Vote for our October theme!

on September 2 | in Etc... | by | with 98 Comments

As you probably already know, we like to have a cohesive theme for all our blog posts every other month. We’ve done some brainstorming, but we’d like to know what you’d like to see next. Choose as many topics as you’d like, and/or add your own (it might show up on our next poll.)

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98 Responses to Vote for our October theme!

  1. Barbie says:

    scrap buster has my vote.

  2. Kimberly says:

    ScrapBusters has my vote! (I have visions of finished projects & clean shelves!….only to make room for more!)

  3. Renee says:

    Joy – I’ve made bibs too. I backed mine with old towels that had gotten bleached and didn’t look pretty but were still very absorbant. About 1/2 of a bath towel for an adolescent or adult bib and 1/4 of a bath towel or a whole hand towel works for an older child. I also use my quilting scraps and do a log cabin pattern directly sewn onto the towel. It’s GREEN too!

  4. Sara says:

    Oh, I like someone else’s idea of pattern making month! All those elusive design ideas I never learned…

  5. Renee says:

    Java jane, Deana, etc…. truthfully the page got too long for me to read…. but if anyone wants to do service sewing long term I suggest finding your local day support program, ICF-MR, & groups homes for children or adults with special needs and they would most likely be glad to accept the completed sensory projects on behalf of clients OR take regular projects to sell for a fundraiser…. If that is too much homework I could coordinate something for the local programs in my area. I work with adults in an employment setting BUT I used to do day support before that and my son is also a resident at an ICF-MR so I’m pretty well informed regarding the local services.

  6. Unity says:

    Halloween is a top priority for me at the moment with getting ready to make costumes and trying to figure out alternatives to cruddy store bought decor. But sewing for men and boys pulls a very close second on my list as well.

  7. Leah says:

    Some great ideas on your list…. looking forward to the ideas.

  8. Melna says:

    You can find a lot of stuff about going green (recycling), but it is difficult to find it for boys and men, also for home decor. But whatever you choose, you know we will be here!

  9. liz says:

    i think a fun month would be a sewing “green” or recycling sort of thing. i would love to do a tutorial for the shirt i did that won 2nd place in the flower power contest earlier this year.

    i always love to see what can be made out of other things that you no longer need. obviously betz white has a ton of ideas too!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I would like to put my vote in for pattern drafting. I would like to be able to make my own sloper and also how to do a sway back adjustment on pants patterns. There is not enough good information out there for those two topics.
    Thanks and I LOVE your blog. It has really helped me with my sewing.

  11. Joy says:

    I particularly like the ideas for service related themes! I sew as I am able do but I am disabled with a connective tissue disorder. Unstable joints make sewing a little difficult as my hands and wrists are weak. I know there must be great small projects I could sew to help others!! A few years ago I made some bibs for my friend’s profoundly physically handicapped son based on the simple baby bibs in Bend the Rules Sewing. Twelve year old boys don’t want to be wearing actual baby bibs or adult size ones made for older people. I made some with camouflage and one with motorcycle fabric chosen by my daughter who is his age. They were backed with terry cloth. I’d love more ideas like this or even the one I’ve seen recently which shows how to make washable “feminine hygiene” pads for girls in Africa. I’m not able to be as active as I like physically but at only 44 I still have a lot of help left in me!

  12. min says:

    I can’t believe it, but I voted for bags. I can’t get sick of them.
    BUT…as an aside, with the IBOL post, it got me thinking of all the info that people could post here (maybe in the comments section, whatever it’s called) for “giving.” For example, my mom makes mini blankets for preemies at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. They actually have VERY specific guidelines for making the blankies, and they are of need. It’d be nice to hear about these so that we could pick and choose what is makeable for us and we could still be philanthropic.
    Just an idea.
    Maybe it’d be a good “week of giving” theme where you could post sew alongs or something.

  13. Merrilee says:

    I sew for my three grown girls. I also sew birthday and Christmas gifts for female relatives and friends. (big and little) I would like to sew for the men and boys in my life,but find ideas and patterns hard to come by. All the other suggestions are great too, and I would benefit from many of them, but it would be nice to have a Sewing for Men and Boys month at some point. I love SMS.

  14. Susan says:

    I’d like to have a theme month based on sewing items to help the elderly and infirm–making their lives a little easier. The items could include, but not be limited to, things such as carrying bags to attach to walkers and wheelchairs, supply holders that are held in place by the weight of a mattress or chair cushion, around the neck pouches for reading glasses, hearing aids, etc, clothing construction and closure techniques that aid the arthritic or motion-limited in dressing independently, and so forth.

