The Sewing Weekender

*SOLD OUT – we’re really sorry but all the tickets have now sold out*

The Sewing Weekender is back on the 25th & 26th August 2018 in Cambridge, UK!

If you would like to see what the event was like last year, check out Charlotte’s new vlog!

Our venue, Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, will be transformed into a sewing room for the weekend; bring along a sewing project, or two, and sew while chatting to friends and drinking plenty of tea. You’ll have access to support from us as well as fellow attendees.

Murray Edwards college Cambridge The Sewing Weekender

Over the weekend, we’ll have a series of informal talks and hands-on workshops from people in and around the sewing industry. More details on this will be released soon! We’re really excited about the Sewing Weekender and hope you are too!

the schedule 2

The Sewing Weekender will be a two-day event, with the option of an overnight stay on the Saturday.

We have a lovely venue booked for the weekend at Murray Edwards College, one of the University of Cambridge’s colleges for women. Founded in 1954 as New Hall, the College has attractive gardens and onsite parking and accommodation available to attendees.

We’ll be having an informal sewathon, with plenty of time for chatting and drinking tea! On Saturday morning refreshments will be provided thanks to Sew Essential and Sewisfaction, and afternoon tea and biscuits are courtesy of Remnant Kings. On Sunday morning, refreshments will be provided by Adam Ross. This year lunch on the Saturday is included in the price of the ticket and will be in the College canteen on site.

It has been possible to offer more places this year with two Day ticket options, ‘share a machine’ or ‘bring your own machine’:

SHARE A MACHINE OPTION – As previously, the venue will be supplied with some Janome sewing machines, so you can bring along a sewing project and start sewing. There will be three Janome machines per every four attendees, plus shared access to overlockers.

BRING YOUR OWN MACHINE – Additional places will also be available this year to attendees who can bring their own sewing machine to use over the weekend. You will also have shared access to overlockers.

We’ll also have some great talks from fellow sewing bloggers over the two days. We will be running a competition to win one ‘Golden Ticket’ this year, thanks to Minerva Crafts. See below for more details on this!

how to book

We have a total of 90 places – you can book below.

BOOKING OPTIONS – to secure your place at The Sewing Weekender, you need to purchase EITHER an ‘Event Only Ticket – SHARED MACHINE’ OR ‘Event Only Ticket – BRING YOUR OWN MACHINE’. If you purchase an ‘Event Only Ticket – BRING YOUR OWN MACHINE’ ticket you must bring a sewing machine with you.

The ‘Event Only Ticket price covers entry on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018. If you would like to stay over on Saturday 25th August 2018 you will also need to book accommodation for one night. The accommodation link will be emailed to you after the booking!

If you would like to book an additional night’s accommodation at Murray Edwards College e.g. on the Friday or Sunday night, this may be possible – please contact the College directly with your requirements on It may be possible to book a twin room if you would like to share with a friend – please contact the College directly with your requirements on in an inclusive event – the College is accessible to wheelchair users and sewists with disabilities. Please see the Policies and FAQ at the end of this post for more information and contact us if you have any concerns.



  • Entry Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2018;
  • Shared access to a Janome sewing machine (3 sewing machines between 4 attendees) and shared use of overlockers;
  • Lunch at the campus canteen on Saturday 25th August 2018;
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to SewisfactionSew Essential, Remnant Kings and Adam Ross;
  • Access to free parking at Murray Edwards College;
  • Free Wifi on campus;
  • An amazing goodie bag!



  • Entry Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2018;
  • Shared use of overlockers
  • Lunch at the campus canteen on Saturday 25th August 2018
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to SewisfactionSew Essential, Remnant Kings and Adam Ross;
  • Access to free parking at Murray Edwards College;
  • Free Wifi on campus;
  • An amazing goodie bag!

You will be emailed a link to the accommodation booking AFTER you have purchased your Sewing Weekender ticket

Accommodation ONLY Saturday 25th August in a Single Room (+ £95)

This option includes one night’s stay in a single en-suite bedroom at Murray Edwards College, including breakfast. Rooms include tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served in the main Dining Hall from 9:00-10:00am.

Please note: the cost of accommodation is the price charged by the College/our booking provider to us. We are only passing on the cost of the room.

College Bedrooms
College Bedrooms


Have a question? You can email or for any booking questions/confirmations.

P.S. A more detailed itinerary for the event will be supplied to attendees prior to the event date. Approximate event times are: Saturday 25th August from 10am until Sunday 26th August 1pm. 

