The Sewing Weekender

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The Sewing Weekender will be back in 2018 and TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN MAY 2018

For a full scoop of what was on last year have a read below (please note all the details below are from The Sewing Weekender in 2017)…

Find out all about last year’s Sewing Weekender here!

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, and from our lovely sewing ‘Prefects’ (to be announced) 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 fellow sewing bloggers. There will also be a photo walk and a chance to see a little of Cambridge. 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 Remnant Kings, and afternoon tea and biscuits are courtesy of Plush Addict. On Sunday morning, refreshments will be provided by Stoff and Stil. There will be chance to pop out for lunch and into town for dinner.

The venue will be supplied with Janome sewing machines, so bring along a sewing project and start sewing – with the opportunity to share tips and advice with friends, and with our lovely sewing ‘Prefects’ (to be announced later). There will be three Janome machines per every four attendees, plus shared access to four overlockers (if you would like to bring your own machines you are more than welcome). We’ll also have some great talks from fellow sewing bloggers over the two days.

We will be running two competitions, each to win a ‘Golden Ticket’, thanks to Minerva Crafts and Sew Now Magazine. See below for more details on this!

how to book

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

There are three booking options available – to secure your place at The Sewing Weekender, you need to purchase an ‘Event Ticket Only’. You can also purchase, in addition, accommodation for Saturday the 5th August. The two accommodation tickets available are: ADD ON: single-room accommodation (for one person), or ADD ON: shared twin-room accommodation (for two people).

The Event Ticket price covers entry on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to stay over on Saturday 5th August 2017 you will also need to book accommodation for one night, either a single or shared twin room. (If you would like to book an additional nights 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 This 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 


  • Entry Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th;
  • Shared access to a Janome sewing machine and overlocker;
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to Remnant KingsPlush Addict and Stoff and Stil;
  • Access to free parking at Murray Edwards College;
  • An amazing goodie bag!

Please note, in order to keep costs down the ticket price does not include meals, only refreshments.

*Before booking accommodation, please purchase your ‘Event Only Ticket’ to secure your place at The Sewing Weekender*

Add on: Accommodation only Sat 5th in a Single Room 

Before booking accommodation, please purchase your ‘Event Only Ticket’ to secure your place at The Sewing Weekender.

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

Add on: Accommodation only (for two) Sat 5th in a Twin Room

Before booking accommodation, both attendees sharing the room should purchase an ‘Event Only Ticket’ to secure a place at The Sewing Weekender.

If you would like to book shared accommodation for yourself and a friend, this is the option for you. This option includes one nights stay in a shared twin en-suite bedroom at Murray Edwards College for two people, 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 5th August from 10am until Sunday 6th August 1pm.

Competition details

We will be running two competitions, each to win a ‘Golden Ticket’, thanks to Minerva Crafts and Sew Now Magazine. The winner will receive a ticket for the Sewing Weekender (05-06 August) and accommodation on Saturday 05th 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 05th – 06th August 2017.
  • The prize only includes an ‘Event only’ ticket and accommodation for one person on Saturday 05th August at Murray Edwards College (winner can choose single or twin room – if twin, you will only be sharing with another Sewing Weekender attendee). 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 does not include meals during the event, only refreshments, as outlined in the inclusions of ‘Event only’ ticket above.
  • 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.

Adam Ross Fabrics – The Ultimate fabric experience. Exceptional range of dressmaking fabrics, all with fast and free delivery.

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.


CocoWawa Crafts – sewing pattern designer, fabric and yarn shop owner for the modern maker. Check her blog and YouTube channel for tutorials!

Sew Hayley Jane – themed monthly sewing subscription boxes delivered straight to your door.

Plush Addict – Award Winning Online fabric shop selling plush cuddle fabrics, quilt cottons, haberdashery and much much more!

Sew Now Magazine – the UK’s fashion forward sewing magazine, keep up to date with the latest trends and learn new skills each month.

Bloomsbury Square Fabrics – an online store specialises in luxurious dressmaking fabrics for your handmade clothes. We look for gorgeous designs and elegant classics, plus those dressmaking basics which you will need for outfit essentials

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!

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.

Beyond Measure – an online shop selling beautiful and exclusive things for folk who make.

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

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.

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 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.

Fabric Punk – Fabulous contemporary, premium quality quilting fabrics that allow you to create beautiful things.

Suzy Magazine – For women who make their own trends. Suzy magazine is a new independent sewing magazine for fashion forward sewists.

Merchant and Mills – producing our own range of beautiful haberdashery, sewing patterns and fabric for the modern maker.

Tilly and the Buttons – we create gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns and online workshops for the new wave of DIY dressmakers.

Fabric Godmother –  a dressmakers paradise where you can buy ex designer and fashion fabrics as well as a huge range of indie sewing patterns.

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

The Maker’s Atelier – Stylish sewing patterns and making-kits for the discerning dressmaker.

Stoff and Stil – has 23 stores across Europe and is your one-stop shop where you can quickly and easily find all the thing you need for your next creative project.

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.

Simplicity – Bursting at the seams with thousands of designs, Simplicity’s collection includes everything from summery dresses to eye catching items for the home – providing clear step by step guides for stitchers.

Jenni Smith Studio – contemporary clothes patterns that build your dressmaking skills and allow you to add your own personal style. We promise a stress-free experience as our patterns come with free professional video tutorials for every step of the project.

Gutermann Creativ – Gutermann creative Sew-All thread is the universal thread for all materials and seams. Our comprehensive range of Natural Cotton, Silk and Speciality threads are there to fuel your imagination in further areas of creative designing. Gutermann SULKY products are synonymous with quality and variety in the field of machine embroidery threads and stabilisers.

ALL these lovely businesses will be supplying patterns, magazines, haberdashery and fabrics for your goodie bags and prizes! WARNING: these will probably be the best sewing goodie bags EVER! Take a look at what was inside last year’s goodie bags here.

FAQs & Policies

Sewing Machines & Supplies

There will be three Janome sewing machines provided per every four attendees (although you are welcome to bring your own), plus shared access to four overlockers. 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).

Lunch/dinner is not included in the ticket price. Please note that it is approximately a 10-15 walk (3 minutes taxi ride) to nearby cafes/restaurants. Attendees can alternatively bring a packed lunch to eat on campus.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

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

Ticket Transfer Policy 

Tickets and accommodation may be transferred to another person. An admin fee of £10, to be paid to, will apply in the event of transfer, to cover administration of the transfer.

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 and Jocelyn Bell Burnell 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 minutes journey).
  • Alternatively it is a 20-30 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