Sewing Buddy Project 2011 Sign-Ups… CLOSED

It’s time!!  Today, we open up the list to add names to the Sewing Buddy Project for 2011.  I had SUCH fun hearing all the stories from last year and seeing what all you got up to with your buddies–it’s so cool to think about what two people can encourage one another to achieve in the space of just a few months.  For background on the Project, see the original post here.

Just this past weekend, I heard stories of international sewing cooperation!  bi-coastal inspiration!  photographic motivation! and way more, all from Sewing Buddies who had used the project as a way to light a fire under their behinds and get moving on some plans and hopes and dreams they’d been nursing along for…who knows how long.  Like a pen pal, but for sewing, a Sewing Buddy can be part drill sergeant and part bestest friend, cheering you along as you tackle each sewing challenge in your path.  It doesn’t matter if you’re still learning or if you’re an old hand–sometimes the best pairs are the ones who seem to have so little skill in common!

This year, I’m hoping for even greater things from the Sewing Buddy pairs.  My one disappointment from 2010 was hearing that some of the Buddies had gone AWOL part way through, and hadn’t been following through.  Obviously, that was the exception rather than the rule, but I wanted to bring it up because it really did bum me out and spoil some of the fun for others who were all set to ascend to new sewing heights with their Buddies.  This year, then, I’d like to ask that each of us really go into the Sewing Buddy Project as a way to connect to another stitcher, to reach out further than our immediate sphere of influence, to build relationships beyond the local, and to find a like-minded soul with whom we can share ideas and inspiration.  It’s not a huge time commitment, and it can have a giant impact, if you let it.

There are no real rules for the Sewing Buddy Project.  It’s a pretty free-form gig, a way to introduce you to someone else who shares your passion for fabric and sewing, regardless of your skill level or nationality.  Beginners welcome!  International may apply!  Last year’s participants: come get another Buddy!  I’d love to see lots and lots and lots of folks matched up and stitching happily with one another, no matter where they start or where they’re going.  I did develop a handful of guidelines this year, though, so that no one ends up disappointed.

Guidelines for 2011 Sewing Buddy Project participation:

  • Agree that you’ll commit for eight weeks.  If, after eight weeks, you find that you and your Buddy aren’t a match, we’ll re-match you with a NEW Buddy.  A year might sound like a long time, but anyone can do eight weeks.  If you put some heart into it, I just know we can find you Your People.
  • Agree that you will leave no email from your Sewing Buddy un-answered.  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.
  • Be on the lookout for contests, challenges, secret passwords, and even (gasp!) meet-ups designed just for Sewing Buddies!  I’m working on scheduling one or more of these each month in 2011, and hope that you and your Buddy will participate in ALL of them–they’re golden chances to really ignite the fire of sewing in new ways.

That’s it!  I’ll begin matching names in the magic whirly-bin of Sewing Buddy Science on January 21, 2011.

To participate in the 2011 Sewing Buddy Project:

  • To add your name to the list to be matched with a Buddy, simply leave a comment below–that’s it!  Include a working email address that you check.
  • You’ll receive an email from me asking you to (1) confirm your participation and (2) name a favorite color and a number between 1 and 10.
  • I’ll use the responses to the emails I receive along with a super-scientific system here at the Whipstitch Labs to match you to the PERFECT Sewing Buddy based on a four-fold formula that’s much too complicated to write about here but that is really awesome and space-y
  • I’ll send an email to the both of you giving introductions in proper Victorian style (a lady never spends time with someone to whom she has not been properly introduced), and then like a mother whose chicks are leaving the nest, I’ll step back and watch as the friendship flourishes.
  • You and your buddy will make the initial contact and see where it leads you!

Happy New Year, y’all, and welcome to the Sewing Buddy party!