Competition details

We will be running a competition, to win a ‘Golden Ticket’, thanks to Minerva Crafts. The winner will receive a ticket for the Sewing Weekender (25th/26th August 2018) and accommodation on Saturday 25th in a room at Murray Edwards College. Keep a look out on social media for your chance to win!

Competition details:

  • Running competitions allows us to keep the ticket price down for everyone.
  • Winner must be free to attend event on 25/26th August 2018.
  • The prize only includes an ‘Event only ticket – shared machine’ and accommodation for one person on Saturday 25th August 2018 at Murray Edwards College. For details of the full ticket inclusions please see above.
  • Prize does not included travel to and from the event, winner must organise and pay for this themselves.
  • Prize includes lunch on Saturday 25th August 2018 during the event and breakfast on Sunday 26th August 2018, both at the College canteen. Only refreshments as outlined in the inclusions of ‘Event only ticket – shared machine’ above are included. Any other meals and refreshments are not included and to be paid for by the competition winner.
  • Winner will be chosen at random and the decision (The Fold Line and English Girl at Home) is final.


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we’ve been able to keep ticket prices down.

Janome – Our mission is to produce machines which inspire creativity and innovation, yet are simple to use. We know the most important thing about our products is not the machines themselves, but what you create with them. The better your tools, the more inventive, artistic and pleasurable your sewing experience.

Spoonflower – The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in 2008 in Durham, N.C. with the dream of empowering individuals to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Today, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million creative individuals who use their own designs and the Spoonflower Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothing, bags, furniture, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Located in Durham, N.C. & Berlin, Germany


Pound Fabrics – The UK’s Number 1 Online Fabric Pound Store! The Ultimate fabric experience. Exceptional range of dressmaking fabrics, all with fast and free delivery.

Minerva Crafts – Minerva Crafts is your one stop shop for gorgeous Dressmaking Fabrics, Sewing Patterns and Haberdashery. With over 100,000 beautiful products to choose from & free UK delivery too!

Sew Me Sunshine – Fabric and sewing supplies to make you smile.

Cotton Reel Studio – Online fabric store and haberdashery offering dressmaking and lingerie fabrics, patterns and kits. We also run sewing workshops in North East and North Yorkshire areas.

Sewisfaction – An independent fabric and sewing studio focused on bringing you beautiful dressmaking fabrics, inspiring sewing patterns and unique haberdashery products. We’re also spreading the joy of sewing at our dressmaking classes aimed at complete beginners through to more advanced sewists.

Clothspot – ClothSpot offers fabric for work, play and special days alike. We keep a fast-changing and lively selection of choices that reflect the best in current fashion. We also stock a selection of basics for your wardrobe – cottons, lawns, drills, denim, linings – the stuff you can’t get by without, whatever your style.

Village Haberdashery – a modern craft shop and class studio based in West Hampstead, London. We hand pick our products with contemporary crafters in mind and also have an online shop.

The Draper’s Daughter – An online store selling a lovingly selected range of contemporary designer & organic fabrics, sewing accessories, trims, kits and gifts… for the modern maker.

Fabrics Galore – Fabric emporium stuffed full of dressmaking fabrics, Liberty lawns, quilting cottons + home furnishing fabrics. Saving good people from bad fabric everyday!


Sew Over It – Founded by Lisa Comfort, Sew Over It is a friendly fabric shop in London. We run super fun sewing classes & also have our own range of sewing patterns and kits!

Weaver Dee  – A family run sewing and craft shop with a wide range of fabrics, sewing patterns and haberdashery. Find them both online and in Middlewich, UK.

Sew Essential – The UK’s original on-line sewing superstore for sewers by sewers. Everything you need in one place and at the right price too.

Remnant Kings – Remnant Kings have been proud to offer the best selection of dressmaking, interiors & craft fabrics, haberdashery, sewing patterns and inspiration to our customers far and near since 1946.

Cocowawa Crafts – sewing patterns for women and kids,  classic lines with a twist to sew garments that make you smile!

Dragonfly Fabrics – enjoy our range of modern dressmaking fabrics and independent sewing patterns! All Sewing Weekender attendees can get free shipping with the code “SWFREEPOSTAGE”, expires 15th September. 

Fabricate – As well as having the online shop, there is a bricks and mortar version in a lovely little village called Roberttown in Liversedge. Fabricate sells a range of sewing patterns, fabrics, haberdashery and kits and also runs workshops.

