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We were so thrilled when we saw Saturday Night Stitch post about her doing a Burda Challenge 2018 doing a Burda Challenge 2018 earlier this year, that we just had to get on board too! And to help everyone participating along in this challenge we created a printable planner so you can plan out all your 2018 projects. Hila from Saturday Night Stitch committed to sewing at least 1 garment each month from BurdaStyle magazine, and is encouraging others to join and make their own personal sewing goals. Read on to see mine and download the free challenge planner…

Saturday Night Stitch

Let’s do this! says Hila in her second post about the Burda Challenge 2018… and I’m totally with her! I already sew one pattern from each magazine for my Meg’s Magazine Mash Up series, but I want to sew MORE, so I am committing to sew one additional project from BurdaStyle magazine each month.

In her post Hila encourages participants to set their own personal goal whether it is even sewing one BurdaStyle garment this year if they have never worked with the magazine patterns before. So whatever your goal is you can record it in your planner which you can download here for free!

My 2018 challenge

For my planner, I had it printed and coil bound at Staples (It costed me around $10 – printed in color on cardstock). On the first page write down your goal, and don’t worry if it changes over the year.

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Inside the planner you’ll find one page for each month with optional themes to help you choose and plan your month’s project. If your challenge goal isn’t for monthly projects, no worries! We have also created a general project planning sheet with sketching/inspiration page, which you can download and print here. These can be used for ANY sewing project you make in 2018 and onwards.


For my January project I’m planning to make our Cutout Back Shirt from the 01/2018 issue. Super excited to get started on this shirt (looooooove the back)! This challenge for me in 2018 is really more about not purchasing ready-to-wear clothes, and ANY new garment that comes into my wardrobe in 2018 needs to be sewn by me. Let’s do this.

Burda Challenge (3)

Hila from Saturday Night Stitch is also using the hashtag #burdachallenge2018, so we encourage you to use this tag too when posting your projects on social media so we can see what each other is up to! Also don’t forget to post your projects to our Project’s Section with Burda Challenge 2018 in the title so we can find them and post them in our monthly recap posts here on BurdaStyle.com as well as Saturday Night Stitch!

2018 relflection

At the end of year we can all reflect together to what we achieved and sewed in 2018, and the new skills we learned working with BurdaStyle patterns.

I’m really excited about this challenge, and I love that Hila and I share the same passion for BurdaStyle magazine and patterns.

Download the FREE printable challenge planner here

Happy Sewing!

Don’t forget to follow both us and Hila on Instagram:


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    Jan 25, 2018, 06.40 AMby Kasiorist

    My third challenge this year and I think I’m in!

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    Jan 16, 2018, 03.13 AMby gabcorb

    Hi MegH,

    This is such a great challenge – over the last few years I’ve found it very inspiring to watch from the sidelines, and I’m sure it’ll be just as inspiring this year!

    However, I find it pretty annoying that you’re attributing the invention of the challenge to Hila this year when it’s been running for years and was conceived by someone else.

    It’s awesome that Hila is rousing others to get involved this year, but can you please correct your description of the challenge on the download page? Credit where credit’s due please!


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      Jan 16, 2018, 07.53 PMby MegH

      Hi there!

      My apologies about the wording, again our intent was to not incorrectly credit the challenge altogether, but I do value your feedback and I have edited the planner download page. We’re working on a post to cover the history and more about the challenge and its conception because we find it so interesting and inspiring. I just got excited about the coverage I personally saw through Hila and that she was doing the challenge that we wanted to get involved with her as well. I understand how it came across when we launched the planner and I really do appreciate all the feedback. Thank you!!


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    Jan 15, 2018, 08.26 PMby Alejandra Palacios

    It looks so fun! So excited, I want to try it!

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    Jan 14, 2018, 01.02 PMby Robynsewsthisandthat

    Yay! Hurray! I did this challenge a few years ago and made it through most of the year before I had to by under garments. I am really excited to do this again. I really get fed up with the poor quality of RTW and knowing how most of these items are made in deplorable conditions makes it that more harder to keep shelling out my hard earned cash.

    I am definitely in. I am looking forward to following along with everyone on with this challenge.

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    Jan 14, 2018, 03.12 AMby Evmorales

    This sounds amazing. What a cool challenge. Gunny my friend and I were talking about doing more “me sewing” and less ready to wear. I even thought of donating part of my wardrobe so I can sew more!

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    Jan 12, 2018, 09.48 PMby cathydavison

    I’d like to download a planner but without the line “along with saturdaynightstitch”. Is that possible?

    I have been part of the patternreview.com burdastyle challenge for the past few years, as have many others including saturdaynightstitch.

    We would like our planners without that line please.

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      Jan 13, 2018, 02.54 AMby farwae

      You can choose to not print the cover page – just print the actual planner pages or make your own simple cover page in Word with just “Burda Challenge 2018” typed on the front.

