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Welcome to Sew-vivor (a sewing competition which is a spin-off of the show Survivor)! This is the post where you can enter your SEWING project!

Here’s a recap with the timeline, buttons, judges, prizes, rules, and weekly themes.
Check back every Wednesday through April for lots of Sew-vivor fun….
including 7 amazing giveaways!!!
February 1-29: Auditions accepted all month
Feb 8: Giveaway (from Fashionable Fabrics)
Feb 15: Giveaway (from Contemporary Cloth)
Feb 22: Giveaway (from Stitch Stash Diva)
Feb 29: Giveaway (from Modern Fabric Studio)
March 7: Top 10 Contestants announced + honorable mention features +
4 “Immunity” Guest Judges announced
March 14: Giveaway (from Fabric Envy)
March 21: Giveaway (from The Ribbon Retreat)
March 28: Giveaway (from Raspberry Creek Fabrics)
April 4: 1st Round of Competition
April 6: Top 8 announced
April 11: 2nd Round of Competition
April 13: Top 5 announced
April 18: 3rd Round of Competition
April 20: Top 3 announced
April 25: 4th and Final Round of Competition
April 27: Winners announced!

These buttons were created by my crazy talented friend Jamie, from The Letter 4 blog!

If you don’t plan to enter, we’d still love to have you participate by following along and voting (you can even grab a “participating on Sew-vivor button)!”
Say hello to these amazing, talented ladies who will choose the Top 10 contestants to advance in April. It’s such an honor to have them as the judges!


A great big thank you goes out to these amazing sponsors! They have all contributed generously! Each company listed here has been a dream to work with. Click on their button to visit their shops and show them some love! (Many of these companies will offer a discount code to their online shops at the end of Sew-vivor on April 27).

The total amount of prizes on the line comes to nearly $900!

1st Place: 

2nd Place:

3rd Place:
Ridiculously amazing prizes, right?


(Please read entirely, as a few rules have changed).

–Enter ONE sewing project, new or old. It must be made by YOU. It does not have have to be your original idea or tutorial, and it doesn’t matter if it was made with or without a pattern. Machine and handsewing count. Crocheting and knitting do not. Be sure it is a representation of you, your sewing skills, and your creativity!

–Entries will be accepted in the form of a link party, (see here for an example of a link party), and end on Wed February 29 at midnight EST.

–You can link your entry from your Blog or from your Flickr account. You may include multiple pictures in your post or your Flickr page, but you can only choose one photo to display on this blog in the entry below. So choose your best picture!
(No entries are allowed from facebook or google+ or anywhere else. Those entries are disqualified).

–The Top 10 will be chosen by the Sew-vivor judges, and will advance to compete in the four weeks of competition in April. (Judges will email me their Top 15 picks, and I will tally up and average everything to choose the Top 10). 

–Big Tip: Take the very best pictures of your projects that you can! Besides your sewing skills and creativity, presentation will play a big role in a competition like this! 

–I really hate to say this, but you must be a US citizen (or at least have a US shipping address) to enter. This is because the prize sponsors are only able to ship to a US address. Thanks for understanding! 


–If you have a blog, please post a Sew-vivor button on your sidebar! 

–To enter, you must be a follower of Family Ever After via Facebook and RSS or GFC.


(Please read entirely, as a few rules have changed).
–Projects will be revealed on Wednesday mornings 6am EST. Voting will be open on Wednesdays only from 6am-midnight EST. The “audience” (readers) will vote by poll. Advancing contestants will be notified via email on Wednesday night, and announced on Friday mornings 6am EST.

–This means that contestants…. you will need to email me a picture of your project by 6pm Tuesday night. I will email you on Wednesday at midnight to let you know who advances to the next week. You’ll have until the following Tuesday night at 6pm to email your next project to me. So that gives you 6 days to work on your project!

–Slight change: Previously I said that projects would be unveiled anonymously. Just kidding. Projects will not be anonymous, and will be linked up to that person’s blog or Flickr page on the Wednesday they are revealed.

–Every week, there will be a guest judge who chooses her favorite project to get “immunity.” (It’s like that on Survivor)! That means that even if that project receives the lowest number of votes, they cannot be voted off. 

–Elimination Process: 
Week 1- Top 10 
Week 2- Top 8
Week 3- Top 5
Week 4- Top 3



(Remember, to enter the contest in February, you can enter anything you’ve ever sewn before, or you can make something special just to enter. Anything goes, as long as its been made by you).  

–The following weekly challenges are only for the Top 10 who are chosen to compete in the actual competition in April. Nobody really needs to worry about these weekly themes quite yet, but I wanted to put them out there so you would know what the competition will entail so you can decide if this contest is right for you or not. 

–Of course, if you think that you’ve got a good chance of making it into the Top 10, you are welcome to go ahead and get a head start working on projects for the following themes for the 4 weeks of competition challenges at your own risk! I am not responsible if you make a project but do not make it to the Top 10! All projects submitted for the 4 weeks of competition cannot have been made any sooner than January 19, 2012. Do not reveal them on your blog/flickr/facebook until they are revealed on Sew-vivor.

***The tutorial that you’re going to use as your inspiration must be a sewing tutorial from the judge herself, or an all-out guest post by someone else, found on the judge’s blog. It can’t be a feature or a shout out, it must be a full tutorial. Remember to bookmark the link, as you need to cite your source, and I’ll be mentioning the link! Please email if you have any further questions!
–Contestants: You may use patterns and online tutorials for your projects. When you post your projects on your blog or flickr, you’ll need to cite your sources. If you create your own pattern, we’d love to see a tutorial in pictures!
I just wanted to say thank you to my family (Tasha, Levi, sisters, mom), friends (Ashley, Meredith), and husband for all letting me bounce ideas around and for their opinions on getting Sew-vivor all set up!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments! I’ll answer them there, so everyone can read my responses.

Did you read ALL the rules outlined above?

You must be a follower of Family Ever After before you enter.
Please follow via~
1. Facebook (where you’ll receive “behind the scenes” info)
2.  RSS (follow the easy prompts), or
GFC (go to the right side bar, click where is says Join this Site),
or you can do both!
To link your entry:
Copy the URL address of your picture/post from your FLICKR or BLOG. (No facebook or Google+). Then come here, click on “Add your link,” paste it, title it, and leave your email. You’ll be taken to a page to choose the picture you’d like represented. Click “select,” and then you’re done. ONLY ENTER ONE PROJECT!

Top 10 will be announced on March 7 at 6am EST.

Now the question is….
Can you Sew-vive?


Once upon a time…

I started a blog. This is a tale of my projects, goals, and dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope you have a beautiful day.

xoxo, Rach H.