SEW Saturday 2016
all the details for this years event!

Blog / 9 September 2016

After the success of SEW magazines Sew Saturday event last year, I’ve been busy planning an exciting programme of activities for this year which takes place on Saturday the 15th October!

The aim of this national campaign is to give real life shops like ours the chance to celebrate being on the high street and offering friendly, helpful and inspiring shopping experiences that you just can’t get online.

Having events like this is such a lovely way to get people who love sewing together to do just that – sew!

We have make and take workshop planned for the day, free demonstrations, and competitions and of course tea and cake!

Make and Take Workshops for kids and adults

Our studio will be open from 10am – 4pm where you can drop in any time to take part in our ‘make and take’ workshops!

For adults, choose between a handy pincushion decorated with English paper pieced hexagons, a really lovely origami heart needle holder or a colourful embroidered coaster.

Entry is £5 and includes a materials pack, templates and instruction sheet and tea and cake.

For kids, choose between a fruity pineapple badge or a funky cactus key ring.

Entry is £3 and includes a materials pack, templates and instruction sheet and juice and cake.

There is no need to book, just turn up between 10am and 4pm on the day and pay by cash. Depending on how busy it is there may be a short wait but we have lots of space and last year everyone who came was able to take part almost right away so we should be fine.

Free Sewing Demonstrations

In the studio we will have a demonstration area set up with a programme of short demos on handy sewing and dressmaking techniques!

10.30am-11am Using pressing gadgets to improve the finish of your projects

11am-11.30am Introduction to the Lutterloh Pattern making system

11.30am-12pm Applying prym colour snaps to fabric using vario pliers

12.30pm-1pm Making and applying bias binding and piping cord

1pm-1.30pm Dart manipulation techniques

1.30pm-2pm Sewing with jersey on a regular sewing machine and applying a neckline binding using a twin needle

3pm-3.30pm Invisible and centred zip insertion top tips

3.30pm-4pm Coverstitch machine and overlocker demo

For those attending the demonstrations you will get 10% off our selection of over 40 Prym sewing essentials!

Again there is no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Guess the number of buttons in the jar

Remember the days of school fete competitions? We figured no one would want a massive jar of gummie sweets now, so instead you can guess the number of buttons in the jar and win a £10 g&g voucher!

50p per entry in aid of Birmingham Children’s hospital.

Winner to be announced at 2.45pm!

Best in show pincushion competition

Whether its fancy embroidery, 3D construction or useful add-ons like a needle holder, we want to see your best efforts at making a show stopper pin cushion!

We will have 3 categories; under 9’s, under 16’s and adults with top g&g prizes to be won!

To enter please bring along your pin cushion before 2pm on the day.

Entry is £1 in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Judging will take place between 2pm-2.30pm by me – 2013 Great British Sewing Bee finalist and expert dressmaker Fiona Guthrie (aka my Mum!) Winners announced at 2.30pm!

I hope you can make it and join in the festivities?

We will also have exclusive special offers in the shop on the day including £5 off when you spend £50 and over and pattern bundle deals for autumn projects!