Want to be an SMS contributor?

on December 27 | in Contributors | by | with 32 Comments

We at Sew,Mama,Sew! think 2011 will be an incredible year in sewing. We know we’ll be seeing lots of gorgeous prints and solids on a wide range of substrates. New and growing pattern companies will be offering a greater variety of sewing patterns. And we’re sure that the sewing community will explore different techniques and trends.

As always, we plan to celebrate sewing all year. We’ll bring you tutorials, contests, sew-alongs and all the other great content you’ve come to expect from us. As you probably know, one of the things that makes the SMS blog stand out among the sewing blogs is the wide variety of contributors that we gather together. We love the sewing community and are proud to be able to collaborate with so many great bloggers, authors, designers, vendors and sewists.

If you’d like to be a contributor in 2011, send us an email! kristin@sewmamasew.com

  • Subject line: SMS CONTRIBUTOR
  • Are you interested in reviewing patterns, writing tutorials, or being on the board? How would you like to play along?
  • Where can we see your work? Blogs and Flickr links, please.
  • What do you love the most and what are you really good at?
  • Anything else we need to know about you?

We’ll go through all the emails and file them away for future reference. So please know that even though we might not reply right away, you may hear from us later in the year when we think your contribution might be a good fit.

Whether you’d like to participate or not, we’d love to know what you’d like to see here in the coming year. Leave a comment, please!

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32 Responses to Want to be an SMS contributor?

  1. Acequiamadre says:

    I like pattern and book reviews. Also links to creative work people are doing for inspiration. Your December tutorial line-up was amazing!

  2. Donna says:

    Hi, I’d love to be a contributor. I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia, have 6 kids, a blog and I love making stuff. I’ve been crafting for as long as I remember and I always seem to be making projects for our home. Sewing is my passion and I’m particularly interested in the new ‘green’ resurgence of this skill. It’s amazing how many ways things can be created and up-cycled from discarded fabric and old clothes . I recently started making retro inspired bags from vintage and second-hand fabrics sourced largely from charity stores. I’ve started selling them at a local market too. Check out my blog (it’s only relatively new) http://www.sewthreads.blogspot.com/
    Thanks & happy sewing

  3. Dee says:

    I consider it as a challenging offer 😉 I would like to contribute. Yesterday I just saw one sample from your blog and I sew similar thing rightaway. Post it on my facebook wall already 😉 Next time, I want to share some of my work (umm… it has to be sew, right? or something from fabric?) here, on your web. 😉 I’ll let you know when I finished.

  4. JenRichards says:

    As a reader I’m really interested in learning a few things… I have a bunch of adorable boys fabrics with directional prints, and want to make button-down collared shirts with them, but don’t really know how to lay it out so the prints line up right where the two front-sides meet and button. Seems downright impossible to get this right to me!!

    I’d love to learn how to install a zipper and make a simple zippered purse (lined)… I’ve seen a few tutorials, but none of them have tons of pictures (I really need FOOLproof)!!!

  5. Caroline says:

    I would love to review patterns. I have no formal sewing training but love to sew. I’ve lean from my mom and grand mothers and I’m teaching myself as I go. This is only my first year bogging but there are a few published projects of doll and kids clothing as well as deco items:
    Hope you like what you see


  6. Erin Turner says:

    I would love to contribute! I have just started my own blog so I am still kinda figuring it all out, but if anyone would like to check it out, go to TheDomesticTexan.com

  7. Liz says:

    I would love to see more boy sewing projects!!!
    I also love when you post a free tutorial, they are always so pretty!

  8. Debbie Hicks says:

    I would love to be a contributor. I’ve been quilting for almost 15 years and creating machine embroidery designs for about seven. I sell embroidery designs on four online malls. I design patterns for purses and quilting/sewing/every day related items. I teach classes at a local shop and get such satisfaction from watching others learn & enjoy a craft-filled life. I would be happy to share any techniques & info to help others, can write, photo & inspire! I have two grown kids who are amazing young adults and now I get to play. I’ve been a fan of your site for a long time and would enjoy sharing and connecting with others through Sew Mama Sew….. I continue to learn and grow in all things crafty and am happy to share my adventures 🙂 Happy Stitching Friends, Debbie

  9. Cathy Milne says:

    SMS Contributor

    I would love to help out, share my products and provide tutorials.