218 Comments on “Sewing Buddy Project 2011 Sign-Ups… CLOSED

  1. I’m so glad to see you are organizing this again. I would love to join the project!

  2. I’ve been waiting for this for months! Thanks for continuing to organize sewing buddies!

  3. Oh I’d love a sewing buddy. I am a new quilted so this would be great.

  4. Yay! Super happy this is starting up. Ready to begin a new year with a new buddy!

  5. My resolution this year is to actually sew a lot! (not just think about sewing and read sewing blogs) I could really use a buddy to keep me on track!

  6. Sounds like fun! I will have to go back and read last year’s post.

    I would like a Sewing Buddy. I am not very disciplined by myself, but if I had someone keeping me accountable, maybe I might get something accomplished!

  7. My buddy and I never made it past the introductory email. I’d love to give it another try.

  8. This will help me keep one of my resolutions to sew more! I’d love to have someone to keep me motivated and vice versa.


  9. Who knew you were so scientific and space-y like with your formula using ways?! Count me in and I’ll start trying to pick a color.
    jandayatl at yahoo dot com

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  11. Yes – can’t wait to try again! Thanks for organizing again 🙂

  12. Hoping that 2011 brings me a super awesome sewing buddy. 🙂 thanks for organizing this Deborah.

  13. I missed the deadline last year but would love to be involved this year. Count me in!

  14. I missed this last year and would love to join this year! Thanks for organizing it.

  15. I would love to have a sewing buddy in 2011. Got a new baby on the way, due in June, and need some motivation to get all the baby stuff made!

  16. This sounds like fun, and I would love a sewing buddy! I need someone to whip me into shape, I’m slacking on my projects.

  17. Whoohoo! I’m excited to join in. This year has a lot in store for me…and I think sewing will keep me sane. Can’t wait to meet my buddy. 🙂

  18. Giving it a go again and HOPING my new buddy won’t bail!
    I am very excited and can’t wait to get started!

    Thanks for doing this Deborah…it’s a wonderful way to bring us together!

  19. This sounds like a great idea. Can my buddy also offer motivation on other fronts? I might need a whole team of buddies!

  20. Thanks for organizing this! I would love to meet a sewing buddy this year!

  21. I want to make more time to sew this year and this may be just the ticket! I’m in. 🙂

  22. I really want a sewing buddy! I hope we can inspire each other to review the basics and explore new terrain. Woohoo!

  23. I would love to have a buddy
    iamchickenfoot at yahoo dot com
    red, 6

  24. Well apparently i dont know how to read because i gave you a number and color already!!!! Oops. Sorry. Ignore that last bit of my email

  25. I would love to hook up with a Sewing Buddy! What an fabulous idea!

  26. what a great way to start off the new year… i plan to be more intentional and organized with my sewing and could really use a sewing buddy to keep me motivated/positive/on track!!!

  27. i would love to join the sewing project buddy group. need some accountability to finish sewing projects for the year. great idea!

  28. I’d love a buddy to help keep me motivated! Thanks so much for organizing this!

  29. This is sooo exciting, I used to have a woman in America that I emailed regularly about quilting etc. But she went AWOL. He emails just bounce back now, would be nice to have someone new.

    Thanks for being a great organiser

  30. count me in!! i’d love a sewing buddy pen pal. what a grand idea! thanks for putting this all together 🙂

  31. Oh yes please! My sewing table is a mess, so many unfinished projects!

  32. I would love to have a sewing buddy! I am an extreme newbie! My sister has lent me the machine she inherited and I just purchased a ton of supplies to get me started! I hope to start stitching my first project, a handbag, tomorrow 🙂
    Thanks for putting this together! I am looking forward to meeting my bud!
    hugs, margie

  33. I love the idea of this! It’s just what my stack of sewing projects and I need to jump start the year.

  34. Sounds like a great way to get motivated. I’m excited to join in this year. Thank you for organzing this!

  35. Oooh, I’m in. Nervous (am a total beginner) but in!

  36. Okay, I am going to give this a whirl again. I know that the second time is the charm! I am based in Atlanta but I travel a lot. I am open to a local buddy *and* an international buddy!