  15. Kristen says:

    Id love a kids month. Like making things for kids or babies. Boy ideas would be great. Or quilting. I think you’ve already done that but who can have enough quilting. What about holiday gifts or holiday sewing ideas? I LOVE your blog!

  16. Jackie Davis says:

    I love “KAT”‘s response it was similar to mine… Not Sew Ordinary Quilts. Different. I know I am wanting to make quilts for my friend who does Physical therapy so what Kat posted was great info for me. I also have seen those Wee-Quilts using baby clothes and it sticks out like dresses or the ruffles. Or Tie quults made from old ties not just to show as a tie on a shirt but real creative etc. Or my favorite are t-shirt quilts. and more. I know I am trying to print on iron on transfers and other not-sew-normal techniques!

    Have fun picking!

  17. Vicki Terpstra says:

    I would LOVE some ideas for sewing things for all the men in my family. I have four boys, all in their 20’s and my husband and need ideas for the upcoming holidays. Gifts are going to be in short supply this year unless they are made by me so I need help. I just can’t decide what would be good besides the same old thing like lap quilts or things like that. Men are so hard to sew things for when you have limited skills at creating clothing or something such as that requiring more advanced skills.

  18. suzi says:

    I would definitely love to see sewing for boys. I have searched for patterns but haven’t come up with much. Especially for the baby boys there is nothing. I think once the little one is around size 2t then there are some but then as they get older there is nothing again. It would also be nice to see ideas of gifts to sew boys.

  19. Irene says:

    I know if seems easy and maybe even boring, but I’d love to learn more about window coverings- drapes, roman shades, cafe curtains… There are so many techniques and options that I would love to learn about.

  20. Andrea says:

    definitely boys and men, there seems to be a shortage of idea for them

  21. Susan S. says:

    I’ve done some service projects that are real scrap busters, so I’d like to see more of those. Really I like all the ideas and hope to see them all done eventually, including Barbara H.’s idea of seeing how other people’s sewing areas are organized.

  22. perches says:

    Boys & men, please! So many mass-produced patterns, etc. are more-of-the-same. i would love the opportunity to see new things.

    Also love the idea of regular service/charity projects – a month or bi-weekly project would be sweet. Especially with so many holidays coming up…

  23. Erica K says:

    I’m not sure how to categorize my idea. But I love seeing cute little things that people make like little dolls, fabric houses, buntings, etc. That would be a fun month! I’m also all for scrap busters. Tiny scraps…I have them.

  24. ItsyBitsyKC says:

    I would love to see some projects on sewing for men and boys! But what about knitting projects for men and boys too? The urge to knit always hits me in the fall.

  25. egater says:

    Bag monthwould be just so much fun:)

  26. donnag says:

    I would enjoy a day or two on needle turn applique. And… maybe more hexagons.

  27. Lorie says:

    I would like to see a month devoted to sewing fashions for us – the mamas who read this blog. I’m always sewing for someone else but dream and stash fabric away for sewing myself some new, nifty, modern clothes. Like many of your readers I put myself last in line. It would be great to see some modern, easy patterns for a sewing mama’s wardrobe: dresses, jackets, skirts, etc.

  28. mary anne says:

    YES, i, too, would love to see a BOYS/MEN’S clothes! pretty please…..

  29. Miss C says:

    I think scrap busting is something I should be doing. I used up all the space in my scrap bin with scraps and have nowhere to put NEW scraps!

  30. ~Heather says:

    Boys clothes!!!! I want to find a tute on a simple cotton-type button down vest for a boy child (would work for a girl too, I suppose, but I don’t have any of those). Boy anything! Please! There are so many girl things out there and just making it blue or with a pirate on it doesn’t always work.

  31. Morgan says:

    I love Renee’s idea for special needs items – not only for older children but for adults as well!

