Sewing Bee

I always enjoy watching The Great British Sewing Bee on the TV and now it’s finished it inspired my to create this vintage sewing page – such fun!

I started by covering the page with an old napkin using a glue stick and when dry I edged the page with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool. I added some vintage sewing designed gold outline stickers which included a pair of scissors, a thimble, needles and pins, cross-stitches, flower shapes, a cotton reel, a pin cushion and a sewing machine. The “Sewing Bee” wording was constructed using letter outline stickers too.

For the tags I covered a piece of white card with some dressmaking pattern tissue paper and some of the napkin that I used on the page background. Then I cut three different sizes of tag and some circular reinforcements using the Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelits and my Big Shot machine. I applied some Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool to each of the die cut pieces and then collaged some sewing related Tim Holtz stickers onto the tags which I edged with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker so they stood out more. I added a circular reinforcement to each tag and threaded some cotton through them; the threads were leftover from some sewing that I’ve been doing. To finish, I added some outline stickers of cross-stitches, needles and pins and some the lace and silk flowers to the tags; they are stuck in place using double-sided foam tape.

If you haven’t seen or heard of The Great British Sewing Bee it’s a television programme on BBC1. It’s a spin off of The Great British Bake Off and is a reality show where amateur sewers compete to be named “Britain’s best home sewer”; they compete in a Pattern challenge, Alteration challenge and Made-to-measure challenge each week.

If you are interested you may be able to access the programmes here BBC programmes – The Great British Sewing Bee (this link may only be available to those of you who live in the UK).

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m showing you my cuppa by my sewing machine, like everyone I’ve been making face masks (that’s where the leftover threads came from for my page); the material is recycled from one of my hubby’s old summer shirts (grin!).

Hope that you are all staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Halle from Halle’s Hobbies over at Art Journal Journey and her A Stitch In Time challenge this month with my Sewing Bee page.

I’m joining the Cattywampus challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the askew tags and stickers on this page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Sewing Bee art journal page.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Napkin
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Sew Retro – Gold ANT810136, Flower Blossom –Gold ANT810143)
  • Outline Stickers (Alphabet – Gold)
  • White Cardstock
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern Tissue Paper
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • The Works (Self-Adhesive Lace Trim)
  • The Range (Crafting Flowers)
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape

27 thoughts on “Sewing Bee

  1. Oh Jo, I love this. The background is amazing and those tags are incredible. I was SO impressed with the vintage images you used. This is wonderful. And I like that you made your tags. The hole reinforcers were a nice touch, too. You have layered each tag beautifully, too.

    I’d not heard of the Great British Sewing Bee, but I have the British Bake-off. This was a super homage to that show. It’s also a great entry for Halle’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    I loved that spool of thread. Not sure where you got it, but I’m a bit envious (not really, but it sounded good). You have a much nicer sewing machine than I have. I tried making masks and it was a joke. I really like your adorable mug with the hearts. I have a thing for hearts and I’m assuming that’s a dark, possibly oolong tea, too. Thanks for sharing your sewing, your journal page, and your tea with us for T this almost Tuesday.

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  2. Fabulous page, Jo! The show sounds like fun. I’d never heard of it, so thanks for educating me. It’s really a super page. I keep going back to study the dteails – so many cool details.

    So fancy sewing is another of your many talents. I love the heart cup and its unusual shape.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  3. Hi Jo, I love your page! I have not seeing this sewing show here-I will be checking out the links. I love the baking show too but I never can find the new ones
    Happy T hugs Kathy

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  4. Fantastic page! I thought of you today as I was making a card with a piece of a napkin with no success with an iron ~ I ended up using the xyron sticker maker, which worked 90% and a glue stick the other 10% 🙂 I’ll have to see if we can watch this ~ We loved the British Baking show. Blessings on your week ahead ~

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  5. the tags are super and the whole page is pure vintage fabulous!! Love the images too. Never heard of the sewing show but I do enjoy the baking show.
    Love your coffee mug! Happy T day!

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  6. I’ve heard of this show but have yet to find it here in the US. I bet it’s good since the British Baking show is an amazing series. (I am addicted to that). And your sewing page is awesome. The tags have so many details that are fascinating to look at. And I have never heard of a Toyota sewing machine. I am surprised they do but I bet like the cars they are really reliable. That’s cool. Enjoy your tea and have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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  7. You made a fun page with the sewing theme. We’ve had similar shows on TV here. I have stopped sewing masks as I think I have already supplied all the neighbours and the care homes here, so I’m back to sewing on paper again. Happy T Day, hva e agood week, stay safe, Valerie

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  8. Its a fabulous Vintage sewing page Jo, the layers of detail looks great.
    Its good that you have the machine to make your masks, I just wish we would be told that they should be worn most public places.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx


  9. I love this page…the vintage sepia color is fantastic. Great use of tags and other elements. So glad you linked up one final time for A Stitch in Time!
    I’ve never heard of a Toyota sewing machine. Learn something new every day.
    Happy T day!

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  10. Oh what a great page! I love the vintage look and that 50s fashion. I have photos of my mum in outfits like that. My grandmother was a seamstress (professional) and she sewed pretty evening dresses for well-to-do ladies. But she always dressed us sisters and my mum in the latest fashion.
    No, I’ve never seen the Sewing Bee. I have VPR but it doesn’t always work. I watch one episode of something and the second episode it rejects me. It feels like the BBC have sophisticated software to circumvent the VPR and detect that I am abroad. But I’ll have a go.
    Wishing you a very happy T-Day,
    Hugs (These ones are allowed, but oh I so crave real hugs),

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  11. I love this vintage sewing page Jo the images all look great and so is the background you created.. Thank you for linking to Halle’s AJJ theme \and for your inspirational pages..
    I like your drinks mug and I hope your hubby didn’t miss his shirt as you made the masks.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx


  12. My mother was a seamstress so you tags remind me of the patterns and notions she had around the house. She wasn’t much for watching TV, but I bet she would have loved the Great British Sewing Bee. Not only could she sew, but she could design her own patterns. Happy T Day

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  13. Two awesome tags! Love the vintage hues and the sewing theme which is so appropriate right now with everyone sewing masks. Your tags are the perfect format for showing off our cattywampus theme. Thank you so much for sharing them with our visitors over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog.

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  14. A gorgeous sewing themed page, Jo! I love the vintage images. I just happened to come across a 1960’s sewing book by Simplicity in my stash. 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us again at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog! Have a great week!

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  15. This is a lovely ode to the Sewing Bee Jo, I used to really enjoy watching it but this season I just couldn’t concentrate. Loving the vintage vibe and of course the little strips of sewn lace, there’s always space for lace somewhere on my little bursts of creativity.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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