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Sew Brum 2019

♥ What? ♥

An annual (free-to-attend) meet-up of people who love to sew in Birmingham, England. Now in its seventh year!

The 2020 meet-up will take place on Saturday 24th October. Sign-up here!

♥ Itinerary ♥

The planned itinerary for Saturday 24th October is below. Attendees can feel free to dip in and out, or only attend for part of the day.

10:00 – 11:00: Meet at John Lewis Cafe & Haberdashery

We’ll be meeting in John Lewis Cafe (The Place to Eat), where we’ll be able to drink tea and/or eat brunch while everyone arrives. We’ll also be able to shop in the Haberdashery, which is located on the same floor as the cafe (4th floor).

P.S. If you’re arriving by train, John Lewis is located in the same building as New Street Station, and the other stations (Moor Street and Snow Hill) are only a 10-15 minute walk. John Lewis opens at 9am for anyone arriving early.

11:00 – 13:00Birmingham Rag Market & Fabric Shops

We’ll spend a couple of hours shopping for fabric at the Rag Market and nearby fabric shops Barry’s Fabric & Fancy Silk Store.

13:00 – 13:30: Travel to Moseley Village (Guthrie & Ghani) by bus

The journey between the city centre and Moseley takes around 15 minutes via the number 50 bus (the bus stop is located outside Selfridges), and buses arrive every 5-10 minutes.

13:30 – 17:00Guthrie & Ghani / Moseley Village

At Guthrie & Ghani we’ll have time in the shop which sells a wide range of sewing supplies, and we’ll have use of the studio above the shop where we will hold a pattern & fabric swap and charity raffle (with prize winners drawn at approximately 15:30).

There are lots of food & drink options available within Moseley Village for attendees to stop for lunch or drinks during the afternoon.

Logo by illustrator and sewing blogger Maike Plenzke of Sew & Illustrate & on Tumblr.

A map of fabric shops in Birmingham, including those we’ll be visiting during SewBrum, is available here:


The SewBrum meet-up can get very busy (especially in Guthrie & Ghani) and there is quite a bit of travelling between locations, but attendees can take the meet-up at their own pace and drop-in and out as suits.

John Lewis is accessible via lift and there is an accessible toilet located on the same floor as the cafe (4th).

Barry’s Fabrics & Fancy Silk Store both have flat ground-floor access. Barry’s is a ground floor shop, and Fancy Silk Store has a (narrow) lift. Both stores contain a lot of stock, so the aisles can be narrow.

Guthrie & Ghani front door is accessed by two steps but a ramp is available and will be in place on the day. Attendees will need to be comfortable with stairs to access the studio space and the toilet.

SewBrum 2017

Information about the 2017 meet-up is available here:

initial announcement / wrap-up of the dayvlog

SewBrum 2016

Information about the 2016 meet-up is available here:

initial announcement / wrap-up of the day / raffle prizes / vlog

SewBrum 2015

Information about the 2015 meet-up is available here:

initial announcement / wrap-up of the day / attendees / goodie bags / raffle prizes

SewBrum 2014

Information about the 2014 meet-up is available here:

initial announcement / wrap-up of the day / attendees


See my blog post about my favourite places in Birmingham here.

Fabric/Knitting Stores

We can only take in a small number of Birmingham’s craft shops during the meet-up, but a longer list is provided below.

Located in the City Centre:

Fancy Silk Store

Barry’s Fabric Superstore

EU Fabrics

Birmingham Rag Market

Sew Cool & Crafty


Adam Ross Fabrics

Outside of the City Centre:

Guthrie & Ghani – haberdashery, fabric, and knitting store.

DebDay Sewing Room – Sewing classes

The Cotton Patch – patchwork and quilting

Frank Nutt Sewing Machines – Machine sales and services

S.Nutt Sewing Machines – Machine sales and services

In the Midlands:

The Sewcial Studio – Tamworth

Crafty Sew & So – Leicester

Sew Me Something – Stratford

Yarn & Knitting:

Stitch Solihull – Shirley, inside Notcutts Garden Centre

Hilda Haarhoff – Earlswood Lakes Craft Centre, Solihull

City Knits – Bourneville

Sitting Knitting – Sutton Coldfield

Withit Witch – Halesowen

Crafty Museums in the Midlands

In Birmingham

The Birmingham History gallery in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery includes examples of buttons produced in Birmingham

