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MIY March MIY Makers

MIY March MIY Makers Sponsors

Wow what a start to MIY March it’s been so far! After only 9 days there has already been over 4000 pictures posted by the sewing community on Instagram.

Did you know there’s also a new making challenge this year? Instead of my usual monthly MIY Makers challenge, for this month it’s the MIY March MIY Makers and there are prizes.

Full details for how to enter are here and don’t forget to download your copy of my free (for a limited time) Pomona Shrug pattern…..

free miy collection sewing pattern

Janome and Sew Essential are the generous sponsors of this challenge, here are the prizes up for grabs:

janome sewing machine

A Janome Sewist 525S sewing machine worth over £250 and….

mettler thread pack

from Sew Essential a Mettler thread pack worth £30 and your choice of 3 sewing patterns.

So, get busy with the scissors and I look forward to seeing what you make!!

MIY March 17: Week 1 Prizes

MIY March sponsors

So, are you ready to play MIY March?! If you’re not sure how to join in, have a read of this post which has everything you need to know.

A big thank you to the generous sponsors of this first week:

Here is their fabulous bundle of prizes that will be up for grabs on Saturday…..

MIY March Prizes

  • Faberwood – a £25 voucher to spend in the Faberwood online shop and a goodie bag of t-shirt and badges
  • Marilla Walker – a PDF copy of the popular Roberts Collection pattern
  • Beyond Measure – a £30 voucher to spend in the Beyond Measure online shop.

This week’s Prize Day is open to international players, so get posting your pictures!

MIY March 17 – How to Play

MIY March rules

Here’s how to join in with this year’s MIY March:

  • topic lists for the following week will be posted on Sunday evenings via mine and Emma‘s Instagram accounts (for the first week, the topic list will be posted on Tuesday evening, ready for Wednesday 1st March)
  • at the start of each day in March we will post that day’s topic along with ideas / inspiration to get your little grey cells working
  • to join in, everyday in March post a sewing themed photo to your  Instagram account inspired by the daily topic
  • use the hashtag #miymarch17 in the caption of your picture
  • follow me @thatwendyward and Emma @dressmakerssocial so that you know each day’s topic and can check out our daily top 4 and Prizeday winners
  • everyday myself and Emma will choose our favourite 4 pictures from that day to share and repost with you all
  • every Saturday will be a Prizeday (week 5 it will be Friday) and you will also need to FOLLOW THE SPONSORS OF THAT WEEK’S PRIZE BUNDLE TO ENTER
  • Prizeday winners will be announced on Sundays from our top 4 pictures posted on Saturday
  • don’t forget there is also a new making challenge included in this year’s event with a separate prize up for grabs – details here
  • if your account is set to “private” no-one will be able to see your pics so you won’t be able to join in!

Find out more about this year’s additional making challenge and all the fantastic sponsors of this event.


  1. all times are GMT
  2. no prizes can be swapped or substituted
  3. by playing you are agreeing to your pictures being shared by me and / or Emma and / or the sponsors involved online via any platform, or in print to promote the event
  4. participation in MIY March will be via Instagram only – entries via other social media platforms will not be included.

So, what’s not to like? Exercise your little grey cells, meet like-minded people from around the world, win prizes and get inspired!

If you’re not already on Instagram there is lots of help for how to set up your account and how to use Instagram here.

Look forward to meeting you!!

MIY March 17 Sewing Challenge

Remember me saying there would be an extra sewing challenge dimension to this year’s MIY March?

MIY March MIY Maker

Here are some more details……..

  • Instead of my usual monthly MIY Maker challenge, for March I’ll be combining the two and we’ll have a MIY March MIY Maker!
  • At the end of March me and Emma (the co-host of MIY March) will choose our favourite 9 makes from the month.
  • The final 9 will be open to voting and the sewing community will choose the winner.
  • The winner of this challenge will win a Janome Sewist 525S sewing machine.
  • The MIY March MIY Maker challenge will only be open to UK entrants (sorry folks, those sewing machines just cost too much to post overseas).
  • The usual rules of my monthly MIY Maker challenge apply (full MIY Maker info here): post a photo of a make using any of my MIY Collection sewing patterns (including those from my 2 books Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking and Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts).
  • I HAVE A NEW FREE PATTERN you can choose to download and use if you prefer! Find out more about the pattern and how to get your copy here.

MIY March 17 – Sponsors

MIY March sponsors

In my previous MIY March post I told you there were 15 sponsors involved in this year’s event. Well, I was still finalising a few details and I can tell you that the final number has now gone up to 16 sponsors.

In January I had a wish list of the best people in the industry that I approached to be involved in this year’s event and I’ve honestly been humbled by the generosity of these sponsors and am super grateful to them all for agreeing to take part and for the fabulous prizes they’ve donated. The total value of the prize fund is now over £800!!!

