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Design Competition - Sewing Bee

07 July 2016 10:35

 Have you been watching The Great British Sewing Bee? Did you notice the dress Charlotte was wearing in the final?  (If you haven't been watching, Charlotte is the winner of this year's GBSB).  A GBSB special, made from bee fabric!  It was the inspiration for this month's design challenge: Sewing Bee. In fact, since GBSB is a competition, designing the fabric should be, too. So this month we'll have a competition. Designing brains at the ready!

Your design can be inspired by GBSB, sewing, bees, or you can take a more literal approach, and create a design using sewing tools and notions. It's up to you.

I'm delighted to tell you that Charlotte has agreed to judge the competition.


Please upload your competition design to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your design.  (So I can find the right one!)  I will then put them onto Facebook and the blog.  The winning design (and possibly one or two others) will be put into our competition winners slot.  In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.

So, the competition is:

Create a 'Sewing Bee' design, suitable for use on fabric.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To enter:

Upload your design onto our website by midnight on Tuesday, July 19th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, July 19th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook.  There will be no voting this month.  The winning design, as chosen by our guest judge, will win 3 metres of 100% cotton fabric (150cm wide), printed with your design.  The winning design will also be available for sale on our web site for at least 1 week after the close of voting.  

The official bit:

By entering, you agree to our competition terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme 'Sewing Bee'.  ‘Your own work’ means any form of art work, photography, etc which you have produced.   Images taken from books, the internet, etc are not acceptable for our competitions.   Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions.

All entries will be displayed for public viewing, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the competition, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

The winning design will feature on our web site and will be available for sale for a week after we announce the winner.  After that time, the designer may leave the design for sale, or remove it from public view.  The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!

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