2008 Highlights

on December 30 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 51 Comments

2008 was a full year of sewing fun on the SMS blog. We introduced our forum, welcomed two amazing sets of board members and shared many favorite pattern reviews. Our general Flickr pool has over 30,000 handmade contributions and we had a blast with our series of theme months. Here are some of our highlights from the year:

Plus some of our favorite interviews with Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt and True Up.


Tell us what you want to see in here in 2009!


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51 Responses to 2008 Highlights

  1. Lauranie says:

    I just want to repeat that this is an AMAZING site for inspiration! I have learned so much over this past year from you and everyone that has contributed to your blog. I just got a serger for Christmas so I would like to see some super serger techniques or things to do with a serger that you normally do with a sewing machine. I’ve only just begun “practicing” with it and am finding it very fast and convienent. Keep up the great insights into the creative mind!

  2. Amy Mc says:

    I have been so inspired by this blog over the past year! Thank you so much for the hard work that goes into making this site a great place to ask questions, find ideas for sewing projects, and reviews of patterns. My sewing goal for the next year is to make some great clothing using the tutorials and tips posted during Women’s Clothing Month on SMS!

  3. adrienne says:

    Happy New Year! I love keeping up with this blog…so many great ideas and creative pieces. I really enjoyed quilting month and refer back to it quite often.

    In 2009 I would like to get more ideas on sewing for men and boys. I’d also like to get some insight to how designers (professional and non) go about their creative process for patterns. I’m very interested in seeing the whole process from beginning to end.

    I’d also like to be introduced to up and coming designers and handmade seller (etsy, etc.).

    Here’s to hoping 2009 is filled with handmade hotness! =]

  4. Congratulations!!
    What a wonderful feeling I have as a fabric designer for the job you are doing. It’s great that you can pass on the “sewing bug”, that gets in our body and don’t leave us anymore…
    It’s very encouraging to see more and more young sewers on the horizon!!

    Handmade rocks… so keep on stitching!
    Patricia Bravo

  5. Kelli says:

    I would love another quilting month, but y’all are always spot-on, so I’m game for whatever you have in mind!

  6. Tara T. says:

    I agree, I need more hours in the day to peruse this site and sew everything I love!

  7. Bean Paulson says:

    It’s been a great year, indeed – thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your team!

  8. Patti says:

    I just love it all! So many great features, I wish I had more hours in the day…do you have a tutorial on that?

  9. Diane says:

    I, too, have just recently discovered the sms blog and am addicted to say the least! Every aspect is great. Another quilting month would be great fun and I also enjoy the tutorials and home sewing projects! Looking forward to 2009 and thanks for your dedication!

  10. Jen says:

    Your site is an inspiration! Thank you so much.

    I’m curious to see how other people organize their sewing spaces, tools, projects, etc. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by all my odds ‘n’ ends of things swirling around my space.

    Here is to your continued success in 2009!

  11. Tina says:

    I love everything about SMS!! THANK YOU so much for sharing so much for those who are eager to learn all they can!! The tutorials are wonderful for visual learners like myself and the links are great also. I just watched the link for the Jinny Beyer hand sewing and learned more in 15 minutes than I could have ever read in one of my many quilt books. Thanks so much!

  12. Peggy says:

    I would like to see another women’s sewing month – dresses? tops/blouses? Or seasonal theme – spring sewing?

  13. Libby says:

    Thanks for such a great year of motivation! It is always such a nice “break” to come to this site! Such wonderful pictures, ideas and everyone seems so nice! I cant wait for 2009! Happy New Year! Libby

  14. tanja says:

    I read every single post on SMS and have found so much new blogs and good ideas! Thanks for that and have a happy new year!

  15. betsy says:

    yes, another quilting month would be fabulous!

  16. Emily says:

    I have loved SMS this year! It has continually inspired me. I love the tutorials, themes and ideas of what to make with all the wonderful fabrics. Looking forward to 2009!

  17. mara says:

    thanks for reminding me of all these great posts and all those projects i meant to try!

    for next year, i just want more of the same! love everything about this site!

  18. viviane says:

    SMS is one of my favorite blogs, I visit it every day and always find inspiration through links on blogs or tutorials. I learn so much from you ! And it is such a wide opening on the world of crafters ! Thank you and happy 2009 to everyone.

  19. Carol says:

    Great year! I learned a lot from SMS. Thank youso much!
    Happy New Year to everybody!

  20. Trina says:

    definitely another tutorial contest! and more indepth instructional post like the awesome reupolstering post! oh, and gift ideas (for those of us already starting on next year’s christmas list!)!

  21. Deborah says:

    Loved the tutorials on any subject. Even if I didn’t make what was offered it was interesting to see what was on your website. Thank you for providing this great service.

  22. Erin says:

    The sew along was fantastic!!! I absolutely loved it. Thanks for making sewing so accessible and understandable for so many of us!

  23. lvanderb says:

    SMS has helped me see all the resources for us creative types on the internet – the tutorials have been wonderful!

    I’ve been sewing since I was a teen – but tied to patterns… this has been very freeing!

    I loved the quilt month as well, and think themed months are a great idea – of course, let’s see… hmmmm, what would be nice would be if we could post a request for something we cannot find a tutorial for online and one could be created – sort of a tutorial by request.

    Just a thought.

    Thanks so much!

  24. Gretchen says:

    Thanks for all your help and inspiration this year. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for ’09!

  25. Sharon says:

    I love your blog and made my first quilt last year. I designed the pattern and made it king size! It took me almost the entire year and I would not have even considered it if not for you. So I would love another quilt month! This year, I plan on making a baby quilt and a quilt for my daughter. Thank you again!

  26. Julia says:

    I would love to see a july giveaway day!! And of course, I LOVE your handmade holidays in November/december! Fantastic!!

