Sewing Social Calendar

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Are you looking for sewing events or fabric shows to visit? Unique sewing workshops or fashion exhibitions? Check out our sewing calendar of social sewing events and creative festivals throughout 2018. We’ve also included fashion and textile exhibitions across the UK and beyond.

Share social events with other sewing members in our Facebook group. Add links to sewing events you’ve discovered at the end of the page and we’ll include them.

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Balenziaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A Museum, London, 27th May 2017 – 18th February 2018.

May Morris: Art and Life – William Morris Gallery, London, 7th October 2017 – 28th January 2018

Revolutionary Textiles 1910 – 1939, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, Until 23rd April 2017.

Lace in Fashion, Fashion Museum, Bath, 4th February 2017 – 1st January 2018.

Stories in Stitch, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Until March 2017.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Until 1st May 2017.

The Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, Fashion and Textile Museum,  Until 15 January 2017

Hand in Glove: Knitted gloves by Angharad Thomas, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, Until 14th January 2017.

Challenging the Fabric of Society, Peace Museum, Bradford, Until 20th January.

Undressed: A brief History of Underwear. V&A Museum, London, Until 12th March 2017.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Exhibition, V&A Museum, London Until 5th February 2017

Fabric and Dress at the V&A Clothworker’s centre, V&A Museum, 20th January – 10th March 2017.

A History of Fashion in 100 objects, Fashion Museum, Bath, Until 1st January 2019.

Built in Tapestry: Dovecot Tapestries and Architecture, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 18th May – 22nd December 2017.

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

The Creative Craft Show – EventCity, Manchester, 1st – 3rd February.

Aiguille en Fete – Paris, France, 8th – 11th February.

Spring Quilt Festival – Edinburgh, 16th – 18th February.

CHSI Stitches – NEC, Birmingham, Trade show, 18th – 20th February.

Make It / Knit and Stitch It – Farnborough, Hampshire, 23rd – 24th February.

Spring Quilt Festival – Harrogate, 23rd – 25th February.

January 2018

A Stitch In Time, BBC 4 TV series, 4 parts, starting 3rd January.

The London Textiles Fair – Trade Only, London, 10th – 11th January.

VISUALise – Stitched Art Textiles Exhibition, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, 13th – 25th January.

Quilters Fair – Farnham Maltings, 14th January.

Newark Quilt Show – Newark Show ground, 19th – 21st January.

Spring Quilt Festival – Ardingly, 26th – 28th January.

December 2017

The Selvedge Fair, London, 2nd December.

November 2017

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, NEC, Birmingham, 2nd – 5th November.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS, Dublin, 9th – 12th November.

Kent Autumn Quilt Festival, Maidstone, 10th – 11th November.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, Excel, London, 16th – 18th November.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, HIC, Harrogate, 23rd – 26th November.

October 2017

The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, 11th – 15th October.

Handmade in Britain, Kew Gardens, London, 12th – 15th October.

The Selvedge Fair, Charleston, 14th October 2017.

Open Studio at Winters Moon, 14th October.

Autumn Quilt Festival, Malvern Showground, Worcestershire, 20th – 22nd October.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, SECC, Glasgow, 26th – 29th October.

Autumn Quilt Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford,

Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, 28th – 29th October 2017.

April 2017

The Story of Silk Study Day, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 1st April.

Fabric memory books with Becky Adams, Selvedge shop, London, 1st April.

Painting with your needle embroidery, Bramley, Surrey, 4th April.

British Quilt and Stitch Village, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, 7th – 9th April

Decoupage sewing boxes, Selvedge shop, London, 22nd April.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, ExCel exhibition centre, London, 20th – 22nd April.

Knitting and Stitching show, Edinburgh, 27th – 30th April.

William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty course, V&A Museum, London, 29th – 30th April 2017.

March 2017

Spring Knitting and Stitching show, Olympia exhibition centre, London, 2nd – 5th March.

Norwich sewcials – Sew Day! Norwich, 4th March.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, SECC, Glasgow, 2nd – 5th March.