  10. Sivje Parish says:

    I would love to be a contributor! I love to sew and design patterns. I sew for my family as well as for custom clients. My favorite things to sew are definitely dresses. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 19, so I get to sew the whole spectrum of styles and types. I also smock and create dream dresses for my clients. And I love testing patterns for fellow pattern designers. My blog is woefully behind right now, as we have just moved. But I will be catching back up any day now.
    You can see me at my blog-
    My flickr has not been updated recently, but there is a link on my blog. Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. I was a Home Ec. major in college, but got married, and then finished with an Elem. Ed. degree. I have sewn since I was a kid. I love sewing, and I’d love to review/test children’s patterns preferably.

    I made pageant dresses for a few years when I was in my 40’s. You can see many of my projects on my blog. http://www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

    I would love to see some projects and/or tutorials using a coverstitch machine. I just got one, and I love it, but I’m still learning.

  12. Kim S. says:

    I have sewn since I was little. I love to sew accessories, clothing, quilting or anything crafty and fun. I would love to be a contributor. I do have a blog where I post all sorts of things I make. What I would like to see more are stretch knit projects. I rarely sew with stretch knits so some info and tutorials on it would be great.

  13. Chris says:

    I love the tutorial round-ups you share, like the handmade holiday gift ideas you featured in November. It was a great way to find new blogs, get the creative juices flowing, and made my “wish to do” list even longer. 🙂

  14. jennee says:

    I would love to review patterns. I love your site, and have made many things from your site or from guests on your blog.


    I would also be interested in doing tutorials using an up-cycle theme.

  15. Courtney says:

    I especially liked the 30 days of gift ideas for xmas. I was anxious every day to come back and see what new ideas were posted & I did make a few of them for gifts. I would like to see more of that please!

  16. Kate says:

    I would LOVE to test patterns. I would say I have pretty decent sewing skills. In my craftster profile (below) you can see a purse I made myself. I drafted the pattern and everything.

    Some of my favorite projects to do are tiny, portable, hand-sewing things. If I have a project to do over my lunch break, it keeps me from shopping. Since I have a 1-year-old, I also love making stuff for her.

    Craftster profile: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile
    Awesome purse: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269631.msg3040691#msg3040691

    So here is me begging. Please, please please pick me! I would love the opportunity for new sewing challenges. More interaction with SMS would be great as well.

    Thank you!

  17. Nina says:

    I’m interested in upcycling for children’s clothes, toys, organizational solutions, and fabric accessories. Always looking for ways to use my interest in fabrics and sewing for service projects to help others such as Dress A Girl Around the World (pillowcase dresses and prayer dolls). No blog or web site.

  18. Lucy Schroepfer says:

    Happy to review patterns. I am a self-taught sewer and quilter so a well thought-out pattern makes a difference.

    I would like to see some content on the basics– or actually the not to basics. Misc. techniques that stumped me for instance this year are:

    1. Piecing a TINY TINY quilt—Still not sure how to use a stilletto.. (spelling?)
    2. Curved pieces
    3. What to do when a certain area of a (row?) seems to catch and the thread gets jarbled (word?) over and over again on each attempt..
    4. What do I use all these notions for that I pick-up for nothing at yard sales. for instance Seam Tape..

    A couple other ideas for the blog:

    Entries on altering clothes..
    1. Fixing things! For instance—- How to sew on a good patch that will stay– can one use a machine on a pant-leg? What is it with those stupid iron on things in the store– they seem useless! Replacing zippers– does one take out the old one and start fresh? Hemming..
    2. Uses for old shirts or the like..Ideas for using clothes that are tired or small for other purposes..

    And a little self-serving..(Two 6 year old daughters now really into Dolls)
    1. Patterns and ideas for sewing for dolls. Clothes/ accessories etc..

