Make, Quilt, Sew: 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and we’re sew inspired to celebrate! What better time to catch up on those WIPS that have been languishing on a shelf all summer or start something new, especially with the holidays just around the corner.
National Sewing Month is also a great time to hone your skills and experiment with a new technique. In honor of this crafty holiday, here are five fun ideas for nurturing your creativity all month long—and beyond!

Left to Right: Twisted Flower Tote by Vanessa Christenson, On the Beach Yoga Mat by Vivika Hansen DeNegre, and Hot Cross Buns Quilt by Annmarie Cowley from <em>Modern Patchwork Home</em>

Left to Right: Twisted Flower Tote by Vanessa Christenson, On the Beach Yoga Mat by Vivika Hansen DeNegre, and Hot Cross Buns Quilt by Annmarie Cowley from Modern Patchwork Home

Make A Handmade Gift

You don’t need a noteworthy occasion to make something special for the people in your life, but with the holidays approaching, now is a great time to get started on your gift list. From handy totes and aprons to pillows and throws, a personalized gift means the most. For a bounty of ideas, ranging from sweet and simple to more complex, check out Modern Patchwork Home, which offers 23 modern patchwork projects for everyone on your list, including you!

Women’s Ruffled Half Apron, Reversible Striped Coaster, Quad Triangle Pillow from See Kate Sew by Kate Blocher.

Women’s Ruffled Half Apron, Reversible Striped Coaster, Quad Triangle Pillow from See Kate Sew by Kate Blocher.

For last-minute gift ideas, take a peek at See Kate Sew. Written by See Kate Sew blogger Kate Blocher, the beginner-friendly guide features 24 gift-worthy projects you can make in an hour.

Explore these 5 Must Have Books you need in your Sewing library.

Explore these 5 Must-Have Books you need in your Sewing library.

Try A New Technique

Thinking about giving machine quilting a try or English paper piecing a go? These 5 must-have guides take the guesswork out of learning a new skill. Each book includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous projects that reinforce the techniques you’re learning while giving you something wonderful to show for it.

Left: The foundation paper-pieced Sparkles Mini Quilt. Right: The foundation paper-pieced Avenues Mini Quilt both from <em>Weekend Quilting</em> by Jemima Flendt

Left: The foundation paper-pieced Sparkles Mini Quilt. Right: The foundation paper-pieced Avenues Mini Quilt both from Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt

Prefer to watch rather than read? Take an online class or workshop. From Foundation Paper Piecing Made Easy with Jemima Flendt to Log Cabin Quilts for Beginners with Kate Colleran, online courses and workshops offer a one-on-one tutorial that you can pause and rewind as many times as you’d like. Miss a step? No problem, just go back and watch the tutorial again. Explore our entire library of courses.

Quilts from <em>Quilt Giving</em> by Deborah Fisher

Quilts from Quilt Giving by Deborah Fisher

Make A Charity Quilt

Want to share your quilting with those in need? Look for a nonprofit in your area or consider one of the following organizations. Quilts for Kids provides comforting patchwork quilts to brighten the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. Another non-profit for kids and families in transition, Bright Hopes Collaborative Quilt Project, co-founded by Quilt Giving author Deborah Fisher, “gives those without a permanent home a sense of place, wherever they are, with a beautiful quilt that they make themselves or has been made especially for them.” Her book offers a variety of group quilting projects as well as beginner-friendly patterns that come together quickly for gifting or donating.

Scraps are perfect for sewing into new quilts, and are especially fun to sew with a group for a collaborative project, such as this Picnic Quilt from Quilt Giving by Deborah Fisher.

Scraps are perfect for sewing into new quilts, and are especially fun to sew with a group for a collaborative project, such as this Picnic Quilt from Quilt Giving by Deborah Fisher.

 

Start a Group Quilt

“If every quilt tells a story, then a group quilt is an anthology that recounts a range of experiences and personalities.” Collaborating on a joint quilting project with family and friends can be rewarding and fun. It can also cause creative conflict. To make sure your group project is a success, check out these tips from Quiltmaker magazine.

Left: Snuggle Bears Quilt and Soft Toy from <em>Happy Quilts.</em> Middle: The Deep Blue Sea Quilt and Soft Toys from <em>Happy Quilts.</em> Right: Purrrfectly Pretty Kitties Quilt and Miss Kitty Soft Toy all by Antonie Alexander

Left: Snuggle Bears Quilt and Soft Toy from Happy Quilts. Middle: The Deep Blue Sea Quilt and Soft Toys from Happy Quilts. Right: Purrrfectly Pretty Kitties Quilt and Miss Kitty Soft Toy all by Antonie Alexander

Sew Something Special for a Child

Whether the recipient is an expectant parent or a pint-size family member, sewing a handmade gift for that special little someone is a rewarding experience that you’ll both remember for years to come. For inspiration, check out Happy Quilts by Antonie Alexander, which features 10 must-sew patterns for kid-friendly quilts with coordinating soft pals.

With so many choices, it’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, your creativity doesn’t have to end when National Sewing Month does.

Happy Stitching,
Jodi

For more quilting and sewing ideas as well as tips, techniques, and tutorials, pick up a copy of one these books:

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