-page collage of all your makes using the hashtag #MyMakesForTheMonth. April’s theme is Amazing April. Ends April 30.

Overalls Month: joins hosts @maker.mother.crone and @xostitches in celebration of this multi-pocket and gender-neutral garment. Make, wear, and share your favorite overalls & overall combos using the hashtags #overallsmonth2022 and #overallsmonth. Don’t forget to tag the hosts. Runs through the end of April.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. April is focused on your tried and true patterns. Post using the hashtag #pfTNT on Instagram. Ends April 30.

Sew April 2022: join host @rylissbod in this daily prompt-based sewing challenge. Tag the host and use hashtag #SewApril2022 to be reposted for a chance to win prizes. Runs through April.

Sew April Blouse 22: hosted by Kristen @dahlia_sewciety and Gabrielle @cloth_edit, make any woven blouse in the month of April. Tag the hosts and use hashtag #SewAprilBlouse22 to be entered to win prizes. Only new posts are eligible. Runs until April 30 Australian Time.

Sew Maxi for Mother’s Day: full details on this YouTube video, the theme is make a statement! Follow hosts Crystal @crystalsewsandstuff and Tea @crumpetsteaandsewing for more info and inspiration. Use hashtag #SewMaxiForMothersDay. Runs through May 9th.

Sew Your View: for April join co-hosts Jamila Madyun of @stitchedwithstyle @jmilamila and Evan Ibrahim @ibrahime in making the Swoon Patterns Dallas Duffle, with instructional classes! Tag @sewyourview and use the hashtag #SewYourView to show off your garments. Ends April 30.

Upcycle April: a challenge encouraging makers to give their existing clothes new life and learn mending and upcycling for sustainability. Follow @meghandmade for inspiration throughout the month. Use hashtag #UpcycleApril. Runs through April.


May Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 18 May 2 – 8: Sew Something Pretty Enough to Display
  • Week 19 May 9 – 15: Sew a Bag or Wallet
  • Week 20 May 16 – 22: Sew Your Favorite Pattern
  • Week 21 May 23 – 29: Sew Something to Show Appreciation

Fashion Magazine Challenge: join host @patterndivision in this prize driven challenge by posting with any of the 30 themes in May using the hashtag #FashionMagazineChallenge. Open to sewists and thrifters alike. Prizes include patterns and possibly fabric too. Runs through May.

Made Like Maisel: join host @minimaedelcreates in creating a look fashioned after The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tv show. Tag the host and use hashtag #MadeLikeMaisel2022. You have 6 weeks to create something during the competition dates. The community will vote on their favorite for a slew of prizes. Runs through midnight EST June 13.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for May is “Muster May.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney, and @kissntuss and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends May 31.

Me Made May: it’s back for 2022! Check out Zoe’s blog for all the details. Hashtags are #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2022. Runs all of May!

Pattern Postcard Challenge: a fun challenge to get the creative juices flowing through pattern design on a small scale. @thepatternsocial will show you challenge you with 12 prompts illustrated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through May. Show off your design skills with hashtag #PatternPostcardChallenge. Runs through May.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. May is all about nature. Post using the hashtag #pfSewNatural on Instagram. Ends May 31.

Sew Maxi for Mother’s Day: full details on this YouTube video, the theme is make a statement! Follow hosts Crystal @crystalsewsandstuff and Tea @crumpetsteaandsewing for more info and inspiration. Use hashtag #SewMaxiForMothersDay. Runs through May 9th.

Sewing Bee Style 22: join hosts @sewistandthecity and @anzymillblenk to follow the Great British Sewing Bee for weekly inspiration. Hashtag rules and location restrictions apply so check out this post for all the details. Runs till the end of the Series 8 of the show, which is in mid-summer.

Sew Your View: for May, make the hackable Caftan Pattern from Simplicity S8657. Tag @sewyourview and use the hashtag #SewYourView to show off your garments. Ends May 31.

The Vintage Fashion Challenge: join hosts @makethislook, @tinyangrycrafts, and @iliveinmylab for a daily prompt-based challenge around vintage fashion. Use hashtag #TheVintageFashionChallenge through May 31.


June Maker Challenges

2022 Art2Life International Juried Art Exhibition: the official call for entry will begin June 27th but you must be on the list to receive it and additional information. For now, the basic rules are:

  • open to all artists 18 years or older.
  • Non-refundable entry fee: $40 for up to 3 entries (no more than 3 entries may be entered)
  • No size restriction
  • This show is accepting only 2D mediums including painting, mixed media, collage, monoprints, monotypes, drawings and digital art. Artwork submitted must have been created within the last 24 months.
  • Deadline for submissions is July, 26, 2022 at 11:59pm PDT

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 22 May 30 – June 5: Sew Something Rainbow Inspired
  • Week 23 June 6 – 12: History bounding week
  • Week 24 June 13 – 19: Sew Something without a Pattern
  • Week 25 June 20 – 26: Mix Prints
  • Week 26 June 27 – July 3: Clean Your Sewing Space/Sew a UFO/WIP

He Made June 22: join hosts @adam_sews and @onelisashow to make a garment for a man/boy in your life. Use hashtag #HeMadeJune22 and tag both hosts for a chance to win prizes. Post on June 30, 2022.

