The Sewing Weekender

Following four sell-out annual events in Cambridge, The Fold Line and Charlotte Emma Patterns are bringing The Sewing Weekender online for a third year, on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd May 2022. The 2022 event will again take place online and will feature two days of online content for attendees to watch and participate in, as they work on a sewing project at home.

Buy your tickets here!

10% of proceeds will be donated to the following charities: Missing People and The British Red Cross Crisis Appeals (supporting work in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen).

 

Over the weekend, we’ll have a series of informal vlogs from bloggers and makers plus longer talks, live zoom sewing help sessions, online workshops and other online activities with special guests from the sewing community. We’re really excited about The Online Sewing Weekender and hope you are too! Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram.

All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender too, so you can catch up later. An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 21st May and again on Sunday 22nd May. This will contain the full schedule for the day (same as copied below), and links to all of the video content. All the content for the day will be available immediately, so you can dip in and out and watch it as you wish (this makes it accessible to all our international attendees). 

Previously an annual in-person event in Cambridge (2016 – 2019), bringing 90 sewists together for a weekend of informal sewing, socialising, workshops and talks, the Sewing Weekender moved online in 2020 in response to Covid-19. With Charlotte, we came together in just a few weeks to bring the event online for the first time and donating ticket sales to charity. Last year with 1627 tickets being sold to attendees from over 30 countries around the world, we raised £1800 for the charities The Black Curriculum, Refuge and Fine Cell Work. Find out all about last year’s Online Sewing Weekender event are on our blog here.

Ticket price is £18.50 (including VAT and Evenbrite fees). Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.

All the attendees of The Sewing Weekender in-person event


The Schedule

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 21st May and again on Sunday 22nd May. This will contain the full schedule for the day (same as copied below), and links to all of the video content. All the content for the day will be available immediately, so you can dip in and out and watch it as you wish (this makes it accessible to all our international attendees). All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender too, so you can catch up later.

Choosing a project

Remember that the Sewing Weekender is an informal sewing event. You can pick any sewing project to work on over the weekend (and share your plans and progress with us using #sewingweekender). You’ll want to start planning your makes for next weekend and if there is a pattern you’ve been lusting after then now is the time to pounce! Search thousands of sewing patterns from indie designers and commercial pattern houses in our online sewing pattern shop.

Saturday Lineup

  • Jenny from Cashmerette shares her top 5 fitting tips. Everything from measuring yourself correctly to why bust cup options are a must.
  • Statement pockets: Juliet Uzor is here to show you how to customize your next make with a statement pocket or two!
  • DIY Skirt Tutorial: DIY Daisy is going to show you how to cut the incredible Sophie skirt from her new book ‘Sew it Yourself’. If you love a curved seam, then this is going to be right up your street.
  • Zips 101: Lisa from the Avid Seamstress is sharing how to insert different zips into your garments.
  • Geri from Geri in Stitches will show you how to get started with marble dying
  • Behind the Scenes: Meg from fabric shop Pigeon Wishes is sharing how she’s pivoted her business to serve indie fashion brands.
  • The Making of a Magazine: Have you ever wondered what goes into making a sewing pattern magazine? The lovely team at Fibre Mood are here to show us what’s involved.
  • Sustainable Fabrics: Harriet from Sew Me Sunshine is talking about what to look for when shopping sustainably for fabric.
  • Maria from Sew Organised Style is creating an exclusive podcast episode for the Weekender.
  • Sandy & Judith from #sewover50 are talking about sewing for changing body shapes.

Chatty Videos:

  • Tugba from @i.of.the.needle
  • Riccardo from @rifallo
  • Ele from @sewnbyele
  • Emily from @emilynatsai
  • Sara from @yoursara_k
  • Michelle from @michelle.a.sews

