The Sewing Weekender

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On Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st August 2016, we are hosting a sewing weekend break in Cambridge.

We’re really excited about it and hope you are too! There will be time to sew, to chat to fellow sewists, hear talks from bloggers and independent businesses owners, and chance to see a little of Cambridge.

On Saturday 20th, we’ll be having an informal sewathon. Our venue at Murray Edwards College will be transformed into a sewing room for the day, so you can bring along a project and sew while chatting to friends, and drinking plenty of tea. You’ll also have access to support from us, and from our lovely sewing ‘Prefects’ (to be announced later) as well as fellow attendees.

Murray Edwards college Cambridge The Sewing Weekender

On Sunday, we’ll move to a more informal venue for more tea and chat, and for a series of informal talks from fellow sewing bloggers, and independent business owners.

We have attempted to make the event as affordable as possible, by keeping things informal and through the help of our very generous sponsors, listed below.

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

Saturday 20th August

We have a lovely venue booked for the day 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.

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We’ll be having an informal sewathon on the Saturday, with plenty of time for chatting and tea! The morning refreshments will be courtesy of Adam Ross Fabrics! 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 one Janome machine per every two attendees (so no need to bring your own), plus shared access to an overlocker.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be supplied during the day, and there will be chance to pop out for lunch and into town for dinner.

Sunday 21st August

On the Sunday, we’ll be located in a more informal venue in the city centre, for further chat and drinks. We’ll also have some great talks from fellow sewing bloggers and independent business owners.

how to book

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

There are three booking options available – ticket only, with single-room accommodation, or with shared twin-room accommodation.

The ticket price covers Saturday and Sunday; accommodation is for one night, Saturday 20th August. (If you would like to book additional nights accommodation at Murray Edwards College this may be possible – please contact Charlotte directly with your requirements

Event Only Ticket – £45.00


  • Entry Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st;
  • Shared access to a Janome sewing machine on Saturday 20th;
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) on Saturday 20th;
  • 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 on Sat 20th.

Ticket + Accommodation Sat 20th in a Single Room – £138.30

In addition to the Ticket price inclusions, this option also 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 to us. We are only passing on the cost of the room.

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Ticket + Accommodation Sat 20th in a Twin Room – £116.10 (each)

In addition to the Ticket price inclusions, this option also includes one nights stay in a shared twin 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.

Attendees booking a twin-room ticket will only be paired with another Sewing Weekender attendee. If you would like to share a twin room with a friend who has also booked, email us after booking and we’ll make sure you are placed in the same room.

Please note: the cost of accommodation is the price charged by the college to us. We are only passing on the cost of the room.


We’re so sorry to all of you who didn’t manage to get a ticket. We did not think they would sell out so fast. We do have a waiting list in case someone cancels, if you would like to be added please email: We will also be running two competitions to win a ticket, please keep an eye out on social media in the coming weeks for details about these. With such an amazing response, we will definitely we running another event!

Please note: If you already have an Event Only Ticket but would now like to book accommodation, that’s no problem, please email us and we can arrange this for you.

Have a question? You can email Charlotte about specific accommodation queries or us for any technical booking questions/confirmations.

P.S. A more detailed itinerary for the event will be supplied to attendees prior to the event date.

Competition details

We will be running two competitions, each to win a ‘Golden Ticket’. The winner will receive a ticket for the Sewing Weekender (20-21st August) and accommodation on Saturday 20th in a room at Murray Edwards College. Keep a look out on social media for your chance to win!

Competition details:

  • Winner must be free to attend event on 20th – 21st August 2016.
  • The prize only includes an ‘Event only’ ticket and accommodation for one person on Saturday 20th 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 on Saturday 20th, 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.

For project suggestions about what to make at the Sewing Weekender, check out lots of fun makes from our sponsors here.

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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!

Girl Charlee – are a supplier of exclusive, high quality knit fabrics. They sell a wide selection of plain and printed fabrics in Cotton Jersey, Cotton Lycra, Fleece/Sweater, Ponte de Roma and other speciality fabrics as well as digital pattern downloads.

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Adam Ross Fabrics – Premium Online Fabric Service, with Free UK delivery on all orders. At Adam Ross Fabrics, we have the range so you have the choice.

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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.

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!

The Draper’s Daughter – an online store selling a carefully selected range of designer and organic fabrics, sewing patterns and accessories… for the modern maker.

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Guthrie & Ghani –  We know you love sewing and we do too, so we have selected only the best and most beautiful dressmaking and crafting fabrics and indie patterns for our shop.

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.

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Fabrics Galore – saving good people from bad fabric everyday! A curated collection of fabrics including Liberty lawns, Alexander Henry and much more.

Fabric HQ – Order online or visit our shop in Buckinghamshire to see our fabric, indie patterns, haberdashery and sewing supplies. You can also take a class or join a club at our sewing studio, Make HQ!

Pavilion Books – Publisher of high-quality sewing books from authors including Chinelo Bally, Merchant & Mills and What Delilah Did. Subscribe to the Pavilion Craft newsletter and get 20% off all Pavilion craft books

Simplicity Patterns – Founded in 1927 Simplicity patterns are stocked in over 8000 stores around the UK, specialising regularly updated on trend patterns for women, men, children and home furnishing.

Abakhan Fabrics – Abakhan is a leading UK fabric, sewing, knitting, dressmaking and haberdashery accessories store chain. Buy online and save.

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Sew box – Sewbox is an on-line shop specialising in fabulous Liberty fabrics at amazing prices and a huge range of ‘indie’ patterns from around the world.

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.

House of Fraser – House of Fraser is a department store beloved throughout the UK. Established in 1891, they sell homeware, clothing and beauty products from esteemed brands.


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Tilly and the Buttons – We design gorgeous step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers.

Swedish Tracing Paper – Trace, Adjust & Sew! – Swedish Tracing Paper. Proudly made in the in the UK.

Love Sewing – Featuring free monthly patterns, easy-to-follow step-by-step guides and using the latest fabrics you will be able to create fabulous contemporary accessories.

Plus lots more! Warning: these will probably be the best sewing goodie bags EVER!