March FAB Sewcial Challenge Re-Cap - SEWING FAILS!

March FAB Sewcial Challenge Re-Cap - SEWING FAILS!

For the month of March we asked our community to share a make that failed or didn't work out, to celebrate the mistakes that helped us learn, and have a laugh along the way!

Everyone has to start their sewing journey somewhere, and without making mistakes we wouldn't have much to learn. Looking back on the makes that didn't turn out as planned can also bring humor, and remind us how far we've come!

In this spirit, we encouraged our community members to share a photo of a make that made them laugh, and that didn't quite end up as planned. On Monday March 1st we announced the theme, and then anyone who wanted to participate had until Monday March 22nd to follow us on Instagram, post the photo of their failed make to their Instagram page with the hashtag #fabsewcialchallenge, and tagging us @fabcyclevan.

Challenge Winners

Our March winner selection was a bit different than past challenges. We were inspired by our community's willingness to share examples of their learning journey, and we appreciate their ability to see the humor in their fumbles. So we decided to award 4 winners instead of choosing just one!


Catarina of made this lovely ruffle cup top, and it's super cute despite it's imperfections. She noted in her Instagram post that because she used up-cycled fabric (from a garment she already had), there wasn't quite enough material and the top front button doesn't stay closed. Even though it's not perfect, we applaud her for sustainably using what she already had, and coming up with creative solutions to try and perfect this make: by using a bobby pin to keep it secure! We give her kudos for this overall totally FAB learning project! 




Rae @saturnssunshine created this chic top, and decided to wing it as she went. As she mentions in her Instagram post, this led to sewing a cup askew and having to re-sew it, mis-measurements of the straps, and some trouble with her first attempt at button holes. All in all she learned some valuable skills for further garment making, and that's great practice for her next project! Way to go girl! 






Beth @beth_compton shared her sewing blooper of making a teddy bear, based on the left picture. She took a leap, and mentions in her Instagram post that she decided to try sewing her teddy bear without a pattern. Her bold move resulted in a great learning project, and she was able to create this make entirely from scraps she got from our ReUSE Centre! This cute little bear gets a thumbs up from us!





Alia @milhouse_sews shared with us her sewing misadventure while making a body suit. We love the colour choice of this pale blue fabric, but the make came up a bit short in the bodice! Regardless, we give her kudos for trying something new and having fun with her sewing project that didn't turn out. She looks FABulous, even though the garment isn't perfect! We think she nailed owning her learning process, and looks good doing it! 









Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our March challenge! We appreciate all of your sewing fails, and enjoyed sharing the sometimes funny learning process of sewing. Keep up to date with us on Instagram @fabcyclevan and stay tuned for our next theme!

April FAB-Sewcial Challenge

Want to be our next FAB Sewcial Challege winner? Why not enter our April FAB Sewcial Challenge! We'll be running a poll next week to see what our community members would like the next theme to be, and follow us @fabcyclevan where we'll announce the April theme on Monday April 5th! Full rules and details here. 

  • Let's celebrate the sewing failures that helped us learn, and have a laugh along the way! 
  • To enter:
    • Follow us on Instagram @fabcyclevan
    • Post a photo of a textile based item you've made, that failed or didn't work out, and made you laugh!
    • Tag us in your post @fabcyclevan and hashtag #FabSewcialChallenge in the caption

Good luck, and happy sewing!

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