Sunday Lineup

  • Make Trousers that Fit with Alison Smith. Alison will talk us through some of the most common pattern alterations so you can achieve the perfect fit for your next trouser project.
  •  Alice and Co are back this year! ‘Sew you think you can’t draw?’ They are showing you that putting your design ideas down on paper makes them easier to realise.
  • Quilted Jacket Tutorial: Sam from Purple Sewing Cloud is here to show you how to add quilting techniques into your handmade wardrobe, by hacking a jacket pattern to add a quilted element. It will make you look at all your sewing patterns in a new way.
  • Adding Hand Embroidery into your Next Make. Alexis from Fibr and Cloth Studio is demonstrating some classic embroidery stitches and how you can apply these to your clothing.
  • Behind the Scenes: Grace who runs Beyond Measure gives us a sneak peak of her beautiful studio, how she works with artisans to create new products and gives us a tour of her new growing space where she is creating a garden for dying fabric.
  • Bust Adjustments: Mandi from Make With Mandi is here to show you how to do small and full bust adjustments on patterns.
  • Using your Sewing Wins to Plan your Future Makes with Jess from Muna and Broad
  • Styling your handmade Wardrobe: So you’ve made a load of stuff but how do you wear it together? Marie from Marie Stitched Up is here to talk about how she does it.
  • Charlotte from Charlotte Emma Patterns will be teaching you how to cut a sew a baseball cap with a downloadable PDF pattern.

Chatty Videos:

  • Mijke from @sewitcurly
  • Atia from @thebrightblooms
  • Georgie from @heysewgeorgie

  • Corrie from @corriesfancygoods
  • Jacinta from @pinkmimosabyjacinta
  • Jenny from @johassler

Get social:

  • Live Zoom Chat Rooms. We will have five live zoom chat available throughout the weekend where anyone can join and share how they are getting on with their sewing project and sew along with other attendees.

Need help with a Sewing Project? We’ve got a virtual sewing helper who will be on hand in our private Facebook Group for attendees. Ask a sewing question and she’ll dive in and help you!

Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram and sharing what you are making.

Saturday Speakers:

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How to Book

Buy your tickets here!

Tickets to The Online Sewing Weekender 2022 include:

  • Online digital entry on Saturday 21st May and Sunday 22nd May 2022;
  • Access to online tutorials, talks, activities and sewing help;
  • Access to a private Facebook group for attendees;
  • A digital goodie bag from contributors.

10% of proceeds from tickets sold will be donated equally between the following charities: Missing People and The British Red Cross Crisis Appeals (supporting work in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen).

Attendees who have booked a ticket will receive an email confirming their ticket purchase with further details. Full details will be emailed to you in advance of the event with links on how to access the digital content and Facebook group.

Ticket price is £18.50 (including VAT and Evenbrite fees). Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.


Charities

10% of proceeds from this event will go to these brilliant charities:

Missing People – Missing People is the only charity in the UK which specialises in, and is dedicated to, bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. Missing People offers a lifeline for the 180,000 people who run away and go missing each year. They also also provide vital support for their family and friends.

The British Red Cross Crisis Appeals (supporting work in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen) – The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts. They provide international aid to help people in emergencies, support refugees and survivors of trafficking, and those facing chronic hunger.


Contributors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bloggers, vloggers and makers who have generously given their time to helping us create The Online Sewing Weekender 2022. Thanks to them we hope to raise lots of money for charities that are doing vital work to support us all.

All photos are copyright of the maker(s) featured.

 


FAQ and policies

Who comes to The Sewing Weekender?

We welcome everyone to join The Online Sewing Weekender from around the world! Makers of all abilities from will be joining us from beginners to the advanced.

What do I need to join in?

You will need internet access and a computer/phone or tablet. You will need access to YouTube, Zoom and Instagram to take part in all the activities. An Instagram account is recommended; no account is required for Zoom or YouTube. If you want to sew over the weekend you will need access to a sewing machine and your usual supplies. We also recommend you are well stocked with tea and cake for the duration!

How long do I have to watch the videos and join the activities?

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 21st May and again on Sunday 22nd May. This will contain the full schedule for the day, and links to all of the video content. All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend, so you can dip in and out as you wish. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender if you don’t manage to watch all of them at the time.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.

Photography

Photographing and/or videotaping of activities 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 [email protected] if you have any concerns or questions about this.

Damaged Property

The Fold Line and English Girl at Home are not responsible for attendees’ damaged property through the use of digital media applications.

For any further questions please email [email protected]