The Sewing Weekender

This year we will be bringing you The Online Sewing Weekender! We have enjoyed hosting the last four Sewing Weekender’s so much and we didn’t want not to be able to host this event again in 2020. This year it will be different, as we won’t be having a meet up in person but the positive side of this is that so many more of you will be able to join us for a weekend of sewing. The Online Sewing Weekender will take place on 13 – 14th June 2020 and is organised by Charlotte (English Girl at Home) and us at The Fold Line. The Sewing Weekender is an informal community sewing event. All activities will happening online and 100% of profits from tickets sold will be donated equally between the charities NHS Charities Together, Black Lives Matter, mental health charity Mind and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Full details about this year’s Online Sewing Weekender event are on our blog here.


*SOLD OUT – we’re sorry but all tickets have now gone*

The Sewing Weekender is back on the 31st August – 1st September 2019 in Cambridge, UK!

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

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.

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 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! This year the whole weekend has has been kindly sponsored by Minerva Crafts, a family run business that was established in 1998, born out of a love for fabric, sewing and knitting, aiming to bring you craft supplies like no other.

On Saturday morning refreshments will be provided thanks to Sew Me Sunshine, and afternoon tea and biscuits are courtesy of Happy Fabric and Like Sew Amazing. On Sunday morning, refreshments will be provided by Bobbins and Bolts.

Lunch on the Saturday is included in the price of the ticket and will be in the College canteen on site.

It has again 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 again 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 Loubodu Fabrics. See below for more details on this!


A more detailed itinerary for the event will be supplied to attendees prior to the event date. Approximate event times are: Saturday 31st August from 10am until Sunday 1st September 1pm 

Accommodation – £90 plus booking fee – this will be emailed to you once you’ve booked your ticket

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.

Event Only Ticket – JANOME SEWING MACHINE – £135


  • Entry Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2019;
  • 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 31st August 2019;
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Access to free parking at Murray Edwards College;
  • Free Wifi on campus;
  • An amazing goodie bag!

Event Only Ticket – BRING YOUR OWN SEWING MACHINE – £130


  • Entry Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2019;
  • Shared use of overlockers
  • Lunch at the campus canteen on Saturday 31st August 2019
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 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 31st August in a Single Room (+ £90 and booking fee)

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.

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 31st August from 10am until Sunday 1st September 1pm. 

Competition details

We will be running a competition, to win a ‘Golden Ticket’, thanks to Loubodu Fabrics. The winner will receive a ticket for the Sewing Weekender (31st August/ 1st September 2019) and accommodation on Saturday 31st August 2019 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 31st August/ 1st September 2019
  • The prize only includes an ‘Event only ticket – shared machine’ and accommodation for one person on Saturday 31st August 2019 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 31st August 2019 during the event and breakfast on Sunday 1st September 2019, 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.

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!

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 FabricsThe UK’s 1st and Number 1 Online Fabric Pound Store! Pound Fabrics stock a huge range of fabric from only £1 per metre! Fabrics discounted by up to 90% – Lowest Price Guarantee on every fabric!

Bobbins and Bolts – Grab a cuppa, come in and have a look around at our beautiful premium sewing fabrics, indie dressmaking and lots of other goodies!

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

Guthrie & Ghani –  We source the most gorgeous and special fabric, yarn and haberdashery for the shop because we believe that making the effort to make your own clothes and homewares deserves the best of supplies.

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.

Pink Coat Club – we are online brand creating unique, colourful accessories that celebrate creativity and fun.


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.

Clothkits – is a shop in the heart of Chichester and is full to the brim of gorgeous fabrics, yarns and haberdashery.

Like Sew Amazing – we are in independent fabric shop stocking a wide range of dressmaking fabrics from colourful cottons to durable denims. Helping you create your dream handmade wardrobe.


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.

LouBodu Fabrics – Bringing  you the best quality fun fabrics at the best prices and trying to choose fabrics that you don’t find everywhere else, so you can stand out from the crowd.

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.


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.

Happy Fabric – Add your own designs to almost any textile from the comfort of your own home with the Happy Fabric range of products. Everything you need to make it personal.

Beyond Measure – Beautiful things for folk who make.

SewBox – The ultimate way to shop online for sewing, dressmaking, crafting, quilting and haberdashery supplies

Sew Hayley Jane – Monthly sewing box subscriptions for all you dressmaking dreams, made with love in Hampshire, UK

Crafty Sew and So – Discover creative craft and sewing workshops, quality fabrics, sewing machines and haberdashery at Crafty Sew & So in Leicester.

Escape and Create – Award Winning Fabric shop, Haberdashery and Support Network for those that sew at 40a The Broadway, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 5BN

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.

DP Studio – Dp Studio is a creative studio that also operates as a fashion publishing house. Our goal is to conserve, transmit, share and make accessible know-how that will allow others to design and make top-of-the-range contemporary clothing. Founded by Dominique PELLEN upon the publication of his first three books illustrating his new flat-pattern drafting method for womenswear, the company continues through its publications to promote this innovative, precise and user-friendly way of learning, perfecting and reaching high professional patternmaking standards.


Our fantastic indie designers have got some treats lined up in the goodie bags this year.. expect some amazing discounts and much more. Want to see what they are all about.. then click on their logo to go have a snoop.


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 an ‘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 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, Music 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