National Sewing Month. Really?


Over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten several emails declaring that September is National Sewing Month. It got me curious as to how, exactly, an organization gets allocated their own month.

It turns out you need a presidential proclamation. The link below, from Wikipedia, shows the officially proclaimed days, months and years. It is interesting to note that National Sewing Month is not on the official list. However official September months do include National Wilderness Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and National Ovarian and Prostate Awareness Month. (If you want to study the list and really impress your friends with your knowledge, you’ll also learn that National Catfish Day has not been observed for more than 20 years.)

National Sewing Month was proclaimed by President Reagan in 1982. You can view the official proclamation below. Proclamations were also issued in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1988.

In 2005, the Home Sewing Association tried to revive National Sewing Month, but their request for a new proclamation was denied. They (and their successors) decided that we could still celebrate National Sewing Day, based on the original proclamations. Who knew that advocates of sewing were such a bold bunch? I wonder if the National Childhood Obesity Awareness folks will continue their campaigns if their proclamation is not renewed!

You can read more about the history of National Sewing Month at:

The official website for National Sewing Month is:


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