  32. Lauranie says:

    Can I amend my comment to add that I really like the idea of a bi-weekly scrapbuster idea!! Or better yet….once a week…like incorporating a weekly scrapbuster within the monthly theme…ie Bag month, make a scrappy flower to add to your bag….or something like that!! Or Halloween decor….use scraps to make banners or patchwork clothes for scarecrows…sorry, just some thoughts!! 🙂

  33. Lauranie says:

    Well of COURSE, Halloween comes to mind!! But really all topics are good ones! I guess we have alot to look forward to over the coming months!! 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

  34. Deb says:

    I would love special techniques, sewing for boys and men, sewing and creating your own plushies, tips on making professional looking bags (all sorts), finishings (you know, to make your clothes unique and professional looking), stretch clothing month, cloth manipulation, and you know ‘a back to basics’ – ie, choosing the right fabric for the right pattern, right cotton, right needle, best elastics for…, different techniques for zipper placement and different zippers and when best to use them…gosh my list could go on and on! Look forward to seeing what is coming up! Love Sew, Mama, Sew sewwww much (pardon the pun…LOL).

  35. Dianne says:

    I can’t decide — there are so many interesting suggestions already! I will be happy with any of those choices.

  36. all8garden says:

    My first vote would be for pattern drafting/making because then I could (possibly) make anything, for anybody, whether it’s a boy,a girl or the man-in-the-moon. Second would be for boys and men. I too have boys that would love to feel special having Momma sew something just for them to wear. Third would be sewing for fall/Thanksgiving. Maybe napkins, tablecloths, chair covers, neat pillow covers, curtains or shades; things that make everything seem so warm, comfortable and home like. Plus, I adore the crisp fall colors, pumpkins, and leaves.

    I loved this past months theme of handwork. So inspiring and beautiful. Thank you for all of the hard work that you do into putting this all together. And Thank You to everyone who contributed.

  37. Angel says:

    I loved the pattern making idea–actually I would love to have tutorials for adjusting clothes patterns for cloth diapering bottoms….I’m working on some myself but would be curious to see what others do.

    I’d love to see something like bi-weekly scrapbuster idea or service idea.

  38. Alana says:

    My vote was totally selfish – I voted for bag month because I would love to learn how to make a bag.

    And okay, okay, I also chose Halloween decor because I do love me some Halloween decor…especially things with pumpkins!!

  39. Elizabeth says:

    I vote for men and boy theme. Some other month I’d love to see a dorm decor month.

  40. Sarahe4e says:

    Good choices for October, any of them are worthy to be chosen, but for me it has to be the scrap busters.

  41. Madrona Tree says:

    I vote for Halloween month because I was perusing the tutorial category for a halloween loot bag, and couldn’t find one.

    I also voted for Boys & Men because – as others rightly point out – they are hard to sew for!

  42. Char says:

    I put in an “other” that I called “Setting the Table.” I was thinking about all the stuff you could sew to make the table (any table) look pretty for various special meals coming up later in the fall and early winter. It’s a cozy time of the year, and it’s always fun to find ways to make it even cozier in our homes…

  43. leslie says:

    because i had to choose i chose boys and men. this is a daunting field. i can sew a man’s robe..(the first garment i ever sewed) and i have a pattern for boxer shorts that i can’t figure out. my new grandson looks like he has been stamped with garanimals even though i have tried to find him cute clothes. come on girls! we are creative enough to have our little boys look as cute as the girls and face it…they aren’t as picky and temperamental about a ruffle. i also would love to be able to give something back to my husband who has supported my sewing 100%.

    oh…….how i need a quilting month. especially with xmas coming. i just hope all these good ideas play out in the months ahead. this site is awesome.

  44. Katherine says:

    Smocking, Smocking, Smocking!!!! It is SO beautiful, SO timeless, SO fun and there are few resources for it. Pretty Please!!!!!!!

  45. ~Helena~ says:

    It’s so hard to choose. I say scraps busting (I just resorted to selling some boxes on Craigslist to clean house), all the choices are real great. Thanks… 🙂

  46. Ramona says:

    I love scraps, bags and especially charity or service projects. I’d really like to see ideas for youth groups to do for service projects.

  47. Bag of the month sounds great – I am a bag lady!

  48. meg says:

    Boyz 2 Men!

  49. Elaine says:

    Thanks for asking!
    I vote for what Deanna suggested and love the idea of a month of
    sewing to help others like the IBOL project.And as Java Jane has
    suggested, why just a month… why not bi-weekly sewing service
    Also, I like the ideas of sewing for men and boys!
    And yes, a big yes for pattern making!
    No matter what you pick, I know we will all learn so much and
    enjoy it , too!

  50. Bettina Groh says:

    I’ve been doing a lot more non-teddy bear sewing lately so I have loads of scraps… please (I hate throwing them away and hate how much space they take up)… could you do a scrap one?
    My #2 would be sewing for men and boys . My retired husband doesn’t need ties etc but I’d like some fun ideas for my 3 yo grandson ( he gets so excited when I make him something).