  37. Met a an awesome sewing buddy through the sewing buddy program last year. Can’t have too many sewing buddies though- count me in! Thanks for organizing!

  38. I am SEW In!!! and i’m a local so i’m def looking forward to meetups!

  39. Hi Deborah, thanks for organizing this again. Last year I didn’t get lucky despite your great efforts. But I want to give it another chance. I would love to share sewing projects. International buddies are great.

  40. I would love to have a sewing buddy! I have a lot of projects on my to-do list and it would be fun to have some encouragement as I tick them off 🙂

  41. I’m IN!! I missed the deadline last year and have been waiting to see if you were going to do this again. Yea!! I am so excited. This is just the motivation I need to keep sewing!
    Can’t wait to meet you Buddy!

  42. Very excited to be a part of the Sewing Buddy Project – can’t wait!

  43. Yippee! Count me in, too! I’m a beginner, too, and think this sounds like great fun!

  44. I’m in, this sounds like fun. Just the push that I need to get busy.

  45. I would love to have a buddy. Please be laid back and patient, I have two young kids at home so I can only sew for a few minutes at a time!!

  46. Looking forward to not working “alone.” Hoping to inspire and be inspired.

  47. This sounds like so much fun……count me in!!!! With a two year old and another little one due in February, hopefully a sewing buddy will give me the motivation and focus I need to keep up with all the sewing projects I have on my dream to do list!

  48. Yay! I was so bummed I missed this last year. Can’t wait to knock out my “to-sew” list!

  49. This is such a good idea! I wavered for a little bit, but I want to get better at fitting sewing into my days, and a buddy sounds like the perfect way to get excited about things again. Thanks so much for setting this up!

  50. Ah !!! I am so happy I caught this ! -dances around excitedly- Would these meet up be at your place in atlanta? If so EEP! Count me in! I have been dieing to come to your store … sad to say I live an hour away and have yet to come. Sign me up!!!

  51. Oh, me please! My buddy and I didn’t end up accomplishing much together last time, but it was sure fun!

  52. I’d love to have a sewing bud! Sign me up =)

  53. I missed out on this last year and am intrigued to try it for 2011.

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  55. I’m in! Accountability to sew–what could be better?

  56. Sign me up! I am ordering a new machine this week after sewing on a straight/zigzag only one! Maybe I’ll get some great ideas for using it! So excited me meet my buddy!

  57. I would love to participate in this! How exciting…count me in please.

  58. This idea intrigues me. I would love to participate.

  59. I am up for a challenge. I would love to join you all in a new adventure…Thanks for the opportunity…..waiting to hear the outcome…

  60. Yes, I would definitely love a sewing buddy! I missed out on it last year, so bring it on!

  61. Good thing I double checked. I signed up for last years instead of this one. 🙂 Can’t wait to start.

  62. HOORAY! I am looking forward to participating this year.

  63. I am a true beginner–still haven’t plugged in my new machine!

  64. I’ve been waiting for you to open the sign-ups! I can’t wait to be paired with a sewing buddy for the new year.

  65. Great new thing to try for the new year! I can’t wait.

  66. This sounds like a wonderful idea. I’d like to be a part of it.

  67. I have been sewing for several years and have a couple of contest wins under my belt…however I still feel like a beginner a lot of the time! This looks like fun and I could certainly use the incentive to finish projects (or start ones I’ve had planned forever!)

  68. [DEEP BREATH] I’m in.

    [quick hit “submit” before you chicken out!]

    This is a great idea!

  69. I’d like one, too, please, so that I can put my Whipstitch classes to good use!

  70. I would love to have a sewing buddy, i am high beginner, simple and easy. I have few stubbling blocks like Zippers, and following directions to the letter, see i start getting creative then everything goes to…well you know. I live near Columbus GA so if the meets are in Atlanta I might be able to make 1 or 2.

