This is it people! I hope you are as excited as I am! Today I am kicking off the sewing series for 2014 that I announced last week. In this post you can get all the details you need for the Sew Crazy Monthly Challenge along with the theme and giveaway and the the goodies for January! Then, stay tuned each month for a new challenge.
Let’s start off by announcing the theme for January….drumroll please….This month I give you:
New Year, New Skills:
Each of the projects this month will focus on developing a new sewing skill that you haven’t tried or that you need to brush up on.
So, let’s start with the project options. The idea is that you will choose one of these and sew it this month.
Project #1: Many, many of you have mentioned that you just discovered this blog and/or are brand new to sewing and haven’t done my Learn to Sew Series yet, so as option #1 for January, you can choose to begin the Learn to Sew series:
A few details about this. This is a 7 part series that walks you through the basics of learning to sew-from straight lines and zigzags to ruffles, buttons and zippers. It originally appeared on my blog one year ago and was a weekly series that we did for 7 weeks. As your project I challenge you to get started on this series and go at your pace throughout this month. Do 1 lesson or do them all, whatever works for you.
Project #2: Lots of you have already done this series and are ready to move on to new projects. Option #2 this month will have you practicing sewing on knits. Have you tried that yet? Well, if you choose this option, get some knit fabric ready and sew yourself (or someone you love) a maxi skirt!
I’ve added some tips on sewing on knits to that post to help you out. Need some great knit fabric? Try our sponsor for this month-The Ribbon Retreat! They’ve got some fantastic stripes, chevrons and polka dots in bright colored knits right now. (Need more help sewing on knits-try my ebook.)
Project #3: The third option for this month’s theme is coming to you from my friends at Simple Simon and Co. Do you know that blog? If not, click that link and get ready to be blown away by talent. These girls know what they are doing in the sewing department. They do a lot of great clothing posts and have some serious skills at pattern drafting (I know because I have taken a class from them).
This month they are bringing us a new sewing challenge. With this project you can work on 2 different skills. I know a lot of you want more practice with zippers-this project will give you a refresher on that. Also, learn to do pin tucks! It’s a pin tuck pouch! Get the tutorial here.
Also, be sure to watch their blog this month for tips from sewing bloggers about “What I Wish I Knew When I Started Sewing” along with a big sewing giveaway. You might just see a tip from me there this month.
Project #4: If none of those projects suit your fancy, here is one more option for you. Many of my readers mentioned that they wanted to try their hands at applique this year. Here is a very simple way to start. Make a throw pillow! I’ve got a tutorial here for you but you DO NOT have to do this design. Pick anything you want to applique on. This tutorial will simply teach you how. (Or you can use this idea if you love it.)
OK, so there you have it. Your 4 Project Options for January. I hope at least 1 of them seems exciting to you!
So, what do you do now?
Take the Challenge:
- Pick a project. Sew it.
- Show that project off. Post it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, your own blog, anywhere you want! Or, you can post it in our private facebook group. Or you can email me a picture of it (amber at crazylittleprojects dot com). Whatever you want. Just share it with someone!
- When sharing please tag @CrazyLittleProjects and use the hashtag #sewcrazychallenge so that I can see it and your fellow sewing readers can see it.
- Enter to win the big, fat giveaway!
- Tell your friends to join the fun.
- Stay tuned for next month’s challenge! Make sure you subscribe by email (top of this page) so that you get all the info. Also, join me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
So, how about that Big, Fat Giveaway I mentioned?
I wanted to start things off right so we’ve got something kind of big and exciting this month.
You Could Win…
Winner gets to choose either this sewing machine (full details about it here):
or choose this Serger! (Full details here):
But that’s not all folks! That’s NOT ALL!
Also, the winner will get $100 to one of my all time favorite fabric stores…
Love The Ribbon Retreat. They have the best fabrics and super fast shipping! Remember to check them out when buying fabric for this month’s project!
And…as one final bit of fun, the winner will receive a free copy of my Learn to Sew ebook:
So, to sum it up-winner get’s their choice of the sewing machine or the serger, $100 to The Ribbon Retreat and the eBook. Think you can win?!
(Please note-I can only ship these prizes within the US because it would be so expensive to ship outside the US for me. I know many of my readers are from all around the world. Feel free to enter and if you win give me a shipping address in the US of a friend who can accept the prize for you or of a courier service you can use to get it to yourself or whatever you want!)