  51. Suzanne says:

    I like “cause sewing” as an ongoing thing. I think that is a very god idea.

    I am single, so sewing for men and boys, not so much.

    Patternmaking, altering patterns and fitting would be very helpful for me. Especially ideas on fitting when you don’t have a dress form or anyone to help you.

  52. Lorrie says:

    I voted for scrapbusters because that can cover a lot of territory. But I suggested a fashion accessory theme as well – belts, pins, easy vests, ruffles, etc.

  53. Kristen Mary says:

    Please oh Please pick “sewing for boys and men”, those of us with sons have such limited options!! Thank you!!

  54. Kelli says:

    After taking the poll and reading the comments–I’m up for anything! I love the idea of finding patterns for my son, I, too, often feel bad about not making him anything. Plus, he’s WAY less picky than his sister!!! But I also love the scraps ideas, special techniques, and the charitable ideas. Whatever you decide, just keep it coming!

  55. Emily says:

    i loved all of the ideas–any would be great!

  56. Joey Snow says:

    I was just waiting for the first of the month to see what the theme was going to be. I had a hard time voting because all the ideas seemed useful but I chose special techniques. I want to learn smocking. The halloween theme would be great for next month too.

  57. Bethany says:

    I have a large drawer of scraps (I just don’t want to get rid of them) and some ideas would be wonderful!!! I also like the idea of boys and men (since I have three boys)!!! I love what you do on this blog and would be happy with anything…thanks!!

  58. v and co says:

    i voted for boys and men! we don’t have enough stuff for them!!!

  59. Beth says:

    Many of your readers are bloggers- how about some ideas about how to photograph and write a good tutorial and how to photograph our lovely projects?

  60. Ilona says:

    I voted for Boys & Men, but that’s only I because I HAD to choose… it was 50-50 with Bag month… Just LOVE bags!

  61. Kay says:

    I would like to see pattern reviews,easy to make sewing projects, sewing machine reviews and how-to videos. I voted for scrap busters.

  62. It was a hard choice … I would like an entire month dedicated to a lot of these themes! I would love a bag month (obviously!), but I think Halloween sewing would be very fun, too!

  63. Jen V says:

    Can you use the results to prioritize the 3 most popular and get to those 3 eventually?

  64. Julie says:

    I voted for scrap busters, but I could have voted for a few others too! Great topics!

  65. mara says:

    I voted for Men/Boys and special techniques, but I love the idea of incorporating charitable giving more often in the SMS blog. Maybe a monthly feature where different charities can let us know, through SMS, what they need and those of us who have time/ability can send off a blanket or a baby cap or what have you.

    Great work, as always, SMS!!!

  66. Carol says:

    Scrap busters. I have more fabric scraps than complete yards of fabric. I do not throw anything away.

  67. Krystina says:

    I just want to add my vote for boys and men– there is so little out there for boys. I almost feel guilty with how much stuff I’ve made for my daughter as opposed to my son for lack of any ideas!

  68. Sarah J says:

    Scrap busters sounds great… but Christmas gifts would also be great!

  69. Erin says:

    I’d love to see techniques. I feel a little iffy about scrapbusters because they’re usually small weird-looking projects that, at least in my house, tend to fall in the “useless” category. But maybe you’ll change my mind. 🙂

  70. Melissa says:

    It was definitely a toss up between sewing for boys and men and using scraps. Love both ideas, well love all ideas but you know what I mean!

  71. andrea says:

    I voted forf scrap busters: )
    I’d love to find some new destash ideas all the while making useful things.

  72. Mary Beth says:

    I honestly love a lot of these topics, so hopefully you can get to all of them at some point. I voted for “scrap busters” but also thing sewing for boys and men is an interesting topic.

  73. Margie says:

    I would of picked about 4 different things so I guess I will be happy with whatever you choose! I think men & boys though. I have 2 boys & they would love some mama made anything. I love the idea of scrap busting & special techniques too & can’t forget my favorite-bags!!

  74. Kate says:

    I voted for Halloween decor and costumes because it seemed October-ish, but I’d also love to see sewing for men and boys at some point in the future!

  75. Java Jane says:

    Deanna is brilliant with her suggestion of building on the IBOL concept, i.e. having a month of service projects ideas.

