What is Kid’s Clothes Week? KCW is a seasonal sewing challenge. What does that mean? We challenge you to commit to sewing clothes for your kids one hour a day for seven days. The challenge happens four times a year: winter, spring, summer, fall. Why would we do this? We feel good when we’re creating things, but oftentimes we get stuck dreaming of things we want to make, but never actually make them. We get cozy on the couch, or lost for hours on Pinterest, or decide doing laundry or dishes is more important.
By pledging one hour a day, we’re saying that our creative time is as important as a clean sink and that our creative endeavors are even more compelling than the endless scroll of Pinterest. Kid’s Clothes Week gets you to sit down in front of your sewing machine and sew a little, then maybe a little more. This momentum feeds your creativity: the more you sew, the more ideas come to you, the more you want to sew!
But Kid’s Clothes Week is not just you, sewing alone in your little space. There is a whole community struggling with you to find that hour to create. During KCW hundreds of people are sewing together everyday. This sparks a creative energy that is palpable–even though we are spread out across the globe! Sewing along with all these talented people will both motivate and inspire you. When we share what we’ve made, we’re sharing in something bigger: a growing community of mothers taking the extra time to create something personal and beautiful for their children.
Meg Freeman started Kid’s Clothes Week in 2008. She wanted to sew clothes for her children, but every night ended up lying on the couch instead of working in front of the sewing machine. She came up with the idea to challenge herself to sew for an hour each night for a week and it worked! Soon after, she invited everyone who read her blog, Elsie Marley, to join in the challenge. And so KCW was born!
Dorie Schwarz joined Meg in 2012 to plan and build a new site for the KCW community. Dorie is really into making things. She’s been stitching and blogging at Tumbling Blocks since her teenage daughter was a tiny girl. For her, writing code and building websites is a creative endeavor. She’s happy to have banded together with Meg to create an online home for the KCW community.