Monaluna – A family run, independent organic fabric company based in Walnut Creek, CA. All of the Monaluna collections are printed on premium 100% organic cotton with a high thread-count, which gives them an exceptionally soft and high-quality hand. Monaluna fabrics are characterized by a graphic and modern style, and are often whimsical and humorous.

Sew box – An on-line sewing shop specialising in Liberty Fabrics. Sew Box also stocks a range of haberdashery and indie patterns, most notably being the UK stock for the popular Hot Patterns from the US.

Pavilion – publishes great books on sewing and dressmaking for all levels. Our talented sewing authors include Chinelo Bally, Stuart Hillard, Merchant & Mills and many more. Subscribe to our newsletter at to be the first to hear about our new amazing craft books.

Prym – A global family business with almost 500 years of creating innovative haberdashery products. From pins to zippers and mini irons, Prym has everything you need for your dressmaking and needlework project. All products come with user-friendly instructions, which make handicrafts simply easier to do.


FAQs & Policies

Who comes to The Sewing Weekender?

Makers of all abilities come to The Sewing Weekender from beginners to the advanced. There will be people to help you with your project and also your fellow attendees. Some people come with friends but a significant number of sewists come not knowing anyone, so please don’t worry if you are new to sewing or meet ups, we are a friendly bunch!

Sewing Machines & Supplies

If you buy an ‘Event Only Ticket – shared machine’ you will be sharing three Janome sewing machines with every four attendees. If you buy and ‘Event Only Ticket – bring you own machine’ you will need to bring your own sewing machine to use. There will be shared access to overlockers and irons for everyone. We’ll have some basic supplies on hand; bring along a sewing project or two and your sewing kit.


Free car parking is available throughout the weekend in the College car park, off Storey’s Way. If you are using a sat-nav, please use the post code CB3 0DR/number 61.


Free Wi-Fi is available on the University of Cambridge network – we’ll have log-in details ready for you on arrival.

Disability Information

Our venue for the weekend, Murray Edwards College, is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Accommodation suitable for wheelchair users is available on request, and the Dome, where breakfast will be served, is wheelchair accessible. Onsite parking is available. (Please confirm accessibility requirements at the time of booking, or email after placing a booking, so that we can inform the College and make arrangements).

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch is included in the ticket price and will be at the College canteen. There will be meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options available. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided on Saturday morning,  Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Dinner is not included in the ticket price and we will be contacting all attendees about this at a later date. Please note that it is approximately a 10-15 walk (3 minutes taxi ride) to nearby cafes/restaurants.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets and accommodation fees are non-refundable. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.

Ticket Transfer Policy 

Tickets and accommodation may be transferred to another person if there is someone on the waiting list willing to take your ticket. An admin fee of £10, to be paid to, will apply in the event of any transfer, to cover administration costs.

It is the responsibility of the two parties involved in the ticket transfer to arrange the transfer and payment. If we receive a ticket transfer request, we will assume that payment for the ticket/accommodation has already been agreed and carried out between the two parties.

If you are struggling to transfer a ticket we can email our waiting list, subject to availability, informing those on the list to get in touch with the ticket holder.


Photographing and/or videotaping of attendees will take place throughout the weekend. The Fold Line and English Girl at Home may publish the photos and recordings online or in other places for marketing and sales purposes. Attendees agree that their picture and sound may be used by the organisers and their partners without granting any additional permissions. Please contact if you have any concerns or questions about this.

Venue & Transport

The address for the College is: Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF.

Our venues for the weekend are the Long Room, Jocelyn Bell Burnell Room and Vivien Stewart Room, close to the entrance of the College.

Arriving by Road

  • From the M11, take junction 13 onto the A1303 towards Cambridge city centre.
  • From the A14, take junction 31 onto the A1307 towards Cambridge city centre.


Free car parking is available throughout the weekend in the College car park, off Storey’s Way. If you are using a sat-nav, please use the post code CB3 0DR/number 61.

Arriving by Rail

  • Cambridge train station is around 2 miles away from Murray Edwards College.
  • There are regular buses during the day with stops outside the train station that will take you to the city centre. From St. Andrews Street, take the Citi 5 or Citi 6 bus to Murray Edwards. Buses run every 20 minutes.
  • You can also get a taxi from outside the station up to the college (approximately 10-20 minutes journey).
  • Alternatively it is an approx. 30-40 minute walk from the station to the College.

Lost or Damaged Property

The Fold Line and English Girl at Home are not responsible for attendees’ lost or damaged property.

For any further questions please email