Spring Quilt Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 3rd – 5th March.

Paper Clothing with Jennifer Collier, Selvedge shop, London, 4th March.

Stitch and Craft, Malvern (near Worcester), 9th – 11th March.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textiles Museum, London, 11th March.

William Morris Textiles: Now and Then talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 16th March.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 16th – 19th March.

Fascinating Footwear course, V&A Museum, London, 18th – 19th March 2017.

Jacqueline Groag textile design talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 23rd March.

The Selvedge Fair, Bath, 25th March.

Spring Quilt Festival, Exeter, 31st March – 2nd April.

January 2017

1920s Boudoir doll workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 7th January.

The London Textile Fair, London (trade only, not open to the public), 11-12th January.

Darning with Tom of Holland, Selvedge shop, London, 14th January.

The Quilters Fair – Farnham Maltings, 15th Jan 10am-4pm

Stitched pictures with Janet Bolton, Selvedge Shop, London, 21st January.

Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly, Sussex, 27th – 29th January.

Haberdashery brooch workshop with Hen’s Teeth Art, Selvedge shop, London, 28th January.

February 2017

Introduction to Dye techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 1st February.

Tartan and Tweed lecture, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 2nd February.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester, 2nd – 4th February.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 4th February.

Norwich sewcials, Measuring Demo! Norwich, 7th February.

Finders Keepers – Tales in Textiles! Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney (Nr Northampton), 14th – 25th February.

CHSI Stitches (Trade only, not open to the public), Birmingham, 19th – 21st February.

Winter Residential 5 day creative textile course, Paignton, Devon, 20th – 24th February.

The Art of Corsetry with Jil Salen, Loving the Fabric, Richmond, 27th Feb. Call to book tickets: 020 8332 6031

Dutch Wax textiles talk, Fashion and Textiles Museum, London, 23rd February.

Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh, 24th – 26th February.

Tapestry weaving introduction workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 25th – 26th February.

December 2016

Vogue: the Shoe with Harriet Quick, talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 1st December

Selvedge Advent Festival, Highgate, London, 26th November – 3rd December.

English Embroidery course, V&A Museum, London. 3rd – 4th December.

Fashion shows in the Early 20th Century, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 8th December.

Upcycling: Bobble hat workshop, Southbank Centre, London, 10th December.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 10th December.

Norwich Sewcials, Norwich, 13th December.

September 2016

Blogging Masterclass: Design and Typography, V&A Museum, London. 3rd September.

Great Northern Quilt show, Harrogate, 2nd – 4th September.

Beyond Measure Open day, Todmorden (17 miles from Manchester) 10th September

One Week One Pattern (OWOP) 10-16th September online with I am Cinderellis

1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion and Photographs, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 23rd September 2016 – 15th January 2017.

Scottish Quilt show, Edinburgh, 23rd – 25th September.

#SewBrum meet up, Birmingham, 24th September.

Thread Festival, Farnham Maltings, Surrey. 24th September.

The Fashion of Film, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 29th September.

Textiles: Ancient to Modern, V&A Museum, London. 22nd September 2016 – 13th July 2017.

Kent quilt festival, Kent, 30th – 1st October.

August 2016

Robert Elms on Menswear, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 4th August.

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, 11th – 14th August.

Tapestry Weaving Introduction, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 20th August.

Thread and Thrift with Mandy Pattullo, Chateau Dumas, France 20 – 27th August.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 27th August.

July 2016

Polly Leonard’s (Selvedge Magazine founder) favourite fabrics, Liberty, London. 14th July.

T-shirt upcycling at Walthamstow garden party, TRAID, London, 16th July.

The enduring appeal of Folk embroidery, Hand and Lock Studio, 18th July.

Make the future: why craft education matters, TRAID, London, 18th July.

Royal Millinery – the many hats of Queen Elizabeth, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 21st July.

Block printing with Tobias and The Angel, Lingfield, Surrey, 22nd and 30th July.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 23rd July.

Print and Pattern play, Toulouse, France, 30th July – 6th August.

