Becoming a Sewing Buddy is a fun opportunity to meet other folks who love sewing. That’s it, in a nutshell. I hope you’ll find that the encouragement, project ideas and community that come along as 2016 unfolds add to that for you, but at the core, the Sewing Buddy Project is about making this virtual sewing community immediate and tangible for each of us, by giving us a friend to share ideas, make nerdy sewing jokes, challenge us to keep our goals, and to grow our sewing with.
The Sewing Buddy Project is a pen pal program. People from all over the world register, and are matched with a personal pen pal who will communicate with them via email. You won’t know who your Buddy is or where they’re from until you’re matched, and then the rest is up to you! This is a year-long commitment to communicate with another person who loves to sew, as simple as that. For the price of a couple of cups of coffee, you get to meet a new friend and sew together, as much or as little as you like!
Register using the link below. The flat fee covers the ENTIRE year, including:
a personalized Sewing Buddy match that will be emailed to you both privately, by me personally!
a monthly inspirational email with a reminder to check in on your Sewing Buddy
a dedicated online “classroom” space, updated with a monthly optional sewing prompt or idea for you and your Buddy to explore together–these may include projects, link round-ups from across the Web, or downloads!
an automated monthly email direct to your inbox to alert you when new sewing prompts have been posted in the online “classroom”
a private Facebook page just for Sewing Buddies where you can share your projects, get ideas, meet other Buddy pairs and stay connected
an Instagram hashtag so you can tag your projects–or works-in-progress–and add them to the Sewing Buddy pool
What a deal! One of the best things about the Project, according to Buddies from years past, is that it’s a small fee and a low level of commitment–no promises to sew something and ship it by a particular deadline, no guarantees to have blocks complete each and every month, and no penalties if you can’t get to your sewing machine on a regular schedule. Just a new friend whom you can email–or text, or IG, or IM, or FB–with news and questions and inspiration, and who can email you with the same. Some Buddies are casual acquaintances for the year; others become close companions who take family trips together. You may fall somewhere in the middle, and the choice will be yours. But there’s no downside, because we can all benefit from a new friend who shares our love of sewing!
As a Sewing Buddy, you’ll follow these (very broad) guidelines:
Agree that you will leave no email from your Sewing Buddy un-answered. A Sewing Buddy is a pen pal who loves to sew, and pen palling with your pen pal is the best way to get that all going–remember what Gramma said: to have a friend, you have to BE a friend. Simply replying to each message as they go back and forth will build your commitment and resolve. If your Sewing Buddy-ness goes no further than encouraging emails once a week, that’s awesome! It will keep you on-track to meet some goals or to challenge yourself in a way you might not have otherwise. If you both decide to start your own Flickr group or joint blog or do some mail exchanges, even better. At a minimum, though, resolve to always answer your Buddy’s emails–any other participation in challenges or contests is completely voluntary.
Branch out and get a new Sewing Buddy, even if you’ve already been rocking it with your 2010 or 2011 or 2012 Buddy. You can never have too many friends who sew! You can keep your other Buddies and learn great stuff from a new one. Isn’t friendship awesome?
Sewing Buddies can be at any skill level and do any type of sewing. We welcome beginners, intermediates, advanced and lots of mixy types at in-between-y skill levels. Don’t quilt? Maybe your Buddy can help you learn! Don’t sew garments? Maybe the two of you will start together! The only requirement is that you’re willing to communicate and interact with one another. That’s it!
Sewing Buddies can be from anywhere in the world, as long as you’re willing to communicate in English. We’ve had folks from Britain, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, Austria, South Africa, New Zealand and a host of other nations participate, and you can, too! I can’t promise you’ll get a Buddy who is geographically near to you, but isn’t that part of the fun, that discovery? Hooray for international diplomacy!
Sewing Buddies are invited to use the private Facebook group and Instagram hashtag to share works-in-progress, ask questions, get motivated and inspired, and make even MORE friends.
The password-protected online “classroom” space holds monthly sewing prompts. Sewing Buddies receive automated emails when new content is added, and a monthly reminder to check in with one another. These prompts are optional, but all Buddies are strongly encouraged to make the most of this experience to find all the richness and all the rewards it can hold!
Ready to register? Click the button below and you’ll be taken to the product page and ON YOUR WAY! Immediately after payment processes, you’ll receive a PDF in your inbox and a welcome email–these will include links and directions to add your information to the matching pool so you can find your Buddy. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for all of us!