Sewing Meet Ups in the UK

So the lovely ladies Helen and Caroline of the Love to Sew Podcast have inspired me to create a map of the UK showing all the sewing meet ups.

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I’ve compiled a list of all the sewing meet ups that I can find on blogs and Instagram. I haven’t really touch the surface with quilting meet ups, which I am sure there are many. Please do let me know if I have missed your group / meet up off and I will continue to add to this list.

I have been lucky enough to go to a few meet ups in Yorkshire including Dewsbury, Leeds and I co-arranged an Afternoon Tea in York last year which I am hoping to arrange again this summer.

Our community is growing, and meet ups are getting ever popular. Some are on a ticket basis because numbers can be restricted due to venue size, health and safety etc. It is also worth following the organisers blog / Instagram if you are interested in joining their next event as I am sure they will be promoting it that way.

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I have populated all the locations on google maps so you can see a broad spectrum of areas and events where the sewing community is getting together.

See Interactive Map Here


This may also be an opportunity for you, if there is not a meet in your area, to start one. Make new friends and share your love for this creative hobby with people local to you.

Here are the details for each meet up and links the organisers and relevant blog posts.

# / IG Account Location Next Date Details Organisers on Instagram
#sewupnorth Leeds TBD Rebecca and Sally host an annual get together in Leeds which involves fabric shopping, food and an epic raffle raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. @redwsews, @theyorkshiresewist
Nottingham TBD Chantelle has a baby on the way but is looking forward to hosting more events in the near future @i_seam_sew_happy_xx
#sewbrum Birmingham Sept / Oct – TBC Charlotte host a very popular annual meet up in the centre of Birmingham for shopping and then sewists take a short bus trip to Guthrie & Ghani for tea and cake, more shopping and a fantastic raffle. Check out Charlotte’s Blog. @englishgirlathome
#sewnorthwest Bolton TBD Laura has hosted a sewing day in Bolton and has some other plans for sewing goodness in the Manchester area so watch this space. @fabricmagpie
#sewdowndewsbury Dewsbury 6th March
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This was the first meet up I went to in February 2017. Ali hosts a meet up in Dewsbury to go fabric shopping and visit Fabworks then back to Wetherspoons for lunch and a fabric and pattern swap. More details here. @akathimberlina
#HandmadeHarrogate Harrogate 1st June Ali is also hosting a get together in Harrogate this summer. See her Instagram for more details @akathimberlina
#sewbeds Bedford 9th February This is the first meet up in Bedford and Hannah has plans to continue organising up to 4 per year after her baby is born. Details on Instagram. @ratherbesewing
London 2nd March Ana and Giorgia run monthly meetups changing locations every month. Since London is so big they try to have each meet up in a different area of London to help as many people as possible make it at least every once in a while.
The next meet up will be 2nd March at the Fashion Textile Museum.
@cocowawacrafts and @1stitchforward
#bathsews Bath 24th March Laura arranges a meet up for the Bath area which includes lots of sewing chat, coffee, cake and a pattern swap. Check out Eventbrite for the next meet up. @justonelaststitch
#sewscottish Edinburgh May TBC Lesley and Emma are the queens of Frocktails and afternoon tea meet ups in Edinburgh. Due to family illness Lesley cannot commit a lot of time but Emma is hoping to plan an event in May @sewdoitemma, @sew_sleep_deprived
Norwich 12th February Emma and Pippa arrange a meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month for drinks, pattern swaps and other events such as tackling zips and body measuring @CraftyClyde, @pippa_pease
#sewleicester Leicester TBD Sarah and Freya from CraftSew and So are the hosts of the Dressmakers Ball (22nd March 2019) and also arrange a get together for sewists of Leicester @craftysewandso
#sewonthetyne Gateshead TBD Samantha hosts a meet up every 2 months for sewing chat, fabric and pattern swaps. Join her Facebook group for more information if you are in the Gateshead area. @purplesewingcloud
#sewcam Cambridge TBD Jen arranged the first Sewcam meet up for a festive sewing day in December 2018. Lots of sewing, chatting and goody bags had by all! @gingerthreadgrl
@DressmakersAnonymousBelfast Belfast 21st February Sister duo Claire and Laura hold a monthly event in Belfast encompassing all sorts of activities. The next meet up is a sewing themed quiz evening. More details on @claireggilmore


