Contributor Guidelines

If you have a project to share, we would love to see it! We are looking for contemporary and innovative sewing projects, from wearables for men, women, and children to home décor and gifts that fit our project themes each issue. We want design-driven projects for stitchers of all skill levels. All projects submitted to us must be original, unpublished work.

Continue to check our website, where our project themes for each upcoming issue will be posted along with submission deadlines.

Note: Designers of all accepted clothing projects must include a full-size, nested sewing pattern with graded sizes.

Submissions by Email

  • Send a brief description of the project idea explaining the basic construction and key elements to include digital images (jpeg or pdf) of a project sketch or photo and the fabric samples you propose.
  • Be sure to include your name, address, website, and phone number, and list your credentials (such as previous project design and/or writing experience).
  • You will immediately receive an auto-reply acknowledging that your e-mail has been received. We will let you know within eight weeks via e-mail whether we have 

Submissions by Mail

  • If you prefer, you may send queries via regular mail.  In one or two paragraphs, describe your project idea and include a project sketch or photo plus fabric swatches. Include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you want your query materials returned. Please do not send original projects at this point in the process. If you would like to know that your submission has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with each submission.

Mail your query to:

F+W Media ATTN: Submissions Sew News

741 Corporate Circle, Suite A

Golden, CO 80401

Copyright Issues

No submissions that may violate copyright laws will be accepted. If your artwork could be perceived by Interweave Press LLC as a potential copyright violation, please provide written consent by the party that may have standing with regard to the copyright issue.

Featured Article Submissions

We accept queries for feature articles on timely topics related to sewing, design, and textiles. To submit a feature proposal, send a detailed outline of your proposal and any related images, websites, or resources illustrating the topic as well as a few writing samples. The query should give us an overview of what you’re proposing with enough details and supporting information for us to carefully consider your idea. Feature articles are 1,000 to 1,500 words.

Send e-mail queries to

Acceptance and Payment

Receipt of your submission of a project or feature will be promptly acknowledged, but we may not be able to make a decision about its use right away. Please be patient. At the earliest, expect to hear from us within eight weeks after submissions materials are due. Submissions for both articles and projects are sometimes held for future issues; you will be notified if this is the case. For accepted submissions, we license for exclusive first-time publication rights and subsequent nonexclusive rights for use in print, electronic, or other Interweave publications and promotions. You retain the copyright to the original work.

Upon acceptance of your work and before your work is published, you will receive a contract stating the terms of acceptance for you to sign. All payments are made upon publication.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you!