An annual free-to-attend sewing meet-up in Birmingham, England since 2014

Join us for SewBrum 2023

21st October 2023, Moseley, Birmingham, UK

The #SewBrum meet-up is ten years old this year! To celebrate, this year’s event will be a bit different (& bigger) than normal.

The whole event will take place in Moseley, home to Guthrie & Ghani, on Saturday 21 October.

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SewBrum is an annual (free-to-attend) meet-up of people who love to sew in Birmingham, England, co-hosted with Lauren Guthrie.

SewBrum started in 2014, in the nine years it has been running SewBrum has raised £8,750 for nine charities via charity raffles.

In 2020, SewBrum moved online and had its most successful year yet! 678 people signed up, with over 100 people joining a live bargello workshop led by Tina Francis, and £2,763 raised for charity.

Hear Charlotte talking about SewBrum 2020 on the Sew Organised Style Podcast in November 2020.



Attending SewBrum

SewBrum 2023 will take place in Moseley, Birmingham, on Saturday 21 October.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary, we’re doing things differently, with SewBrum taking place across two venues in Moseley Village: Guthrie & Ghani and Moseley Exchange.

Across the two venues, we’ll have:

SewBrum attendees are welcome to join anytime between 10am and 5pm (market until 4pm) and to move between venues throughout the day. There will be a small entry fee on the door at Moseley Exchange (£4, cash or card) to cover costs.

The Details

  • Date: Saturday 21 October
  • Times: 10am until 5pm (market until 4pm; swaps until 4:30pm)
  • Venues: Moseley Exchange and Guthrie & Ghani, in Moseley Village, Birmingham
  • Cost: £4 entry on the door at Moseley Exchange (cash or card), includes access to the social space and market, plus refreshments
  • Charity raffle: Tickets on sale on the day (cash only) or purchase online in advance: Donate to St Basils / Donate to Birmingham Mind. Prizes will be drawn at 3:30pm in Guthrie & Ghani, Moseley Exchange and on Instagram Live
  • Handmade garments swap: Receive a token for each handmade item you drop-off in the studio at Guthrie & Ghani; use your tokens to take away new-to-you handmade garments throughout the day. (All tokens must be exchanged by 4:30pm; any uncollected items will be donated to charity. Items being submitted to the swap should be clean and undamaged and labelled with approximate size, plus optionally with any other useful information (e.g., pattern used or fabric type))

The Venues

Moseley Exchange

Guthrie & Ghani

  • Shop: Shop for fabrics, patterns and haberdashery in the shop, with a special in-store discount available for SewBrum attendees.
  • Studio: The upstairs studio will host a social space and refreshments, fabric and pattern swap, and a handmade garments swap, where you can swap the handmade clothes you don’t wear anymore, for something new-to-you.
Handmade Garment, Fabric & Pattern Swaps
The swaps will take place above the shop at Guthrie & Ghani between 10:00am-4.30pm. Free (open to charity donations) tea/coffee, homemade lemonade and cake will also be available along with a seating area for having a rest and chat.
Simply bring your items along to Guthrie & Ghani either on the day or the day before the event (20 or 21 October).
Any items left over will be donated to charity.
Handmade Garments
Please ensure that they are clean and undamaged and labelled with approx. size/any modifications made and, if known, the fabric type and pattern used. 
There will be some rails to hang garments up on. If you are able, please bring a hanger as well.
You will be issued with a token for each item that you donate. This token can then be exchanged for another item from the swap. Please note that all tokens must be exchanged by 4:30pm.
The swaps will be happening throughout the day from 10am-4.30pm so you can always come back for a browse at different times as more garments are dropped off and donated.
You can still take advantage of the garment swap even if you haven’t donated. We would ask that you make a donation to our chosen charities via the SewBrum Just Giving pages instead (Donate to St Basils / Donate to Birmingham Mind).
Fabric and Patterns

These will be laid out on tables for you to browse. If you have donated, feel free to take away any of the fabrics or patterns you fancy. If there is something you like but you haven’t made a fabric donation, we would ask that you make a donation to our chosen charities via the SewBrum Just Giving pages.


The SewBrum meet-up can get very busy (especially in Guthrie & Ghani) and there is quite a bit of travelling between locations, but attendees can take the meet-up at their own pace and drop-in and out as suits.

Guthrie & Ghani front door is accessed by two steps but a ramp is available and will be in place on the day. Attendees will need to be comfortable with stairs to access the studio space and the toilet.

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