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Linkup Here for the Sewing Challenge!

Images: The Pleated Poppy

Do you have a closet full of fabric?  A drawer full of patterns?  Rolls and rolls of ribbons?  Can you thread a sewing machine in your sleep?  Do you know your bobbins from your bindings?  If so, then this challenge is for you.  If not, this challenge is STILL for you–we’re excited to see sewing projects from everyone from beginners to masters and everyone in between.  Readers, start your stitching!

This week, we’ve been given incredible sewing tutorials by three guest bloggers.

Visiting from Ninth Street Notions, Amanda showed us how to make this sweet envelope clutch purse.

Heather came over from Twin Dragonfly Designs to show us how to make this cool reverse applique pillow.

And Brittany, The Pretty Handy Girl, let us in on all the steps that go into making a pretty piped bench cushion.

Our guest judge, Jamielyn Nye, is visiting from I {Heart} Naptime this week.  (If you’d like to learn more about Jamielyn, click HERE.)

Jamielyn is looking forward to viewing your sewing projects just as much as we are!  She’ll be stopping by your blogs to view all of the projects submitted to the Sewing Challenge.  Jamielyn will select an overall challenge winner, plus her 10 favorite projects.  We CSI Girls will choose our favorite projects, too.  All of the favorites will be featured in our winners’ post this Saturday.

We’ll also announce the randomly drawn winner of this week’s sponsored giveaway.  The giveaway winner will receive $40 shop credit to spend on gorgeous accessories from our sponsor, Tom Design.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous giveaway!  Make sure you click HERE to get as many entries as you can.

You’ll find the linkup for the Sewing Challenge at the end of this post, following the challenge rules.  This challenge begins at midnight (EST) Wednesday, and ends at noon (EST) Friday, July 29th.

Please remember that to be eligible to win this week’s challenge and giveaway, you must provide a link back to the challenge in your entry post.  It’s easy–we have a button ready for you to insert into your post HERE.  For additional challenge rules, please read below.

1. All entries for this challenge need to incorporate the challenge’s theme. We are not simply a linky party. We have a specific theme for each week. All submissions are competing to be the judge’s top pick. If your project does not incorporate the theme we will have to remove it.

2. When you enter the challenge, please enter the link to the specific post on your blog that relates to the project — not to your general blog. This will help when a year from now, for example, someone who visits the site can find your project directly.

3. The CSI Project button must be in your blog post. HERE are the buttons. This makes it easy for other people to come over and join in the challenge if they like – and for us to know that we have the correct entry in the challenge when we’re judging. And if you use an older post, please update it so it’s current. If you don’t want to update it, please add the button to that post and to the sidebar for the week of the contest. Thanks!

4. The project you submit must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by something someone else has done, but it must be your creation.)

5. We ask that you are a CSI follower or subscriber to win the prizes.  The more followers the site has — the more giveaways we are able to host

6. If you enter a project into our challenge, we ask that you please leave comments on at least 2 other entries in the contest. Not only is it nice to do, but it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

7. By entering, you give us permission to spotlight your projects – we will give you credit and link back to your blog. You are welcome to enter as many themed projects as you like! You also give us permission to add your name to our newsletter list. If you wish to unsubscribe you may do so at any time.

Sew many fabrics….sew little time.  Sew like the wind, everybody!


  1. Jenni says:

    Thank so much for this challenge! I am no seamstress either (as I am sure you can tell from my tutorial) but I sure am having a great time sewing up a storm and designing new things for my kids!

  2. Mary Kathryn says:

    SEW excited about this challenge! I’m not a seamstress either, but I can sew a straight line (sometimes) so I’ve linked up some easy-peasy dresses I made for my girls out of a toddler sheet set I found on clearance at Target! (number 6) haha! Hope you gals are having a great day!

  3. Thanks for hosting the challenge! I can’t wait to look around!

  4. Nicole Maki says:

    Thanks so much for hosting such a great link party. I love seeing what everyone is sewing even though I’m just terrible at it. LOL.

    Love everyone’s projects. I’ll keep checking back as new ones are added.


  5. Steph says:

    Thanks for hosting! What great sewing projects everyone has linked up so far!

  6. Mary Kathryn says:

    hey! Couldn’t find it stated in the rules how many projects we’re allowed to link up. I linked 2 but if I need to delete one, I gladly will! Thanks so much for hosting these weekly challenges!

  7. I am very much in the ‘beginner’ category here! And my pillow tut (39) is geared towards the newbie sewer. Glad I could share it this week and I can’t wait to look around. Thanks for hosting.

  8. Ginger Snaps says:

    Love this week’s challenge. Just learning to sew. Having so much fun. 🙂


  9. Janice says:

    Thanks for hosting this party. Looking foward to checking out the other projects later today. (running late for work now!)

  10. Holly says:

    Oh for pity’s sake! I link up almost every week, but I can’t seem to get it this week! Apparently, not only am I a very novice sewer, but a very novice blogger as well! Maybe my link is there, maybe it isn’t! Either way, I am LOVING checking out everyone else’s projects! Thanks, as always!, for hosting!!!!

  11. Rachel says:

    Yippee! This is my first link-up to the CSI Project! I love all things crafty, but sewing is truly the jam in my jelly roll. 🙂 So I was super excited about this week’s theme!

  12. Julie says:

    Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this challenge. I need some new sewing inspiration!!

  13. I’m excited! I just added my first project!! I’m not a great seamstress, but I was proud of my lingerie-turned-pillow cases and had to share. Thanks so much for the challenge!


  14. Thanks for hosting this challenge, I am not a gifted seamstress by any means but I can do the basics!

  15. My first time linking up! Thanks for hosting! I linked up my indoor kitchen awning (#93) that I designed when I couldn’t find curtains I liked!

  16. Jill says:

    Thanks so much for hosting. This is my first time linking up – I’ve been waiting a while for a challenge I could add to! yippeee!! I’m off to check out some of the other links!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. Thanks for hosting! I’m SEW excited for this challenge!!! Good Luck to EVERYONE!

    XOXO Andrea

  18. Heather says:

    Thanks for hosting this challenge! I love to look at all the amazing things everyone has made!! My first time linking up, so excited!!

  19. Natasha says:

    so, i worked really hard and had some downfalls in my project and didnt finish in time to enter, oh well, maybe next time. Off to finish what i have left to do.

  20. Bummer–totally missed the cut off! (I’ve never linked up to CSI before) But, check out my post if you want to see my project anyway 🙂

  21. Mindy says:

    darnit – collection closed 🙁

  22. Mindy says:

    ps – I think the linky times indicated in this post and the ones indicated in “how it works” are different

  23. MJ says:

    I wasnt sure what to link up as sewing is mainly the whole point of my blog, so I linked up my best dress. I hope you like it!

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