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2021: 52 Week Sewing Challenge….Fail?

It’s always ….interesting…..to look back on a yearly challenge. Am I surprised I didn’t complete this list? Not in the least! I wish it didn’t give me so much sadness looking at what I didn’t accomplish, though. I am trying to see it for what it did help me get done….what it help me to learn new….what it helped me create….

So, with that outlook, I will share with you what I DID do this year in regards to this challenge.

Week 1 Jan 4-10 Organize Your Sewing Space probably my MOST proud accomplishment. This is the prettiest my studio has ever looked! MORE pics in this POST

Week 2 Jan 11-17 Sew a WIP/UFO after organizing all that space…I found lots of “works in progress/unfinished objects” and got quite a few done! If you’re interested…you can see the rest HERE

Week 3 Jan 18-24 Make a pattern you already own but have never sewn I CANNOT believe that this was the week the FUNdeez were born! I had this pattern for awhile, but had never sewn it….and once paired with million baby chicks fabric…..the softest underwear came into our lives! Hit that SHOP button up top to buy some of your own!

Week 4 Jan 25-31 Sew Something for Your Feet or Head I overachieved this week and did both! Sock sewing did not land as well for me as the FUNdeez….see post HERE

Week 5 Feb 1-7 Sew Something for Storage I actually LOVE these…and was surprised there wasn’t more interest from my customers. Oh well, my kiddos store LOTS of stuffies in these and LOVE them! See the other ones I made HERE

Week 6 Feb 8-14 Sew Something with Buttons or Snaps got one of MANY Disney outifts made for this challenge! Love this TOP

…………..ASIDE FROM ONE MORE POST…..THIS IS WHEN I STOPPED BLOGGING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES…………

Week 7 Feb 15-21 Something Green or Environmentally Friendly one of my MOST popular items to date…Reusable/Washable Snack Bags! Even made these GREEN ones GREEN!

Week 8 Feb 22-28 Sew Something Other than Fabric didn’t blog about it….and I’m not sure I even shared this one, but I did complete it! Sewed a card:

Week 9 Mar 1-7 Sew Something Timeless and/or Classic : Bow ties….pretty timeless and classic if ya ask me!

Week 10 Mar 8-14 Sew a Bag ooh looks here! more reusable snack bags! Lol!

Week 11 Mar 15-21 Act of Craftivism my last blog post about this year’s challenge….pretty fun activity that I got to include the kiddos in


Week 12 Mar 22-28 Sew Something for Yourself well I did sew this for myself, however, I never did wear it….

Week 13 Mar 29- Apr 4 Upcycle Something Colton’s birthday shirt! For our little FISH lover

Week 14 Apr 5-11 Sew Your Newest or Oldest Fabric Newest fabric for a custom order

Week 15 Apr 12-18 Sew Something Animal Themed quite literal on this one…

Week 16 Apr 19-25 Make Something inspired by a Character I believe this is the first week I had to “make up” as I didn’t sew anything inspired by a character …. But later sewed my first pair of EARS!

Week 17 Apr 26- May 2 Sew a Wardrobe Staple what’s more of a staple than underwear?? MORE FUNDEEZ!

Week 18 May 3-9 Sew Your Favorite Thing it is always my favorite thing to sew for my kids! birthday outfits for G!

Week 19 May 10-16 Face Your Sewing Fears new things are always intimidating for me. I’m not a huge fan of sewing teeny tiny clothes…and when it has small details like binding and ruffles…it makes it even harder…but I’m glad I faced my fears on this one

Week 20 May 17-23 Procrastination Sew finally finished my character inspired outfit

Week 21 May 24-30 Sew a Bathing Suit funny thing about this: I made this specifically for this challenge and for our Disney trip…and then, never gave it to my daughter to wear 😩

And THIS IS where SUMMER STARTED….and the first big curveball of life: Sammy fell and broke her arm while we were camping…..

