*sings* It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Another theme month is upon us, my friends!
It’s finally time for The Giving Challenge to begin! Sharpen those shears (or not, that’s cool too), grab a warm beverage (or possibly a cold beverage for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere), and get to sewing.
If you need some inspiration for who to sew for, or what to sew check out this post about gift ideas.
This community is so wonderful and filled with more ideas than can be contained in any one post. I think my absolute favorite part of challenges is seeing all the insanely creative ways others interpret the prompt. It’s going to be so beautiful to see the activity which many of us use as self care (sewing/crafting) being dedicated to gifting or charity work. Regardless of the size or scope of your project, it WILL make the world sparkle just a little bit more.
I eagerly await all the different ways my fellow sewcialists plan to pay it forward this month!
Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and share your progress with #GiveSewMuch
Do you have sewing plans already? Comment below and let us know!
Amanda is living and crafting in North Carolina while being a mama to two young boys. She can be found on Instagram as @mandabe4r where she posts her sewing, knitting, and a superfluous number of pictures of her kids.
This year I am sewing a jacket and top for my mom. She picked out fabric she likes and now it’s up to me. I love sewing for her because she sewed all of my clothes when I was young and I know it was stressful for her to HAVE to sew for 3 girls, so my gift is WANTING to sew for her. Throughout the year I also sew kennel quilts for dogs and cats in shelters and that’s a fun project that I enjoy doing.
In the past I’ve sewn for others for Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays but sadly, it’s rarely appreciated and the items aren’t used. If I come across some small project that really looks like fun then I may decide to sew some gifts for friends and family but for now my plan is to expend most of my energy in places where it’s most appreciated.
That’s so sweet! I’m sure she’ll love whatever you make.
It’s super frustrating when handmade gifts aren’t received with enthusiasm so I’m with you on putting energy where you know it’ll be appreciated!
I love that your gift is wanting to sew for your mum. That’s beautiful!
OMG – I just realized (on seeing this post in my feed) that I have already accomplished this challenge!!! And I’ve only just started?! While I’m on my way to making 17 luxe eye masks for friends and family – today I made a gorgeous topper for a friend about to turn 50. It’s so pretty and retro and hard to give away 🙂 I’m NOT a generous sewist so I’m feeling pretty up with me.
I am planning to make my dearest husband a soft and fuzzy hoodie. He is the rock that holds me up, supports all my sewing efforts and even threads ALL my machines. He deserves this special gift! It will be made with much love and I know this gift will be received with even more love! <3 <3 <3
It is quite wonderful so many positive responses there have been to this challenge. @gills_makes have found a great free pattern online for the mastectomy heart pillow. You can find the pattern at @stitchedtogetherstudios website