The Great British Sewing Bee is back! Sew along with the show and discover new patterns and sewing inspiration every week

Published on 25 May 2022 3 min read

The Great British Sewing Bee is back for an eighth season! Get ready to watch textiles transform into eye-popping sewing garments as a whole new hive of brilliant contestants take on fresh challenges and thrilling themes - we can't wait! Want to join in on the sewing fun? Get your foot pedals ready to join us each week as we share inspiration and patterns to create your own versions of the GBSB challenges!

Week 5

It was all about makes for the little ones this week! Sailor's suits to survive the storms of the playground, school uniforms to cool out-of-school outfits, and spooky Halloween costumes that really say "BOO!" with added fun 3D elements. There's so much fun you can have making childrens clothes, why not give it a go yourself!

Sew spooky costumes for the kids yourself!

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Stop by each week to find the latest inspiration and patterns featured on The Great British Sewing Bee. In the meantime, catch up on the challenges from previous weeks...

Week 4

The bees really needed to have their sewing skills up to patch for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Week! Starting with a patchwork edition of the Pattern Challenge, turning scrap fabrics into a jacket. With only 4.5 hours to sew, quilt and bind the jacket, this was definitely a challenge! The Transformation Challenge saw the bees turning two coats into one before the Made to Measure Challenge. This week they turned duvets into marvellous maxi dresses! Looking to give this challenge a go yourself? Check out these patterns!

Give the Made to Measure Challenge a go with these maxi dress patterns

Perfect your patchwork with these great tutorials!

Week 3

As the show begins to heat up, it's Summer Week! The bees tackled shirred midi dresses, a wonderful addition to your own handmade wardrobe for the new season. This epsiode's Transformation Challenge really had us rocking as they turned old hammocks into summer garments, using fringe, rope and macramé to add additional trimmings. Week 3 rounded off with the Made to Measure Challenge: creating a summer two piece!

Now it's your turn! Stitch fabulous summer staples with our range of dressmaking fabric and stylish sewing patterns.

Sew your own stylish midi dress

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Week 2

The contestants hoped they could start this week off on the right foot with high-top trainers for The Pattern Challenge. Taking centre court for The Transformation Challenge were netball kits! The sewists were tasked with turning these kits into chic daytime outfits. Would this challenge be a walk in the park for you? The episode rounded off with The Made-to-Measure Challenge focussing on bespoke jackets inspired by sporting heroes, including some fabulous odes to maker himself Tom Daley.

Sport your own athletic look

Inspired by Tom Daley too? Dive into these makes!

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Week 1

This week was capsule wardrobes! The sewing show kicked off with an ode to the mini skirt, followed by a transformation challenge to turn your loungewear into night out attire. Week one wrapped up the perfect summer staple, wrap dresses! Depending on your pattern, jersey and viscose fabrics are a wonderful choice. Here are some top wrap dress patterns to have a go yourself.

Get wrapped up in this dressmaking challenge!

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New to sewing? Start here with our beginner tutorials and guides!

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