Week 22 May 31- Jun 6 Sew Something Rainbow Inspired NOT COMPLETED

Week 23 Jun 7-13 Sew Something Vintage Inspired distressed….Vintage-y

Week 24 June 14-20 Fix the Fit of a Garment ….changed a Tshirt into a Tank

Week 25 June 21-27 Sew Something Monochromatic Missed this one

Week 26 June 28- July 4 Quilt or Bind Something made the July quilt square for my collection….still missing June,August and November

Week 27 July 5-11 Organize Your Sewing Space this was a GODWINK in my year….I used this week wisely and organized my studio once more….

Week 28 July 12-18 Sew a UFO NOT COMPLETED BECAUSE….

ON JULY 14th/15th….our basement flooded. Our basement is where my Sewing Studio was….and so the entire floor had to be ripped out, industrial fans and dehumidifiers for days….I am so thankful that I did the organizing the week before….the damage to fabric and supplies was minimal….but it left a mess of epic proportions!

Week 29 July 19-25 Sew Something with a Unique Hem or Stitch NOT COMPLETED

Week 30 July 26- Aug 1 Draft a Pattern made a pattern to cover pre-made EARS!

Week 31 Aug 2-8 Mash Patterns NOT COMPLETED

Week 32 Aug 9-15 Make Something for Back to School WE WERE IN DISNEY!!!

Week 33 Aug 16-22 Sew Something with a Zipper or Placket ON VACATION!!!!

Week 34 Aug 23-29 Sew Something Inspired by Art back to school dress inspired by art? Maybe?

Week 35 Aug 30- Sept 5 Sew with a Stash Fabric You are Afraid to Cut Into NOT COMPLETED

Week 36 Sept 6-12 Sew Something Two Ways for the Kellie skirt pattern test ….sewn by machine and by hand (buttons)

NOW THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING…because I stopped trying with this challenge….I get very overwhelmed when I feel like I’m behind and since I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete all of these challenges, I stopped looking at them….that doesn’t mean I stopped sewing though. So, from here forward I found it fun to see if I accomplished the challenge without know what it was 😎

Week 37 Sept 13-19 Sew Something with a Woven Fabric NAILED IT! I altered two of our nieces Homecoming dresses! Both woven fabrics!

Week 38 Sept 20-26 Embroider or Hand Sew Something NOPE! But it was my Birthday Week and I made myself a top

Week 39 Sept 27- Oct 3 Make Something with a Hood WOOHOO! Upcycled this shirt for Sammy’s spirit week!

Week 40 Oct 4-10 Weave Fabric hard nope on this one…not sure I would ever weave fabric by mistake 🤣

Week 41 Oct 11-17 Try Something New Crazy! I did try something new this week….custom order for a friend…she bleached the flannel and I embellished it with a Tshirt

Week 42 Oct 18-24 Make or Embellish Your Own Fabric Well shoot, that would have been fun! 😕

Week 43 Oct 25- Oct 31 Sew a Costume do I get bonus points for 7 costumes?

Week 44 Nov 1-7 Sew Something You Would Normally Purchase more FUNdeez!!!

Week 45 Nov 8-14 Sew an Undergarment OOH! Guess what I made? ….FUNDEEZ!

Week 46 Nov 15-21 Sew Something for the Kitchen Reusable snack bags count, right?

Week 47 Nov 22-28 Sew Something with a stretchy waist I used a lot of stretchy waist clothing this week….Thanksgiving + Hospital work ….but unfortunately, no time to sew any

Week 48 Nov 29- Dec 5 Sew Something Purple while this is super specific…I actually DID sew something purple!!!

Week 49 Dec 6-12 Sew Your Inspiration oh how very fitting….I made the girls’ Christmas dresses this week….these kiddos are always my inspiration

Week 50 Dec 13-19 Sew a Gift helped Georgia sew these fidget gifts for Sammy and her friends at Jesus Cares: a Bible Study group for people with special needs

Week 51 Dec 20-26 Random Act of Kindness while I would love to say I fulfilled this challenge…I did not. I sewed a ton of gifts and orders to be given as gifts….but that is not random.

Week 52 Dec 27- Dec 31 Quilt or Bind Something I wish I didn’t have more than one quilt to finish up…..and to be honest, I really wanted to work on them…but my sewing studio is a complete DISASTER! I was looking forward to the 2022 sewing challenge and expected there to be a “Organizing Your Space” prompt right away….but there is not.

