Do you find it hard to fit sewing into your everyday life? Do you want to learn new skills but can’t make it to a class? Would you like to sew with others but none of your friends sew? Sewing holidays are the perfect solution to these problems. You can have a few days away where you can sew to your heart’s content, learn new skills and make new friends with people who also love sewing.
You can do them in the UK or abroad, most are a week or less and many factor in time for your to explore the local area whilst you are there as well as sewing. So where would you choose? We’ve collected up details of some sewing holidays both in the UK and abroad for you below, click the links to find more information on their courses.
NOTE – please check the latest information whilst the COVID-19 crisis is still affecting travel plans.
Textile Holidays France
Despite the name, this company runs a range of textile focused holidays in Italy, having moved from France in 2020. The courses are taught by the owner, Bronwen Shepherd, who has over 15 years textile teaching experience.
Forthcoming courses include creative textiles for beginners, exploring patchwork & quilting, pattern drafting for beginners, heirloom sewing and introduction to textiles.
Cost: £600 per person (flights, meals and holiday insurance not included).
Learn about their courses at: http://www.textileholidaysfrance.com
West Dean College
In an area of outstanding natural beauty West Dean College host a range of sewing, textiles and craft courses throughout the year. Subjects include hand embroidery, fibre art, lino printing, screen printing and tapestry weaving.
Cost: Prices vary but start around £350 for a four day course plus accommodation costs.
Get more information from http://www.westdean.org.uk/
Cotton onto Sewing
Retreats in Crewkerne, Somerset with Amanda of Cotton onto Sewing. The accommodation has access to a large sewing room, indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. She runs a couple of weekend retreats and one mid-week retreat and is expecting to run the next one in May 2021.
Cost: Enquire for prices.
Find out more by clicking here.
Upcoming and totally unique combined sewing & quilting courses from Crafty Monkies offer Weekend Retreats and two NEW one-day sewing & quilting owrkshops. Weekend Retreats include overnight hotel accommodation PLUS two full days of tuition, 2 full kits, lunch and refershments on each day. You can join for the individual days too if you can’t make the full retreat. Tutors for the retreats include well know names such as Sarah Payne and Heather Jacks (Sewing Bee winner).
Cost: £445 for the participant plus the option of taking a partner for an additional amount. The single day workshops cost £145 for one day or you can buy both days without the overnight accommodation for £290.
Find out more and for upcoming dates here.
The Quilt Retreat
The Quilt Retreat is located in East Sussex and offers relaxing residential quilting retreats in their all inclusive packages. They can tailor the course to suit your needs and you get to use their light, spacious fully equipped quilting studio. Their quilt retreats are designed by quilters for quilters.
Cost: Prices start from around £400 per person for a three night break, including food, drink and accomodation.
Get more information on their website: http://quiltretreatuk.co.uk
The Thread House
Launched in 2016, The Thread House is the brain child of quilters Lynne Goldsworthy, Jo Avery and Karen Lewis. Their retreats will focus on sewing and screen printing. See the website for details of the next retreat.
Cost: Prices will range from £375 to £395 for the weekend including all meals and tuition.
Get the full details at: http://thethreadhouse.co.uk
P & Q Tours
P & Q Tours provide a range of tours aimed mainly at those interested in patchwork and quilting. Tours go to countries such as USA, Egypt, Spain, Mexico and Ireland. They also now offer UK breaks for those who don’t want to travel, or who have less to spend. Their tours abroad tend to include quilt shows, museums and quilting shops, the UK based ones are more sewing retreats with tuition based in one location.
Cost: Costs are not published on the site so you need to contact them to get individual details of each course. They do however include flights, coach travel, accommodation, and some meals and excursions.
To find out more please visit: http://www.pandqtours.co.uk/
Sewing Tuition with Sue Hazell
Sue runs UK residential sewing holidays in the Cotswolds, and Exmoor as well as sewing holidays in France and Italy too. The retreats are focused on getting to know your sewing machine and making gifts to take home. You can choose what you want to learn from a list on her website including free motion embroidery, bag making, using an overlocker, soft furnishings etc
Cost: A week’s sewing holiday in The Cotswolds costs £1,877 and includes bed, breakfast, en-suite bedroom, lunch, tuition and fabrics.
For full details please visit http://www.sewing-tuition.co.uk/
The Royal Bridlington Hotel in Yorkshire run several affordable sewing and quilting retreats throughout the year with well-known tutors such as Alicia Merrett and Kathleen Laurel Sage. The courses cover different quilting techniques, sashiko, how to use an overlocker, applique and much more.
Cost: Prices are very reasonable, tuition around £150 for a 3 day retreat plus £140 for accommodation. The ideal way to have a sewing retreat on a budget.
Find out more by visiting http://www.quiltsandwich.co.uk
Set in a tranquil mountain side location in mid France Crafty Retreats offer luxury week long craft courses. Courses include print and design your own fabric collection, free machine embroidery, felting and modern quilting.
Cost: Prices go from £1,100 and include accommodation in a shared room with full board, wine, airport collection and drop-off, outings, tuition, use of sewing machines and supplies. Flights not included.
Get the full details on their website http://www.craftyretreats.com
Due to the success of Crafty Retreats in France, they now offer retreats in Cornwall during the cooler months. Following the same format as Crafty Retreats, enjoy a fully inclusive craft course with well-known tutors including Deborah O’Hare and Anne Brooke, plus individual tuition and including freshly cooked food, wine and a lovely environment.