  19. desiree says:

    I love all of the tutorials. I have also learned a lot through your quilt month. Thank you for all you do, I know SMS 2011 will not dissappoint. 🙂

  20. Chris says:

    I’m having a tough time making room for regular blogging, now that I’m back in school, but am always up to test patterns or offer some help. I think sometimes you learn more by teaching! You can see some of my work on my blog (Xmas updates to come shortly). I sew, knit, crochet, bake, and scrapbook a little. I’ve promised myself a new wardrobe this year and would love to see some reviews of patterns and some tutorials for grownups! 🙂

  21. Cindy says:

    I’m a mom in a house of boys and love to sew beautiful garments and pillows out of vintage lace and silk. I would love to review patterns or write tutorials. Every summer I teach sewing to kids and love to design and draft patterns for clothing and home furnishings. See my creations at: http://www.marypearlsvintage.etsy.com

  22. Angela says:

    The tutorials are my favorite part. I’d love to see more of the same, but am particularly interested in clothes for women, pregnancy, children, and babies.

  23. brenda says:


    I would love to try out new patterns. I’m a lot better at following someone else’s pattern than writing my own.I’m not sure exactly what “being on the board” means. But I would try.

    I make a lot of kids clothes, purses and bags (that’s what I’m good at). I also make clothes for myself and other people.

  24. Lisa says:

    Thanks for asking for feedback.
    I’d love to see more big boy (ages 6 – 11ish) please. Anything big boy not baby boy would be great. I love to make things for my boys – I have 3 in this age group. There is so much for girls out there but not so much for boys.

  25. Jenny says:

    What a cool opportunity! Thanks!

  26. beth lehman says:

    I love SMS so much – I am inspired by the work that is shown. I enjoy interviews, love tutorials, and like seeing visually how something goes together. I love learning about new products and techniques – a wealth of information!

  27. Hello there, Sew Mamas. My 2010 goal was to learn to sew, and I totally did! (My 2011 goal is to become a runner. This sounds not as fun as becoming a sewer. We’ll see how it goes.) Anyway, I’m by no means a “seamstress,” but I love doing it.

    My favorite projects are anything but quilts. They’re beautiful but so much cutting… Also, I don’t do upcycled (like a tshirt from a dress) much since I don’t have a lot I would want to upcycle. But I love to make bags, anything that organizes, kid clothes, accessories, blankets, home decor, etc.

    I would be interested in reviewing patterns for Sew, Mama, Sew! It would give me an opportunity to try a new project and actually finish it in a timely manner since someone else would be relying on me to finish it! 🙂

    My blog is http://www.amytriedit.com. The part you gals would be interested in is the sewing: http://www.amytriedit.com/search/label/sewing.

  28. Beth says:

    I would love to see a ‘how to’ using the fabrics in the shop. Maybe different patterns made in more than one fabric from the shop. Maybe some youtube videos featuring the fabrics – so the at home shopper could see the size of a pattern / flow of the fabric.

  29. Alison O'Grady says:

    I would love to do a pattern review in the coming year! I love to work with silks and ruffles! mt blog is sewbeeitclothier.blogspot.com
    Any way I can play is sounding just great to me!Let me know what I can do?

  30. I would love to see some tutorials on women’s tops – particularly with sleeves and tips and tricks for success with sleeves.

  31. I would love to help contribute however I can. I’m a freelance writer by trade and an amateur crafter, sewer and mama. I posted on my blog just today about some Sew, Mama, Sew! projects that I want to take on. Mine would be a beginner’s perspective, but I’m sure there’s room for that!


    Ellen Mallernee Barnes


  32. JO P-S says:

    I’m a Mum who sews clothes for mini me (5 and 3/4)and myself (When I’m not teaching 4 year olds)
    Been sewing for as long as I can remember, My Mum sews & Grandma was a seamstress (I’m nearly 37)
    I make toys & gifts and have recently started quilting!
    I’d love to review patterns, I do not have a blog; but I put my makes on my FB page
    TY Jo 🙂

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