#swindonsews Swindon TBD Tricia organised a meet up in Great Somerford near Swindon lst year. The organising duties may be shared between the group. @morrissews
#welshsewingmeetup Cardiff TBD A annual event organised by Tracy for sewists in Wales beingtrixielixie
Dorchester TBD Jenny organises a meet a couple of times a year for lunch, chat and fabric shopping and sometimes a sewing day. More details on Eventbrite. @craftysewandsewindorset
#thebigsummerstitchup Hampshire / Surrey / Berkshire RG40 3AW July Sheona of Sewisfaction holds a Summer event at her shop for sewists in the Hampshire / Surrey / Berkshire area. Plenty of shopping to be had here. Sewisfaction
Margate CT9 1EJ Monthly meet up. Check out the Facebook group “Thanet Sewing Social” Sewbytheseamargate
#aberseamstress Aberdeen Caroline holds a small meet up group on an ad-hoc basis cme202
#sewityourselfmeetup Lincoln LN5 7HW A drop in on the second Saturday of every month at The Craftea Café in Lincoln thecraftteacafe

Thanks for reading and happy sewcialising 🙂

Textile Mill Tour & Talk at Marton Mills

**Save the Date – 8th May, 6pm**


I am very excited to tell you that I have arranged a visit with Marton Mills, a working textile mill here in Yorkshire, who are very kindly giving a tour and talk to a small group that are interested in the production of fabrics made in the Yorkshire Dales.

It will be a taster into the production life cycle of how quality fabrics are manufactured and an insight into the textile industry.

Join me on the evening of 8th May and be ready to start the tour at 6pm and support this Yorkshire business. I hope you will find it a very inspirational and an insightful evening on the topic we love most – FABRIC! 🙂

The Details

The Mill: Marton Mills Co Ltd. Take a look at what they are all about and visit

Date: 8th May 2019, 

Time: 6pm (ready to start at 6pm)

Location: Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1TA

Tickets are free and available now (Get yours here on Eventbrite)

The Agenda

A ‘behind the scenes’ look at the Preparation Rooms where the manufacturing processes take place.

A presentation of the basic principles of weaving and dyeing and finishing and then a brief history of the Company and an insight into the future of the Textile industry.


There are only 20 spaces available so please grab your tickets on Eventbrite to confirm your place.

Do let me know if you have any questions.


Hope to see you there.





So I’ve been thinking about my handmade wardrobe plans for 2019 and I know we are not all flush with cash in the new year so I am encouraging you, my fellow sewists, to consider sewing three projects that need tackling (and hopefully those projects you have already spent the money on).

Using the hashtag #sew3unsewn I have come up with 3 categories that I am sure you will agree that can be sewn up, that may have been neglected for various reasons. It’s not an Instagram challenge with deadlines and prizes but simply a reminder to get them on your to do list without spending more money in the new year.

These are the 3 unsewn project categories.

  1. A pattern that you have bought but not yet sewn
  2. A fabric from your stash but not yet sewn
  3. A UFO (unfinished object) item that needs some TLC, UFO this maybe a project cut out but not yet sewn up, maybe it just needs the fastening completed or some final finishing touches that you have not got round to yet.

So No.1 – A pattern that you have bought but not yet sewn, i’m sure there are many options for this category.

  • Why not resurface that pattern you bought but have the dreaded fear to give it a go, maybe it’s a more challenging project. I kid you not it won’t be as bad as you expect if you just take your time over it and do some research beforehand. I have the YouTube videos and blog posts to hand if I get stuck.
  • Maybe it’s a pattern that you have been lusting over for a while, seeing some incredible versions popping up on Instagram. Well what are you waiting for if you love it then you will be especially proud once it is in your wardrobe for you to wear!
  • Is it a pattern that you have bought for a special occasion in the near future? I have got my ticket for the Dressmakers Ball and need to make a start on my dress. The sooner the better so if it doesn’t turn out how I want then it won’t be a stressful few weeks in the lead up to the event.

This is my pattern that I have not yet sewn:


The Melody Trousers from Seamwork, I have already bought some lovely Navy Stretch Cotton in mind for this project so I will be making a start on these in January

No. 2 – A fabric from your stash but not yet sewn

  • Do you have a fabric that you don’t know what to make with it, why not have a look through your patterns and try matching to this fabric type
  • Have you splurged on some fabric and never cut into it? Well why not in 2019?
  • It a fabric for the wrong season, this may be one for later in the year.


Apart from the stretch cotton I have referred to for the Melody Trousers, I also have this Cotton Lawn, which is not a fabric I often sew but I love the colours and want to make a simple Tee out of it.

No. 3 – A UFO

  • Maybe this is a project cut out but not yet sewn up,
  • Maybe it just needs the fastening completed or some final finishing touches that you have not got round to yet.
  • Maybe it’s a garment but doesn’t quite fit right so you need to amend to get it a perfect fit

The UFO I need to complete is the Rigel Bomber jacket in a beautiful stain fabric that I have already cut out and have all the notions ready, I think it was a case of a low priority item that got bumped down the list in 2018.


What are your #sew3unsewn?

Happy Sewing in 2019.

Samantha xx





Sew for Cancer…..

