Sewing Buddy Project: Round 2 for 2011! CLOSED

Alrighty, folks!  The Sewing Buddy Project is in full effect.  If you’re in the market for a Buddy, and are looking for someone to encourage you and support you in your sewing in 2011, today is your day!  Sewing Buddies are virtual pen pals who sew together–nothing more complicated than that.  This is a great chance to meet someone who is creative and cool and looking to share their ideas and get motivated to sew more this year.  You can be that inspiration, and get the same in return!

If you signed up for a Buddy already in 2011, and you’re thinking that your first match wasn’t The One for this year–do me a favor, and write a quick email to your original Buddy before signing up again.  Try the sample email below:

Dear Sewing Buddy:

You are super awesome.  I’m so grateful that you were willing to take the plunge this year and sign up to be my Sewing Buddy.  Now that spring is here, I’m re-evaluating my sewing needs, and I’ve decided that our partnership could do with some changes.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I wanted to do you the courtesy of writing to let you know that I’ll be leaving the Sewing Buddy program/asking for a new Sewing Buddy/giving all my sewing supplies away to charity/moving to Timbuktu/stalking you until June/taking a break from our partnership.

Thanks again for signing up, and I wish you all the best in all your sewing in the future!

Signed sincerely,

Your (former) Sewing Buddy

If you missed out on Round 1, and don’t currently have a Buddy, this will be your last chance in 2011 to sign up and get matched with the super coolest pen pal you’ll ever hope to have!

The Sewing Buddy Project doesn’t have a whole lot of rules–just a whole lot of like-minded folks who want to meet others who love to sew, and who have a few minutes once or twice a week to write an encouraging email or upload a photo or work on a project together.  See the icon in the right sidebar for more details on what Sewing Buddies have been up to, and to see back posts from 2010 and earlier this year.  And when you’re ready to join us, follow the directions below!  Resistance is futile, y’all.  You will be a-SEW-milated.*

To Participate:

  • Leave a comment.  That’s it!  (Be sure to include a working email address where you can be contacted.)
  • Wait for the invitation email.
  • Reply to the email with the requested info, which will be placed in the Sewing Buddy Match-a-Lot Hopper of Love to find your perfect match.
  • Get matched with your Buddy and make sewing history!

Looking forward to seeing some of you again and others for the first time.  Don’t doubt that our super-scientific Buddy matching formula produces wondrous results–you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with a Buddy in your corner! This is the FINAL round of matching for 2011; sign-ups will close at midnight EST on April 11 and will not re-open until 2012.


UPDATED TO ADD:  Registration for 2011 is now closed.  Super huge thanks to all of you who are participating.  Looking forward to seeing all of you and more in 2012!

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  • Emily
    April 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    First! (Stalking pays off!) So excited about this! 🙂

  • Emily Guerra
    April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I am second so far.

  • Charlotte
    April 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I think I want to try this! And I don’t know if you even remember my emails from forever ago about my malfunctioning sewing machine, and I have not forgotten to send photos of my completed curtains—I just need to hang them up!

  • Aeble
    April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I was actually stopping by to leave a comment and say thank you for taking the time to write Stitch by Stitch…but this sounds like fun! So please sign my up.

    I had seen you book mentioned on SewCalGal’s blog and decided to get it. I hadn’t ventured outside of straight stitching on my machine prior to working through some of the projects in your book. Now I feel like I can actually say “yes, I can sew” and I no longer fear zig-zag stitching and button holes. I have no idea what I was scared of. So thank you very much, because sewing is such a blast. Oh, and because I now know that the sound of the sewing machine will put my newborn to sleep when she’s fussy!

  • Lis
    April 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I really want to sign up, but I’m going to have a second kid in June, so while I *think* I should be able to commit, I can’t guarantee it, so I’ll let you decide. 🙂

  • Tiphaine
    April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’ll be happy to sign up again because it didn’t work at all with my sewing buddy….I would be soo happy to meet somebody else if it’s posible !
    Thank you !!

  • Jenn
    April 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Let’s give this another go! Thanks for trying so hard to get me a match last time…

  • CindyC
    April 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    In reply to Lis, I’m about to have my 2nd kid in July… Maybe we can be pregnant sewing buddies together, take a break during birthing season, and jump back in later! What do you think?

