History Behind The Great British Sewing Bee


In the world of sewing and craft everyone has by now heard of the new “Great British Sewing Bee” programme that is about to grace our TV screens tonight .. we’ve blogged about it, BBC have now launched details about it and it’s leading all the conversations within the sewing community at the moment. It’s even trending across Twitter, yayyy!!!! #GBSB

But, do you have any idea what relevance a bee is to sewing? Well you’re not the only one, we’ve all been thinking the same. Many assumed the name would just be “The Great British Sew Off” after the successful “Great British Bake Off” having the same producers, so it came as quite a shock when the “Great British Sewing Bee” name was announced. Now that we’ve investigated it we agree it makes perfect sense and  reflects the British culture perfectly well … so we thought we’d share this knowledge with you too.

To explain this we need to go back about 100 years, when what we now know as “sewing circles” or “sewing groups” were actually referred to as “sewing bees”. Yes, that’s it, that’s how a bee fits into sewing. This became popular with the Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth) as she made it a popular idea to make and mend throughout the war and used it as a way to socialise and support the troops. Sounds exciting and I’m sure the show won’t let us down, it’s just a shame it will only be on for 4 weeks but I’m sure there will be plenty to keep us glued throughout those episodes and tasks and hopefully the sewing revolution legacy will continue long after the show ends. SEW, all that’s left to do now is to watch it over the next month and see who is crowned King or Queen Bee and then get out your very own sewing machine and put it all into practice!!

Pinning on Pinterest – Helping Overcome “Sewing Block”


Recently we’ve been enjoying posting on Pinterest and seeing all your sewing related pins on there too.


Sew, we thought we’d bring you some of our favourite finds and introduce you to our Toyota Home Sewing pages, and for those unfamiliar with it:  introduce you to the world of Pinterest!!


Pinterest is an online pin board that is used to upload, share and manage photos between users … so for those of us who love to be organised and have a hobby like sewing … IT’S GREAT!!


What makes it so great is that you can create customised themed boards to pin your images, videos etc to and it’s easy to get started. For us, we love the fact that we can divide up our photos into categories and then store all our favourite images in one place on the web that we can refer back to at any time, or any place!! We also love the fact that other users can see and share the images we upload so it helps us offer our Toyota Home Community a bit more in a fun and attractive way!!


Sometimes, just like a good writer can get “writer’s block”, we too can admittedly get “sewing block” and find we become in need of a bit of inspiration to spark it all off again, basically a “creative kick”. Pinterest has been unique at helping overcome this obstacle .. it’s just jam-packed with amazing colours, projects, images and talent!!


Sew, if you haven’t yet visited it why not take a little look at our page & categories and see how Pinterest can also help you.


To join any of our Home Sewing Community platforms just click the links below:





(For more information on Pinterest we have found Wikipedia helpful, here’s the link. )