Sewing for Pleasure

15-18 March 2018 · NEC · Birmingham

Open 09.30-17.30 (16.30 Sun)

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

The Sewing Quarter

For demonstrations, amazing products and much more, visit the Sewing Quarter stand! Watch and learn as Guest Designer Jo Carter teaches you how to make the tricky bits of toy making a breeze, and grab a bargain as you’ll be able to pick up exhibition exclusive products.  Be sure to pop by to meet their much loved presenters, designers and have a natter. So, come and say hello to Sewing Quarter at Stand H06.

Talks and Presentation Programme

An exciting FREE programme of talks and presentations on a variety of textile topics – no need to pre-book, just turn up and take a seat.

The Lecture Theatre is situated at the end of aisle K, close to The Creative Craft Show.

See the full programme

The Craft Room

Are you looking for ideas and inspiration for your next project?  If so make your way to The Craft Room, a brand new area  showcasing a diverse range of products, supplies and kit which are all available from our list of stall holders. Cast your eyes over the exquisite and exciting range of items, make a note of the stall holder name and stand number and then pay them a visit for more information or to make a purchase!


Pat Lumsdale – Patchwork & Quilting

Sheila May – Creative Sewing

Michelle Pye – Tailoring & Dressmaking

Sara Radford – Dressmaking

Alison Smith MBE – Dressmaking, Tailoring & Corsetry

Monica Russel – Knitting

Guild of Silk Painters

Guild of Machine Knitters

Ring of Tatters

Warwickshire & West Midlands Federation of WI’s

1918 – 2018 : THE WW1 CENTENARY

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we are challenging ourselves and – you –  our visitors to knit a giant commemorative poppy! Join us in the Knit and Knatter Workspace alongside Grans on the Make and simply knit a 4 inch square section to help us create a 13ft poppy which will be pieced together over the year and revealed at The Creative Craft Shows flagship November NEC event! (1-4 November 2018). 1,568 sections will represent the number of days of the war. Participants can also provide a short story, memory or name to be displayed on the reverse of the poppy.  


A community project that has put Llandysul firmly on the Knitted Map! Textile Artist Sue Howell designed this community project after she moved to Llandysul as a route to getting to know people and to develop her creative skills. Worked by 10 volunteer knitters who met every week for 12 months, this eye-catching piece full of colour and detail was created. After being on display at the National Wool Museum in Drefach Velindre, and receiving national press it has led to a new project – Knit your Town. Wolverhampton has already made its own map and Knit Newbury will be completed in 2018. 


Sew Your Style in association with The Pattern Pages is a chance for you to show us your unique style, flair and creativity. Win amazing prizes including sewing machines!

A) Vintage
B) All in the Detail
C) Refashion
D) Accessorise

All entries will be displayed in the Sew Your Style photo gallery at Creative Craft Birmingham (Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July, 2018) plus a special display of the winners of each category for visitors to admire!

To download full information click here.

To enter click here.


 Free catwalk shows, hosted by Brenda Killigrew of Inkberrow Design Centre, showcasing creations from exhibitors and students at the show.

Show times: 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm daily.

Featuring creations from:

Birmingham School of Sewing – Stand H08

Inkberrow Design Centre – Stand K25

Sophie Furbeyre – Stand G01

Sure-Fit Designs UK – Stand F20

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Bookable Workshops

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

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

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

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


25% off train travel with Virgin trains.
As part of our relationship with Virgin Trains our exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of 25% off 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.

Hobby Paradise!

Hobby Paradise!

Your ticket to Sewing for Pleasure includes FREE ENTRY to and Fashion & Embroidery and The Creative Craft Show at the same venue and dates, featuring all these and more…

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