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1. Bring a pattern – Take a pattern:
Set up a table for members to contribute 1-3 sewing patterns they no longer want. You may take home up-to the same number of patterns you contributed from the stash. Have rules posted such as: “You must CONTRIBUTE in order to TAKE”, it will encourage others to bring in more patterns for the swap next month or meeting!

2. Pincushion Party:
Make a handmade pincushion and bring it in a sealed brown lunch bag! Have everyone stand in a circle with their bag. Roll one dice on a table, everyone passes the brown bags to their right the number on the dice, (so no one gets their own). Have fun opening and showing off the pincushions received!

3. Button Jar:
Each meeting for one year, members must contribute a card of buttons or small handful of buttons into a large jar. Make sure members know this is a regular meeting entry fee (buttons). Pick a final date, such as holiday party or end of year to have a random drawing where one person present wins the jar of buttons!


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    Jan 6, 2010, 12.59 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Ohh I love the button jar idea! You could make three little ones and have three prizes too :)

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      Feb 17, 2010, 12.17 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      In the second half of this year we will celebrate our clubs first birthday, I’m so excited I’m already trying to think of come cool ideas to make it the best meet ever, I think i’d like to do somethign similar to your button jar idea as a grand prize but I was thinking it’d also be cool if everyone bought a little notion gift wrapped up as a kind of secret santa where you reach into a box and grab one item as your little gift, button cards would be great to wrap up.

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    Jan 6, 2010, 05.05 PMby shereesews

    4. Fabric Challenge! 1 fabric = 100 ideas

    Everyone takes home 1/2 yard of the EXACT SAME fabric. They must bring it back in (one month or two months) sewn into anything they choose. Must use up majority of fabric handed out. You will be amazed at the many methods of use…. purses, trim, applique, quilts, clothing and sew forth! Make sure someone takes photos of all the creative ideas!

    To cover costs: you could collect $2-3 in advance from everyone signing up for the challenge!

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    Jan 6, 2010, 05.09 PMby shereesews


    Set up 3-4 tables with different 10 minute demonstrations by different members on a subject they can comfortably share. Every ten minutes the rest of group members rotate to a new station. Some members are natural teachers. Try to keep it simple, but encourage teachers to bring samples in many stages. Leader should make sure teachers get recognition or introductions in advance.

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    Jan 12, 2010, 04.20 PMby mynameisdavid

    Hi Sheree!

    These ideas are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

    - David

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    Jan 26, 2010, 05.15 PMby shereesews

    6. MYSTERY MARKET BAG PROGRESSIVE (over three meetings)

    1st meeting all participants bring 1 yard each of two fabrics (coordinating or contrasting) They are swapped and go home with someone who uses them to sew up a base unit, with lining, from a pre-determined pattern by the group.

    2nd meeting (partial market bags come back) are swapped again to another member who takes them home to add straps or handles and embellishments.

    3rd meeting (completed market bags returned to original owners) Sew N Tell lets everyone brag about their contributions to the bags they worked on!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 02.40 AMby shereesews


    Bring the letter blocks from Bananagrams or a Scrabble game. Divide evenly for 2 or 3 teams. Using a 3 or 5 minute timer…. have the teams work together to form as many linked sewing terms as they can. Members get a chance to bond by working together in teams. You could give optional prizes to winning team.

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    Feb 16, 2010, 08.39 PMby amibambini

    Sew N Tell!! That’s so sweet. Great Ideas there Sheree, how is your sewing club going? Over at our club (BSC East London) we are starting a club Treasure Chest. People would often bring stuff to swap but if no-one took it at that time would often just end up lugging it home again, so we came up with the treasure chest, a box for your old patterns, lengths of fabric, buttons that you don’t want anymore, but might be perfect for someone else. The only rule is you have to donate something before taking anything out.

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    Feb 16, 2010, 10.27 PMby mynameisdavid

    Wonderful ideas guys! Did you know we have a BSC Project Idea List? Go to this link: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/burdastyle-sewing-club-project-ideas to discover more great ideas you can use at your next BSC meeting!

    I’ll update it soon to include your new ideas!

    - David

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    Feb 17, 2010, 12.14 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    We have a few fabric addicts in our club so one meeting soon we have a wonderful lady coming with some fantastic vintage saris for sale, I think it’d be great to find more people like this lady to come along each meet with some beautiful and different sewing wares that we can ohh and ahh over and maybe buy :)

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    Mar 3, 2010, 09.39 PMby shereesews

    8. DRESS A DOLL FOR GOODWILL The group will purchase one brand-new 18" doll. Get rid of the store bought dress it came with. Members all make a variety of new clothing (from their stash of course!). Fill a pretty box with group sewn doll pajamas, robe, play clothes, dresses, coats, quilt, etc. Plan this over a few months to be ready for Christmas time or a special girls’ birthday, members can share or trade doll clothing patterns. Bring a camera and take pictures of the doll dressed in each outfit and being held by the member who made the outfit. Keep pics in your BSC memory book.

    9. M-A-N MONTH Dedicate a month in your BSC specifically geared towards sewing for the men in your life. June or Fathers Day is appropriate. Have handouts related to sewing menswear, tailoring, shirtmaking, activewear, polar fleece, etc., Have a video viewing of David P. Coffins “Shirtmaking” vhs or dvd.

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    Apr 27, 2010, 09.37 AMby shawn last

    I like this site, This site is very easy and helpful.Fashion

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    Dec 5, 2010, 10.13 AMby lynzlyles

    Great Ideas! sounds Fun :) Thanks!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 12.56 PMby SexyKolora

    Wow, these are Terrific Ideas to use and share. Thank you.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 12.25 AMby tinybows

    wow, super creative ideas!

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    Apr 29, 2011, 09.34 PMby tinybows

    I like the idea of everyone bringing a few old items of clothing that they don’t wear anymore and having a swap. (Take as much as you bring). And then everyone has to take those items and remake them into a completely new article of clothing which each member wears to the next meeting!

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    Jan 10, 2017, 06.10 PMby James Stier

    Great Ideas. Have to try once. However, same sounds as fun.

    ThanksJames Stier

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    Mar 4, 2017, 03.14 PMby Olga Kalko

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