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    Jan 12, 2018, 01.44 PMby Deanna31

    I already love and follow Saturday Night Stitch… She is absolutely awesome and its nice to see her getting well deserved recognition. The planner looks pretty cool

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    Jan 12, 2018, 01.22 AMby lakaribane

    @megh: You seem to think there are several different Burda Challenge 2018. That is not accurate.

    In fact, Hila posted on page 4 of the Pattern Review thread on the 2nd of January, joining the sew along called “Burda Challenge 2018”. And then she turned around and posted her icon on IG as if she invented the thing.

    I have nothing against HIla and Burdastyle.com making money with the concept. HOWEVER I think it ethical, honest and fair to acknowledge where the idea originated. #speakthetruth

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      Jan 15, 2018, 12.10 PMby Steen67

      Who cares? She’s bringing life to it. Women can be so critical over such trivia.

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    Jan 11, 2018, 08.52 PMby vtthomas

    I love this challenge! I only wish I could participate—my plate is already full! But, I WILL sew from Burda magazines more often this year!

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    Jan 11, 2018, 06.11 PMby HilaW

    Yay! Thanks Meg and BurdaStyle for joining in and supporting the #burdachallenge2018! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s makes using the tag #burdachallenge2018 so we can find, encourage and support each other. So many people have joined up already and its going to a fun year with loads of guest posts, tips and hacks, spotlights, mini challenges on IG and much more!

    Check out my blog post for some goal setting tips and why it’s important to make flexible goals when engaging in creative pursuits like sewing :-).


    You can also see what others are sewing in progress on Instagram by searching for and following the tag #burdachallenge2018. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/burdachallenge2018/?hl=en

    Peace and love,

    Hila x

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    Jan 11, 2018, 05.30 PMby Sususews

    I always enjoy reading about yearly Burda challenges that various bloggers present. It’s nice that Burda itself is getting in on the action. I love the planner! And I think your printing and binding idea is great. For various reasons, I won’t be doing the challenge. But I am going to use the planner. I hope I will be able to do more sewing in 2018 and this will be a good tool to use. Not just for planning what I make, but also to record my growth as a sewist, to realize and develop my fashion style, and to approach myf projects with organization and practically.

    Also, thanks for turning me onto Saturday Night Stitch. Hila looks to be a proficient sewist and I am going to follow her on her Burda challenge.

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    Jan 11, 2018, 12.27 PMby lakaribane

    For the record, Hila/SaturdayNightStitch did not invent the Burda Challenge, it was originally thought up by blogger ReadyThreadSew in 2012: https://readythreadsew.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/2012-burda-challenge/ and picked up by FehrTrade and TwoOnTwoOff, among others. Hell, even I mention it in a post back January 2017.

    Further, it has been a staple on Pattern Review since then. In fact, the 2018 challenge was spearheaded by Dressmaking Debacles/KSSews on dec 29th, 2017: https://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/105398

    Just so we get our history right.

    That said, I am glad it is getting a wider coverage via IG and that Burdastyle has joined in. I love this brand and I love this challenge so I can’t gainsay this initiative.

    But let’s give the proper credit, ok?

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      Jan 11, 2018, 05.40 PMby MegH

      Hi there! Sorry it came across that way, we were just inspired by her specific Burda Challenge 2018 and didn’t mean to improperly credit the Burda Challenge all together. Thank you very for bringing this to our attention and I love how many other bloggers are also spearheading their own Burda Challenges.

      I appreciate your feedback!


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      Jan 11, 2018, 05.55 PMby Sususews

      Monthly Burda challenges probably go way back to 1952 when Aenne Burda published the first Burda Moden magazine with included patterns. German women were probably doing this and sharing with their friends by word of mouth.

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    Jan 11, 2018, 12.12 PMby FluffyBottom

    I’ll give it a try, even if I’m not very experienced… :-)

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    Jan 11, 2018, 12.10 PMby olia1981

    Great challenge!!! I am already in and I am waiting to meet more women who sew BurdaStyle patterns! As for January I am between trousers #110A and jacket #108. We ’ll see… I really really love the coat #113 but I am a little afraid to start it as it requires very good knowledge on sewing!!! Greetings from Greece, Olympia

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    Jan 11, 2018, 01.37 AMby Cristty47

    I am very excited to start the challenge, which I was planing to begin this month with a loooong list of patterns I have purchased from Burda Style, which I plan to begin to sew project by project until I have the wardrobe of my dreams and continue sewing just because I love it!!!

    I’m so happy to see that I am not alone in this and that I will be able to share what I am doing, and also feel encouraged to make at least one piece a month!

    Hope it works if I make my projects from past Burda Style Issues…

    Love, Cristina.

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