June 2016

Springfields Quilt show, Spalding, Lincolnshire, 3rd – 4th June.

Liberty Sewing School: Learn to sew a skirt, London, 4th June.

Sewmance, Brighton, 18th June.

National Quilt championships, Esher, Greater London, 17th – 19th June.

Behind the Cupboard door, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, 18th June.

May 2016

International Great British Sewing Bee Meet up and London Love Screening party!

Missoni Art Colour, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 6th May – 4th September.

From Bustles to Boxers lecture, V&A Museum, London, 11th May.

Liberty Sewing School: Quilt in a day, London, 14th May.

My favourite textiles: Polly Leonard, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 19th May.

Selvedge Artisan Fair, London, 21st May.

Simplicity Sewing challenge, 21st May – 31st August #SimplicitySewingChallenge

The Big Simplicity Blog meet, Manchester, 21st May.

Liberty Sewing School: Learn to sew a sewing kit, London, 21st May.

Quilts UK, Malvern, Worcestershire, 19th – 22nd May.

Liberty London Fabric sale spectacular, The Cloth Kits, Chichester, 21 – 22nd May.

Botanical Inks workshop, Bristol, 26th May.

Liberty Sewing School: Foundation piecing patchwork, London, 28th May.

April 2016

Spring Quilt festival, Exeter, 1st – 3rd April.

Craftcation, Ventura, California, 7th – 10th April.

Stitching, Sewing and hobbycrafts, Excel, London, 7th – 9th April.

Liberty Sewing School: Learn to sew an apron, London, 9th April.

Creating Couture in the 21st Century lecture, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 15th April.

70th Anniversary: Sewing and Crafty Superstore, London, 16th April. More event details here.

Liberty Sewing School: Summertime bucket bag, London, 23rd April.

British Quilt and stitch village, Uttoexeter, Staffordshire, 22nd – 24th April.

Threads of Meaning, Guildford, 30th April – 22nd May.

March 2016

#MIYMarch Instagram photo share, running all month with MIY Collection.

Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London, 3rd – 6th March.

Hobby crafts; the Quilting show; the Stitching and sewing show, Glasgow, 3rd – 6th March.

Spring Quilt festival, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 4th – 6th March.

Stitch and Craft UK, Malvern, Worcestershire, 10th – 12th March.

Festival of Textiles 2016 – Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 11th March – 17th April 2016.

Art Textiles: Marian Clayden – Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 11th March – 17th April 2016.

William Morris: in pursuit of beauty, V&A Museum, London, 12th – 13th March.

Botanical Inks workshop, Bristol, 14th April.

Indigo and the art of natural dyeing, Cornwall, 14th – 18th March.

Contemporary Textiles Fair, Teddington, 18th – 20th March.

Sew Brit Bag Camp, Uttoxeter, 18th – 21st March.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition, Dundee, 19th March – 1st May.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 17th – 20th March.

Free Lunchtime lecture: A Stitch in time, home sewing, V&A Museum, London, 23rd March.

Quinary, Bath, 29th March – 9th April.

February 2016

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show, Manchester, 4th – 6th February.

Sewing with electronics, V&A Museum, London, 5th – 6th February.

Craft 4 Crafters, Exeter, 4th – 6th February.

Macrame Workshop (using jersey fabric yarn) with Geo Fleur and Wool and the Gang, London. 9th February.

Let them wear hats, V&A Museum, London, 13th and 14th February.

QuiltCon, Pasadena, CA, USA, 18th – 21st February.

Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh, 19th – 21st February.

Kids Clothes Week, 22nd – 28th February.

Make It; Knit and stitch, Farnborough, Hampshire, 26th – 27th February.

Dragonfly fabrics open day, Mayfield, East Sussex, 27th February.











  1. vicky6

    Hi it’s a bit late but the Selvedge Artisan Fair is on this Saturday 21st May ,details on the Selvedge website. It is near Archway North London and is usually well worth going ,particularly for fabrics, haberdashery and lots of sewing ideas and new designers. If this is too late it is worth looking out for the Selvedge Winter Fair which is usually in late November.