My mum has sadly been diagnosed with cancer recently and has a syringe driver fitted to keep on top of her pain relief and anti-sickness meds. This involves having a small tube plugged into your body and then connected to a large plastic case which contains the syringe. It is quite big and clunky so I quickly made up an across the body bag for her so she can be hands free, I made it as light as possible with some poppers to fasten it. Her nurse thinks this is a great idea and would like more of them for her patients.



I would like to welcome anyone that has a spare moment to join me in making these bags to donate to your local hospital or send over to me so I can give them to the nurse that expressed an interest in them.

It could also be a great scrap buster to use up those leftovers! Any donations would be greatly appreciated.


If you would like to make a bag for patients with syringe drivers fitted here are the details:

 The Driver measures:  27cm x 12cm x 5cm

  • Use lightweight fabrics that are strong but not too bulky (I used fleece for the bag and a cotton strap)
  • Please ensure it is washable
  • Ensure the strap is adjustable so it is the most comfortable for the patient, suggest a slider or poppers at regular intervals.
  • Consider making for Men, Women and Children
  • Add a fastening for the bag such as poppers or zip but allow a gap for the tube to come out of the bag

 Idea: Make it out of your fabric scraps, small pieces could make up a patchwork style bag

Alternatively if you would like to donate fabric so I can make more of these bags please get in touch by email or find me on Instagram as @theruralsewist.

 Many Thanks in advance and let’s make having a syringe driver a little easier for patients.

 #sewingforcancer #cancerresearch #charitysewing #syringedriver #sewingleftovers #scrapbuster

If you are a patient that would like a bag for your syringe driver or know someone that needs one please get in touch, I am happy to make them and hopefully make it a little easier to have a syringe driver fitted.

Many Thanks



November SewHub

This month I have been inspired by Frances Tobin from The Makers Atelier

I went along to an evening talk about how the Makers Atelier started out and had a chance to meet Frances the founder of Makers Atelier and see the samples from the book and pattern collection.

Frances started making her own clothes at the age of 8! Wow! And had various jobs for big designers in the fashion industry It was a really interesting to hear about her design career and transition to becoming an indie pattern designer.

The samples of the book and patterns were on rails to have a look at and it quickly dawned on me that the styles were really simple and therefore let all the fabric do the talking. It was a beautiful collection with very few prints which made me think more about making classic styles in solid colours which have texture and scream quality.



The Pattern pages is a free downloadable magazine for dressmakers and fashion lovers. It has lots of interesting content and a great variety of designers and new things to check out.


A few more Tilly and the Buttons Agnes tops and hacks to add to my collection for the #owop17 challenge.

This is a sewing challenge to wear the same pattern everyday for one week running from 25th November through to 1st December. Head over to my instagram to see how I got on.


Shopping! With all the very tempting Black Friday offers it would be rude not to support some small businesses and I also went along the knitting and stitching show and found some lovely new things.

I got my hands on the Papercut Otsu Jeans Pattern which I have had on the wish list.

Til the sun goes down very kindly offered up some free tickets so I went along on Sunday and purchased this beautiful satin fabric. The quality of her fabrics was AMAZING and they are original designs too.


The Little Tailoress Podcasts on YouTube

I can’t get the hang of knitting but when I watch Ami’s podcasts I really really wish I could – she makes it sound so easy and makes the most gorgeous things and the colours of her hand-dyed yarn are edible!

She is really inspiring to me and talks about all kinds of projects from knitting, sewing, and furniture painting. I also love the chat about tv, film and books – you definitely need to prepare your favourite drink, find a comfy spot and absorb the loveliness.


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Hello November…

I am Samantha, I live on a Diary farm in North Yorkshire with my husband  and German Wirehaired Pointer dog, Doug. I have been sewing for 10+ years but started dressmaking in September 2016. I love the fact that I can add my own style to garments, get the fit right and it makes you looking at high street fashion in a different light. I am looking forward to sharing my passion of dress making and taking you through my journey of building my handmade wardrobe and talking about all the other things I discover along the way.

 I would say I am an intermediate sewist but love a new challenge and plan on enhancing my skills to do more techniques and advanced skills. My goal this winter is to make my first pair of jeans and take on projects that take a little longer rather than doing the quick and easy makes. I encourage everyone to have a go at sewing but be warned it is addictive!

 Dressmaking has definitely made me more interested in fashion and makes me think more about styles and outfits. I have never been a follower of fashion trends and like to put my own stamp on things, in fact I would buy ‘ready to wear’ from the high street and go home and amend them. When you actually look into the detail they are poorly made and (in my opinion, not good value for money!). Dressmaking has also made me think more about my body shape, what suits me and also what colour pallet I should wear more of.

New patterns also encourage me to try new necklines, sleeve styles and shapes. I have added more skirts and dresses to my wardrobe since starting sewing my own clothes and steered away from plain ready to wear separates.

I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Youtube where I follow other seamstresses, sewists and knitters and join in with the organised challenges and meet ups that are organised by the lovely people in the community.