Challenges and Parties

Lately I’ve been spending a LOT of time on Instagram and am loving the vibe from the sewing community. Everyday I find a new hashtag for a challenge or group and it leads you to the most creative people.  I’ve even joined one – the #australianhandmadebirthdayclub run by Tara aka @sewforshoes.

ahbc1 logoI’ve been lucky enough to be the first birthday girl for party 1 and have started receiving presents already, but I’m going to make you wait and do a post where I can show all of them at once.

Then over on Facebook I saw Clare from Clare’s Craftroom making a call out for people to join her crafty challenge. Each player is sent an image and a colour swatch and is to create anything they like. The idea is to simply get the creative juices flowing and interpret the inspiration any way we like. I’ve been sent an image of some nesting dolls and the colour Waratah from Dulux.

Clare's Craftroom challenge inspiration

There’s a few ideas buzzing in my head for this one so stay tuned as there’ll be a link up on Clare’s blog with all the challengers showing off their creations.

The third challenge I put my hand up for was the #ribbonandremnantchallenge hosted by Janine from Sarah Lauren and Sasha from Fabric Fusion. Ten Australian crafty bloggers were sent a pack of ribbon, fabric and trims and asked to create something wonderful.


I’ve got this project sorted, on paper anyway, and just need a day or two to get it made. There might even be a tutorial to follow!

So I think the benefits of taking on new challenges would be to stretch your creative brain, to try new things and to be part of something larger than yourself and I’m sure you already know that the craft and sewing community is huge and thriving.

Do you participate in any sewing/crafty challenges or swaps? I’d love to see – share a link below.

5 thoughts on “Challenges and Parties

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  2. coleandtaffy

    As you know, Debra, I joined the Aussie Handmade Birthday Club and you’ve already received my gift 😉 But I’ve now also joined the I Heart Bonnie and Camille Sampler Bee, so as I’m new to quilting, this will definitely stretch me as I make 2 quilt blocks each month!

  3. Janine Evans

    I am looking forward to seeing what you whip up. I believe it is so important to “stretch your creative brain”. We tell our kids to try something new – we should too!


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