Jumpsuit June: join @sheffieldsewcial in making a jumpsuit of your choice anytime in June. Join the Slack channel by DMing Sheffield Social on Instagram. Use hashtags #JumpsuitJune and #JumpsuitJune2022 to participate. Runs through June.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for June is “June Journey.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney, and @ohsewcathy and use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends June 30.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. June is all about scraps. Post using the hashtag #pfScrappy on Instagram. Ends June 30.

Sew Fruity 22: join host @blossomsandwich in sewing something in a fruit print, or anything fruit inspired. Use hashtag #SewFruity22. Runs through June.

Sew Orange: join @see_dawson_sew and sew an orange project in preparation for Sew Orange Weekend June 3–5 and National Gun Violence Prevention Day June 3. This is an intentionally short challenge, so don’t feel pressure to finish!  Post pictures of in-progress and completed projects. Use the hashtag #SewOrange and flood social media with orange to honor victims of gun violence, demonstrate solidarity, and advocate for action that decreases gun deaths. Ends June 5.

Tshirt 4 Summer 2022: join host @sewjoei to make a t-shirt, t-shirt dress, or jumpsuit anytime in June for a chance to win prizes. More details at the link above. Use hashtag #Tshirt4Summer2022. Runs through June 30.


July Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 27 July 4 – 10: Upcycle Week
  • Week 28 July 11 – 17: Sew Something to Make Sewing Easier
  • Week 29 July 18 – 24: Hack or Mash a Pattern
  • Week 30 July 25 – 31: Sew a Bathing Suit/Outerwear

Ankara Appreciation Week: hosted by @thatlenaking and @julietuzor_, coming July 11-17th. Not so much a sewing challenge as a time to show off and celebrate Ankara garments.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for June is “July Jollidays.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain and @suestoney. Use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends July 31.

Mending Mayhem Bingo: join @mendingmayhem in an effort to work through your mending pile. Choose from 4 different bingo cards. Creativity and “cheating” is encouraged in this casual challenge. Use hashtag #MendingMayhemBingo.

Metro LA Call for Artists: open to all visual artists able to work in the United States (per Dept of Labor). Submit examples of up to 10 pieces of work through Metro LA’s portal for consideration to “design four (4) original, site-responsive artworks for large-scale temporary banners to be affixed to sound barrier walls” on a Metro extension project in West LA. More information, a video, and details on their website. Submissions due by Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm (PDT).

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. July is all about representation. Post using the hashtag #pfRepresent on Instagram. Ends July 31.

Sew Color/Colour Blocking: using plain colors only (no prints), make a color- (or colour-) blocked garment. Use either hashtag #SewColorBlocking or #SewColourBlocking through July 31.

Sew Japanese in July: sew a Japanese pattern or use Japanese fabric to craft a garment. Follow @bloglessanna for this community event. Use hashtag #SewJapaneseInJuly throughout July.

Sew Mashup: join hosts @secret_life_of_a_seamstress and @cath_craft to create a brand new pattern by “mashing up” two existing patterns. Post on your grid by July 31 with hashtag #SewMashup. Winners announced 5 August.


August Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 31 Aug 1 – 7: Embroider/Embellish Week
  • Week 32 Aug 8 – 14: Sew Something for School
  • Week 33 Aug 15 – 21: Sew Something with Stuffing/Batting
  • Week 34 Aug 22 – 28: Alter or Hem Something
  • Week 35 Aug 29 – Sept 4: Clean Your Sewing Space/Sew a UFO/WIP

BRAugust 2022: focus on bra making, swimwear, or even activewear. Look for daily prompts in mid-August with the challenge running August 21 through 31. Use hashtag #BRAugust2022.

Make a Garment a Month: the theme for June is “Auld August.” Click the link for theme specifics. Then tag hosts @sewing_in_spain, @suestoney and @hportemanteau. Use hashtag #MAGAMSewAlong. Ends August 31.

Punk Frockers: the community sewing podcast has a monthly theme. August is for super fans. Post using the hashtag #pfSuperfan on Instagram. Ends August 31.


September Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 36 Sept 5 – 11: Sew Something for your Feet
  • Week 37 Sept 12 – 18: Sew Something Inspired by a Book or TV Character
  • Week 38 Sept 19 – 25: Sew Something with Vinyl or Canvas
  • Week 39 Sept 26 – Oct 2: Make Something Reversible

October Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 40 Oct 3 – 9: Sew Something Green or Environmentally Friendly
  • Week 41 Oct 10 – 16: Sew a Costume
  • Week 42 Oct 17 – 23: Use a fun or interesting stitch
  • Week 43 Oct 24 – 30: Sew Something for a Family Member

November Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 44 Oct 31 – Nov 6: Sew Something Simple
  • Week 45 Nov 7 – 13: Sew Something with Ruffles or Lace
  • Week 46 Nov 14 – 20: Sew Something Tiny or Huge
  • Week 47 Nov 21 – 27: Sew Something for the Kitchen

December Maker Challenges

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. This month’s prompts are:

  • Week 48 Nov 28 – Dec 4: Sew Something New
  • Week 49 Dec 5 -11: Sew a Holiday Gift
  • Week 50 Dec 12 -18: Sew Something for your Head/Ears
  • Week 51 Dec 19 – 25: Sew Something for Yourself
  • Week 52 Dec 26 – Jan 1: End of the Year Giveaway!

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