Cost: A week long course will cost £1,100 in a shared room to include full board, wine, airport/train collection and drop-off, an outing related to your course, tuition, use of sewing machines and supplies.
Find out further details http://www.propercrafty.com/
Set in the Umbria region of Italy this venue runs sewing, baking and yoga holidays. Check the website for dates and courses running in the future.
Cost: Prices start from £750 per person with all meals, accommodation and supplies included – you pay your own flights.
Get more information from http://www.laserenaumbria.com
Stitchtopia run patchwork, quilting, textile and embroidery retreats and tours in the UK, Europe and worldwide. All are accompanied by one of our experts and an Arena Travel Tour Manager. They deliberately keep group sizes small in order to ensure the best experience for our guests. Single travellers are welcomed and catered for. For your confidence and security Arena Travel as members of ABTA.
Cost: Prices vary depending on location, duration and tour type but all include accommodation in good quality hotels (usually 4 star), and tuition. Europe and worldwide tours include flights.
Full details can be found at http://www.arenatravel.com
Join Mrs H and other bag making enthusiasts for a relaxing and fun weekend in the beautiful South Wales countryside!
There will be skill builder sessions throughout the weekend and support whenever you need it so that you can try out new techniques with help on hand.
Cwrt Bleddyn is located in the midst of Monmouthshire countryside midway between the historic towns of Caerleon and Usk. As well as dedicated space for sewing, the hotel will also provide meals and snacks throughout the day.
Cost: Shared occupancy is £335 for the weekend including all accommodation and food, plus all tuition and use of the spa facilities.
More details at https://www.mrs-h.com/retreat
ECT Travel offer fascinating tours to key events in the textile calendar, using years of specialist expertise to offer you bespoke additions such as curator-led tours of private collections, inspiring hands-on workshops and exclusive studio visits. Trips include the Houston Quilt Festival and European Patchwork tours.
Cost: Dependent upon destination but a 4 day tour to France costs from £739 to include flights, B&B accommodation and show entrances.
More details here https://www.ecttravel.com/tours/textile-tours
Spend either 2 or 3 full days browsing fabrics, chatting with fellow sewists and creating a stylish piece of clothing that is completely unique. In between stitches you can indulge in afternoon tea and enjoy the beautiful setting of Cannon Hall in Yorkshire and its magnificent grounds. Choose your project from the Sew Different range of sewing patterns and with the help of expert advice and tuition, create a dress or jacket that fits you beautifully.
Cost: A 3-day retreat costs £350 (accommodation not included) to include lunches, teas, trip out and patterns etc.
Find out more and the available dates https://sewdifferent.co.uk/sewing-retreat/
Japan Journeys offer the holiday of a lifetime to Japan for quilt, patchwork and embroidery enthusiasts and on tour you will be delighted and astonished by the quality of Japanese craftsmanship. You will discover Japan’s fascinating history, experience the astonishing culture and try your hand at some of Japan’s exquisite traditional fabric crafts – all topped off with a visit to the Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo, the largest in Japan. Also European cruises to Holland and Belgium.
Cost: Depending on destination but the European quilt cruise starts at £1,299 for 9 days including all meals, workshops, a goody bag and more.
Find out more details and to register for future tours https://www.japanjourneys.co.uk/
Sweet Nothings offer a variety of textile and quilting courses with well-known British tutors in the Charente region of France. Their vision is to be able to provide a creative, warm and friendly atmosphere for guests who wish to acquire new skills whilst on holiday in beautiful rural surroundings. Workshops are typically six days long and usually run from Sunday to Friday.
Cost: 6 day workshop, sharing a twin or double room – €950.00 per person; 6 day workshop, double bed, single occupancy – €1400.00 per person; 6 days, accompanying guest, sharing double or twin room – €800.00 per person. All prices include full board, trips out and airport/train station transfers from and to Bordeaux or Bergerac.
Visit the website to find out more https://www.sweetnothings.eu/
The Old Bakery Norfolk
The Old Bakery in Norfolk are delighted to offer their brand new, purpose built quilt studio with visiting quilters. There are four positions with adjustable height large work desks, comfortable, adjustable height chairs and individual storage trolleys. They have lots of quilt books and magazines to browse through if you need some ideas.
There are also a selection of sewing machines including a Bernina Quilters machine which you are welcome to use. You are also welcome to bring your own machines.
Cost: The cost for a weekend retreat, which includes all food and accommodation, starts from £195. Find out more and for available dates on the website https://www.theoldbakerynorfolk.co.uk/packages-retreats/
Pattern Cutting & Sewing retreats held in a beautiful renovated farmhouse in rural France – by a qualified fashion tutor. Bespoke holidays for between 3 – 5 people, with private accommodation and expert tuition. More information can be found on the pattern cutting & sewing blog here. They also have a lovely swim spa and hot tubs for relaxing in the evenings. Self catering or fully catered options available. Contact Nicola on 07557 475331 for more information.
Cost: A typical 5-day course costs £650 per person, for a private double room, including all meals and complimentary wine and a meal at a local restaurant. Additional non-participating guests sharing the double room can be added for a cost of £325.00 details http://modelistecreative.com/courses-professional-development/