Start the new year with a renewed sense of focus and inspiration to tackle those craft projects, with hashtags to give you motivation to create.
From the jumper you’ve been meaning to knit for years to the dress pattern you picked up and just haven’t got round to doing, now is the time to do it!
The new year is the ideal time to get motivated with your creativity, whether you want to try new makes, grow your small business or embrace mindful crafting.
We’ve rounded up the most helpful hashtags and photo challenges to keep you focused on getting those projects finished and new ideas underway.
Yup, you read that right! We’re launching an Instagram challenge and we have to say that we’re just a teeny bit (*massively*) excited. We love a bit of mystery so we can’t say too much yet, but we can let you know that it’ll run from 8th – 14th January and that you’re invited. There’ll be daily prompts to help you share a bit about you and your making plus some pics, and it’ll be all about craft, creativity and getting to know the making community. We’ll release Insta’s most hotly anticipated prompts the week before the challenge starts. Keep your eyes on our website and social media for January’s biggest reveal.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing with crafting. Rather than trying to take on too much at once, the #2018makenine challenge encourages you to pick nine projects you want to make throughout the year, and then get your craft on with the online community.
“A few years ago instead of sharing my ‘best nine’ photos I compiled a ‘make nine’ list of just nine projects I really wanted to buckle down and make in the new year,” explains Rochelle of Home Row Fiber Co.
“This is a really simple, really forgiving challenge that allows you to narrow down your focus and work towards some solid goals. Work at your own pace and pick any nine projects you want!”
Want to fashion your own wardrobe, but don’t know where to start? Then #sewmystyle is the hashtag challenge for you. #sewmystyle is a sewing project started in 2017 with the aim of getting more young people into sewing and raising awareness about the slow fashion movement.
“We’ll be sewing 12 items in 12 months. The patterns will be simple, seasonally transitional and on trend,” explains Laura of Petite Passions, who is helping to run the challenge this year.
“We’re working with a range of independent pattern designers to bring together a selection of different garments that can be adapted in a number of ways to suit each maker’s individual style. On the first of the month each pattern is released, along with a nice discount for those of you who are signed up. Throughout the month bloggers will be posting their inspiration and joining you on the making journey, with the final reveal on the last Sunday of each month.”
There are also monthly sponsors offering prizes, so make sure you post your pics to be in with a chance of winning. Sign up to find out about each challenge.
Make new quilty friends and learn some different techniques by joining @sarahashfordstudio and @sydneyrosedesigns on 8th January for a week-long #greatbritishquilter English Paper Piecing Challenge in association with @OliveandFlohandcraft.
“What better way to start the new year than to learn some new skills, test out techniques, share your favourite fussy cutting fabrics and make some new friends?” asks Charlie of Sydney Rose Designs.
“As well as sharing your own EPP, there’ll be hints and tips, video tutorials, discussion about shapes, designs, fabrics and the week ends with a fantastic EPP giveaway. Happy stitching!”. Get the prompts when they’re released.
This hashtag may have been around for a while, but it’s a great one to encourage you to make for mindfulness and take some time out to get creative in 2018. From crochet mandalas to embroidery hoops, creating to relax is incredibly important and will also keep your creative juices flowing. Use #craftastherapy to share your projects, interact with other makers and find inspiration for projects to fill your year with.
As well as the crafts you’re working on while you shelter from the winter cold, make the most of the fresh start to the year by taking time out to appreciate the little things around you with the hashtag #savouringjanuary2018.
“The idea is that each day in January you use the prompts provided to give yourself a few moments to be mindful, to pause and notice what’s going on around you,” explains Gabrielle Treanor. “By beginning 2018 with this mindfulness practice there’s a greater chance we can bring a little more awareness and intention into the rest of the year.”
Gabrielle is also running The Warm Embrace, a free one-week e-course about saying no to long lists of resolutions, guilt over Christmas indulgence, strict diets and exhausting exercise regimes, but saying yes to being kind to for yourself.
If, like us, you’ve been impressed (and occasionally in awe) by all the bullet journals popping up over the last year, get inspired to start your own by following the hashtag #bulletjournal.
They’re an awesome way to get organised for the new year and to plan your crafting and your social media. They also make you more creative – even if you’re just putting together a list of all the crafting tools you need.
Once a week @goodtype hosts its own hashtag challenge so you can perfect your lettering. As a weekly challenge there’s less pressure and you can interpret it in any way you like. While most will stick with pens and paints, origami and other crafts are more than welcome too. Join the Goodtype newsletter to get a head start on the weekly #goodtypetuesday prompt.
The #themakersyear hashtag was started in 2016 by blogger A Playful Day. While the challenge and daily prompts have long finished, the hashtag has taken on a life of its own. Use the tag to plan your makes for the year, check out what others are doing and share your creative process as you grow your skills throughout 2018.
If there’s a craft you want to master or you just want to have more time for making, #365dayschallenge is a great way to kick this off. You can adapt the hashtag so it’s #365daysof and then add any craft you’re working on. The tag sets you the challenge to make every single day and share what you are up to. It could help you grow your social media following, too.
If you’re still struggling for inspiration, this lovely feed it chock full of creatives getting things done and keeping it pretty at the same time. #dreamersanddoers is a good hashtag for ideas, motivation and finding other makers doing beautiful things.
Don’t forget to tag #molliemakers so we can see what you’re up to – we’re always inspired by what you post! We’d love to hear if you have any good photo challenges or hashtags coming up, or just to see what you’ve been making this month. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too.