Sewing Rodeo: LIVE Sewing Challenge

September is National Sewing Month, and we want to celebrate! Join us for this 2-day, fun-filled, nail-biting, LIVE sewing and design challenge at Ragfinery. Teams of two will be given a theme and design parameters, and then have one evening to envision their project and do a mad dash to select materials, and one day to sew at Ragfinery! The competition will culminate with an in-store fashion show on Saturday, September 23rd, and prizes will be awarded. Mark your calendars, grab a buddy, and get ready to amaze and be amazed, as spectator or challenger!

Participant entry opens to teams of two on Friday, August 25th in person at Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St. There is no fee to enter, but sewing machines must be brought from home and cost of materials will be the responsibility of participants. 

Keep in formed of updates via our Facebook event page.


Friday, 8/25
10am: Artist entry opens. Register in-store at Ragfinery

Friday, 9/22
5:15 pm: Challengers orientation and materials dash

Saturday, 9/23
All day: Live sewing competition
4:30 – 5:30 pm: In-store runway show and awards!


Bellingham’s nonprofit textile reuse hub has a new event this Fall to satiate our appetites for showcasing creative reuse: the Sewing Rodeo! In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly competition.

The inspiration for the Sewing Rodeo celebrates the ‘get it done’ cowgirl spirit of our local artists and seamstresses.  Ragfinery customers never cease to amaze us.  The creativity!  The strength, perseverance and sense of adventure!  No matter what fabulous creation these sewing cowgirls (or boys) decide to rustle up, they will surely be inspired by the passion, sassiness, humor and grit of the mythic cowgirl. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: People’s Choice, Best Interpretation of Theme, and Best Performance Under Pressure. 

The challenge opens for artist registration on Friday, August 25th. There is no fee to register, but challengers will be responsible for the purchase of their desired materials from Ragfinery and must bring their own sewing machines for use in the competition. There will be a cap of just six teams, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook event page for up-to-date details about the event.



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