  71. Please include me, too. I haven’t done that much sewing lately, and I do need some motivation!

    I’d love to “see” some of the stories from last year’s buddies and learn a bit more about the encouragement, conversations, etc.

    Thanks for organizing this!

  72. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Can’t wait!

  73. I am a little new to sewing but I would love to join too.

  74. I love inspiring, sharing and being inspired by others…..this sounds great.

  75. So happy I came across this! Sounds like a good time waiting to happen!

  76. Sign me up! I miss sewing and will be taking classes soon to get back into it – a buddy would be icing on the cake!

  77. I’d like to give it a whirl. I’m sitting around on our big SNOW day thinking about all the sewing I’ll be doing! I’m excited!
    Green. 10

  78. This looks like fun and I can always use extra motivation to get my sewing projects done. I don’t have a blog but I really appreciate all of you that do and are so willing to share with the rest of us.

  79. I would love a sewing buddy! I’m new to the craft and would love to bounce ideas off someone! Great idea! Thank you!

  80. Great Idea! I picked up a sewing buddy on facebook….she had never sewn before, admired some of my work, and now has a sewing machine, serger, and is doing some beautiful work 🙂 I would love to participate.

  81. Sign me up! This sounds like just the motivation I need to complete all the projects I have floating around in my head.

  82. I want in ! Can I get in? Please let me in ! I have so much I want to sew, you should see my Bookmarks ! Loaded with so much COOL stuff I want to sew ! Having a Sewing Buddy would just totally ROCK ! My Sewing Buddy could Kick my Butt into Sewing Gear !
    I WOULD LOVE IT ! I’ll just die if I don’t get in !!!!!!
    (Are you gettin’ the idea that I seriously need a Sewing Buddy? !)

  83. I would love a sewing buddy. It would be nice to have someone to be accountable to and share ideas with. Thank you so much for organizing this fantastic idea!

  84. With 14 projects to complete in 2011 staring at me and another 3 or 4 that I’d like to add to the pile, I definitely need a sewing buddy!

  85. I’ll try this again … was so looking forward to it last time. Hoping for success with a sewing buddy in 2011! Thanks!

  86. This sounds Wonderful! A Sewing Buddy is just what I’ve been wishing for. How lovely of you to organize!!

  87. This sounds fantastic! Please drop my name into that spacey mix!

  88. I would LOVE to be a part of this – soooo excited =) – nothing better than sharing projects with someone with the same hobby.

  89. Please can I have a sewing buddy? There’s a definite lack of people I can talk to about sewing who actually want to listen and aren’t being forced! I’m a beginner but am adventurous. Very excited. Thanks for organising this.

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  91. I would like to try! I’ve been sewing for 2 years now and make a lot of stuff for my 2.5 year old little girl.

  92. I hope I am not too late. This sounds cool! Please match me up with a sewing buddy :).


  93. Count me in. I would love to connect with a sewing buddy.

  94. I think I’m down for this. I always wanted a sewing buddy. (Sadly none of my friends are as sewing oriented as me)

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  96. What a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to connect with some sewing inspiration.

  97. I need to step away from the inspiration everywhere on the internet and get busy sewing! A buddy would help.

  98. Should I have already gotten an email about the color/number matching system, seeing as how matching begins today? I haven’t gotten an email yet and I’m just curious because I’m so excited about this and don’t want to miss out!

  99. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for organising, I’d love a sewing buddy 🙂

  100. Hi! What a fabulous idea! I’d love to be a part of this please! :o)

  101. I just stumbled on this blog and this is a really cool idea! Sign me up!

  102. I’d love a buddy so that I do more sewing than reading books and blogs!

  103. I am excited about trying something new! Just getting reaquainyed with sewing again and consider myself a beginner. I could totally use some encouragement!

  104. I just found out today I’m going to be a grandma…time to get sewing!I’ve sewn since I was little,my grandma taught me!

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