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A lovely day sewing on #sewsaturday at The Sewing Cafe in Hinckley

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I’m guessing that a few of those of you reading this will already know about the Sew Saturday event that we have every year here in the U.K. If you are not familiar with it, it is an annual event, organised by Sew magazine, which enables us to celebrate our local bricks and mortar independent fabric store and haberdasher. Around the country, small fabric retailers sign up to take part, and offer various classes, workshops, events and discounted prices on the day.

My local fabric and haberdashery store is The Sewing Cafe, which is in the market town of Hinckley, Leicestershire. It is a friendly and welcoming fabric and haberdashery store which is owned and run by Fay and Becky. Not only will Fay, Becky and the team be able to help you with all your sewing needs, the shop also offers a huge range of sewing workshops suitable for complete beginners right through to more experienced sewists as well as the use of the machines by the hour if you feel like some social sewing.

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Last year I attended one of the free workshops and learned how to make a couple of these triangular pattern weights. I promptly went home and spent the rest of the afternoon making a whole bunch more and now use them for EVERY sewing project I make. I can’t remember the last time now that I pinned a pattern before cutting out – it’s so much easier to use my weights and rotary cutter!

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This year, for Sew Saturday, The Sewing Cafe were offering a free workshop making pretty little fabric purses like this one below – totally adorable and quick and easy to make whatever your skill level. I loved that you could choose a button or snap fastening and there was a great selection of fabrics available for you to choose from.

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Throughout the afternoon whilst I was there, I was able to watch a steady stream of sewists disappearing into one of the sewing workshop rooms and coming out half an hour later proudly waving their pretty new fully lined purses!  A free raffle ticket was being offered to each visitor on the day with the chance to win some fabulous sewing prizes,  and tea, cake and generous fabric discounts were also available. The shop was buzzing!

After enjoying myself so much last year, I was thrilled to be invited along this year to take part in a little ‘social sewing’ in the other workshop sewing space during the afternoon. Happy days! I promptly packed my current sewing project, which is another version of The Scout Tee by Grainline Studios, and headed on over to Hinckley!

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I was thrilled to be joined by some really lovely local ladies and we had such a great afternoon sewing, chatting, drinking tea and eating delicious homemade apple cake ( thank you Fay)! If I’m honest I was so busy chatting all afternoon that very little sewing was done by me but hopefully you will see the results of the Scout Tee that I started when the #owop17 challenge arrives at the end of November.

Two of the ladies were whipping up pretty fabric travel tissue covers ready to sell in a forthcoming charity event. They were gorgeous!

By strange coincidence two of the ladies were also both wearing handmade versions of the Tilly and the Buttons Coco pattern – one dress and one top. The top had been made in a super fleece fabric and has certainly inspired me to whip one up in a fleece for myself as the weather is now getting colder. As it happens the Coco is one of the sewing workshops offered by The Sewing Cafe – so if you are local and are interested in attending a Coco workshop or fancy a little browse through the other workshops the Cafe has to offer then you can click here.

During the afternoon we were also joined by some of the ladies that needed a little more time with their workshop purses, and before I knew it the afternoon had flown by and it was time to call it a day.

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Thank you again to Becky and Fay for making me so very welcome, and to all the lovely ladies that I had the pleasure meeting and sewing with. If you are ever in the Hinckley area I would highly recommend that you pop in for a little visit, and if you’re not local you can still have a little mooch through their fabulous fabrics, patterns and haberdashery items on their online shop which you can find on the website here.

If you’re a bit of an Instagram fan like myself, you might be interested to see what the Sewing Cafe are getting up to here.   This way you can check out their new fabric arrivals and get to know which events they are attending.

I hope that whatever you did for #sewsaturday that you had a great time and enjoyed the hospitality and sewing knowledge that our lovely independent fabric retailers can offer us when we call in to visit them.

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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A lovely day out at Sewisfaction

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Being part of the blogger team at Sewisfaction is a huge honour and great pleasure, but so much of sewing blogging is spent working and communicating online from home. So recently the lovely Sheona, who most of you will know as the owner of fabric and haberdashery shop Sewisfaction, arranged a little get-together for the Sewisfaction Blogger Team. The plan was to all meet up at Sewisfaction ‘HQ’ and spend a lovely Sunday sewing and chatting. Bliss.

As a great deal of you will know, Sheona opened her ‘bricks and mortar’ shop a couple of months ago. It is located in the idyllic Berkshire countryside on the outskirts of Wokingham, at Holme Grange Craft Village. The craft village has a great location near motorway links and is also not too far from Wokingham railway station.

As is often the case it is tricky to find a time and location that everybody can make. We were so very sorry that Lesley,  Suzie, and Maddie were unable to make it this time. Fingers crossed that we can all be together one day – how awesome would that be!

It was so exciting to actually visit the shop at last, after seeing it online so much in Sheona’s vlogs and on her Instagram account, and it did not disappoint. The shop is easy to locate in the Village (plenty of free parking by the way), and you are greeted with a welcoming selection of pretty fabrics, haberdashery items, sewing patterns, knitting wools and general sewing lovliness! New fabrics are being added to the shop all the time, and you will usually find Sheona will mention them on her social media (particularly Instagram), so if you want to be the first to know what’s going on then do give her a ‘follow’. You can also sign up on the website to receive updates and news from Sewisfaction is this is easier for you.

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Don’t forget to tag your makes #mysewisfaction and you may well find yourself on the ‘wall of fame’!

It was a huge thrill to finally meet Sheona and two of my fellow Sewisfaction Bloggers –  Amanda and Samantha . What lovely, lovely girls – truly sweet, and I felt like I had known them for years. Also I was super happy to meet Suzy who a great deal of you will have seen in Sheona’s vlogs, again what a sweetheart – and we all had the most amazing time sewing and chatting accompanied by plenty of tea and biscuits!

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The shop has an impressive sewing space where we were able to use the wonderful Janome sewing machines and overlockers that are available at Sewisfaction for the many sewing courses and classes that are held there. Check out the website for a full list of what is available – there is something for all abilities including parties and half term activities.

Lunch was the perfect opportunity to have a little break, and there is a pretty little cafe just downstairs from the shop where we grabbed a sandwich before more sewing in the afternoon.

All too soon it was time to go – not before some fabric purchases were made – well, it would be impossible to go home with nothing don’t you think? You might have seen my fabric purchases on my Instagram Stories, and I will of course be sharing the finished makes on here in due course.

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I hope it won’t be too long before we are all able to meet up again. Sewing and chatting really is the perfect way to spend the day. Thank you to Sheona for all her hospitality, and also to Amanda, Samantha and Suzy for making my day so enjoyable.

Here’s to the next one! #teamsewisfaction

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x