The Birmingham Back to Backs include a restored tailor’s shop

The Coffin Works (factory which produced coffin furniture) includes a room with a row of Singer sewing machines where staff sewed shrouds

In Coventry

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has a jacquard ribbon weaving loom in the foyer and the Coventry History gallery includes information on Coventry’s historical cloth weaving and ribbon industries

St. Mary’s Guildhall contains the ‘Coventry Tapestry’, manufactured around the years 1495 to 1500, it remains hanging on the wall for which it was created more than five hundred years ago

The Weaver’s House is a medieval house that has been restored to show how John Croke, a weaver, lived in 1540

Other Amazing Birmingham Things

Located in the City Centre:

Birmingham has some superb art galleries:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – a number of free permanent galleries, plus current exhibitions. Don’t miss the Edwardian tea rooms / Ikon – contemporary gallery, free entry, great cafe and shop / Parkside Gallery – small University gallery with interesting temporary exhibitions / Royal Birmingham Society of Artists – temporary exhibitions by local artists / The Barber Institute – perfect small University art collection, you’ll need to take the local train two stops to ‘University’ station / Eastside Projects – contemporary temporary exhibitions / Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – permanent exhibition about the history of the quarter, plus temporary exhibits and a great shop / Midlands Art Centre always has a number of exhibitions taking place. It is located outside of the City Centre in Edgbaston.

Favourite places to eat:

Topokki – Korean / Digbeth Dining Club – regular street food event / Tilt – pinball cafe & bar / Original Patty Men – burgers / Wah Kee & Cafe Chino Chinese bakeries in the Arcadian Centre sell the best cakes

Also see Independent Birmingham’s lists of the best coffee shops / street food / burgers.


Nostalgia & Comics / The Custard Factory – vintage shops & regular fairs / COW – vintage clothes


86 thoughts on “SewBrum

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  2. Hello ! I wish I could come, but I have tickets for something else that day….so sorry would have loved the excuse to meet up! I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time x

  3. This sounds like such a great idea! I don’t think I’ll be able to make it, as I am about to become VERY strapped for cash, but if the situation changes then I shall definitely try and come. Well done for organising, not easy I’m sure, but I’m sure you’ll all have a fab time! X

    • Oh dear! We’ll have refreshments, a raffle & a fabric/pattern swap in the afternoon so you could perhaps join us then – except that the shop downstairs might be a bit tempting!

  4. Well how could I not, only 20mins away and a regular at both Barry’s and Fancy Silk store! Lauren’s place has been on my to do list for a while now so two birds….never done a meetup so ekkk nervous!! 🙂

  5. would it be totally weird for me to come considering I’m relatively new to sewing, have no blog of my own but have been following a lot of the well known blogs for about a year?

    • Do come! Lots of people attending don’t have blogs. You’d be very welcome, as long as you don’t mind talking about sewing all day;)

      • I definitely do not mind talking about sewing all day! I bore my family and friends with it already! RSVP’s to this and now looking forward to it A LOT! 😀

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  9. I’ve only just found this blog and group thanks to Lauren’s Facebook post.What a great idea! I’m sorry I can’t make it, it sounds like a great meetup 😦 When you’re in town I suggest to try and contact Frumble: they’re in the custard factory and have an amazing collection of fabrics and haberdashery. It’s my go to shop for designer fabrics and unusual prints.
    I’m very much hoping to take part in future events and will keep an eye on the blog in the meanwhile. All the best!

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  16. Hi there, is the next one planned yet??

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  23. I would love to come along. I’m new to blogging, but loving it! Am I OK to share details on my blog? victoriascottage.co.uk x

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  25. I’ve never been to Birmingham and i heard only good things about that rag market. I’ll try to be there!

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  38. Can I just double check that I signed up? I think I did but don’t want to just appear on the day and surprise you 🙂

  39. I came here via “I Choose Brum” newsletter – unfortunately I’m busy that weekend, otherwise would have loved to take part. Will keep an eye out for future events

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  41. I’ve never been on a blog or even read one until today. Saw that there is a SewBrum day 25th September this year and i think i have signed up? ?? I am originally from Birmingham but now live in Scotland. I always make a point of visiting Guthri & Ghani in Moseley. (I was there yesterday and needless to say a purchase has again been made. It would be rude not too). I’m looking forward to meeting other sewing like minded people.

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