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Upcycling competition with Jenni Taylor

Upcycling competition with Jenniffer Taylor from The Sewing Bee

As much as we at The Sewing Directory love buying new fabric it can turn into a costly addiction so we also love to use materials we can salvage from around the home to sew things too. In this competition we have teamed up with upcycler extraordinaire Jenni Taylor to challenge you to sew something using household textiles.

We want to see what you make using textiles found in the home such as bedding, tea towels, curtains, old clothes etc.  If you can’t find any in your home you can find some in charity shops or ask friends and family to donate any of their old household textiles.  We have teamed up with leading haberdashery supplier Korbond to bring you some great prizes, plus Love Sewing Magazine will be publishing the winning entry along with some of the other prize winners.

Korbond’s essential haberdashery products can be easily found in high street retailers and online.  I can tell you from personal experience that their threaded needle kit is ideal for carrying in your handbag for a sewing emergency and their scissors are great too.

Launched in 2014 Love Sewing Magazine has quickly become one of the most popular sewing magazines thanks to its great mix of sewing projects, expert tips and techniques.  Try 3 issues for £6 here. The editor Amy Thomas will be one of the judges.

Ex-Sewing Bee contestant Jenni is well known for her love of upcycling.  She has a sewing book coming out in June called Girl With a Sewing Machine, which not only teaches you sewing basics but also gives tips for upcycling too  The book is being published by Search Press and 10 runner’s up will each receive a copy.


Win sewing kits from Korbond

 Girl with a sewing machine book from Jenniffer Taylor

The Prizes

1st Prize – £100 of sewing accessories from Korbond and a free workshop with Jenni at the new Korbond Sewing studio in Redditch.

2nd Prize – Sewing accessory bundle from Korbond in their retro sewing basket.

3rd prize - Sewing accessory bundle from Korbond in their retro sewing basket.

4th prize – 1 year subscription to Love Sewing Magazine

5th prize - Simple Sew Pattern Bundle (5 patterns of the winner's choice)


Runner’s up prizes – The 10 highest scoring runners ups will each receive a copy of Jenni’s new book from Search Press.

Love Sewing the UK's number 1 sewing magazine


Jenni Taylor and Amy Thomas (Love Sewing Editor) will be scoring each entry giving points based upon creativity and sewing skill.  If a tie breaker is needed sewing teacher,  author and upcycler Wendy Ward will be asked to judge.   

The winners will be announced in issue 42 of Love Sewing Magazine, in shops in July and on The Sewing Directory.

How to enter

Using textiles that can be found in the home such as tea towels, bedding, curtains, tablecloths, old clothes etc (not purchased fabric) sew an item and send us 3 photos, including at least 1 before photo and one after photo.  Please send the images by e-mail to along with the attached entry form telling us about your project.

NOTE - If your e-mail bounces back saying the inbox is full it's because the attachments are too large. Please either split into multiple e-mails or send to instead.

Entry form – download and complete the entry form here.

You can use a project, pattern or tutorial but please indicate which you used on the entry form. Only 1 entry is allowed per person so if you decide to make more than 1 item please choose your favourite and submit that one.

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland. By entering this competition you are confirming that you alone made the item in the photo, and that you used textiles that can be found in the home rather than new purchased fabric.  Any images you submit must be your own images, you will need to confirm that you own the copyright of those images and give us (The Sewing Directory, Love Sewing Magazine/Practical Publishing, Korbond, Jenni Taylor and Search Press) permission to publish the images in print or online along with your name. By entering this competition you may be added to the mailing lists of the aforementioned companies, you will be able to unsubscribe at any time. The judges will score each of the entries and the judge’s decision is final.  Only 1 entry is allowed per person, if more than 1 is sent only the first entry will count.  All entries must be received by 6pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017.