Sewing for Pleasure

14-17 March 2019 · NEC · Birmingham

Open 09.30am-17.00pm (16.30pm SUN) | HALL 12

Unleash the creativity within you at Sewing for Pleasure – if sewing, knitting and patchwork are your passions, this spring visit the ultimate stitchers’ paradise – with all the latest supplies and ideas including must-have fabrics, fabulous yarns, patterns and threads; plus plenty to inspire and help refine your craft, including hands-on workshops, demonstrations and a chance to speak with the experts – you’re sure to leave with your imagination ignited with inspirational ideas!

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At the show

Vanity Fair Costumes

Vanity Fair Costumes

A stunning display of historical costumes from 2018’s hugely popular TV series Vanity Fair, based on the 1848 novel by William Thackeray. Featuring outfits from Michael Palin, Frances de la Tour, Martin Clunes, Olivia Cooke (as social climber Becky Sharp) and Tom Bateman (as Captain Rawdon;).

mr x stitch workshops

Mr X Stitch Workshops

Enjoy an hour of deep mindfulness mandala making with this beautiful backstitch project brought to you with love by Mr X Stitch. Join the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery for a relaxing session that’ll recharge your batteries and allow your credit card to cool, so you’ll be ready to make the most of your time at the show (see workshops tab!)

The Makerss

Join Steffi from The Makerss to make your very own bee brooch in support of Grans in the Make who are at the show raising awareness about the decline in bee population. Steffi will also be doing a demo at the theatre each day and making a large bee which will be donated to the Grans. 



 VIP passes include:

Fast Track entry | Show Guide | Crafty Beggars mini Make & Takes | Exclusive use of the Shop & Drop area | Hot and cold drinks, pastries & cakes.

VIP passes £35 per day. Pre-sales now closed, available on the door only. Standard tickets may be upgraded for £25 charge subject to availability.

Debbi Shore

Debbie Shore Learn to Sew Workshops

Join author and TV presenter Debbie Shore for a hands-on sewing experience,. She’ll share tips and tricks for making the perfect cushion cover, tote bag, tablet case, overarm storage and hobby bag. Workshops available to book soon – watch this space! 

Creativity of the catwalk


Once again we bring you our fabulous catwalk shows, hosted by Brenda Killigrew of IDC Academy, showcasing a range of sensational creations from the shows exhibitors and students. These take place three times a day, so relax, take the weight off your feet, and enjoy!

lecture theatre

Lecture Theatre

Free talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics from design leaders and influencers. The best way to stay at the cutting edge of the latest industry knowledge!

Meet the Author

Come and meet our hand selected group of Search Press authors, watch them demonstrate their talents and have a go yourself. We will have: Lisa Marie Olson, Sue Stratford, Tilly Rose, Monica Russel and Mr X Stitch! Come along to pick up ideas and inspiration for your own crafts at home. Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

Team Crafty Beggars

Wendy Turner Webster will be launching the brand new ‘Team Crafty Beggars’ at the NEC, providing four days of completely new seasonal workshops. Visitors can also take part in the Team Crafty Beggars free prize draw for the chance to win a spectacular range of crafting goodies! Use #teamcraftybeggars on social media to keep up with the latest news! Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

Meet Team Crafty Beggars

sew your style 2019

Sew Your Style 2019

Now in its second year, this competition celebrates all the budding dressmakers out there. Sew Your Style is brought to you in association with The Pattern Pages and is a chance for you to show us your unique style, flair and creativity.

A panel of sewing industry judges will cast their votes in the lead up to the show.

Prizes, rules and full details

Stalls & Shopping

Stalls & Shopping

Browse aisle and aisles of stalls and stands packed with brand-new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow!

With experts manning each stall – you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!



Getting There

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

The NEC is at the heart of the UK’s transport network. CLICK HERE for road, rail, bus and flight directions.

By Rail:
Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show. 

Discount travel with Virgin trains. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance virgin train west coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.

By Car:
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.

Daily car park charges apply. Pre-pay for parking and save 25% on daily rates HERE.


Resorts World Birmingham offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show with restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.



VIP Tickets!

You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!


A VIP Ticket includes:

Free prize for the first 200 ticket holders

Fast Track entry

Free Mini Make & Takes

Exclusive use of the shop and drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

Unlimited tea and coffee

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon!

Our VIP passes are just £35, you will be prompted to upgrade when you buy a normal ticket. We can’t wait to see you there!

Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 (£6 tickets don’t allow access to the Make and Takes or complimentary food). 


Free Mini Make & Takes

Tigerlily Makes

Lisa Marie Olson, author of Felt Wonderland is a creative entrepreneur who designs in all things wonderland, from the heart of her home studio in the Midlands! As Seen on TV, “Award Winning” and Voted Best of British are just a few of the highlights of Lisa’s creative life. Lisa Marie is incredibly proud to have been selected to represent the Crafty Beggars at the Creative Crafts Show in March 2019, as part of Team Crafty Beggars.  So why not step into wonderland and be transported to another world of creativity with the fabulous workshops on offer at the show.

Make and Takes: Come and learn how to needle felt a cute chick or bunny head in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Silvar Design

Mark Vardy founded Silvar Design in 2004. Originally an electronics engineer, Mark is now a silversmith, running workshops in silver jewellery-making and enamelling on copper from his studio in Staffordshire. Mark also designs jewellery kits ranging from simple elasticated bracelets and earrings to macrame and kumihimo braiding. Mark has presented these for sale on a number of craft shopping channels since 2015. Mark is a qualified adult education teacher.

Make and takes: Use a variety of beads, tubing and charms to make a delightful spring memory wire bracelet in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Stamps Away

Ali is a mixed media crafter and one half of Stamps Away. She loves teaching and demonstrating all manner of crafting but with a particular reputation for using the everyday items, in a rafty way. She has been demonstrating on the craft shopping channel now for 10 years and is known for her unusual techniques. And is looking forward to an exciting 2019 with Team Crafty Beggars

Make and Takes: Butterfly Heart – A spring Mixed Media project, adorned with beautiful book butterflies

Simply Vintage Design

Melissa is founder of Simply Vintage Designs which was born from a love of all things vintage and handmade. She brings handpicked original vintage items, haberdashery and fabrics back to life using modern and traditional crafting techniques. Her workshops are a relaxed, creative environment where up-cycling meets creativity. Melissa is a regular guest presenter on Hochanda TV and a proud member of Team Crafty Beggars.

Make and Takes: Lovely vintage paper spring flowers

Janie’s Originals

Janie is an established mixed media Artist and designer, she teaches many forms of arts and crafts and can be seen demonstrating on Hochanda TV with her Hobby Art stamp collections and Bizarre-ology MDF mixed media techniques.

Make and takes: In these sessions you will learn how to bind a paper covered notepad with a selection of lovely decorative papers. This simple technique can then be used, by you at home, to create various sizes of notebooks and journals.

Lechlade Craft Barn

Jennie and Karen launched Lechlade Craft Barn in 2014, offering an exciting range of affordable craft workshops in a beautiful stone barn in the Cotswolds. With backgrounds in design and craft, the award-winning duo can also be found at a number of venues around the UK and are delighted to be art of the Crafty Beggars Team. “Our workshops are fun, relaxed and designed for beginners or keen crafters”, says Jennie and Karen “with the Crafty Beggars team involved, it’s even more fun!”

Make and Takes: Learn the ancient art of block printing using beautiful Indian wooden blocks and fabric paints in gorgeous colours.