We’re very excited to share with you the details of our {No Excuses} Holiday Sew-Alongs! Every year we hear from dozens of people who tell us that November is simply too late to start sewing tree skirts, advent calendars and table linens. We can totally relate. By November we’re heavily involved in gift making, with no time to think about starting home decor projects. That’s why this year we are starting in October (thus the “No Excuses” aspect — all meant in good fun, of course.) Here is how it will work:

The instructions for each project will be posted in multiple segments throughout the month, but on the same day of the week. (Placemats on Mondays, advent calendar on Wednesdays and tree skirt on Fridays.) If you are sewing along, join the corresponding Flickr group to share your photos and post your questions to the designers, who will be checking in on the discussion boards there.  To give you a little incentive to keep sewing along, every week we’ll have a drawing for a great prize. All you have to do to enter is post a photo of your progress in that project’s Flickr pool. These are fabulous projects created by talented, experienced designers and authors. Join one, two or all three sew-alongs. Ready? Set? Sew!

Sew-Along

Color Blocks Placemats and Napkins

Designer

Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!

Description

These modern patchwork placemats and napkins are all dressed up and ready for your next holiday dinner! We’ll use basic quiltmaking skills to create a set of four placemats and four napkins that are each slightly different, while remaining a beautiful coordinating set. Do you want to use your scraps? Do you want to make more than four? This sew-along will include helpful hints for adapting the pattern to your needs.

Dates

October 3, 10, 17 and 24 (four Mondays)

Flickr Group

Color Blocks Placemats and Napkins Sew-Along

Prizes

Post photos of your progress in the Flickr group each week for a chance to win:

  • a copy of Elizabeth’s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork
  • a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!
  • a pack of 12 Kona fat quarters
  • a fabulous sewing book (tbd)

Pear Tree Advent

Sew-Along

In A Pear Tree Advent Calendar

Designer

Linda Feldman of Craft Apple

Description

A wall-hanging advent calendar that has 24 windows that open to reveal images of the Christmas season, photos of your family, simple sayings or whatever you choose.

Dates

October 5, 12, 19 and 26 (four Wednesdays)

Flickr Group

In A Pear Tree Advent Calendar Sew-Along

Prizes

Post photos of your progress in the Flickr group each week for a chance to win:

Tree Pants

Sew-Along

Christmas Tree Pants (because not all trees like to wear skirts)

Designer

Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

Description

A simple Tree Pants quilt that’s fun to do in solids or prints, with scraps or with yardage. So fun you’ll want to make multiple pants. Simple “stitch and flip” star points = no triangle piecing.

Dates

October 7, 14 and 21 (three Fridays)

Flickr Group

Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along

Prizes

Post photos of your progress in the Flickr group each week for a chance to win:

FEEL FREE TO GRAB THE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE IF YOU’RE JOINING ANY OF THESE SEW-ALONGS.