    On the other hand, why just a month? Maybe you could offer a service project idea on a bi-weekly basis to keep service work front and center.

  76. Kat says:

    This is for Renee and for the monthly theme: I have seen a special quilt made that has squares of different textures, fabrics, colors, patterns, and everything else. The quilts don’t look like they match anything. They use a lot of special techniques for the blocks such as smocking, pockets, buttons, zippers, etc. The quilts are used as a sensory tool for special needs children and even adults. The different textures and fabrics give the person someting to stimulate their senses, learn from, touch, and feel. I have even seen one done with simple pictures which was used for a family who couldn’t afford an augmentation device. The child was able to point to squares on the quilt to talk to his mom and dad.

  77. Catarina says:

    I would like to see boys and men outfits.
    I have a son and I would like to do more stuff to him and to my husband.

  78. sonja says:

    I’m learning how to sew, just started, and would be interested in common mistakes and how to prevent them.

  79. Baukje says:

    I agree with Corinne……..A pattern making month would be great.

  80. Nova437 says:

    They all sound good!

  81. morepjs says:

    so many fabulous choices, but I think since I am waiting on my overdue baby, it’lll have to be mums and baby’s sewing.

  82. Trish James says:

    There are so many patterns and projects out there for the girls but not so much for boys. I would love to see something male related. I do feel that the boys get left out a bit. Maybe how to draft/adjust patterns so we can make for either gender and allow for special needs at the same time.

  83. Coleen Hauth says:

    Can’t we see them all?! Why choose?

  84. Stacey S. says:

    Is it too obvious to ask for a costume theme? Or working with difficult fabrics (glitter dot and fur) special tips and techniques?
    Christmas gifts would be timely too.

  85. Sharmila says:

    I would love to have a Special Techniques Month please.

  86. Erin H. says:

    I would love, love more ideas for boys and men (Really! Please!), but I also like Renee’s and Deanna’s ideas on service-oriented sewing. That’s something I haven’t really thought about, and I’m sure there are many of us who would like to learn more!

  87. April says:

    I love scrap busters, special techniques and boys and men. I can’t choose! Argh!

  88. Lisa says:

    So many good choices. I’ve loved the hand sewing month and am sad that it is/has come to an end. I like the men/boys sewing ideas with an emphasis on the men as my boy is now a man taller than his dad. I also love the special techniques idea.

    Perhaps some time you can combine the special needs idea with the charity idea or the special needs idea with how to adjust patterns.

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide!

  89. Katie says:

    I really like the idea of learning how to adjust sleeves!

  90. Deanna says:

    What about building on the IBOL and having a “service” or “chairtable” month? There are so many good causes out there or good things that can be shared. Simple gifts of love….can the world ever have too many of them?

  91. Mrs. Pear says:

    If you are going to do Thanksgiving sewing could you please do that in October for 2 reasons.

    1. For those who celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving!
    2. For those who need lots of time to get ready for Thanksgiving!

  92. Holly says:

    Smocking! Yes, please! I’d love to! But I can’t! figure! it! out!

  93. I love coming to the blog and learning new things, so I am up for anything.


  94. Renee says:

    I voted for men and boy (because I love to dress my boys that aren’t picky!) but then I also thought of “special needs” I often make things for my son (he has down syndrome, mental retardation, & sensory needs) that are either too costly or just don’t exist in the retail world. ex. bibs for older children or pajamas pants with more seat room for incontinence supplies. I’ve seen instructions for sensory items such as a weighted blanket for autism or wheelchair bags. I also like the pattern drafting idea too.

  95. Barbara H. says:

    Top two for me would be special techniques and scrap busters.

    Something I’d like to suggest for another time: I am just now getting a sewing/craft/guest room (since one of my sons got married and moved out), and I’d love to see how others organize their craft and sewing areas so I can get some ideas. I always get inspired seeing other people’s creative space.

  96. Tina Mackey says:

    Even if you don’t get to it this month, I would LOVE to see a theme on sewing for boys and men. There are so few good patterns out there for this! I’ve found a few and managed to make some cute things for my boys to wear. Mostly I just sew “things” rather than clothes such as backpacks and pencil bags. Seeing some new ideas would be great!

  97. Ashley says:

    Love the idea of a scrap busters month!

  98. corinne says:

    i’d love a special techniques month, including the designing and adjusting of sleeves. sleeves confound me! please help my daughter have clothes with proper sleeves. 🙂

    ooh! how about a “pattern making” month?

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