The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
Whether your sewing skills are those of a new sewing enthusiast or you are a seasoned seamstress, this year’s contest challenges you to use your skills just a bit differently. What you create must have dual purposes, or be able to be used two ways.
Need an example? Consider a scarf that can double as a table runner; jewelry that can hang on your Christmas tree; or a tote bag that becomes a jacket. There are no categories, no limitations – use your skills to be creative! Winners will be chosen at random.
- Contest runs from September 1 – September 30, 2013 at midnight
- The item you enter must be hand-crafted and utilize fabric, thread and sewing machine
- Entries may be multi-piece, as long as they are coordinated and are intended to be used together
- The item you enter must have been created in 2013
- Maximum two photographs per entry. Photos must be in jpg or png format and must be large enough for viewing. Preferred image size is between 700 pixels – 1,500 pixels wide.
Please name your photo with your last name then first name, then something to identify the view, using an underscore _ or dash – in between. For example, SMITH_MARY_front.jpg or SMITH_MARY_detail.jpg
- Project submission must include a description of materials and techniques (machine sewing, embroidery, etc) used to create the project.
- Submissions must be made online at www.NationalSewingMonth.org by midnight (Eastern) on September 30, 2013. One entry per person.
- Winners will be chosen at random
- We’re sorry, but due to international contest restrictions, contest is open to US residents only
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