MIY March prizes

Here’s a list of all the wonderful people taking part and contributing to your bumper fund of sewing prizes (in no particular order):

  1. Faberwood – Fiona at Faberwood has a great eye for hand-picking a gorgeous edited range of modern fabrics for her online shop.
  2. Marilla Walker – Marilla is a creative whirlwind who never seems to stop making and designs a range of super wearable sewing patterns.
  3. Beyond Measure – Grace sources some of the most desirable yet functional sewing tools you’ll find anywhere.
  4. Ditto – just around the corner from MIY Workshop Ditto has been stocking a wide range of quality dressmaking fabrics for 3 decades.
  5. Cico – publishers of my last book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” Cico produce beautiful craft books for modern makers.
  6. Paddleboat – Hannah’s Mitchell dress and jumpsuit pattern is waiting on my to-sew list and I can’t wait to make it.
  7. Minerva – Minerva have a mind-boggling range of everything sewing on their website, if you need it, you’re likely to find it at Minerva.
  8. Textile Garden – Maggie sources beautiful buttons, pins and fasteners, perfect for adding a special finishing touch to projects.
  9. By Hand London – creators of sewing patterns for gorgeous grown-up girl styles, including the popular Elisalex dress.
  10. Fashion Formula – these fashion focussed digital printers can print your own custom fabric and they don’t just do quilting cotton!!
  11. Love Sewing – one of the UK’s most popular sewing magazines with loads of dressmaking patterns, advice and columns.
  12. Sew DIY – Beth of Sew DIY has a great eye, I just love her style. She also designs a capsule collection of sewing patterns.
  13. Discovery Knitting – are a rare beast; they manufacture a beautiful range of affordable fabrics right here in the UK.
  14. Seamwork – Seamwork is a monthly digital magazine with patterns and the Seamwork podcast makes for a great listen while sewing.
  15. Ernest Wright – have a deserved reputation as makers of quite simply the best scissors you’ll ever use. Made in Sheffield (my home town).
  16. Janome – makers of good quality affordable sewing machines for every level of maker; from beginners to professionals.

So, lots of you are going to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes; for each of the 5 weeks in March there will be a bundle of 3 prizes up for grabs. Apart from one week, all prizes will be open to worldwide participation, one week will be open in the UK only.

I’m going to post more details tomorrow about the new making aspect to this year’s event which I’m calling the MIY March MIY Maker and on Monday I’ll be posting the full details of how to play along with this year’s MIY March.

Hope you’re all as excited as I am!

MIY March 2017 – Are you in?

make it yourself march

MIY March is back for year 3 which is already promising to be the biggest and best yet!!

Yes, that month-long shenanigans that involves us all running around getting friends, family and ourselves to take photos of us, us in our makes, our makes artfully arranged on tables, us in our sewing caves and more is back for another month of sewing photo fun.

This year also promises much more than fun, meeting new online sewing buddies, giving and receiving new sewing recommendations and learning new sewing tips; there will also be some amazing prizes up for grabs this year, most of which will be open to players worldwide.

make it yourself march

I invited 15 of the best sewing businesses around to be involved in this year’s event, including some names you’ll recognise and some new ones. I’m so excited to have them all on board and they have generously donated some amazing prizes that I just know you’re going to absolutely love.

We’re still finalising some of the prize details, but already the value of what has been confirmed so far exceeds £600!!

Thankfully I will again be very ably assisted by the lovely Emma and we’ll be posting more details about the event in the run-up to March.

So, make sure you’re following me @thatwendyward and Emma @dressmakerssocial on Instagram and watch out for updates there and here on the blog.

If you haven’t played along before, have a look at these blog posts to get an idea what happened in previous years.

Looking forward to “meeting” you all and seeing your pics!!

MIY March 16 – Week 2 Round Up!

I need a time machine, I can’t believe another week has slipped by. It was another inspiring week of MIY March though and there are now almost 3300 #miymarch16 photos on Instagram. We’re taking over, I love it!!

Week 2’s themes covered everything from sewing heroes, peeping inside people’s sewing zones and embracing everything slow, here were mine and Emma’s top picks from each day (I have to admit this task gets harder every time as there are more and more great pictures to choose from):

DAY 7 – SEW & STYLE HEROES – what a varied bunch!MIY march 16 day7

DAY 8 – SEW ZONE – a nosey peek behind the scenes of all those sewing spaces….MIY march 16 day8

DAY 9 – SLEEVES – the humble sleeve in all its varied forms.MIY march 16 day9

DAY 10 – TROUSERS OR PANTS? – in celebration of the worldwide and hilarious confusions this can cause!miy march 16 day10

DAY 11 – HOLD IT TOGETHER – our second Prizeday Friday sponsored by Textile Garden, this time 2 of these top 4 picks were the lucky winners of a voucher to spend on beautiful buttons and notions from Maggie.miy march 16 day11

DAY 12 – PRINTmiy march 16 day12

And DAY 13 – SLOW – one of my favourites so far and something I plan to do more of this year.miy march 16 day13

Now how can you fail to be inspired by that lot?! If you’re feeling inspired enough to join in follow me @thatwendyward and Emma @dressmakerssocial on Instagram. Full details on how to join in are in this post.

As an added incentive, this week’s Prizeday Friday is from Ernest Wright & Son….!

Missed Week 1? It’s here.