  • Rachel
    April 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    ohh yes please!!! I have always wanted to do something like this (:

  • Courtney
    April 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I’d like to join the sewing buddy party!

  • KC
    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    May I have a sewing buddy, please? (that’s me on my best behavior).

    kc dot sheehan at gmail dot com

  • Amy Jo
    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Ok, I’m in!! I wanted to sign up last go ’round and was too late! Yay 2nd chances!

  • Missy Jones
    April 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Can’t wait for this! I definitely need some encouragement…

  • Emily
    April 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Please sign me up! I’m so excited that you re-opened this, since I barely missed it last time!

  • CC
    April 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hook me up. I’m an enthusiastic rookie. Emphasis on enthusiasm. Or, emphasis on rookie. You decide.

  • Renae
    April 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Sign me up please! Super excited!

  • Elin Begley
    April 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’m sold. Sign me up. 🙂

  • Ann
    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Hi, there, I would love to give this a try…argarg27 at hotmail dot com, thank you!!

  • Pat Block
    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Deborah… I have written to my sewing buddy several times. I continue to support her on a personal level, however, she does not have the time to support my crazy sewing needs. Would it be possible to find a new “sewing”buddy for me..Thanks…

  • Vanessa
    April 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I’m a sewing newbie. I’d love a sewing buddy to chat with!

  • Becky
    April 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Let the buddying-up begin!

  • Lis
    April 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Cindy C – Sounds good to me!

  • Hayley
    April 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm


  • natalie prescott
    April 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    love to give this a try!

  • Megan
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I need a new buddy! Mine fell off the face of the earth ):

  • RachelL
    April 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I would LOVE a buddy! I have so much pretty fabric, so much lovely inspiration, so much not sewing.


  • MaLora
    April 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I need a sewing buddy! Sweet!

  • Shanna
    April 5, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I would love to get in on this before 2012.

  • amber
    April 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

    a sewing buddy would be lovely!

  • Erin
    April 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I would love to participate. I would like to start trying some new things and a little encouragement from a sewing buddy would be great!

  • Heather
    April 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’d love a buddy! I’m a novice and I’m constantly reading blogs, comments, books for inspiration and direction. It would be nice to have someone to chat with! I’ve been learning-by-doing in your Sewing For Kids class, so hopefully I’d have something to offer a Sewing Buddy!

  • ginny
    April 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve been sewing for decades, but I’d still love a sewing buddy :D!

  • Mary Ella
    April 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I’d love a buddy!

  • Kim
    April 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Sounds like fun! I’m in.

  • Jody
    April 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Missed the first round this year with a busted wrist 🙁
    Count me in.

  • Michele
    April 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Sounds fun.

  • Audrey
    April 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I would love to have a sewing buddy! I’m a beginner, but count me in 🙂

  • Elaine
    April 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’d love to have a sewing buddy! Count me in.

  • Chelsie
    April 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Let’s try this again! Thanks for putting this together.

  • Patty B.
    April 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I’ll give it another go! Thanks for your awesome work.

  • Amber
    April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I’d love to participate!

  • Milica
    April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I’m in! (again!) Second time’s a charm right?

  • Clare
    April 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I would love a sewing buddy. Sign me up please 🙂

  • Rosemary
    April 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Maybe we could try thi again.

  • Ms.Sharon Aljarah AKA MSSEA
    April 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    hi im an old school girl looking for a buddie in my area..i live in between legrange ga, and auburn alabama. but i like to go to columbus ga to do most of my fabric shopping…

  • Heather
    April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi there – did you sent the auto-email? Haven’t seen it, checked my spam, hope I didn’t miss it completely.

    Heather (#31)

  • Pat Block
    April 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Opps…Did I miss an email or are you using info from before….??? It was sad the my previous sewing buddy was not able to participate… I am still touching base with her to make sure all is ok with she and her family…. Let me know what I need to do to connect with a new sewing buddy …Thanks a bunch…

  • ginny
    April 18, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’ve been eagerly watching my inbox for the email, but haven’t received one either and was worried, but perhaps it hasn’t been sent yet?

  • Erin
    April 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I have not seem mine yet either. Hoping I didn’t miss it and then miss out on the whole thing.

  • Dolores
    January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I’m a bit confused that I never saw any of these posts in my reader and I’ve been following this blog for almost a year?