So, I am taking time this week to at least start to tackle it.

If you’re interested in joining the 52 Week Sewing Challenge with me, you can find the group here

BIG TAKEAWAYS for me:

I sewed a LOT more than what was on this list 😍

I sewed a LOT more of these prompts than I actually thought I did, and part of the year I wasn’t even trying 😂

Even when I feel spent, discouraged, or down….I still find joy in creating and it remains my passion 🥰

I plan on attempting the new prompts in 2022 🧵

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Week 11 Sewing Challenge: Act of Craftivism

This week’s prompt “Act of Craftivism” was something I had to look up. Depending on who you ask or where you look…the definition of CRAFTIVISM varies.

The simplest one I found is this: using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.

As an added bonus this week, three of our kiddos were on spring break…so I wanted involve them in this challenge.

It was only a year ago that our children came home from school for Spring Break….and they remained home for the rest of the year. I know, join the club, right? What it does mean, though, is: the majority of the country (and the world) started to relate to the struggles of each other.

This past year was hard. It’s been a lesson in patience……in perspective…..in compassion….in resilience…. These things are what our family tried to focus on.

However, these are not new concepts for our family. In fact, since our oldest daughter was born we’ve been learning this daily.

Our other 3 younger children have grown up in a house where they’ve known nothing else. We include everyone. We love everyone. We acknowledge differences, yet embrace and celebrate them.

As they all grow older, it becomes more obvious. The gap is more pronounced. It also is very apparent that they all have hearts full of love and understanding.

So, the “cause” we chose to act for in this week’s challenge:

Inclusion. Love. Anti-Bullying. Encouragement.

“Be Kind“

We planned out what we wanted to say…..

Chose our fabric and cut out pennants to make our banners.

“You are Cool“

A couple of the kids even got behind the sewing machine

(Bonus: you can totally do this with HOT GLUE if you’re not a sewist)

“U R L❤️VED“

Then, we went out around our city and hung our messages.

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We Pray our Small Acts touch some Hearts in a BIG way!

“Be the GOOD“

P.S. Last night we sat down for a Family Movie Night and watched one of the Hallmark Movies that have been recommended to us for awhile now….

What a powerful message!

Many questions and conversation starters for you and your family if you are looking for a way to talk about friends with Special Needs. Our kids loved it! (even if some parts were really hard to watch…)

We’d love to hear of you’ve seen one of our banners!

Or even better….if you make some of your own!

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Week 6 Sewing Challenge: Sew Something with Buttons or Snaps

well, well,well….end of week 7 and the first of the challenge balls to drop.

Although, it’s better than you may think: I HAVE completed the challenges, and I am on schedule….just haven’t blogged about it.

so, you may get more than one post today…..or maybe tomorrow?

Some other very exciting things have happened this past week too (but I’m keeping that a surprise….at least for now)

alright. Let’s talk challenge: Buttons or Snaps.

Buttons don’t scare me anymore like they used to….but, to be honest….I’m not sewing with the most reliable machines these days. In fact, I have 3 or 4 that need to be taken in to be serviced in one way or another….and, frankly, I ain’t got time to have another one bite the dust. (read that to say: I’m not chancing button holes right now) On top of that…I just really like snaps….

So SNAPS it was!

I mentioned in my Insta post that we are headed to the MOST MAGICAL Place on Earth later this year (God-willing, of course. This is a rescheduled COVID vacation) Our children DO NOT KNOW about this, so please, if you know them, keep it on the DL. Thankfully, we never told them about last year’s plans either, so the only disappointment was our own.

ANYWHOODLE…I have started gathering the necessary clothing….but you know I gotta make some too.

As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew EPCOT needed this in it’s life.

I love switching up the colors and making something extra unique!

If you’re thinking about adding some snaps to your next project….these are the kind I use:

Pattern is CKC Porter’s Button Down Shirt

Now I just have to decided if I’m making the other 3 kiddos coordinating outfits….