  27. Annmarie says:

    I’ve really enjoyed sms this past year, I think handmade holiday is the icing on the cake, I love all of the great gift ideas.

    I’d like to see an apron sew along. I’ve seen so many comments the past year on various forums and blog that people want to make aprons but never do. I like the idea mentioned above of organizing the sewing space, I know I can use more ideas and am constantly rearranging!

    Thanks for a great blog sms!!

  28. min says:

    I love how you ask what we want to see. How cool. For me personally, I’ve become a teeny bit interested in embroidery. There are so many cute patterns to follow out there and I actually have my 5 year old daughter dabble in it on the floor while I’m at the sewing machine. But I have no idea how to do anything besides up down, up down. A little stitch tutorial would be fun. A week long, perhaps?

    Also…maybe link up to interesting sites for major sewing….roman shades, recovering a wing back (not a slip cover), sewing for a kids room, etc. I may not ever make those things, but I am very interested in seeing major makeovers. I watch all of the sewing that Candice does on HGTV Divine Design and it’s all just somebody sewing NEW ideas and they’re fabulous! Not obvious homemade things….but things I can do with good results. Ha…if I had any sewing talent. I can dream, eh?

    I had actual visitors to my blog all because of you guys….THANKS! I think my little travel tissue tutorial got something like 300+ visitors just in December alone. WOW!

  29. Andi says:

    I love SMS and have learned so much since discovering it a year ago!! Thanks for a year of awesome inspiration! I, too, would love to see another quilting month, more theme months, and, of course, handmade holidays again! I also enjoy the links to blogs and tutorials and just discovering what others are making. Really, I love everything you do! Keep up the great work and thanks for providing such an excellent resource to the sewing community!

  30. Helena says:

    Since I discovered this site not long ago, Ihave been inspired to do more. I love quilting and crafting, hopefully gain more confindence in making clothes. Keep up the awesome job.

  31. Annie says:

    oops… cut myself off! I was going to say “how about just more of everything!”

  32. Annie says:

    There was so much good stuff this last year- it’s hard to pick any one thing! I loved the tutorials and pattern reviews especially but I’ve gotten really into sewing things for the house lately so I think that I would love some more of that too… How about just

  33. becky says:

    love the open tutorials for everyone to participate in. i got some great links from those. the skirt thing is a great idea.
    Thanks for having such a great place to go for questions and answers.

  34. Mary says:

    Thanks so much for letting me be a part of the SMS blog world! It has been such an amazing experience to contribute and I always love reading. I’m always up for tutorials and I’d love another kids’ clothing month, and maybe something devoted to sewing spaces (making stuff for, organization, creative spaces, etc.)

  35. Ms. Cleaver says:

    I’d love another women’s clothing month and maybe some how to on drafting and/or draping patterns

  36. Beth says:

    How about shirts – men’s and / or women’s. And – specifically – collars. I have not been able to make a nice collar for a button-down shirt yet.

    Thanks – Beth

  37. Jan says:

    What a great review. I learn so much from all of your tutorials and continue to get inspiration from the projects and photos on SMS.

  38. alison says:

    I LOVED quilting month and would really enjoy another quilting event or series. And I’m really looking forward to participating in some type of sew-along, so I hope you do more of them. Thanks for a great year of sewing!

  39. Katy says:

    Loved the tutorials, loved the Handmade Holidays, loved Giveaway day! It was all really fun!

  40. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful year for the SMS blog! It has grown into such an amazing resource, and I hope to explore archives like your 2008 highlight list well into the future. Thanks for asking me to participate in quilt month!

  41. Alissa says:

    For me quilting month was so much fun!! I would love it if that happened again.

  42. Amy Hodge says:

    You guys are doing a spectacular job!!

  43. Deborah Ocasio says:

    I am new to the blog and web site and I am looking forward to the 2009 year!!!!

  44. Paula says:

    To everyone involved in SMS, I would like to offer my heart felt thanks for changing my life! Seriously! I was a bored stay at home mum who occasionally crafted. Now I am obsessed with sewing, designing and visiting the local op shop. I know that 2009 is going to be amazing for my family because I have found my passion, which in turn makes me a happy mummy. After all a happy mummy = a happy home!
    Your Blog is awesome the constant stream of inspiration is just what I needed! So please be proud of yourselves and find time to sit down, smile and enjoy that little tingle you get inside when you know you’ve done something to be happy about!!
    Happy New Year!

  45. Samantha says:

    More tutorials and pattern reviews! Those are my favorites.

  46. monstergirl says:

    More sew-alongs, please! (And Handmade Holidays 3!)

  47. Hannah says:

    I can’t believe 2008 is over, whew did that go by fast or what! I am so excited to see what is to come in the New Year. As far as what I want to see here…. I think Sew Mama Sew has amazing contributors and a wonderful staff that has done a great job. I hope next year there are more theme months, I love those!
    Happy New Year! See you in 2009!

  48. Julie says:

    I love the links to turorials! I would like to see more things that I can make for the men and little boys in my life. It is SO hard to find the perfect handmade gift for them.

  49. amy says:

    I can’t wait to see what SMS will have in 2009! My sewing machine is taking a little break so it can be ready!

  50. Alice S says:

    I’ve learned SOOOOOOOOOOOO much from this blog this year. THANK YOU! I never thought that I could make a quilt, but your quilting month inspired me and I’ve made about 10 since then (and working on another now). Handmade Holidays is my favorite series so please continue it next year. I also love the “Show and Tell” type of posts you do linking to others’ crafts and tutorials. It gives me ideas and I get to admire everyone’s creations. Keep up the great work!

  51. kelli says:

    Please, please, please do another quilting month!!

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