In January I mentioned that I was once again joining Patsy in her sewing bingo challenge for the year. The challenge was simple Patsy provided us with a bingo card consisting of 16 sewing themes and the challenge was to tick off as many of them throughout the year as we were sewing away. To recap the 16 themes were
- Long Time Coming
- Something Special
- More Involved
- A Repeat
- Quick And Easy
- A First
- Fabric From Stash
- One Piece
- Everyday Basic
- A Favourite
- For Someone Else
- Pattern From Stash
- Spur Of The Moment
For the first half of the year I was very productive at my sewing machine and in July I ticked off my last theme from my bingo card and completed the challenge.
The items I made were
- Long Time Coming – Sewing Machine Cover
- Something Special – Silk Eye Masks
- More Involved – 2021 Charity Bags
- A Repeat – Bucket Hat
- Print – Appleton Dress
- Quick And Easy – Produce Bags
- A First – Wheelchair Pocket
- Fabric From Stash – Robbie Pants
- One Piece – Barber’s Cape
- Everyday Basic – Undies
- A Favourite – Charity Toiletry Bags
- For Someone Else – Star Wars Bag
- Pattern From Stash – Train Case
- Separates – Gloves
- Solid – Cedar Dolmain Top
- Spur Of The Moment – Mop Up Towels
As you can see from my list some of the items were for myself but it was nice to make things for others. I’m still enjoying making gifts and of course sewing for charity. All of the fabrics except for the produce bags came from my stash so it was nice to use some of it up, the produce bag fabric was brought late 2020 so I guess technically it was in my stash. I used some new patterns which had been in my stash for a long time so again it was good to finally use them. I tried some new sewing techniques so I learnt a lot from the items I made. Some of the themes were easy to tick off with different projects but others made me really stop and think.
If I had to pick a favourite from the items I made it would be the train case. It was the first item I made and the most used this year. Prior to starting it the instructions really had confused me so I’m glad I finally jumped in and gave it a try.
At the start of the year I said I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to complete all 16 themes nor would I make an item just to fit a theme. Sadly my inner brain had other ideas. I had set myself a challenge with a deadline so in my mind I had to finish it. Although the items were practical I found myself making certain items just so I could tick off a theme such as the Cedar top which was one of my last makes for the challenge. At no point did I not enjoy my sewing but mid year I was thinking I needed to finish the challenge on my July holidays as my Christmas gift sewing wasn’t going to fit the themes I still had to go.
The challenge did motivate me to finally getting in and finishing some projects such as my Appleton or make items which I had been on my mental “To Sew” list for some time so it wasn’t a waste of time or a pointless exercise. It made me realise that I can’t do challenges that have a deadline even if just for fun as my mindset is that I have finish it. In future I’m not going to join any challenges like this. Sewing for me is enjoyable and I want to keep it that way. I’ll set myself little sewing challenges in future like perhaps making an item just from scraps but nothing with a deadline or that involves ticking off items from a list.